Google Week: SketchUp

Posted by Chad Lemon | 5:01 AM | | 2 comments »

What is it?
SketchUp is a 3-D design tool available free as one of Google's many tools. SketchUp allows you to build three-dimensional, scale renderings of structures and layouts.

What is it good for?
  • Illustrate an idea so your whole team/committee has a shared understanding of the common vision?
  • Scale images help highlight where bottlenecks might occur
  • Make adjustments and try different configurations before the real work begins
  • Sketching out room layouts for big events.
What are the benefits?
  • Communicate a concept to the board/deacons/elders
  • Communicate a concept to the congregation
  • Communicate a concept to volunteers
What are its limitations...
SketchUp is obviously not a replacement for professional architects when making building plans. I've had great experience using SketchUp to help visualize a pair of remodeling projects with our church.

Learning curve...
If you have an eye for spatial relationships, finding your way around SketchUp shouldn't give you much trouble. If you're like me, you'll first find yourself building a model of your house when you should be doing something more important.

So, show me...

One of the SketchUp renderings used for planning
A photo of the actual results

Get SketchUp online at

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  1. rick grayshock // April 18, 2007 at 4:50 AM  

    thank you for this info- are you going to feature Google's calendar this week- wondering if it is better than outlook?

  2. lemon // April 18, 2007 at 9:27 AM  

    Yes, Google Calendar is in the hopper for later this week. Just wouldn't be Google Week without it! Thanks for asking.