Most of the work we currently do is completed in Revit. While Revit definitely has its strong points, especially when it comes to completing a coherent, thorough set of construction drawings, many feel it is lacking in its visualization capabilities. For many the standard for completing compelling drawings that help a client visualize a project is SketchUp. What are the differences in the two? Can they be used hand-in-hand? What are the advantages and drawbacks in both the programs? These are some of the questions we will explore in subsequent posts. We also welcome your comments and observations.
Below you will find a project that really exemplifies some of the stylistic differences. This is a project we are currently working on for David Foster Architects. It really shows some of the graphic differences between Revit and SketchUp. We have currently completed a fairly detailed Revit model. Views were set up and 2d images exported. The results are as follows:
This model was then exported to SketchUp. Materials were quickly applied/updated (via some handy plugins we will explore in future posts). Scenes were set up and 2d images exported. The results are as follows:
The differences in the images are obvious. In Revit, you end up with clean images that mimic results achieved using more traditional CAD programs. In SketchUp, you are able to leverage the power of Styles to quickly and easily add various effects, as we did with these images. Which do you prefer? We hope to hear from you.