Plehat Brings Natural Environments into Design Tools

Close up of green grass

Plehat is introducing a new solution that helps architects and decision-makers to understand the dynamics of nature and make smart design choices.

May 1, 2019
Aarni Heiskanen - AEC Business

Natural elements are an essential part of the built environment. However, BIM tools offer almost no support to landscape architecture. Plehat is introducing a new solution that helps architects and decision-makers to understand the dynamics of nature and make smart design choices.

Plehat used photogrammetric 3D models of Uunisaari islands, to the south of Helsinki. The experimenters modeled the buildings and the plants on the island and used game engine software to create a virtual reality (VR) experience. They called the app the “Landscape Time Machine”. The technology solution they developed paved the way for new software that the company will launch later this year.

In 2018, Plehat, a landscape design startup, received funding from the Finnish national KIRA-digi digitalization project to carry out a test. The experimentation demonstrated how seasonal changes and weather conditions affect plants, and how the environment can be visualized and analyzed virtually.

Mr. Heiskanen may be contacted at aec-business@aepartners.fi



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