Much needed help


I require help.

I’m confident in my ability, but I’m also struggling simultaneously to manage SketchUp. Things have perked up for me as I was diagnosed with ADHD only six months ago! I’m now 35.

Working for my Dad’s business had profound effects on mental health, which left me feeling not as knowledgeable at SketchUp Pro as much as I wished.

My Dad has also now sold and left the business. So we have a new boss: with unique opportunities and a fresh start.

I’m now assigned to minimise design time, quoting time and fix workflow. All whilst not having the time to work on those things! I’m the sole designer and self-taught. I won’t bore you with a list of what I do in my day to day work, but it’s instead a lot on top of this.

I have a reasonable idea of the end goal, but I’m stuck on how to go about it. For example, I have a catalogue full of products. I will need to model all of these in a library for easy access to drag and drop into SketchUp. At the same time, I will add descriptive text, product reference numbers, and other descriptive attributes alongside a Quoting extension to SketchUp or another better method for a seamless quotation into our accounting system.

I’m struggling.

Grateful would not be the word if a knowledgeable person wouldn’t mind sparing a few minutes here or there to guide me to getting underway and flying.

I am based in the United Kingdom. My SketchUp is intermediate with probably some bad habits here and there.

If anyone thinks they can help and doesn’t mind discussing or spending 15-20 minutes with me. Then I’d be more than happy to hop on teams, zoom, and discord without difficulty.

I hope there’s someone who can help.

Thank you.

Richard Bryn

Hi I sent you a personal message I am very interested.

You failed to mention what sort of designs you are doing … regardless I’ll send you a PM to see if if it’s something I could help with.

E. Godsey
GTA Design

Of course, I’m sorry :confused:

Here’s some more information.

1So to better help understand my dilemma (requirements haha) and to give anyone interested in helping. I’ve written this below. We are a Garage interior E-commerce business selling modular metal storage cabinetry systems. Focusing on residential home garages. As a no-obligation service we also provide a design & install service. Presently I’ve been using SketchUp Pro at a amateur to intermediate level where I draw up their garage from the plans provided. Due to lack of experience I have a lot of old legacy stuff to shift through.

I’ve made a “Studio” SketchUp Pro file which holds just a small handful of components (cabinets) sitting there visually ready to move and drop into position. This obviously requires addressing where a library folder needs creating. I’ve found a handy piece of software which works well with SketchUp called collector thanks to SketchUpEssentials’s youtube vidoes. Materials and models can be stored and dragged and dropped into a clean load of SketchUp Pro. I have to tidy up my act quite a bit. The primary aspect for all this is to improve workflow for a new designer to come in and hit the ground running.

Ultimately, the object is to correctly group components, whilst also being mindful of the components attributes such as, weight, colour, product reference codes, price etc. The end goals are ass follows: - Have a portfolio of all the products (catalogue is an inch thick) - Include the necessary attributes. - Be able to export to an excel sheet or a better method to then… - To then import and populate our quotation accounting software (to save time) We also supply dimensional drawings (in the process of looking into SketchUp layout). Including 3D renders.

I’ve also done a tiny bit of research on LFC but that has just blown my mind. I’m only becoming mindful of properly using Tag and outliner whilst grabbing loads of useful extensions. I have begun to draw up the cabinets but I have the sinking feeling that if I don’t do this properly, then it’s going to cause me more work in the long run.

I’d hate to think I’ve produced these model in an untidy manner adding unnecessary information or displaced information. These models will be used for the foreseeable future for about 2 to 3 years by new designer members and staff inexperienced using more complicated system such as AUTOCAD which will eventually become our standard practice with employed designers. But that’s a long way off.