Custom SketchUp Workflow for Converting a 2D Warehouse Design to 3D Model

In today’s storekeeping operations, the need to visualize the workspace realistically is being felt more and more. Whether you are a logistics planner wanting to know the warehouse, or a builder or supplier wanting to show off their plans as real as possible, basic 2D CAD drawings (even worse, paper plans) don’t cut it anymore.

Wouldn’t it be nice to take that existing flat floorplan and whip up a shiny 3D model, depicting the space, presenting the relationships between the objects in the warehouse and the are? Well, if you think that way, you have come to the right place. This article presents a workflow to convert 2D from 3D in SketchUp. What’s so special about it? Well, it is customized for Warehouses specifically! And in relation, for any large general storage spaces.

So, without further ado, let’s learn it.

Raw materials

This is kind of obvious, but yes, you do need a 2D plan to begin with. Best if you have the 2D CAD files for the warehouse – you can import them directly into SketchUp. If not, you can scan paper drawings, blueprints etc. and take them into SketchUp.

Worst case scenario – you have only photos of the site. Well, even then SketchUp can work. There is a “Match Photo” feature in SketchUp that can input photographs of real space and you can construct a drawing around them. You will need complete picture sets, of course, covering all angles.

Published By
Arka Roy
www.sketchup4architect.com

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