Sketchup & Layout Training event in Dallas: November 4th, 2017 at the Aloft Hotel Dallas Love Field by Mukundrai Patel

The DFW area is a megapolis with style. There's growth everywhere one casts their eyes. Frisco, McKinney, Plano. Just amazing how the metroplex has kept its distinct design flavor intact.  Sketchup has a place in DFW. Four out of six Sketchup training events in Texas have been demanded by the design professionals serving DFW. However, the participants at the event were from Andrews, TX (8 hour drive), Daphne, Alabama & Frisco, TX. They were fantastic students & hard working folk.

At Simply Sketchup, we cannot imagine the dedication to learning new ways of working by designers everywhere. That's why we are surprised there hasn't been more interest from the other large urban centers in Texas. We're waiting.

One participant is a lovable interior designer working on new hotels in the Southern states. Interior design in Sketchup is a breeze. As an architect, I couldn't  imagine a better vehicle for creating a creative or commercial theme. Painting in Sketchup is versatile and rapid.  We explored the ways Sketchup can inform the aesthetic design of a product & ultimately it's direction in to the real world. Excel, word & numerous other formats are readily transportable in to Sketchup/ Layout for deployment in the field.

Another participant is a Zero energy home designer, already familiar with the Sketchup interface. However, there were some key elements of Sketchup that were alien to his practice. I know he went home after the training event with glee in the knowledge that design tasks were going to become much easier. I salute Armando for being a responsible  patron in our design community. Astoundingly or not, Armando refuses design jobs that are not truly energy efficient. That's a first & just admirable This is where the future of clean living gets built.

There's more to Sketchup than one hears about. It's the taming of the creative mind into showing what it's taming. I hope more of Texas gets to share & use the genius that is Sketchup.

Sketchup @ Halliburton HQ in Houston, Texas September 29th, 2017 by Mukundrai Patel

Dear Sketchup enthusiasts,

We were called to Halliburton HQ in Houston for a Sketchup training event. We accepted the challenge of a multi national enquiring about what Sketchup can do in their workplace. Now, understand that these are designers interacting with almost every country on earth. They have design tasks to fulfill & oil prices are imminently rising, apparentlyThe Halliburton crew were engineers at heart. Which is generally, a good state to be in for today's world.

The task at hand was to see if we could speed up design work by using Sketchup's intuitive power to draw things quickly rather than in 'Etch-a-Sketch' mode. Autocad. Yes! Not really. The time it takes to work Etch-a-Sketch would drive a person to social security in a hurry.

Now, Sketchup is not for everyone, It's for the open minded & consequently, curious. . There's a different way to design that is more relatable to the way humans think & create. Halliburton is not alone in this quick sand, it's an industry wide phenomenon of brokering aesthetic design vs. pipeline management in a time squeeze.

The Halliburton Sketchup training event was more technically involved than prevalent training curriculum. After all, these engineers are taking on design tasks from over the globe. They were years steeped in engineering, yet I think grasped the intuitive nature of Sketchup. Thinking differently, requires bravery of a different sort. One musters to lay down down the arms of their previous knowledge to incorporate a more tactile design process. Engineers are smart people, generally. It was a fantastic day for Simply Sketchup to lay the groundwork for improved efficiency & joy in design work. I salute Engineering!

Sketchup & Layout Advanced Training on Sept. 16th at Millwork Solutions Limited in Mansfield, Texas by Mukundrai Patel

The event in Mansfield, a fast growing town just south of Fort Worth was attended by 4 participants. Together Robin, Clyde, Donna & Joanne who comprise of the tremendous design team at Millwork Solutions. This company designs, manufactures & installs cabinetry in throughout Texas & neighboring states.

The owner of the company contacted us with concerns regarding how long it took to produce shop drawings for review from Sketchup for professionals in the building industry.. Prior to the Sketchup training event, all Sketchup 3d cabinetry was exported into AutoCad & then noted up in sheet sets in paperspace. Time & consequently company resources were being drained at the approval end of the process of manufacturing cabinetry.

So, we took a whole day to go over the in's & out's of Layout, which is the 'paperspace' equivalent to AutoCad. I'm thrilled to report, after just two weeks, the design team at Millwork Solutions produced their first big project entirely within Sketchup & Layout in an extremely efficient manner. Well done guys, I'm personally proud of you.

The amazing end of this bargain however, was a visit to the millwork shop prior to the training event. We kid you not, these talented people produce cabinets in Sketchup with a plug in called Cabinet Sense. This plugin, produces 3d sketchup cabinetry using the dynamic component tools of the Sketchup framework. These models get fed straight into a CNC cutting  machine & ZAP!, everything is cut, doweled & ready for assembly within minutes.

It's hard not to get impressed with computers & machines doing stuff in a tenth of the time it used to take. I think such happenings are on the horizon for us all.

Thank you for checking the post out & I'll post a picture soon, as I'm going to visit the millwork shop again, to learn about how these guys feed it straight into the MACHINE.

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DFW training event was a blast! by Mukundrai Patel

Two landscape architects, Brian & Melanie as well as Interior Designers Amber & Dianne participated in the DFW event at the Aloft Hotel on August 19th. It was a pleasure having you at the event both personally & professionally. We venture not to state that we all learned a lot of Sketchup. Simply Sketchup is confident that all the participants will be able to start using Sketchup for whatever they want to create. As we progress with Sketchup, we should note as we stated in person, participants are urged to contact us with any questions they harbor. We are here for the long haul, because we love Sketchup.

Dallas is a great city, especially so for the design oriented. The fabric of this awesome conglomerate of urbanization is astounding. We look forward to visiting anew with an eye toward new entrants to the Sketchup universe or advanced training for recent participants, which hopefully, will be just around the corner.

Dallas is a grat city & has delightful design in it's DNA

Dallas is a grat city & has delightful design in it's DNA

A great day of learning Sketchup in Houston on Aug 4th, 2017 by Mukundrai Patel

Friday 4th August 2017

Thank you everyone for participating in the very recent Sketchup training event in Houston. I hope the live training format helped in condensing the information in a one day session. Learning to use Sketchup in the simplest possible manner, will I hope encourage you to adopt it into your daily design tasks.

I really enjoyed your individual contributions to the event. Everyone kept pace with the concepts and didn't hesitate to ask questions. That's invaluable to an instructor as it makes confident learning more likely. I encourage you to get in touch with Simply Sketchup with questions as you progress with Sketchup. We're here for the long haul & our fervent wish is to help you with your use of Sketchup to render the design life considerably more efficient & fun.

Great day of intense learning in Houston. Now you are ready to deploy Sketchup in your daily work.

Great day of intense learning in Houston. Now you are ready to deploy Sketchup in your daily work.