Automated Construction Planning plugin

Automated Construction Planning plugin

Postby marksup » Thu Apr 21, 2011 5:06 pm

I have been developing an Automated Construction Planning plugin for the last couple of years, and I am hoping that there are some Quantity Surveyors and/or Construction Planners who use SketchUp (PC preferred to MAC) who would be interested in trying out the current functions and providing comments, suggestions, or even sample data.

In addition to the Planning functions (Analysis, Classification, Scheduling/review/video generation, and MS Project XML export) there is also IFC file import, Clash detection, Window/Door Cutout from Walls, and Section Cut management. You can find out more at http://www.SUperPlan.info

I believe that this type of functionality places SketchUp at the leading edge of the BIM process by automatically leveraging implicit concept model data to initialise critical downstream processes such as BOM creation, costing and planning. I think that there is incredible potential, but, more importantly, what does everyone else think?!
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Re: Automated Construction Planning plugin

Postby Slimdog » Thu Apr 21, 2011 8:30 pm

Sounds like a great idea. Will be interesting to see some biggish projects done on it.

I have clash checking on my software at work and would love to have it in sketchup.
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Re: Automated Construction Planning plugin

Postby jeff hammond » Tue Apr 26, 2011 3:26 pm

marksup wrote:, but, more importantly, what does everyone else think?!


i think it's awesome :D

[though i'm imagining it's not going to work on macs :( ]?

regardless, i look forward to seeing the progress. for me personally, it seems like it would be an excellent estimating tool.
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Re: Automated Construction Planning plugin

Postby marksup » Tue Apr 26, 2011 4:36 pm

Jeff, an Iceberg .pkg file to install SUperPlan on a MAC does exist! However, there is a problem/restriction in the MAC support of SketchUP WebDialog windows (documented elsewhere) due to the Safari browser (as I understand it). As a result, the saving of scenes with different viewpoints via the SUperPlan Schedule review window is not possible. In addition, AVI video output can not be generated because the PC executable/program required is not supported. But everything else (BOM, Costs, Scheduling, etc.) works.
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Re: Automated Construction Planning plugin

Postby jeff hammond » Tue Apr 26, 2011 6:04 pm

nice, good to hear!

neither of those two factors would be a deal breaker for me.

do you have a twitter, blog, facebook, etc set up to track the progress or would it be best to just follow this thread?
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