First post here.I’m a longtime Sketchup power user as an architectural designer. I’m very comfortable with Sketchup and since i don’t deal with many complex curved surfaces (aside from landscape TINs), the platform has been great for my work. I have an inexpensive render engine attached and it works fine for quick halfway-decent results. For serious work, the model will go out to Lumion for rendering.
My firm is probably fairly typical in our approach/workflow. All the initial building and site design is done in Sketchup. At some point in early to mid-SD, we transition from Sketchup to Revit. the Revit guys are NOT designers. They are nuts and bolts guys and gals who don’t care much for design intricacies or nuances. So the transition from Sketchup world to Revit world is harsh…both in terms of Schematic Design continuum and with respect to attitudes (“now we can dump the crappy Sketchuip and really model this thing”)
Invariable the subsequent modelling very frequently lacks detail and glosses over or omits aspects of he design such as 2 planes of masonry being slightly out of plane, lightness of glazing components, omitting custom structural elements such as columns and custom-fabricated trusses in favor of standard columns and bar-joists, eliminating subtle curves, and so forth. The argument is “hey that’s too complicated…besides, you know what I have to do in Revit to model what you’re talking about???” Well Im rather sick of hearing that this multi-thousand-dollar software can’t adequately model my rather simple sketchup concepts without major headaches and time.
so rather than me abandoning the sketchup model because the production team now has a model under their control…I’l like to maintain more fluidity between the two platforms. It would be great to have some parametrics and intelligence in the concept design tool that allows more frequent import/export of models so they can get my recent revisions and have it “take” in Revit. And I can get their Revit model without dealing with trillions of odd bits of geometry back in my sketchup world that slows me to a crawl. (as an aside, it’s interesting to see how revit constructs geometry…intersections of walls, window jambs, trim sweeps and so forth. You think Revit is so highly parametric and precise but when you can see the actual geometry results in the Sketchup import, it’s astounding. Thousands of entities in the simplest detail or intersection and no means to group into logical working assemblies.
So- to get to the point- will Rhino allow this workflow to go back-and-forth more efficiently or should I just stick to the old sketchup? Ie, is a “concept mass” the same in Revit whether incomes in from Sketchup or from Rhino? And incidentally, do I have to get to be an expert in Grasshopper to make that really happen more?
Thank you in advance for any input.