Haven switched to using SketchUp and Layout for both the design development (DD) and construction document (CD) phase back in 2008, after lack of enthusiasm with 2D drawing programs. The programs are intuitive to use and backed with friendly customer service, and they allow us to accurately model the entire project. This helps to convey the experience of the space to the client before construction is even begun. We’ve realized the benefit of using SketchUp for a long time. What we didn’t realize until attending SketchUp Basecamp this year was how few people are using Layout to create their drawing sets, especially construction documents.
SketchUp is an easy to use 3D modeling program that is widely used by a variety of disciplines. Layout was made to create drawing sets from this 3D model. By setting up scenes in the model and importing this into Layout, you can even create an intricate set of drawings like construction documents. This keeps the drawings accurate and allows opportunity to visually portray the feeling of the space while containing technical information as well for contractors to build from.
Below is an example of the difference of using Layout. The first two images were drawn with Layout and the second two images are from a 2D program that we previously used. While both are beautiful in their own right, using Layout certainly helps add depth to the drawings. Everyone has different abilities of being able to visualize a space from looking at a flat 2D drawing. By using a variety of 2D and 3D scenes, we're able to convey the character of the space.