Lesson 00 – Course Intro

Course Materials

Not only will this course teach you how to create professional 2D drawings (efficiently), but you will also get a tonne of free content, including: basic 3D SketchUp models, a detailed 3D SketchUp model, 3D details, a full set of DD/Construction drawings (Layout), smart components (including windows/doors, FFL markers, etc) and a whole lot more. This free content alone is worth more than the cost of the course!

Course Content

Course objectives

During this Course we will learn what’s required to create great 2D documentation using SketchUp and Layout. We will learn both how to start a new Project from scratch and also how to save heaps of time and effort by applying a Project recycling workflow. Always remember, great 2D Layout documentation starts with a properly set-up 3D SketchUp model.

Who can learn from this course?

Although the subject materials in this course are a simple coloured cube and a Lakeside cabin, the skills and processes we learn will be applicable to anyone who wants to produce 2D documentation from their 3D models.

Recommended Prior Knowledge

During this course, features of SketchUp that directly impact the Layout workflow will be covered, but it is recommended that you have a good handle on SketchUp before attempting this course. Unfortunately, this is a “how long is a piece of string” question but if you think you’d like to hone or develop your SketchUp skills before attempting this course, SketchUp Australia’s “SketchUp Beginners” online course is more than adequate to get you up to standard.

Course Breakdown

The course is broken up into two major sections.

In the first section we will start from a completely blank SketchUp default template, create geometry from the ground up, and then go through each step to produce a simple documentation set. It’s important we start at this very basic level so that the whole workflow can be understood.

That being said, when you’re actually using SketchUp and Layout in a professional, productive, and effective way, you would very rarely start projects from zero, and so the second section of the course focuses on the project recycling process, which is all about saving time and effort.