A few days ago I noticed that MODEL INFO in the 3DWH had a few additions, one of which is “Distance from Origin.” Since I am not an architect or anything like that, I set about trying to figure out what this new category was, what it meant, and possibly how it’s used.
First I looked at all my own models. It immediately became obvious that the larger and more detailed a model was, the higher the number next to DFO was.
I came here to see what I could find on DFO, but didn’t run across anything on a quick scan of the search results that screamed “read me, I can help.” (My apologies if I over-looked such a thread) So I googled “sketchup distance from origin,” and ran across a SU blog that had a video in it. In watching that vid, I learned that the figure opposite DFO represents feet. In that blog entry, it was mainly dealing with an imported CAD model that was some six hundred miles from the origin, causing flashing and splintering. But there was enough in that vid that I understood what that “distance from origin” meant.
Now…for a few questions:
1. How does this information affect a person’s model? (cause others to avoid models that exceed some maximum number of feet from origin, for example)
2. Does the larger the number automatically indicate an issue? Or does this come into play only with imported files?
3. Does the DFO information affect a person’s 3DWH search results? (higher numbers shunted lower on the list of returned items, as example)
4. Should we start checking distance from origin, and trying to get everything as close to the point of origin as possible before uploading to the Warehouse?
5. Or, is this info only of interest and importance to professionals?