Episode 7: SketchUp for Construction

Yes, we do it all the time. We design most of the houses we build and start with 2D linework, just like in cad, then model from there.

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Excellent presentation, most content I’ve seen yet. Thank you!

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I also used to use the Andersen Window plugin. I ended up creating my own DC’s for every type of window. They have the 2D operability diagram included for exterior elevations. Let me know if you’re interested.

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Thank you Toby! I sure hope I did not bore anyone :slight_smile:

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John, I’d sent you a video of a wood to steel extension I had coded for CFS framing. Did you ever see that? Turned your Framer walls into CFS!

Absolutely!! Please email me at john@brockworksinc.com

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NO! Send that again if you do not mind. Thanks!

John that is a great answer! Thank you. I teach SketchUp at Clark College in Vancouver Washington, and have my own SketchUp training company and you did a great job speaking and sharing your work progression. Have a great day.

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Great presentation John!!
Can you please provide pdf of presentation because your screens where on top of some of the text sometimes and this is something definitely worth reviewing and studying in depth. Again thank you for your work and dedication.

Seems odd that you have to work with PDF’s. In this day and age, who can’t give you dwg files instead? Do these pfd files have layer organization, or are they just everything lumped together?

Thank you! Didn’t we meet at Basecamp last time?

Great presentation! The PDF importer you referred to, is that your own product?

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DWGs do not bring in any text. Not necessary to model by BUT so convenient to be able to refer to when modeling, well worth it to me and prefer using PDFs actually. You do have to delete a lot of stuff you do not need. We have a new version that somewhat deletes bulky hatch patterns, but not all.

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Congratulations on the 6th anniversary here!

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Thank-you again for the presentation and shout outs. You and Bob’s work is by far the most impressive stuff I’ve seen done in SketchUp lately.

So much information in your presentation and also in your models, you should really do a whole series of presentations that dive into your workflow through each step of the project. There is no easy way to compress everything you do into a short 30-45 min. presentation.

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Thanks! Yes, you can find it at www.estimatorforsketchup.com

Thank you, Nathaniel. This is heady company to be part of. I appreciate everyone’s work and commitment to changing the way custom homes are built

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Thanks Nathaniel! I am actually mapping out a very detailed video series that will follow step by step everything I showed today in overview. I really do want to talk to you about integration. If I can get your framer to estimate as I need, we will use yours instead of ours, because the windows and doors and trim and siding would be a HUGE time saver. I played with yours some and recall getting Estimator to read your trim lengths.

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Thanks!

I completely forgot to post the link to get the overview for free!!! https://www.sketchup4builders.com/free/

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The integration of the data into Estimator can actually happen mostly on my end. Once I tabulate this information into the attribute library for the wall panel all you have to do is pick it up (within Estimator). We need to do a Google Meet session and I can better explain the data handoff, but its actually very simple and straightforward.

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