Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Google Sketchup & Sustainability

Google Sketchup is becoming more of a player in the game of Sustainability. Here is a link to (3) plug-ins that work with Sketchup.

I have mixed feelings about this. Do you...

1. Give the Sketchup user better tools to help them make better decisions?

Or

2. Train them in Revit, so they can do ALL phases of the project in one app.

Sketchup is a very popular tool with our designers during the early phases of a project (and they're darn good at it), but the lines blur when to stop modeling in Sketchup and start designing in Revit. This results in re-work and a duplicated effort (the designer continues to model, but so does the Revit team). So he's my dilemma, do we enable the designers to work even more in Sketchup (one more reason they don't have to learn Revit)? Then the Revit team basically starts over in Revit when the design is refined (re-work). Yes, they would be able to make more informed decisions about their design now that these tools are integrated into Sketchup, but we're enabling them not to learn & use Revit earlier in the game.

Or, do we have them start using Revit earlier, leveraging the sustainability tools available (that have been available for a while now) and as a result, less duplicated efforts.

My vote is to leverage Revit earlier in the game for the design, but it's a change in thinking and the tool used - that can be a tough conversion! There's the mindset change, learning curve, etc. that you have to consider

We're evaluating all options right now, so I'll know more later, so stay tuned!

But for now - here are the plug-ins for Sketchup:


http://www.google.com/sketchup/green/analysis.html



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