SketchUp is one such utility that, despite lowering the difficulty bar to accommodate beginners, it remains powerful enough for professionals as well.
Create 4D models for your projects
In order to extend the application’s functionality, various add-ons have been created for it. 4D Virtual Builder is a plugin developed for those of you who need to work on large scale projects, like urban planning or stage designing. Its features enable you to carefully plan and visualize models according to specific timelines, as well as gain valuable insight of your project as a whole.
Beside being a fully-functional SketchUp plugin, the utility is also able to communicate and exchange information with external applications as well. Whether you are looking to export detailed reports as 4D PowerPoint presentations, or dynamically link SketchUpentities to MS Project tasks, 4D Virtual Builder delivers a sturdy set of communication possibilities.
Plan your activities using the Gantt chart
In order to keep track of your activities, you can create various tasks and milestones using the Gantt chart. Here you can visualize a detailed timeline of your project, along with the start and end date, task type and the number of linked entities. The tasks can be renamed according to your preferences and you can choose from categories like construction, demolition, or logistics.
Furthermore, you can also view a complete calendar inside the application, which highlights the days containing the expected start or end date for a milestone or a task. For more delicate projects that require exact timing, you can even add the hour and the exact number of minutes.
Although it is aimed toward experienced users and mostly large scale projects that require careful and long-term planning, 4D Virtual Builder manages to remain user-friendly, with easily accessible functions and intuitive interface.
4D Virtual Builder is a SketchUp plugin that allows you to create and manage 4D models based on BIM objects.
The application is also capable of generating fast reports or comprehensive PowerPoint presentations and synchronize tasks in real-time, as well as organize tasks into Gantt charts.