AutoCAD and Sketchup = Construction Drawings


#1

I too busy to change my whole system to explore Sketchup Layout for CDs so, I came up with my own version: AutoCAD and SKP for CDs. I already had the 3D model that I created for my schematic design work, and my client wanted to keep seeing the project in 3D, so I had to keep working in SKP while preparing CDs. So, I decided to explore using the SKP for my elevations. I exported the elevations in SKP as images and then imported in CAD, and it worked great, heres the final result:


#2

I am currently working on a similar concept except that I am looking at doing details in AutoCad and 3D work in SketchUp and integrating everything in Layout. I at this point feel using Layout for final CD’s might offer better final product, but hear issues of others doing the same. I have yet to get a full set together to see what pitfalls are ahead. Would love to do everything in SketchUp/Layout but still fallback to the precision of AutoCad, habits of 42 years of AutoCad mentality. Please follow up on what your attempting with a full set of documents, especially consultant interaction and offer a critique the process.


#3

Excellent


#4

Nice drawing. I’m in similar situation for work flow, except I use PowerCADD not AutoCad. Over the course of several years, SketchUp has gone from being mostly a Schematic Design tool, to a Design Development tool, and now starting to be more and more a part of Construction Documents. I still start a lot of plans and sections in PC and then eventually everything comes back there from SU for CD’s.


#5

Awesome drawing. Always interested in seeing how folks are using SU and LO to create working drawings. Thanks for sharing…Mick C


#6

Hi Rowaz & all,

This is a really interesting topic that I also fall within being an architectural CADDER in the UK. I can’t quite escape CAD per-se, as really quick for drawing up 2D plans from a site building survey & then developing the proposed plans, the same with new build housing.

I use SU-PRO & LAYOUT to compliment my CAD plans on some projects, not all, as have been able to make my text style & drawing sheets looks the same in both CAD & SU. SU-LAYOUT I find really easy to use & good for mutiple drawing sheet sets as one can just change drawing numbers & titles from the original sheet. The only downside with SU-LAYOUT, is that unlike my CAD software, I don’t think you can use different size drawing sheets in the same LAYOUT session for follow-on multiple drawings/sheets, all the sheets have to be the same size. But I guess you can start new LAYOUT sessions for the same project. Not ideal & something I’d like to see SU-LAYOUT improve in the future.

My CAD software is currently DATACAD & SPIRIT, my YOUTUBE may assist anyone in the SU-MARKET or just general CAD. See link below:-

Over & out,
CJT1963