The SketchUp Workflow for Architecture
If you want to go beyond the basics and start using SketchUp 3D modeling software in all phases of your design, The SketchUp Workflow for Architecture is the perfect place to start. From preliminary schematics to construction documentation and everything in between, the book sketches out a workflow that is flexible enough to use from start to finish. You'll discover helpful techniques, smart tips, and best practices that will make your design process easier, as well as helping you easily export your models into BIM programs. The book includes in-depth coverage of the lightly-documented LayOut toolset and video tutorials on more advanced methods. Goes beyond the basics into intermediate and advanced techniques for architects, designers, and engineers who want to use SketchUp in all stages of design
Guides you from basic schematics through design development to construction documentation
Includes best practices for organizing projects and workflows and helpful tips
Provides special coverage of the LayOut toolset, an often-underused component of SketchUp Pro
The SketchUp Workflow for Architecture is a valuable addition to your design toolkit. MICHAEL BRIGHTMAN is President and Lead Instructor of Bright Ideas Consultants, a SketchUp authorized training center, where he teaches architecture, construction, engineering, and design firms how to leverage SketchUp 3D models in their workflows. A frequent teacher and presenter on the topic, Mike also designs and creates dynamic 3D presentations and architectural drawings for a variety of clients and projects.
The SketchUp Workflow for Architecture
Building Information Modeling
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the latest buzz in architectural design and drafting. Is BIM a revolution or just the way the industry works these days? In this chapter, you will be encouraged to contemplate and challenge the popular assumptions and standard definition of BIM. By doing so, you should realize that integrating the benefits of BIM into your workflow is easier and cheaper than you ever thought.
What Is BIM?
" Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. A BIM is a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle; defined as existing from earliest conception to demolition." (National BIM Standard--United States) A building information model (BIM) is an intelligent model that integrates design, visualization, simulation, and collaboration into one process. The model is a physical representation, but it can also be informative. The model not only shows a client what a building will look like, but it also gives the client and designer a better understanding of how the building will function. A BIM is essentially a shared, digital building prototype that helps everyone on the design team make better decisions.
Stages and Uses
A building information model is intended to be used during every phase of the design process, and by every member on the team.
Architects typically create the main model and then share it with consultants who use the BIM to ensure that their trades don't interfere with the building's function or other trades. For instance, a duct physically can't run through a beam. It is better to catch issues like this on the computer rather than in the field. This BIM feature is commonly referred to as clash detection.
Building owners and facility managers can also use the BIM after the building is complete. For example, a BIM could help them track down the source of a stained ceiling by locating plumbing lines or by indicating possible weaknesses in the roof membrane.
TIP In reality, most building owners and facility managers won't use the building information model to solve problems - but they could. If they were to use a program, however, they'd find that the SketchUp viewer is free and very approachable. Features
BIM is a concept not a software program. However, there are software programs that use the BIM concept to execute the design process. There is no official BIM features list, but here are a few popular features that most people expect to find in a BIM program:
Model life-cycle use with the building, from predesign to demolition
Interoperability with consultants and their CAD platforms
Dynamic links between the 3D model and the construction documents. (When a change is made in a plan, that change is reflected in all other drawings, sections, elevations, and reflected ceiling plans.)
Photorealistic rendering and raytracing
Parametric modeling, both input and output
4D construction phasing and schedule management SketchUp and LayOut as BIM
Coming as a surprise to most, SketchUp and LayOut contain many of the most popular BIM software features. With the workflow presented in this book, SketchUp and LayOut pull the best features from each of the most popular drafting platforms (2D CAD and 3D BIM). Using this workflow, you can incorporate BIM's fundamental features into your projects. This section outlines what makes SketchUp and LayOut such a powerful design and documentation tool and