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This is a detailed step-by-step guide to creating a building a house model from scratch and transforming it into finished construction documents- The end goal is depicted on the book cover- Contents include two model files plus numerous embedded components. The course is “hands-on” rather than being a reference manual. However, there are important reference sections in the book which explain the various tools and settings being used as the course proceeds.
A “kit” of virtual pre-assembled parts helps to speed progress along and focus on what’s important. There are workflows, tips and tricks gained over years of modeling projects ranging from domestic extensions to multi-storey buildings.
The first SketchUp file comprises the plan of the house model project. Following the instructions, the next part involves generating the 3D shapes that represent the internal and external walls, floors, ceilings and roof. All elements of the model are given textures. (A handy set of textures are provided within the model file.)
The next part looks at how to best organise the model. A well-defined structure enables full control of the modeling environment so that editing and correction is simple and straightforward.
Following this stage, the model is set up for plan, section and elevation views (drawings). These views are imported into Layout and presented as A3 size title-block drawings with dimensions and notes.
3D SketchUp Details are generated from the main model and saved in a separate file. Again, these are inserted into LayOut and titles are applied. Textures and shadows bring the details to life.
This book is great for those who want to sharpen their SketchUp skills in architecture and construction. It’s also a great way to keep up with the latest developments in SketchUp.
The book comes with 6 support videos providing 2 hours of tightly packed reference material. Videos are recorded at fast speed so that you can quickly get to a point, stop the video and examine each step frame by frame.