Construction Drawings - Boat Dock

Just finished up this set of Construction Drawings using SketchUp Pro and LayOut. LayOut capabilities keep improving - Thank-you, and looking forward to version 2019.


Nice, looks very clean despite the complexity of whats going on.

What font is that by the way?

Thank-you @liamk887. The font is Win10 Candara
Best Regards

Great work @Lindsey!

Glad you named the font. Rather liking it myself!


Thank you @MichaelSiggers.
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Nice design and nice presentation. (When I sit on thesis juries, there’s a section of the grading sheet on various qualities of the presentation itself, and it’s all high marks here!) I’m curious why paper white came out grey in these images? Is it supposed to look like that?

Thank you @RTCool.
The original production in LayOut does have white backgrounds with stronger colors as created in SU. However I wanted to adjust down the colors close to B/W, and as a result the backgrounds came in gray. The adjustment was done in basic MS Photo. I want to work on the adjustments some more, as the resolution suffered (especially the annotations) in the process.

Wow! This is amazing! My favorite part is the curved bridge.

Thank-you @Forestr
Greatly appreciated.

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Nice Design! I also like the Drawings and the Style with this gray background!

The cambered bridge is definitely a nice touch. Very strong work, thank-you for sharing.

Thank you for your complements @Peter_B and @medeek.
With the greatly appreciated replies to the bridge @Forestr and @medeek, I will upload to the 3DW tomorrow.
Best Regards.


I am hoping the powers that be at SketchUp and Trimble take note of this post and other like it.

This is the future of SketchUp. With continual improvements to Layout and the integration with SU these types of construction documents will become more common place. SketchUp can and will dominate the construction design market.


Actually I think the real power of Sketchup will be when we just issue the SU model and there is no need for paper documentation… all information is either in or linked to that model and accessed by interrogating it


great set of docs… curious to know what paper size you use to cover that level of detail?..

do many use A1 [842x594mm size] successfully [not sure what that is in USA,Liberia and Myanmar measurement units] :slight_smile:

Not to derail this awesome thread put I can only partially agree with you on this. I think there will always be a need for construction documents that provide necessary instructions and annotations. Of course they don’t need to be actual paper but they will be a 2D representation of a 3D structure, or some form of detailing along those lines.

Working in aerospace I did see this migration where we would pass our 3D models directly to the machine shop for CNC milling and the paper documents became somewhat secondary to the process. However, the 2D drawings always seem to contain some information that the model was missing (ie. surface finish callouts, customer job numbers, other meta data etc…)


I agree with Mr Medeek. There will always be a need for 2d representation of 3 dimensional objects but in conjunction with issue of a model.
A recent example are the structural engineers I use, I usually incorporate the engineers structure into my models from which then produce sections, plans etc but recently whilst at their offices I had the model on screen and zooming around, showing an hiding layers etc and showing clashes and where revised details were needed etc in relation to the overall design. I turned around because the room was quiet and they were all sitting there with mouths open.
They were astounded at the model detail and the fact that their structural design was incorporated and shown in context to highlight construction details.
Not a single other Architect/ designer that they work with (on this sort of project) worked like that, they only ever got to see standard sections and plans. The immediate benefit that a dynamic, detailed construction model that could be shared was instantly apparent.
They are now purchasing SUPro, and our workflow moving forward will be based on my SU model. They use ACad and Revit but want me to build the structure into an SU model which they will then maintain in SU and push structural revisions back to me in the of a .skp with a reference point that I can easily incorporate back into my master model. Yes

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actually, I would think that you are confirming my approach… its just that others have not got their mind around it…I do detailed concept designs in SU and then hand then to an architectural documentation team… dont produce any drawings… they document in the traditional way from my model (yes still in 2d)

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In a recent series of three lectures by Phil Bernstein at AIA/CT, he kept saying that code compliance will soon be mostly, but not completely, done by software. I’m having a hard time imagining how, but I should think he means it requires a model to be submitted.

Thank you @gsharp. I chose ANSI B paper for this project (11"x17"). Similar to ISO A3. I find this to be a great size for smaller projects and consultant presentations, easy to print on a large number of printers and a good fit (at full size) for most desktop monitors. I also use ARCH D (24"x36") primarily for larger projects. Similar to ISO A1, as you note.