4 Reasons Cut and Fill Software Is More Important Than You Think
Implementing a landscape architecture project often requires “balanced cut and fill” and huge earthwork undertakings to achieve the final design. Understanding the earthwork requirement early in the design process makes construction significantly easier and helps control costs. Cut and fill software solves and simplifies the issues and processes surrounding outdoor construction projects. Before this software was developed to accomplish these tasks, tedious, time-consuming manual calculations were required to properly plan for construction. Now, with the help of software, a landscape architect can understand earthwork estimates, balance the cut and fill early in the design process, and lookout for their client's best interest.
This blog will discuss those additional benefits of cut and fill software as it often relates to landscape architecture. We hope after reading this, you’ll have a greater appreciation for this technology and understand how to use it for your benefit.
1. Reduces errors and inaccuracies
Cut and fill software is designed to optimize the design process and can be used to calculate any excess fill requirements in advance. Cut and fill software also noticeably increases the accuracy of preconstruction planning by significantly eliminating human error.
With reduced errors and inaccuracies comes simple revision processes. Quick and easy revisions help internal teams work more efficiently by eliminating menial error-checking tasks. That saves firms money while giving landscape architects more time to focus on innovative design, rather than backtracking and correcting mistakes.
2. Improves cost forecasting
With considerably more accurate preconstruction planning, landscape architecture firms can also forecast prices better than ever before. The time and cost of a project are inextricably linked, as one cannot adjust the time of a project without reasonably adjusting the cost, and vice versa. Therefore, you can assume that a project which is accurately cost-forecasted will likely run into fewer roadblocks, thereby finishing on time or even early.
Improved cost forecasting can also translate to more project proposals in the future. Gaining the trust of a client and delivering the final product with minimal delay and unexpected costs create long-lasting and lucrative partnerships in the architecture industry.
3. Increase growth opportunities
Landscape architects, with the help of today’s cut and fill software, can make earthwork estimations in-house quickly, accurately, and early in the design process where changes are relatively cheap. When landscape architects can get it right the first time, it reduces the added cost of returning to that project while boosting your firm’s reputation as an efficient and talented organization. What would your firm do with more capital and an increased competitive advantage?
4. Environmental impact
Cut and fill software also has positive environmental impacts. For example, planning an earthwork project with the right software can lessen the environmental degradation associated with excavating and transporting earthen materials to the site by limiting the area of disturbance and identifying a balanced cut and fill solution.
For landscape architecture firms, this makes sustainability requirements easier to meet, again reducing costs associated with time spent planning. Landscapers can also claim the leftover dirt on site, making their design process faster and cheaper, by not needing to transport earthen materials.
Cut and fill software has assisted architecture firms and those that hire them for a few decades. Since then, major improvements have made this technology more useful than ever before.
Keysoft Solutions’ KeySCAPE is a prime example of this, reducing production time in AutoCAD by 40 percent and increasing efficiency in streamlined workflow processes by 50 percent. Our 3D displays impress clients while also providing you with a variety of perspectives crucial for landscape design. Schedule a demo for yourself below.