Looking back on some of the old wRec SketchUp threads from about ten
years back, there were quite a few detractors, and more than a few
heated discussions, about SketchUp's potential as 3D modeling software
for both woodworking and construction.
An almost totally unheard practice at the time, about eight years ago I
built a $350 home using SketchUp Pro for ALL permitted construction
documents, with exception of the Foundation Plan, which must be provided
by a Engineer.
Even then I took the time to model the foundation using SketchUp, based
on the PE's drawings, to give everyone involved a better idea of the
structural nuances that are often difficult for subcontractors of today
to grasp from a 3D format:
That simple SketchUp drawing, along with a few more views showing
greater detail, was instrumental in the successful fabrication of that
very unusual "structural with void space" foundation.
At that time there were no known examples of Architects using the
program for construction documentation, both for permitting and
fabricating. Today, Architects, like Nick Sonders, who has a number of
youtube videos showing his use of SketchUp in his Architectural
practice, have taken the use of SketchUp in construction to a new level:
I believe you but it's hard to understand detractors. I mean. it is an
INCREDIBLY useful program! I only build stuff for myself but SketchUp has
really simplified doing that...after building something in SketchUp, the
real building is pretty much an anti-climax.
That is how I see things with Sketchup. I would really rather see the
"got'cha's" while designing rather than after I have started to build
with expensive materials.
I build much faster because I have detailed drawings of exactly how
joints and parts are to be formed to fit together.
Several years ago, Christchurch, New Zealand had several very bad
earthquakes. One of the many buildings damaged was Trimble Navigation's
main office there. They designed the new building (completed about
a year ago) entirely in SketchUp.
Admittedly, there is some corporate showmanship there. Still it
is a pretty strong vote of confidence.
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