Hi Guys, I thought I should chine in. The start of the question was large scale models. It can be a bit of a conundrum as the more information and geometry you add, the slower the model will react. It does not matter if you are using Revit, Archicad or Sketchup the truth is that large models will always be slower. The only way to have a large model is to have it optimised via a Sketchup ninja user or via a plugin like PlusSpec. Many talk about LOD yet I do believe it is counter productive as it leaves more room for error… I can not remember, Did I swap out all of my my LOD 200 for 350? Once I added the larger files I now need to segregate my model as it is too cumbersome to work with. This is an insane amount of work just to get a job done, really it is just a work around for slow bloated models in Revit, it is not for me.
No doubt you guys are aware of PlusSpec? I built it, as I run a design and construction company in Australia, large models really started to slow us down. I needed all of the geometry and all of the information to make BIM and VDC feasible to create. I also needed auto IFC attribution which now happens according to what you are drawing. I spent most of my time organising models when the real requirement was to communicate design intent via a 3D model that could be used to build with. 8+ years ago I employed developers in my office to come up with a comprehensive plugin that allowed me to organise my models in a way that allowed me to add in more geometry and information, modify at any time and specify real products.
The comprehensive models you all show here are great and these are examples of what industry needs to build from but at what cost to the designer? I can imagine how long it takes to edit them and I know how long it would take to draw them in the traditional Sketchup manor.
This is why I developed PlusSpec, it is for professionals, if you only draw one or 2 things a year PlusSpec is too expensive, yet if you grind away everyday doing detailed drawings then Plusspec is the answer. It will blow your mind!
Here is a live link to the website https://plusspec.com/
As for the MEP drawings that @Cad110 Cad110 is doing ( great work BTW) I would recommend the MEP Plugin for Sketchup or Skeng (brilliant).
I know it sounds unbelievable but PlusSpec will actually do structure at the same time as drawing walls, all of the steel and structure is parametric so you can send it to the engineer and he or she can simply select the right size to suit their calculations and also comment or tag issues that may clash with the design intent. It has a scene creator tool which in 1 click will create all of your plans and elevations for Layout (huge time saver!) We needed a solution so I built it. PlusSpec does exactly what you guys need, if time is as important to you as it is to me.
I am happy to organise a private or public webinar if you want to learn more. It does have tutorials built in to every tool so you do not have waste more time searching for how to videos. I now no longer build homes, all I do is continue to work on further development in PlusSpec. As a matter of fact I just put on another developer to help with PlusSpec 2016.
We needed an intuitive & powerful BIM VDC program and no one else could show me one. I built PlusSpec out of necessity for residential and commercial construction. Not to compete with Revit and Archicad, I am sure they are great, I just could not use them. I may be a little less tech savvy than their users or patient I am not sure…