Sketchup is a great freeware 3D modeling program formerly owned by google. It is now managed by a group out of Boulder. It’s a great program.
When I invested the 2 weeks of long days building the model, I often wondered if it was going to be worth the time. In retrospect – yes it was – absolutely hands down one of the best investments I made. The model enabled:
- Superior communications with the build crew
- The ability to “audit” materials – count sticks
- Communicate what the finished product would look like to my wife and others
- Helped identify mechanical defects with the engineer, Mark Benjamin, (970) 472-2394, www.crownjade.com during construction. We were able to do electronic reviews of issues using screen sharing before we started.