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SketchUp Skill Builders: Model Smarter, Faster

Have you ever had that moment in SketchUp where you discovered something new and your entire day got a little brighter? We created a new video series that’ll hopefully add more of those moments to your month. Our new SketchUp Skill Builder videos are meant to be short (just a few minutes), so you can grab some morning coffee and learn something new in a few sips!



SketchUp Skill Builders: Learn something fun and useful about SketchUp in just a few minutes!


As we release these videos, we’ll also create separate discussion threads for each video in the Tutorials category of our SketchUp Forum. That’s the place to go if you have questions about a technique, or an idea about how to model even smarter.

We’re planning to release a few Skill Builders each month, and we’d love to hear what techniques you’d like to learn more about or any of your own modeling tips you’d like to share with the SketchUp community. Fill out this form to suggest an idea for a future Skill Builder video.


Posted by Josh Reilly, SketchUp Team

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7 comments :

Andrew Dwight said...

Great work Tyson, this is the best method to work with complex geometry. I like to take this method a step further with the Plusspec add on for Sketchup. I simply select the component associate price, item code, IFC attribute, schedule order and add notes for the engineer. I then do a bill of quantities or create a purchase order.
Essentially completing the virtual design and construction (VDC) circle.

Andrew Dwight said...

Great work Tyson, this is the best method to work with complex geometry. I like to take this method a step further with the Plusspec add on for Sketchup. I simply select the component associate price, item code, IFC attribute, schedule order and add notes for the engineer. I then do a bill of quantities or create a purchase order.
Essentially completing the virtual design and construction (VDC) circle.

Joel Laviolette said...

Nice!

Baldyone Kenobi said...

Architectural modelling is in the bag for me but I struggle with modelling the land around a building. Sloping lawns and paths etc become just a laborious maze of triangle surfaces.

This is what I need to master next to give my houses some real land and surface topography to sit on.

Any tutorials on this would be great. I have tried the contour tutorials but can't make it gel.

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Andrew Dwight said...

A tip is to get the DWG from the surveyor. If you don't have a survey you can use Google Earth. If you go to layers you can change from image to contoured. The image will be locked and you may find you have to draw off axis. A good to tip is to rotate the image so the axis line up with the location of the structure and then model to suit to contours. There are some fantastic plugins to help with cut and fill or you could try your hand at the solid tools.
Y ou could also draw a face at the base contour and copy the faces up to the increments you desire. Then intersect with map. You will notice the intersect lines will now resemble contours.
If i get time i will do an example Video.

Andrew Dwight said...

A tip is to get the DWG from the surveyor. If you don't have a survey you can use Google Earth. If you go to layers you can change from image to contoured. The image will be locked and you may find you have to draw off axis. A good to tip is to rotate the image so the axis line up with the location of the structure and then model to suit to contours. There are some fantastic plugins to help with cut and fill or you could try your hand at the solid tools.
Y ou could also draw a face at the base contour and copy the faces up to the increments you desire. Then intersect with map. You will notice the intersect lines will now resemble contours.
If i get time i will do an example Video.