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Mastering the Art of 3D Construction Modeling Paperback – March 13, 2011
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Dennis Fukai of Insitebuilders has been writing books on SketchUp since 2004. I met him way back at SketchUp's first Base Camp in 2005, where he was showcasing his then-new book 3D Construction Modeling . ...His books consist mainly of simple and clear screen captures, annotated with comic-book style callouts. Light on text, easy to follow. ... The CD includes a series of short, illustrative videos, divided by chapter. Viewed in order, the videos show how to use SketchUp to accomplish each chapter's topic: site setup, excavation, floor framing, wall framing, roof framing, etc. ... The CD also provides a completed SketchUp model for each chapter, which you can use to deconstruct and build back up according to the videos' instructions. ...The printed book itself is basically an illustrated index for the videos. So the best way to get the most of the whole package is to plug in the CD, play the videos one by one, and follow along in the book. If you want to get your hands dirty and REALLY learn this stuff, open the chapter's provided SketchUp model, and recreate the results of each video, one by one. ... The order of the book matches the order of an actual construction project, and the final result describes the building process, as opposed to product. ... The book and CD are a bargain at $29.95.
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Bonnie Roskes 3DVinci blogspot --Bonnie Roskes, Founder 3DVinci and author or SketchUp 8 Hands On series
Mastering the Art of 3D Construction Modeling is an inspiring fresh take on drawing and communicating three-dimensionally.
This revised edition of his earlier book, 3D Construction Modeling, includes updated graphic descriptions and successfully incorporates the interactive use of web-based resources.
Through the years as a facilities maintenance professional I have come to rely on the clear delivery of information in Fukai's series of books and his well-informed and dependable support.
This is a richly useful resource for using SketchUp and understanding construction principles. --Jai Dixon, Facilities Manager
About the Author
Dennis Fukai is a licensed architect and construction manager with more than forty years experience as a professional construction administrator, researcher, and university professor.
He is a Fulbright scholar and earned his Ph.D in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. Dennis has been recognized internationally for his work in advanced construction modeling and graphic communications.
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Make sure that you are OK with buying a book that repeatedly says "Remember, these pages are a visual index to the video explanations on the book's CD"
I thought I was buying a reference book with a CD. What I really bought was a CD with a book of screenshots from the videos on the CD.
I'm not a big fan of video as a reference medium. At least with a book you can flip through it, look in the index, look in the table of contents to find a reference to something. With a video reference, you have to more than likely find the right video, then you have to watch the whole thing to find the desired reference. Or you can fast forward and hope you don't miss it.
So, taking that I'm not a fan of video, imagine my frustration when I start to work through the book and get to the first video and find:
From the HTML file on the CD:
*Because of file size we weren't able to incorporate the audio summary into the videos for this book and fit them on a single CD. The thought was that it's easier to read the captioned text and stop and start the video as you work through the lesson without sound -- a suggestion from many people working through the lessons in our other books.
.... 1. Take a look at the book's illustrations to get an idea of what is involved.
.... 2. Get a feel for the construction process with the UTube video and the audio summary.
.... 3. When ready, use Play/Pause with the larger Flash animation to review the details.
.... 4. Then use the checklist and resources as you build your own construction model.
That means we have 4 places to look for something. No, wait.. There are 5 places. #2 above says "UTube video and the audio summary." That's right, there is a video file with no sound, an audio file that apparently goes along with the video but is not a part of it.
This is just too cumbersome for me. I will be returning this purchase.