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Product Details

  • Paperback: 123 pages
  • Publisher: Insitebuilders (October 2004)
  • ISBN-10: 0976274108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976274100
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,217,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

More About the Author

Dennis is a licensed architect and construction manager with more than thirty years experience as a professional construction administrator, researcher, and construction management professor. He is a Fulbright Scholar and earned his PhD in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dennis Fukai, Architect, PhD
http://insitebuilders.com/CV
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One of the awesome books I have ever come across.
Jay@Penn
It identifies the learning objectives for each task, the resources and time required, and cleverly illustrates all the steps a reader will perform.
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I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning sketchUp.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By James G. Teachey on February 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
Dr. Fukai:

Thank you for writing your 3-D Construction Modeling textbook. I am new to SketchUp 4.0 and building design. I am attempting to design and build my own metal sculpture studio from scratch. I discovered SketchUp quite by accident. While reading the Winter issue of Tools & Shops by Fine Woodworking Magazine, I came across an article written by John Yurko. In the article Mr. Yurko described his experience using SketchUp to construct woodshop machinery and design the overall look and flow of his shop.

Before I read this article, I was tempted to purchase another brand of off-the-shelf architectural software. Thank goodness I did not.

Last month my wife ordered a copy of SketchUP from @Last Software to use in her first-grade classroom. I began to experiment around with the software myself, but was I rather disappointed in the training tutorials offered by the company. Their video tutorials were useful yet were designed to be more general in nature. I prefer using a "project" textbook written in step-by-step fashion as you have done. I am a metalsmith, and for several years I have dreamed of building a workshop behind our home. My goal has been to use SketchUp to visualize both framing construction and overall visual appearance of the shop before construction. Being able to work out the framing details and obtain an overall "look & feel" of the shop in advance will help me to avoid costly errors once the real construction begins.

It is impossible to express how excited I am to have found your book! It is exactly the textbook I was hoping to find and use. To my surprise I also discovered the book contained a CD-ROM containing 50 interactive video "Shorties" that take the user step-by-step though the entire building sequence.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lara on July 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am sure if you are a Google fan you now know that they offer SketchUp for free. Dr. Fukai's book assumed you had a limited amount of time (480 minutes) using the SketchUp 4.0 trial version included with his book. I can say that his book is truly one fantastic way to learn a lot about the details of modeling with SketchUp. Dr. Fukai's interactive "shorties" allows you to go over as often as needed to learn the details of this 3D software. I was having some difficulty part way through the tutorials and emailed Dr. Fukai and received detailed instructions on how to proceed. He is an excellent teacher and his book is highly recommended.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Spoon on February 21, 2005
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This is my first 3D program to learn, and i'm glad i found this book. Good thing about this book is that i don't have to read the book. ^^ Just play the movies and follow his steps.

Has anybody seen author's cell phone number listed on the book? It shows how much he cares about the readers.

I just started step 1 second time to follow exactly what he is teaching us in the book. Without this book i would have never guessed how to apply SketcuUp in the real world.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By new account holder on November 29, 2004
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Dennis' book, "3D Construction Modeling: Project Based Learning" takes you on a 300-minute journey, and by the end, even the most computer illiterate person has created an amazingly detailed, very realistic model of a small building. Thanks to the creative, graphic novel layout style, it is easy to read and follow - anyone that can check their email and read the Comics section in the Sunday newspaper can make a 3D model with this book and with SketchUp. Working with SketchUp itself, you get the feeling that the program is a kind of "AutoCAD meets Legos." And by the time you've finished the book, you don't even realize have better time management skills and over 100 new construction definitions stored in memory.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jay@Penn on November 28, 2004
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One of the awesome books I have ever come across. I am a visual person and understand things better when depicted graphically. I purchased this book after hearing raving review from a friend of mine. Sure, in a matter of hours, I felt like I had hands-on experience on the 3D modeling software - SketchUp. I highly recommend this book to anyone on the go and don't have time to pour over "text" based books or boring lengthy software manuals. Simplicity and powerful elegance are the design parameters behind this meticulously made book! Kudos to the author of this book and I expect more interesting releases on construction modeling from this great author.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ravi Srinivasan on November 28, 2004
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This book is interesting in two aspects. One, the book acts as an interactive communication tool that has been developed based on project based learning mechanism. Two, the book allows the understanding of home construction for novices like me. In a short period of time, I was able to work on developing 3D construction models in SketchUp. Thanks to the new graphical approach demonstrated in this book, I became more involved in modeling my own dream house. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning sketchUp. For newbies like me, this book is definitely a boon! Five sparkling stars to this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey J. Hodgson on January 25, 2005
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Project based tutorials have to be one of the best ways to learn new software and this has to be one of the best books to learn SketchUp. The book is based on the 3D construction of a timber framed house from foundation excavation to roofing. In so doing the reader is introduced to most if not all of the functionality of SketchUp. It requires care and patience to get the most out of the book but you will be well rewarded with the results. The author has even included a CD with a series of short video screen capture clips of each element of the software medeling processes so you can see how it was done. This is an excellent aid to learning. I teach construction related topics at a university and there is growing demand to demonstrate complex processes using 3D computer based modeling. If you are in this situation don't hesitate to buying this book. I whole heartedly recommend it.
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