3D Visualisation Using Sketchup

Teaching resources for the project

3D Visualisation Using SketchUp

This is an industrial-referenced project enabling students to understand how to use CAD software for 3D design and visualisation.  

These teaching resources were created from the pilot project delivered to Year 8 students at Handsworth Wood Girls Academy  and supported by The adi Group but are readily adaptable to suit other year groups.

They are designed to support D&T teachers with limited or no knowledge of SketchUp software [the project is based upon the free downloadable version of SketchUp version 10].  

Before downloading the complete set of teaching resources, you can download and view the project overview document below. This will enable you to see the whole learning journey and a summary of each individual activity.

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Handsworth Wood Girls Academy

Handsworth Wood Girls Academy

A girls comprehensive school in Birmingham

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adi Group

adi Group

a multi-disciplined engineering services business.

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Project Description

This project provides an authentic industrial reference and context in which to develop CAD (SketchUp) skills, both in terms of design development and visualisation skills for client presentations. The project simulates the processes used in industry when responding to an ‘interior design’ brief and is based on the user-centered design approach.

Key Skills: CAD modelling; industrial user-centred designing; team-working skills


Download Course Overview

The project overview document gives an outline of the whole project and brief detail of the supporting resources available to help deliver each lesson. Download this first to see what's included. You can then download the separate modules - a total of 7 learning activities, representing approximately 13 hours teaching. Alternatively download the whole project. File sizes are large and this can take some time. Don't forget you will need to download SketchUp software separately both to run the project and also to access some files within the resources.

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Module 1. The design brief

An introductory activity to provide students with information on The adi Group and 'The adi Challenge' i.e. the project's design brief.

Time: 1 hour
Key Material: 2 ppt presentations; videos; photo folder and floor plan folder


Module 2. Introduction to SketchUp

An introduction to the basic requirements for using SketchUp, using the example of contructing a room, based upon a bedroom at home.

Time: 2 hours
Key Material: ppt presentation; instruction sheet; students’ examples and SketchUp examples folder


Module 3. Architectural considerations

This activity provides an opportunity for the students to understand architectural drawings in detail. Working in teams, to undertake a ‘cut and paste’ task, students can discuss their design thinking for a canteen and develop their decision-making skills.

Time: 2 hours
Key Material: ppt presentation; resource folder for ‘cut and paste’ activity; design plan


Module 4. Corporate branding

This activity focuses upon corporate branding and the adi Group corporate image. Students, working in teams, can discuss ideas for the canteen in terms of a strong corporate image and address the needs of the adi Group employees.

Time: 1 hour
Key Material: 3ppt presentations; videos; colourways folder


Module 5. Design approaches

This activity focuses upon taking initial concepts through to final presentation drawings. Students are given an insight into the approach The adi Group takes when it tackles a design brief, giving them a structure to work within and supporting the process by allowing each group to discuss their designs with ‘experts’.

Time: 2 hours
Key Material: ppt presentation; video; ‘expert’ questions’ list


Module 6. Constructing the final design

Students work independently applying their knowledge and skills to developing the concept into a final visualisation, using SketchUp, suitable to show to the client.

Time: 3 hours
Key Material: ppt presentation ; folders of examples, including models of a semi built space, furniture suitable for the space and examples of students’ work


Module 7. 3D Visualisation

Each group prepares and delivers a client presentation explaining how they came up with the concept, potential issues and how they fulfilled the design brief.

Time: 2 hours
Key Material: ppt presentation; folders of students’ work – presentations and SketchUp examples


Pilot School Resources

Additional material from the school which piloted the original resources.

Time: -
Key Material: various