The Construction Tree

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2011!

Now that the year is almost over, it’s time to step back and look at what we all built over the past weeks… Wherever you are and whatever you celebrate, enjoy your holidays and some relaxing time with your families. I wish you all the best for the new year! Cheers, Alex P.S.: Yes, it’s […] Read more..

SketchUp on Spoon

Spoon-fed CAD

Although the Spoon website has apparently been around now for a few months, I just recently discovered it and I must say I like the concept. The idea is for a web service (Spoon) to deliver software to your computer from the cloud and then run it in a protected environment without requiring to actually […] Read more..

Introducing mini-Revit with an added cool-factor: Project Vasari

Apparently Autodesk has been busy lately amalgamating its acquisitions into something useful. As announced a few days ago on their blog, Project Vasari is their newest tool/toy for creating early-design massing and energy studies of parametric building models. Here’s a video that gives an overview: From what I can see so far, Autodesk reduced the […] Read more..

SketchUp Plugins

Most popular SketchUp plugins – 2010 Update

A member at the SketchUcation Forum recently asked SketchUp users for their three most popular plugins. While I am of course sad to see that non of mine made it into the list, this may serve as a timely update to an older post on my site. While we are waiting for a better plugin […] Read more..

Wordpress

How to move your old static HTML website to WordPress (or just start a new one)

I frequently get asked how to set up a small-ish CMS-driven (CMS = Content Management System) website for research groups or other entities. Many of these people have learned that maintaining a static website the “old-fashioned way” (e.g. using Dreamweaver) presents a variety of problems – mainly related to inconsistent content or collaborative editing problems. These issues […] Read more..

Construction “drawings”

While browsing through construction-material supplier catalogs to get some data for my classes, I came across some hand-drawn instruction comics. These were safety-related sketches of goofy-looking construction workers illustrating mostly what not to do. I am sure these kinds of illustrations exist in other industries, too. And there’s nothing wrong with exaggerating visuals to make a point. […] Read more..

What’s in SketchUp 9? Maybe better plugin management?

Now that everyone has had a chance to get to know the new features of SketchUp 8 (like the new solid tools), it is a good time to look at what may be in store for the next release – presumably version #9. Fortunately, as with the last release, a recent survey on Google’s website queried […] Read more..