A brighter future for one SketchUp classroom in Brazil

Previously in some areas of Campinas, Brazil, it was hard to find the experienced in software and technology but two Trimble colleagues in Brazil, Isabella Glacomin and Lais Tatagiba took an initiative to change this scenario. They launched a youth eclipse program that brings undeserved students with disclosure to SketchUp and also promoting a brighter future in this disadvantaged part of the country.

About the Youth Outreach Program: Trimble team in Brazil always took initiatives and activities for serving the community and giving it back some helping hands for better work. This year they thought to launch a youth outreach program with SketchUp and began their partnership with CEPROMM. CEPROMM is mainly a non-profitable association which helps and supports children, teenagers and women who live in an underserved area of Campinas known as Itatinga.

Campinas is located about 60 miles away from São Paulo and the area of Itatinga is known in Latin America for its uncontrolled usage of heavy drugs and have high prostitution rates. CEPROMM was founded in 1993 and dedicated to provide important resources to the underprivileged children and teens that are facing harmful situations at home. This association is currently aiding about 270 children, teenagers and their families by educational, personal and professional development programs and also organizes different mental health programs, arts and computer classes, sports and many more to enhance the good living skills in them. Trimble has connected with them for giving them some more different thing to live well in life.

Works around 3D modeling: Trimble with CEPROMM is going to the outreach project with SketchUp from Project Spectrum which will help the youth on the autism development in vocational skills and if this succeeds then a similar program will be held in Brazil also. The work has begun and CEPROMM is giving the students the access to coursework like computer classes that is not common in the traditional schools. The vocational tests given to the students help them to discover and operate possible career paths and it is hoped that it will be helpful for them. With this computer classes Trimble is willing to give the basic SketchUp lessons to make a way of working in 3D modeling or design in future.

The curriculum of the project: The program of giving the students a basic knowledge in SktechUp will help the students to become a basic or beginner user of SketchUp. The program is divided into three, two-hour long courses where they could take lessons step by step. In the first class, the students were given the knowledge of the basic tools and commands in SketchUp, then they learnt to draw simple lines, shapes there, work on changing the scale, moving the objects, also learnt to create groups and editing them properly.

In the second class, they created a 3D model using a 2D project and also learnt the process of creating windows and doors, it was a fun experience for them where they draw their imagination and gave them a beautiful shape. In the last class the learnt to create materials, textures on the walls and floors of their model house and also the method of importing the furniture from 3D Warehouse and customizing the things properly.

Ways of adding exposure to SketchUp: The students found a new world in SketchUp as they were never experienced this kind of technologies before in their school and at first they found some difficulty for them to grasp. Trimble helped them to grow their abilities of achieving something in future.

Creative models of Students: They have used their imagination and hidden wishes and created different models like house, swimming pool or garden etc.

Skills they learn: Though the students were taking SketchUp more excitingly and tried to create the models in a fast way but they soon understand that slowing down the work process will make the models better. Then they leant the things with ease and patience and put them in the models, this patience and eager to grab the knowledge will lead them to their beautiful future knowledge.

The future plans of the program: Both Trimble and CEPROMM ahs started to develop an action plan and decided some future plans for taking this program a new level. So they are willing to continue the lessons of SketchUp with the students and trying to give them the ability of mentoring other students under them so that the learning process can go further.

Article Source: blog.sketchup.com

A brighter future for one SketchUp classroom in Brazil

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CleanUp3 and Solid Inspector2 in SketchUp

Introduced by Thomas Thomassen, both tools are important to erase the errors of your design. While CleanUp tools delete the unnecessary components and reduce the size of your design smartly, Solid Inspector checks the problems existed in your solid models. These tools are also useful to make your SketchUp design 3D print-ready. They easily erase the problems of your design without the intervention of your calculation and measurements. The content describes these tools in a brief way.

CleanUp3: The tool works best in reducing the heavy size of your SketchUp design in a logical way without making any visible change. Unnecessary and hidden elements generally put loads on the size of the model. The feature finds out these objects and cleans up smartly.

To open the tool:

Plugins > CleanUp

The benefits of using this extension:

• Eliminates unused items
• Deletes hidden geometry and duplicate faces
• Remove lonely edges and edge materials
• Merge identical materials

This extension is particularly being used for 3D printing for your SketchUp model. if your design contains an array of models and shapes, this tool deletes the hidden elements brilliantly to make the download of your model easier.

Solid Inspector2: Solid Inspector goes by its name and detects the problem areas of a group or a component that prohibit them being the solid manifold. This extension needs SketchUp 2014 or the newer version to run smoothly.

Application: Click the group or components to find out the holes and click fix button to solve the issues in a hassle-free way.

To Open the Extension:

Toolbar> Solid Inspector2

These tools perform well when it comes to detecting the underlying problems of your 3D design in SketchUp. They create an effortless platform for you where you can delete unnecessary objects to improve the style of your design.

To know how it performs, click extensions.sketchup.com

CleanUp3 and Solid Inspector2 in SketchUp

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Aluvision for SketchUp – The brand new sketchup extension is just launched

Aluvision for SketchUp is the newest extension available in extension warehouse. This sketchup extension can be applied with SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

The plugin is suitable for Architecture, Construction and Engineering sectors..

It can be used for smart snapping and detailed part list functionality with price.

To download readymade Aluvision 3D models from 3D warehouse, click on the following link 3dwarehouse.sketchup.com

To get more information on this sketchup extension, send email to support@aluvision.com

Watch the following video tutorial for online demonstration.

This plugin is available in extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

Aluvision for SketchUp – The brand new sketchup extension is just launched

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Design building: Leers Weinzapfel Associates

Leers Weinzapfel Associations is mainly a Boston-based award winning method which has specialized in architecture, urban and framework projects. They had worked on a tri-faculty building with an inventive timber structure for the University of Massachusetts. The principal of the associates, Tom Chung had given an interview to SketchUp team and this article is about that interview where reader can find a new method of designing for designers, effectiveness of association helped the project team for making a fascinating and continuous project.

About the project: The team got a project where they had to design a new home for three agencies which were connected with the design of the building environment that was spread across the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus. In the campus, the department of Architecture, department of Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning and the department of Building Construction had to bring together so that they could have the same type of teamwork, association and advance in their disciplines. The total building had to be smart and continuous and the boundaries should be pushed of geographical, construction and landscape design in a single budget as the project was state funded.

Problems in the project: The team also concerned about the previous street contexts and captured the basic views around the campus; they had expanded their site between two streets with various characters. Among the twp streets, first one was faced with the larger sized buildings of the campus and the second one had smaller structures located the historic part of the campus.

They tested many locations, forms and design ways in SketchUp and their Landscape Architect, Stephen Stimson Associates suggested that both the street could be conditioned with a coherent courtyard bundled in between. Both the streets had became a common focal point in the project as it had created a common space for the citizens and visitors of the building which was started from the landscape garden on the third floor and ends up on the ground floor to welcome the least of the campus.

They made this ‘commons’ space in an animated way with a dynamic 3D truss which was made with Glulam beams and metal tension rods. It was basically made as a support for the roof garden that had up to 18’ of soil and dense planting.

Reason of selecting timber in this project: Alexander Schreyer, chair of Building and Construction was the main enthusiast for using the timber structure in the project of the client. Alex had knowledge and interest on this matter and gave the team confidence for using timber in the project. They took help form some specialist timber structure engineers, Equilibrium Consulting and as a result they had arrived as the first group timber structure of its size and scale in the United States. In this timber made structure, the structural body was of glulam beams, the columns and the floor deck was the unique combination of Cross-Laminated Timber or CLT and concrete. The complex floor was combined of wood and concrete for creating delegate long spans which were stable, serviceable and wonderful for controlling vibration and auditory.

SketchUp in design process: According to the Leers Weinzapfel Associations, SketchUp is a very useful tool for them and could easily model things for having the skill and energetically works on projects. They had tested various absorptions and conceptions which vary on the location form the Google 3D map and plug in their design for the contextual fit. The walk-through feature also helped them to capture and demonstrate the quality of the main spaces. For changing the design they transferred it into the construction documents created in Revit. They also had focused on specific conditions in SketchUp before centralizing it into the final drawings and this method was become helpful for further long term deign processes.

Project’s point of continuity: A timber structure defined that it is a sustainably harvested renewable material with very low illustrated energy and carbon. The instant nature of the timber structure also decreases on-site labor demanding processes and accelerates the building process. Choosing the timber structures instead of steel and concrete also could leave a big impact on global carbon emissions and can make the world healthier. Besides the specification on the material, they also had a limited budget that prevented them from using costly bolt-on renewable strategies at the end of the work. But it is also true that the building consumed less energy from the beginning and they used a LEED Platinum rating and renewable energy sources due to their cost boundary in the project, so they used campus’ existing chiller system that was very helpful. They also planned spaces for fitting the mechanical heating and cooling services.

Role of collaboration in the project: In this low-budget project, collaboration played an important part which was very much necessary for the success of this project and the collaboration could be seen everywhere. The collaboration between the team and the clients showed by the three different UMass department heads, they also used their imagination in various way into the dimensional planning of the building ensured the chance encounters between the students and faculty in the departments increased. The sustainability consultant, Atelier Ten, MEP engineer, BVH Integrated Services were there with the team from the beginning and by handling massing, orientation and façade design they made an energy efficient building. Though their method was not familiar in the Boston Area of the United States they tried their best to make the project successful and they did it.

Article Source: blog.sketchup.com

Design building: Leers Weinzapfel Associates

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How to Configure SketchUp for Your Design

SketchUp stays at the top place when it comes to the 3D modeling applications. Smartly and easily, SketchUp performs the tasks that need less knowledge and more imagination. But, complex 3D models are always hard to understand, and simplifying which needs your proficient skills. SketchUp also runs slow when it deals with a large model containing complex structures. The content discloses tricks and tips that help you sketch big designs easily in the software application. It has a certain set of rules that the designers must follow while designing. These rules are not mandatory though. They are the answer to how to use SketchUp in the best way.

This SketchUp tutorial includes a series of good habits that play an important role while designing a complex structure.

Configure your template:

Configuring a template is necessary that cuts down the time taken for designing complex things. It is always an advisable option to create your own template that contains all configured things for your use. To save the template, go to the File option and choose Save As. Add relevant information such as name and description of the template and click the Save button.

The saving process will differ as per the version and the operating system you use.

Choose your Unit: Things will go easier if you follow units of measurement for your designs. This allows you to use the models from SketchUp Warehouse without rescaling the object. It is the best option and sounds effective when you are using Warehouse for your model.

Steps to follow:
Window menu> Model Info> Units

Create layers:
The most-used layers must be saved for the future use as it gives you an instant access to the configuration of your need. With this, you can ignore the recreating of the same layer which is definitely time-consuming.

Window > Layers (click on the plus icon to add a new layer)

Delete unnecessary elements from your file:
Erasing unnecessary elements is an unspoken rule of any designing application. For SketchUp, you need to erase the default model and elements from the template before starting your work. you can also delete the default figure from the original template.

To automatically delete the unneeded details, click the Detail icon in layers, components, material and style and choose the purge option.

Keyboard short-cut for the most-used tool:
Knowing keyboard short-cut will help you increase your productivity while cutting down the time taken for your design. Remember the keyboard short-cut of the most-used tool that provides you with an easy access to the feature you are going to use, eliminating the need for clicks.

Other things that need to configure:
Configuring the needed application as per your preference will help you complete the work without repeating the same thing you have done before. This will be a needed step for designing a large and complex model. besides the above-mentioned tools, a few applications are still there that need to be configured.

• Scenes
• Rendering style
• Face and edge
• Font size used for text levels

The content is prepared from a popular book – Google SketchUp Workshop by Laurent Brixius.

How to Configure SketchUp for Your Design

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BIM based Point Layout Software is ideal for surveying professionals

Autodesk Inc. has developed Point Layout software to perform layout on the construction site accurately. This software can simplify the surveying process by maintaining the perfectness of the model to the job site for contractors and subcontractors.

It applies model coordinate information at the construction site to enhance office-to-field efficiency and QA/QC, curtail rework, and improve layout productivity.

The software generates points on almost any object and export point locations to a series of robotic instruments.

The software offers the following exclusive features

Generate points: Generate points inside drawings and models produced through AutoCAD, Revit, or Navisworks software.

Export to robotic instruments: Export points from AutoCAD, Revit, or Navisworks software to a total station or other robotic instrument to keep the layout of the construction accurate.

Import field conditions: Import staked point locations back into AutoCAD, Revit, or Navisworks software to facilitate generating an as-built model for handoff.

Export to Navisworks: Export your work from AutoCAD or Revit software and import it into Navisworks software to modify your point locations throughout the coordination process.

Control points: Add, import, and export control points to your model. Control points can comprise of automatic grid intersection placement, import, and manual placement in AutoCAD and Revit software.

Coordinate systems: Include coordinate systems to your model that match the job site. This allows you to align your points with the entire construction project.

3D-model based layout: Incorporeate with the BIM 360 Layout iPad app and manage your layout from the entire model.

Compare points: Utilize imported field points with field deviation reports for QA/QC, then pass issues to BIM 360 Field software for resolution.

Slab analysis: Import field or as-built points of any surface into Revit software for deviation analysis of field against the design model.

To download the trial version of Point Layout, click on the following link www.cesdb.com

BIM based Point Layout Software is ideal for surveying professionals

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nz_Parabola – The newest sketchup extension

Natale Zappia has developed nz_Parabola, the newest sketchup extension. It is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

This sketchup is useful for Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Gaming, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture and other sectors.

It is used to draw a parabola set with the base width and overall height.

Each Parabola is distinctively drawn on the basis of particular dimensions.

A Parabola is equivalent to Projectile Motion, from flightpaths to fountain spouts.

On-Screen Definition of Parameters

Height & Width is described on screen.


A Facet-Factor is applied to manage the number of facets which develop the parabola.
A value of <=1 is perfect, also the number of faces varies dynamically to accommodate the size of the parabola.

 To learn the complete process, watch the following video tutorial.
This paid extension is available in extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com
nz_Parabola – The newest sketchup extension
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How to Use SketchUp for Developing an Amazing Game environment

Till date, SketchUp has made a remarkable name as a simple and easy 3D designing tool. As the time goes, the software application pushes its boundary. Designers start using the 3D tool in fields other than known ones. SketchUp as a game environment developer is an added application that evolves gradually in the gaming industry. Professional developers love SketchUp as it offers a trouble-free way of designing complex models. The use of SketchUp in the gaming industry has already been started by Studio Olemingus – an independent game studio introduced by Dhruv, a designer and SketchUp artist, and Kevin, a programmer.

Get started with SketchUp

Dhruv, the small town boy from Chala in Gujarat, is the man behind this innovative thought of using SketchUp as a game developer. He learned SketchUp in 2009-10 as a part of his course. He goes deeper to know how to use the 3D tool in an innovative way like no other does. He used the tool for outlining a gallery for the first time and came to know that the file size generated by the application is less than the other software. The designing is rather simple to understand and to craft. The software application has become an inevitable part of his designing since then.

Architectural Design with SketchUp

Alex Schreyer, the author of the book “Architectural Design with SketchUp” has introduced it talked many things about it at SketchUp’s 3D Basecamp and he had authored some new SktechUp extensions. He also published a second edition of the book to shaping SketchUp in a new way. Updated editions from beginning to till last one can be found in the SketchUp’s site: SketchUpfor Design.com and this article is simply a review of the book.

About the book: As like SketchUp team, this book is also has the same motto: It’s for everyone. It is very useful for architectural design and also has aimed for all kind of designers. There are various topics in the book such as; applying and shaping textures, mastering components, extensions, rendering etc. all are very useful for everyone.

This book don’t have the aim to teach form the beginning but it has very important information for the SketchUp users. There is a chapter named ‘SketchUp Refresher’ for the beginners. The book has aimed for exploring principles of SketchUp which are not yet covered by any other books and have lots of experienced SketchUp modelers. The website ‘SketchUpfor Design.com’ is associated with the book and here people can get much resource for SketchUp tips, news and insight.

The book has divided into five main sections, they are, component-based modeling, extensions, rendering, making and Ruby scripting. Here are some details about the sections:

1. Component-based modeling: This section is a great part which consists the information of using various groups and components for building clusters of objects and pervades models with information. As per the author, he has a thought to model every element of a difficult construction like floor detail should be designed in the software before actually building it. In the digital model there is a chance to correct the mistakes and change some things for making it even better than before.

Though it is not a new technique for the SketchUp’s users but Alex gave it a new look by applying the concrete guidance to model the design in a better way with detailed information and objects. This modeling is technically very easy one but important as it explores the main things in the book briefly. This section also gives an idea about the broader category about information modeling. We all know that BIM can be used as per the need of the design but this section casts the idea at the most basic level and the book has the instructions of doing the work, utilizing it and also organizing the items. There is also information about dynamic attributes, organizing things with industry schemes and generating departs from the model.

2. Utilizing extensions: There are lots of extensions in SketchUp and identifying the extensions and their work is not an easy job. This book has a good collection of information about assembling the models in the alphabetical order with a brief description about them. There are also step-by-step tutorials suitable for workflows which can work between extensions.

3. Photo-realistic rendering: Renders don’t have many choices and it is a complicated thing, not a simple thing like clicking button and waiting for few hours. There are lot of things than this like the settings, presets, lighting environments and many other appliances which can go with making a halfway decent rendering and it need an improper amount of background knowledge, as it’s the mixture of science and craft both.

4. Making: The second edition has come with a new chapter called ‘Making Things with SketchUp’ which proves that the book is more than only the architectural field. In this section, some famous digital fabrication techniques like 3D printing, CNC, laser cutting and 2D printing etc. has surveyed by Alex and all of these has guided with a book for modeling advice, file prep, export considerations and pre-fabrication advice in working with other kind of programs. This long section has concluded with many pages and tutorial videos.

5. Scripting: This section looks little weird for the readers and users as reading and writing simple codes is a very simple thing and don’t need any special attention. But Alex has kept this section with the title of ‘Ruby for Designers’ here Alex has focused on the use of scripts for achieving forms which can become exhausting for the models in SketchUp. Using Ruby for writing codes is to increase the using power of algorithms in making stuff when there is no other way and Alex describes it with a tutorial step-by-step process with brief description.

Lastly it is an approach to the SketchUp lovers to go through this book without any confusion as it will enhance the SketchUp using skills as it the processes are clearly-written, briefly described and completed. In the website there are sample files, about 30 tutorial videos and a direct way to communicate with author.

Article Source: blog.sketchup.co

Architectural Design with SketchUp

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FTC Solar introduced SunDAT v3 to simplify solar design in sketchup

FTC Solar Inc. comprising of a team of devoted renewable energy professionals, just unveils the next generation release of its proprietary SunDAT Solar Design Automation software solution.

SunDAT v3 renders extremely precise designs out of small residential systems to multi-hundred MW Single Axis tracker utility-scale projects.

With the addition of the new v3 user interface, the users can use an advanced feature to streamline the solar design process as well as generate various design iterations for comparison and appraisal. With energy modeling supported with NREL SAM, production estimates are tallied alongside for several layout options.

SunDAT v3 considerably accelerates the speed and accurateness of big scale solar design. All modeling is performed within the Sketchup 3D environment. Shading analysis conjoined with 3D terrain-following facilitates the users to analyze the effect of terrain on energy production.

“With advanced topography analysis, the users can get the ability to recognize the terrain over structural tolerances throughout the due diligence stage and have estimation of cut/fill volumes. By obtaining this feature in the initial design cycle land selection and cost estimation are improved radically.

SunDAT V3 automates the layout and drafting tasks and the engineers get the ability to optimize cost and constructability.

To download a 15-day free trial of SunDAT V3, go through the following link https://sundat.ftcsolar.com

FTC Solar introduced SunDAT v3 to simplify solar design in sketchup

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