If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a 3D model must be worth at least a million. It is one of the easiest and fastest ways to clearly and persuasively share your ideas with your customers, or potential customers, and it’s pretty darn impressive too! There’s even a way to get started in 3D modelling that is inexpensive and with a large supportive community of users that provide help, and that’s with Trimble SketchUp.
Trimble SketchUp is a 3D modelling program that is used in a wide range of industries, from toy modelling for 3D printing to product design to architecture and construction. It is provided free, as SketchUp Make, or for a cost and with added functionality including plotting (LayOut), as SketchUp Pro. It even has desktop, iOS and Android viewers that make it easy to share models and a 3D Warehouse where you can find a 3D model of practically anything.
Rob Davidson from our Brisbane office has recently been involved in a few projects where Trimble SketchUp was used for visualisation, including modelling alterations to a dam, a BMX track project and subdivisions.
“Trimble SketchUp has a lot of applications, and didn’t require a great deal of time and training to become proficient. The Extension Warehouse provides access to a huge range of add-on tools to make the job even easier.”
Plus, Trimble SketchUp integrates with other programs to make it even easier to give a realistic representation of your project. It integrates with Google Earth imagery and terrain, for including your model in the ‘real world’, and Trimble Realworks to help bring laser scanned surfaces (terrain, buildings, etc) into SketchUp.
Learn more about SketchUp or download a free trial. SketchUp is distributed by our partner company, BuildingPoint Australia. BuildingPoint is the distribution partner for Trimble Buildings in Australia and is at the forefront of technology and software for everyone from architects, building owners, general contractors and construction managers to MEP trades and structural engineers.