For the past couple of years I have used Sketchup Pro for my designs and work drawings for my small Norwegian building contractor business.
Prior to this I used the free Sketchup version as a sales tool to visualize the finished product with the customers.
As the Corona hit last year I saw a marked decrease in business, which gave me time to do å more in-depth study of all the native Sketchup tools, how to organise a model in Sketchup, and how to speed up my workflow.
However there is no easy way to take out material/cutting list from the model for calculating labour and material cost.
I have tried running reports, but there’s a lot of clean up after i have exported it to Excel, and lot of time manually pricing.
I have also tried John Brock: Estimator for SketchUp, but that’s got an issue with exporting Norwegian letters and date, that also leaves me with a lot of cleanup before I got a presentable quote.
At present I’m trying Quantifier Pro, and are quite happy with the workflow and the finish result, but it still can’t export Norwegian letters in a meaningful way, and leaves some cleaning up b4 I have a presentable quote.
The last few days I have been in contact with PlusSpec to try out there PlusDesignBuild extension, but they refuse to let me have a 30 day free trial to assess if its worth the 3k asking price, and in stead offerd me a 25 day money back guarantee.
However I’m a bit reluctant to tie up 3k on a guarantee from a company on the other side of the world, and on an extension that I will have to spend a lot of time learning b4 I can see if it delivers what it promises.
For some time I have realized that 3D modelling is going to be a key cornerstone in the domestic building trade, and as I already got experience with Sketchup, have decided that I will use it as my main platform, and buy the extensions that will speed up my workflow with design, sales, and documentation.
Any recommendation on extensions that will speed up the above mentioned workflow will be much appreciated.