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The SKETCHUP WORKFLOW FOR ARCHITECTURE : Modeling Buildings, Visualizing Design, and Creating Construction Documents with SketchUp Pro and LayOut
Personal Author:
Second edition
Physical Description:
vii, 499 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes index
"This book is for architects and related design professionals who want to take their SketchUp use to the next level. In-depth tips and techniques show users how to use SketchUp and its related suite of tools in every stage of the design process. The author presents a flexible workflow that makes common design tasks easier and allows users to incorporate varying degrees of SketchUp use into their design process. Included are best practices for organizing projects, drafting schematics. A section devoted to LayOut guides readers through an often underused component of SketchUp Pro. Tutorial videos compliment the book, demonstrating some of the more advanced methods"


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30000010370050 NA2728 B75 2018 Open Access Book Book

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A guide for leveraging SketchUp for any project size, type, or style. New construction or renovation.

The revised and updated second edition of The SketchUp Workflow for Architecture offers guidelines for taking SketchUp to the next level in order to incorporate it into every phase of the architectural design process. The text walks through each step of the SketchUp process from the early stages of schematic design and model organization for both renovation and new construction projects to final documentation and shows how to maximize the LayOut toolset for drafting and presentations. Written by a noted expert in the field, the text is filled with tips and techniques to access the power of SketchUp and its related suite of tools.

The book presents a flexible workflow method that helps to make common design tasks easier and gives users the information needed to incorporate varying degrees of SketchUp into their design process. Filled with best practices for organizing projects and drafting schematics, this resource also includes suggestions for working with LayOut, an underused but valuable component of SketchUp Pro. In addition, tutorial videos compliment the text and clearly demonstrate more advanced methods. This important text:

Presents intermediate and advanced techniques for architects who want to use SketchUp in all stages of the design process Includes in-depth explanations on using the LayOut tool set that contains example plans, details, sections, presentations, and other information Updates the first edition to reflect the changes to SketchUp 2018 and the core functionalities, menus, tools, inferences, arc tools, reporting, and much more Written by a SketchUp authorized trainer who has an active online platform and extensive connections within the SketchUp community Contains accompanying tutorial videos that demonstrate some of the more advanced SketchUp tips and tricks

Written for professional architects, as well as professionals in interior design and landscape architecture, The SketchUp Workflow for Architecture offers a revised and updated resource for using SketchUp in all aspects of the architectural design process.

Author Notes

Michael Brightman is president at Brightman Designs, a firm of talented designers, 3D modelers, visualization experts, and trainers. Brightman Designs offers design, drafting, visualization, and workflow training services for designers all over the world. The firm features a 3D helpline on all things SketchUp Pro, LayOut, ConDoc Tools, and Lumion. Brightman Designs developed the popular SketchUp extension, ConDoc Tools, which expedites and automates creating construction documents using the techniques described in this book.

Table of Contents

Part I Starting the Flowp. 1
Chapter 1 Introductionp. 3
The Updated Workflowp. 4
Who Should Read This Book?p. 5
What's in This Book?p. 6
What Are the Prerequisites?p. 7
Sketch Up Make or Sketch Up Pro?p. 8
Online Contentp. 9
Mental Preparationp. 10
Portfoliop. 10
Chapter Pointsp. 17
Chapter 2 Building Information Modelingp. 18
What Is BIM?p. 18
SketchUp and LayOut as BIMp. 19
Filling in the BIM Blanksp. 24
BIM Burnoutp. 26
The SketchUp Outlookp. 28
Chapter Pointsp. 29
Chapter 3 Hardwarep. 30
Mac versus PCp. 30
Specsp. 31
Comparison Shoppingp. 35
Systemsp. 37
Chapter Pointsp. 41
Chapter 4 File and Folder Managementp. 42
Folders and Filesp. 42
Cloud Storagep. 56
Archivingp. 56
Chapter Pointsp. 59
Part II SketchUpp. 61
Chapter 5 SketchUp Basicsp. 63
Five Core Conceptsp. 63
Leveraging SketchUpp. 65
Modeling Strategyp. 67
Precise Modelingp. 68
Creating Geometryp. 73
Organizing Geometry with Containersp. 92
Section Planesp. 101
Layers, Styles, and Scenesp. 102
Chapter Pointsp. 110
Chapter 6 The Professional's SketchUp Templatep. 112
Base Templatep. 112
Model Infop. 113
Standard Layersp. 118
Stylesp. 118
Utility Scenesp. 122
Chapter Pointsp. 130
Chapter 7 The Professional's SketchUp Environmentp. 131
Toolbarsp. 131
Trays and Dialogsp. 133
System Preferencesp. 134
Chapter Pointsp. 141
Chapter 8 SketchUp Collectionsp. 142
Material Collectionp. 142
Component Collectionsp. 146
Styles Collectionp. 149
Chapter Pointsp. 154
Chapter 9 Extensionsp. 155
Find Extensionsp. 155
Installing Extensionsp. 156
Using Extensionsp. 158
Recommended Extensionsp. 160
Chapter Pointsp. 164
Part III LayOutp. 165
Chapter 10 Introduction to LayOutp. 167
What Is LayOut?p. 167
Why LayOut?p. 172
Chapter Pointsp. 175
Chapter 11 The LayOut Interfacep. 176
Getting Startedp. 176
Main Toolbarp. 177
Document Setupp. 178
Preferences Windowp. 184
Inspectorsp. 192
Chapter Pointsp. 201
Chapter 12 The Professional's LayOut Environmentp. 202
New Presentationp. 202
System Preferencesp. 203
Custom Toolbarsp. 208
Traysp. 210
Basic LayOut Templatep. 211
Chapter Pointsp. 214
Chapter 13 LayOut Toolsp. 215
Navigating LayOutp. 215
Drawing Toolsp. 216
Annotation Toolsp. 225
Tablesp. 229
Modification Toolsp. 231
Chapter Pointsp. 238
Chapter 14 Inserting Contentp. 239
Working with Sketch Up Modelsp. 239
Working with Imagesp. 243
Working with Textp. 245
Working with Tablesp. 246
Managing Referencesp. 248
Working with CADp. 249
Chapter Pointsp. 250
Part IV Model Organizationp. 251
Chapter 15 Model Organization Overviewp. 253
Core Concepts of Model Organizationp. 253
Nesting Groups and Layersp. 256
Simplify the Systemp. 283
Expand the Systemp. 285
Chapter Pointsp. 286
Chapter 16 New Constructionp. 287
New Construction Processp. 287
The BLVD Coffee Shop Projectp. 288
Chapter Pointsp. 314
Chapter 17 Renovationp. 315
Renovation Processp. 315
The Milwaukee Street Renovation Projectp. 316
Chapter Pointsp. 345
Part V Visualizationp. 347
Chapter 18 Introduction to Visualization/Preparationp. 349
Presentationsp. 352
Real Objectsp. 355
Populating a Scenep. 356
Preparing a Modelp. 358
Chapter Pointsp. 359
Chapter 19 Renderingp. 360
SketchUp Stillsp. 360
SketchUp Animationsp. 363
Photorealistic Renderingp. 366
Chapter Pointsp. 371
Chapter 20 Altered Realityp. 372
Virtual Realityp. 372
Augmented Realityp. 376
Chapter Pointsp. 377
Part VI Construction Documentsp. 379
Chapter 21 Crucial Concepts for Construction Documentsp. 381
Always Offp. 382
Level of Detailp. 383
Representing Objectsp. 384
Section Planesp. 388
Rendering Settings Theoryp. 389
Line Weight Theoryp. 393
Stacking Viewportsp. 393
Hatchingp. 395
Chapter Pointsp. 399
Chapter 22 Title Blocksp. 400
Templatesp. 400
Chapter Pointsp. 418
Chapter 23 Drawingsp. 419
Drawingsp. 419
Chapter Pointsp. 464
Chapter 24 Annotationsp. 465
Annotationsp. 465
Scrapbooksp. 466
Using Collectionsp. 478
Chapter Pointsp. 478
Chapter 25 Exportingp. 479
Exporting to PDFp. 479
Exporting to CADp. 479
Conclusionp. 486
Chapter Pointsp. 486
Indexp. 487