3d Construction Modeling with Google SketchUp
A construction model graphically communicates the means, methods, and processes embedded in the contract documents for the production of complex objects. It dynamically represents the sequence of events & process anticipated for the construction.
Construction models are piece-based because they are organized so that every part of the model can be easily identified, modified, and reused in another model as a distinct three-dimensional object.
These objects are then counted, measured, and categorized so that their data can be used to graphically manage estimates, schedules, and other related projects. Construction modeling automatically surveys quantities and identifies phases, tasks, and errors and omissions.
Google SketchUp has been adopted by many AEC professionals to design, visualize and plan building projects. We apply sketch up software in our project for creating accurate 3D construction model which plays as an information and communications tool for manufacturing, construction, and property development.
3D construction models begin with a set of 2D contract documents. These are the construction documents that represent the scope of the contract requirements provided by the design team. The model is constructed to confirm a bid, during contract negotiations, or in the field just ahead of the actual work. The idea is to use the 3D modeler as a tool to systematically check the 2D documents, test details and dimensions, and understand the assumptions made by the design team — before the documents are used in the field.
We also use SketchUP to track projects in 4D. We create 3D drawings in SketchUp and import them into the Synchro timeline resulting a 4D simulation of a construction project as it progresses through time. Sequence modeling highlights conflicts, anticipates coordination problems, and tests design assumptions. Stakeholders can indeed understand a construction schedule more quickly and completely while providing visual insight into possible delays and miscalculations. Our clients can find the best value for a project as sketch up provide a collaborative approach to construction, where owners, designers, and constructors are all able to animate concerns in 3D, illustrate project production over time, test alternative approaches to an assembly, and evaluate schedules and costs as a logical sequence of activities.
SketchUp can be an effective tool to visually communicate the means and methods of an assembly as a series of distinct events or activities. It maintains distinct clusters of objects as a controlled collection of nested construction assemblies. It can also very quickly model and communicate “time” as an erection sequence, simulated field assembly, or a preconstruction process.
Every complex construction models can be built using sketch up’s simple three-dimensional construction modeler. All estimates and schedules in construction are organized in a work breakdown structure (WBS). and provides an over all framework for the pieces of the construction model, including three standard levels of subassemblies, sequences, and the supporting labor and equipment used to actually build almost any complex construction project.
We’ve also used SketchUp to publish assembly manuals, forensic models, and fabrication models for management consultants, contractors, and manufacturers
A few ways to use SketchUp in Construction: -
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- ♦ Submit proposals and sketches for preliminary review to city agencies.
- ♦ Explore job site changes and communicate them to owners, architects and sub-contractors.
- ♦ Create 3D detailing to generate isometric details.
- ♦ Wood working projects, home fixer uppers, decks, balconies & stairs.
- ♦ Develop product literature.
- ♦ Sell! Sell your designs and proposals to owners, city planners, and sub contractors.