A fantastic book! SketchUp users will be thrilled, what a great way to communicate 3D modeling to the construction industry! -- Mark Carvalho, SketchUp Education and Training, @Last Software, Boulder CO, October 2004
One of the first books that uses the design and construction process and 3D modeling and visualization to enhance learning. -- Clark Cory, Associate Professor, Purdue University, Department of Computer Graphics Technology, West Lafayette IN, October 2004
The comic style is simple and enjoyable to read. SketchUp is great for training, preconstruction, and testing design and construction. -- Michael LeFevre, AIA, Holder Construction Company, Atlanta, Georgia, October 2004
From the Publisher
This is a classic book that is now in its 13th printing. The book includes a trial version of the older SketchUp V4 which is a much simpler and basic program than the current version of Google SketchUp - and possibly the last good program from @Last Software. It's closely related to V5 except V4 has black and white icons and V5 has color (and new icon shapes) and the Outliner. The Google SketchUp V6 adds a bunch more stuff like Layout, performances, sketchy edges, warehouse, photo match, etc. All design features that are not necessary for construction models (if that's your interest...). As an introduction to construction modeling we recommend using the trial version of the SketchUp software included with the book until the 8 hour trial period runs out and then switching to the later version of Google SketchUp. The book, therefore, covers the basics of building a piece-based construction model (a BIM) using the tools that you find in all three versions and does not go beyond what is necessary to plan, layout, and build a virtual building.