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UK Version

Postby MikeC » Fri Sep 19, 2014 9:18 pm

Hi Guys

I was just wondering if you are any closer to a UK version? using British building standards and materials

Thanks

MIke
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Re: UK Version

Postby Dean » Mon Sep 22, 2014 9:35 am

Hi Mike,

We are making slow progress with the UK version at the moment.

Could you please email me a list of suppliers, materials and building standards that you would like to see in the UK version to help speed up the process.

My email is: dean@rubysketch.com

kind regards
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Re: UK Version

Postby TommyK » Fri Oct 31, 2014 9:40 am

Hi Dean,

I am very much waiting for a UK library to be built up before I jump into PlusSpec. Still very excited.

To give you a list of manufacturers/standards here in the UK that I use regularly, see below:

Structure:
Steel - check out http://sketchup.engineeringtoolbox.com . They have everything you need when it comes to standard sections, they have basically done all the work for you. They specify which country each standard comes from.
Timber - we generally use European standards for timber section sizes. You do still find imperial section sizes written in mm (eg 89x38mm [i think]).
Masonry - brick is 215x102.5x65, with 10mm mortar joints. Concrete blocks follow European standards.
Concrete lintels - Naylor

Insulation:
- Celotex - PIR insulation manufacturers used a lot
- kingspan - mostly Irish, but also used in UK
- Rockwool mineral wool insulation manufacturers

Plasterboard:
- British Gypsum - I haven't seen any plasterboard elsewhere

Doors:
- Shueco - for aluminium doors
- Olsen - timber glazed doors

Glass
- pilkington

DPM
- visqueen

Other membranes:
- DuPont

For further standards, I strongly suggest you purchase "architect's pocket book" by Charlotte Baden-Powell et al. It has everything you need written in a concise manner.

I hope you build it up soon! I'd love to start using it!

Tom Kaneko
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Re: UK Version

Postby MikeC » Sat Apr 25, 2015 11:46 pm

Hi Guys

The new Plusspec is looking better and better. I'm keen to jump in and purchase but I'm still concerned whether it is going to be suitable enough for UK building standards. I see you have introduced creating our own materials. Will this be flexible enough for us to customize to the UK building methods? ie. block and beam ground floors , floor insulation and screeds, UK window and door styles, cavity insulated brick and block walls, external vertical tiling, external wall rendering, Flat roofs, dormer windows, loft conversions etc, etc. If the answer is yes, then would it be possible for us to have a short trial just to check out for ourselves? If all's good then I think we would be happy to purchase. Also is it possible for the take off output to be available in a spreadsheet version for further reviewing,adjustment and presentation?

Keep up the good work it looks fantastic (particularly for Aussie Architects and Builders)

All the best

Mike
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Re: UK Version

Postby Drew » Thu Aug 06, 2015 4:07 pm

Hi MikeC,

Apologies for the tardy response to your post. Have you been able to see how PlusSpec has progressed since April? We are pushing hard to make PlusSpec as customizable as possible. In our upcoming updates, we will be releasing even more amazing features - including: composite walls. We believe that PlusSpec is an International product - and with the coming releases, this will continue to be more pronounced.

With the Take-Off, you can put the information directly into Excel,or, copy and paste it into any other document.
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Re: UK Version

Postby TommyK » Fri Aug 07, 2015 2:52 am

Hi Mike,

Having tried PlusSpec, I would say its not yet ready to go for the UK. It can be fudged to do so, but there is a lot of setting up that needs to happen before you can be efficient with it.

Things like standard timber section sizes, building products and construction methods vary quite a lot between here and Australia.
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Re: UK Version

Postby Drew » Fri Aug 07, 2015 12:01 pm

Hi TommyK,

We are now focusing heavily on the UK and European market. We will be attending the SketchUp 3D Basecamp 2015 in London. And, we will be soon releasing a competition for attendees to create 8 textures (from their favourite/most used manufacturers). The top four (4) winners will win a free year of PlusSpec, and all of the textures will be included in PlusSpec Europe 2016, which will be released in the next couple of months. This includes timber sizes (eg. simply create the material showing the varying timber sizes). You can enter multiple times (and create as many materials as you like), and it will be free to enter. However, it is for SketchUp Basecamp 2015 attendees only, at this stage. The competition will be released shortly. So if you are interested, please stay tuned.

As for construction methods, we are continuously updating the software, and we endeavour to increase the customization of all of our tools, so that it suits all construction methods and regions. This is our number one priority.
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Re: UK Version

Postby MikeC » Fri Sep 04, 2015 8:23 pm

Thanks for the response guys.

I tend to agree with Tommy, as I have had a paid subscription of Plusspec since May this Year, and yet to make any real progress. This is mainly due to the time required to set up all the products, textures window styles etc. to make use of it in the UK. I appreciate it is customizable but really at this stage only really suitable for Australia.

I see you are launching a new UK version at Sketchup Basecamp. Can I assume all uk based previous users of Plusspec will receive a free upgrade? and if so when is this likely to be? At $990 a Year I need to be using the system ASAP. The Year is ticking by without any real benefit to ourselves. We're still on CAD! I would appreciate you extending our licence once Plusspec UK is released.

Many thanks

Mike
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Re: UK Version

Postby Drew » Thu Sep 10, 2015 11:10 am

Hi MikeC: PlusSpec UK is almost here! Check out the following link:

https://www.plusspec.com/blog/plusspec- ... -builders/


MikeC wrote:Hi Guys

I was just wondering if you are any closer to a UK version? using British building standards and materials

Thanks

MIke
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Re: UK Version

Postby leebo914 » Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:21 pm

Hi Guys

Sorry to hijack your post , i am also looking forward to the UK release of Plusspec and have registered my interest in purchasing it upon release. I have today received an email from Tyler Moeke offering me to participate in the Beta/pre-release version for £180, as has been mentioned already i also am concerned that i am paying for a system that should make my workflow quicker and more efficient and currently does not. Although it is possible that we can create our own materials, surely we shouldn't need to as this is what the system is for? I have no problem trialing a beta version of the program however, i wouldn't expect to pay for testing a system and passing on my feedback that is going to involve me providing my time for free, if the system was fully up and running yeah not a problem but i think at the moment it would take me longer to setup and get running than it would currently take for me to complete a project using 2d cad.

As far as construction methods are concerned again mine will differ a bit from the English building system, i am from Scotland so adhere to a different set of Technical Standards with regard to Energy, Noise, Sustainability etc.. Have the different regulations within England, Scotland & Ireland been considered in the new UK release?

As previously requested if there was a short trial available to be able to try the system for ourselves it would be very helpful.

cheers, Lee
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