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SketchUp @ Heartwood 2016

Friday, November 4th, 2016

I taught a double header at Heartwood this year – my ‘Intro’ and ‘Pro’ classes, back to back.

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We clicked mice, learned shortcuts, leveled up our SketchUp and Layout skills, and tossed axes during our breaks.

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I snuck in a mountain bike ride, startled some moose, camped out in my tent and experienced the full range of New England seasonal weather change over.

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SketchUp Basecamp 2016 Presentation

Monday, July 25th, 2016

My presentation from SketchUp Basecamp 2016 was recorded. This was a 90 minute presentation to give an overview of my process for using SketchUp + Layout for timber frame and small building design.

Updated 2016 Teaching Schedule

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

Updated Class Schedule:

I’ll be giving two presentations at SketchUp Basecamp 2016 and I am honored to be on the speakers list! Basecamp is full – so I hope you registered early and I hope to see you there!

Due to the popularity of the early summer Introduction to SketchUp at Heartwood we have added a second class this fall, and we have moved the Pro class to a later date to allow folks to take an intensive 1 week workshop of Intro + Pro, with discounts available if you sign up for both classes.

Timber Framing and SketchUp
SketchUp Basecamp
Steamboat Springs, CO
June 13-16, 2016

SketchUp is an ideal platform for designing heavy timber structures (and buildings). Join experienced timber frame designer Mike Beganyi to learn how SketchUp and LayOut are used from initial client contact and sales proposals, all the way to shop drawings and construction documents. You’ll walk away understanding how to quickly model concepts for clients, generate take-offs of timber components for estimates, get into the nitty gritty details for permits, and take your framing design through the engineering process and develop shop drawings for consumption by a design/build or timber frame company.

Introduction to SketchUp
Heartwood School
Washington, MA
October 24-26, 2016

The three-day Heartwood hands-on workshop will cover the basics of the software and work toward completing a small timber frame design from rough sketch to client presentation. The class is a great chance for new users to learn the software in the context of a finished project or for experienced 3D and CAD designers to learn and expand their skills with a free and incredibly powerful modeling and presentation tool.

Advanced SketchUp and LayOut
Heartwood School
Washington, MA
October 27-28, 2016

LayOut is a powerful addition to SketchUp Pro and makes the basic program into a dynamioc prsentation tool. It can act as a simple graphic design program or as a complex window into your SketchUp models. Treating the LayOut page as a sheet of trace paper, we can peer into multiple models, zoom in on joinery details, and add dimensions, notes and graphical; data to move from our 3D model to presentation, permit and final shop drawings.

Private Consulting and Training
Ongoing, on site or via screen share
Inquire via phone or email.

Private consulting and instruction for individuals and groups is offered via on site presentations and instruction as well as via screen share and conference calling.

Compound – made Real

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

This is the outcome of the previous post. 

Laser cut roof kernel, 12:12 and 9:12 regular plan. 1/2 scale (the notches that hold it together were 1″ long before I shrunk it down). 1/8″ thick veneered walnut, cherry and maple. 


I need to make a valley next. And maybe one out of clear acrylic with the development lines engraved on the faces… this takes me back to my Heartwood Compound Joinery / Roof class. 



Compound

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Refreshed my memory on how to develop a compound roof kernel ‘old school’. Instead of a framing square, compass and paper I made use SketchUp – but not in my usual way for working out complex roof framing. To generate this drawing I projected out all the faces of the roof, then rotated the components into 3d to create the roof kernel.
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The kernel pictured is 12:12 and 9:12 hip, regular plan.

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The next step is to laser cut templates that can be folded / unfolded when explaining how a compound roof comes together.

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2016 Teaching Schedule

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Upcoming SketchUp Classes and Presentations:

Introduction to SketchUp
Heartwood School
Washington, MA
May 26-28, 2016
*This class is full!

The three-day Heartwood hands-on workshop will cover the basics of the software and work toward completing a small timber frame design from rough sketch to client presentation. The class is a great chance for new users to learn the software in the context of a finished project or for experienced 3D and CAD designers to learn and expand their skills with a free and incredibly powerful modeling and presentation tool.

Timber Framing and SketchUp
SketchUp Basecamp
Steamboat Springs, CO
June 13-16, 2016

SketchUp is an ideal platform for designing heavy timber structures (and buildings). Join experienced timber frame designer Mike Beganyi to learn how SketchUp and LayOut are used from initial client contact and sales proposals, all the way to shop drawings and construction documents. You’ll walk away understanding how to quickly model concepts for clients, generate take-offs of timber components for estimates, get into the nitty gritty details for permits, and take your framing design through the engineering process and develop shop drawings for consumption by a design/build or timber frame company.

Advanced SketchUp and LayOut
Heartwood School
Washington, MA
September 2-3, 2016

LayOut is a powerful addition to SketchUp Pro and makes the basic program into a dynamioc prsentation tool. It can act as a simple graphic design program or as a complex window into your SketchUp models. Treating the LayOut page as a sheet of trace paper, we can peer into multiple models, zoom in on joinery details, and add dimensions, notes and graphical; data to move from our 3D model to presentation, permit and final shop drawings.

SketchUp and LayOut
Central Connecticut
Dates and Location TBD
Private class with a few limited openings for intermediate / experienced SketchUp users.
Inquire via phone or email.

Intermediate class focusing on advanced SketchUp modeling and using LayOut for architectural concept presentation. The class is in the planning stages at a private company, and will have a few (limited!) seats available for skilled individuals to attend.

Private Consulting and Training
Ongoing, on site or via screen share
Inquire via phone or email.

Private consulting and instruction for individuals and groups is offered via on site presentations and instruction as well as via screen share and conference calling.

Heartwood Snapshots

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

We had a great class at Heartwood for my spring ‘Introduction to SketchUp’. 12 students fill all the available seats and we covered a wide range of skills ranging from accurate modeling techniques, presentation, and compound timber joinery.

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I took 3 courses here in 1999-2000 or so. That reinforced a love of building and design and set me on a path that I’ve been wandering and refining since.

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I’ve been teaching here for about 6 years now. It’s a magical place that I truly love returning to every year.

SketchUp @ Heartwood 2015

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

I’ll be teaching two classes at Heartwood this year. The spring introduction class has a few seats left, and the fall advanced class focusing on LayOut is just now starting to see applicants. The introductory class focuses on timber frame design – but everything we do is skill building and applicable to other uses – furniture, architecture, etc. We also tune the class and the speed at which we progress through the software based on the skills of everyone who takes the course.

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Some more information on the class is available here, registration and information on all the other course offered at Heartwood is here.

If you’ve ever wanted to model a frame, furniture, or get a handle on how to get started with architectural modeling – this is a great class. We focus on core modeling skills you so have a solid foundation to progress, and we share tips and techniques as we go, adding tools that most building designers can make use of in their day to day work.

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Here’s my previous post about the class, with some video links.

SketchUp at Heartwood 2013

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

I’ll be teaching SketchUp at the Heartwood School again this year. The course runs from May 30 to June 1, and is designed as an introduction to SketchUp for timber framers, designers, and woodworkers. All of the skills we build in the class are applicable to other uses – from furniture to whole house design to timber frame shop drawing production.

As a teaser, I’ve embedded some of my YouTube videos here. We’ll cover all this and more in the class.

A quick overview of how I create a ‘wireframe’ shell that I use to build accurate models:

A quick overview of colliding masses so you can create a shell that will help accurately model buildings with compound roof systems:

Using Paste In Place – this is a handy way to use existing geometry to simplify creation of additional detail within your model. I routinely use this on timber joinery – but it is applicable for compound roof systems, stair design, furniture, etc. And it works from one drawing to the next – so you can clip out a feature in an older model, and drop it into your new drawing in exactly the same place.

And, when you start to put the pieces together, and move to the Pro version, you can use LayOut to create detailed construction documents (this will be beyond the scope of this class, but I will show examples of how these things fit together):

Timber Framers Guild Eastern Conference 2012

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

I’ll be teaching 2 sessions at the Timber Framers Guild Eastern Conference 2012 at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, VA. My full day workshop will focus on accurate modeling and advanced SketchUp techniques. Skills honed will be applicable to not only timber frame buildings – but furniture design and small building design. I follow up with a 90 minute session (demo and Q&A) introducing SketchUp + LayOut as a powerful presentation and CAD alternative.

As the conference wraps up I’ll be co-chairing a walk in design / plan review with Andrea Warchaizer from Springpoint Design. We will be working with digital files, paper, trace, sketches, and if the technology cooperates, putting the process up on the big screen as we charette.

There are quite a few good sessions this year, and I’m looking forward to connecting with friends and colleagues. For full program notes and to register, head on over the the TFG’s website.