How to correctly create and use PDFs

Each semester when I am reviewing student work (and at many other times when someone sends me a PDF attachment), I am reminded that I should really put together a blog post about properly working with PDFs. There are just so many common and often small mistakes that people do especially when creating PDFs, many […] Read more..

My new book is out! Schreyer authors fourth edition of ‘Fundamentals of Residential Construction’.

UMass Press Release: Alexander Schreyer, director of the building and construction technology (BCT) program, has revised and expanded “Fundamentals of Residential Construction” to produce the fourth edition of the guide to professional construction of single-family and multifamily homes. Schreyer joins Edward Allen, formerly of MIT, Yale University and the University of Oregon, and Robert Thallon […] Read more..

Opening of T3 building continues recent mass timber building trend: Six examples

Today’s opening of the T3 building in Minneapolis marks a spectacular milestone: The construction of the tallest contemporary heavy-timber building in the US so far! I am saying “so far” because as this trend continues, it will surely by surpassed in height very soon. Completion of the T3 building continues a recent trend of larger, […] Read more..

Place Shapes with Units

When I initially made my Place Shapes Toolbar extension for SketchUp, I created it with a weird unit convention that used one foot as base size in the US and one meter everywhere else. That did not make much sense at all, because even in the US, folks might want to use millimeter-sized shapes for 3D printing […] Read more..

My SketchUp News Extension just got prettier

As you may know, I have written a SketchUp extension that lets you follow SketchUp news (official and inofficial) and discussions right within SketchUp. You can install it from the Extension Warehouse or the SketchUcation PluginStore and then afterwards access it anytime you like from SketchUp’s Help menu. Because Yahoo recently discontinued its Pipes technology, I […] Read more..

Second edition of “Architectural Design with SketchUp” is now available!

I am very excited to be announcing the release of the second edition of my book “Architectural Design with SketchUp” today! For this edition, I went back through the text and updated and improved a lot of content. As before, my main goal was to keep it relevant for as large a variety of SketchUp users as possible and […] Read more..

Place Shapes Toolbar Extension for SketchUp

This extension adds a toolbar (and some menu items) that lets you easily place several common 3D shapes (geometric primitives). While SketchUp’s native toolset allows you to create any of these shapes without too much effort, using this toolbar permits quick “solids-based” modeling where you only work with added and subtracted primitives to end up with a perfectly watertight object that poses no problems for 3D printing, for example.