John Brock, president of BrockWorks, Inc. is a custom home builder and designer from Roanoke, Virginia and has been designing and building high-end custom homes at Smith Mountain Lake since the early 90’s. John is an avid SketchUp modeler and has developed several SketchUp Extensions, including Estimator for SketchUp, Framer for SketchUp, PDF Importer, and Issue Tracker. John has been speaking for SketchUp for the last six years at the International Builders Show, the American Institute of Architects Annual Convention and the last two 3D Basecamps, and is part of SketchUp’s Visiting Professionals Program. John is also a published author with Wiley Publishing with the new release of “SketchUp for Builders”
After graduating the 4 yr. Architectural Technology program at Fanshawe, Duane has built a 26-year career in the architectural design / building industry with involvement in nearly $750 million in projects to date. His proven experience in design, project management and leadership has ranged from multi-unit residential (upscale villas, low rise condos, rentals and adult active living suites), to single family residential projects to commercial, hospitality, pre-engineered building design as well as high-rise design projects throughout North America.
Currently Duane is the Creative Director in Charge of Design and Product Development for Alberta Canada’s largest homebuilder – Jayman Built – overseeing all building design and visualization production for the Single & Multi-Family Divisions as well as continuing to act as the mad scientist for research and development always trying to push the limits in design, product and innovation.
Part of his ‘mad science’ work for the last 8 years has been to develop new systems to reduce production development times while introducing more interactive and rendered features that work inherently with integrated construction models.
After working for Google as a SketchUp trainer and establishing a successful consulting firm, Mike founded Denver-based Brightman Designs in 2013. At Brightman Designs, Mike’s goal is to provide his clients with core support services based on real-world design expertise, advanced visualization resources, and collaborative training. As an “Expert Trainer” for SketchUp, Mike understands how interconnected each of these elements is to the architects, interior designers, and construction professionals he works with every day. Check out his training program, SketchUp for Professionals! Michael is also the developer of the popular ConDoc Tools, a great system and workflow for generating construction documents – check it out!
Nick Sonder, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, has more than twenty-three years experience practicing as a licensed Architect in California. Nick’s work is primarily focused on custom residential design in the Sierra Mountains surrounding the Lake Tahoe region. He has been using SketchUp since 2002, adopting a complete process utilizing only SketchUp in 2007. Nick’s work with SketchUp has been well received by clients, contractors and building officials, as well as being featured on YouTube by the SketchUp team.
Daniel Tal, ASLA, is a registered landscape architect with over twenty years of experience and a 3D modeling and visualization expert. He has authored two books with Wiley and Sons: SketchUp for Site Design and Rendering In SketchUp. Tal runs a 3D modeling, visualization, and BIM studio for Stanley Consultants (a 1,000 person multi-disciplinary engineering firm), provides 3D teaching and consultations and is the tech-editor at large for Landscape
Zachary Engineering has been using SketchUp to create fully engineering plans sets for structures since 2008. Based out of Crystal Bay, NV in the Lake Tahoe Basin, ZE has worked on projects throughout the county, from Hawai‘i to Montana. Led by David Zachary, PE, who is licensed in seven states, the ZE team works on small residential designs, all the way up through 20,000 square foot custom speculation homes. In addition, ZE has presented at the last two SketchUp Basecamps along with Nick Sonder (2016 & 2018).
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