Using SketchUp to build a third world school

The Google SketchUp Blog has the neat story of Jim Fanjoy and how he used SketchUp to help the Peace Corps build a school in Guatemala.


The complexities of building a two-level, 8,000 square foot school are quite large. The craftsmen they used would have had a difficult time with a standard set of plans, sections and elevations, and the language barrier was something to contend with.
Using Google SketchUp (along with LayOut), he was able to produce a wide variety of drawing and models to help everyone do their job as effectively as possible. Here are just a few of the things he did:
• Modeled the building in much more detail than I normally would for design visualization.
• Made drawings that show how the building would look during different phases of construction.
• Complex systems are presented in perspective for easier visualization.
• Modeled the decorative “Mayan stairs” in more detail and dimensioned all the critical masonry measurements
It’s quite a remarkable project, and an excellent use of SketchUp. For more information, check out the SketchUp blog, the website for this project, or Jim’s Peace Corps blog.

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.

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