Oil & Gas Industry

Hello all, I’m new to Sketchup and am looking for just the right extension (or two) to help me get my feet on the ground and running. I work in the Oil & Gas Industry and am wanting to start with some 3D drawings for piping layout. I’m currently needing to connect some future piping to the new facilities we’ll be installing on the plant site. What would be the best extension for me to start with in order to complete this quest?


That is what the incredible 3skeng is for!

By the way, at SketchUp 3D BaseCamp they also showed me the resulting piping layout in VR.


Thank you Aerilius. I’ll check into that. So this

Is this a class you attended? I would also be interested in taking some additional classes to help get a better hands on concerning the workings of Sketchup to the Oil Field Industry.


No, BaseCamp is no less than SketchUp’s biannual conference, where 3skeng was as exhibitor (I don’t remember them having a session, though there might be enough demand). But you can contact them through their website for more information about training (maybe they have also partners/resellers elsewhere in the world that offer training).

In 2016 3Skeng had a session. Don’t know if they’v had since.

Here is the 2016 Basecamp presentation " SketchUp in Big, Data Driven Projects" with the 3Skeng folks


I also remember a presentation of Stangle associates, back in 2014 (or earlier) that was quit impressive

I know it’s just an accidental typo, but I wondered if another interpretation of

could be that you wanted to leave, quickly?


Maybe quiet impressive?


Shh! Be quit!


A lot quite or just quit quit?


The Engineering Toolbox!

Engineering Toolbox - Tools - accessed from within SketchUp

NOTE!! - the “insert!” and the Tools features only works when the engineeringtoolbox exension is opened from within SketchUp. Install the extension as described in the right column - restart Sketchup and open this tool from the Sketchup Plugins menu.


undo! - redo!


change color! no color aqua black blue fuchsia green gray lime maroon navy olive purple red silver teal white yellow - of the selected object(s) - may be slow for some more complicated objects (save your model first!)


iso! - top! - front! - right! - left! - back! - bottom!

Make Component

make! - makes a component of the selected object. Note that all objects from the Engineering Toolbox are inserted as individual groups. You should transfer a group to a component sharing the same definition when there is more than one instance of the same object. Tips! Rename the object to its final name before making it a component (in outliner or with right click and entity info).

Rotate Object(s)

degrees around [red](javascript:Comps.rotate(‘red’);), [green](javascript:Comps.rotate(‘green’):wink: or [blue](javascript:Comps.rotate(‘blue’):wink: axis! (select object(s) first). Very handy for objects with curved surfaces like pipes, elbows …

Move or Copy Object(s)

[move/copy!](javascript:Comps.moveCopy():wink: no. copies m dm cm mm in ft red green blue (offset from current position

  • move or copy (multiple) selected objects. Make advanced geometric constructions with multiple selections, multiple copies and the offset.
    Tip! - Use “Make Component” to save space and reduce computer load when working with multiple copies.

The Knife

  • inserts a “Knife” to cut in one or more objects.

[insert the Knife!](javascript:Comps.insertKnife():wink: size of the Knife m dm cm mm in ft

[cut!](javascript:Comps.cutKnife():wink: - before cut: customize the inserted Knife! The Knife is a group you can rotate, change the size of, and even add or remove objects within (example - add a function curve for an advanced cut). You can also make your own Knife by naming a group “theKnife”. After insert and customizing the knife - positioning it to the object(s) where to cut - select the object(s) (must be groups) - and click cut! Afterwards - select the object(s) and remove the parts of the object(s) that you don’t want.
YouTube demo of the Knife!

Move an Object to another Objects Position

[move!](javascript:Comps.moveToPosition():wink: - select two objects - then click “move” and one of the objects moves to the position and angle of the other object. Handy when moving between axis systems.

Change Insertion Point

You can change the position and angle of an inserting object by pre-selecting an existing object before Insert! The inserted object will inherit the position of the selected object. Handy when working with non-default axis.

Insert Line

red green blue - Start position
red green blue - End position

[insert!](javascript:Comps.helpLine():wink: m dm cm mm in ft - use this feature to add a reference line

Insert Horizontal Plane

[insert!](javascript:Comps.helpHPlane():wink: m dm cm mm in ft red (size) green (size) blue (vertical position)

  • use this feature to add a horizontal reference plane

Insert Vertical Plane

[insert!](javascript:Comps.helpVPlane(‘red’):wink: m dm cm mm in ft red (horizontal position) green (size) blue (vertical size)

[insert!](javascript:Comps.helpVPlane(‘green’):wink: m dm cm mm in ft red (size) green (horizontal position) blue (vertical size)

  • use this feature to add vertical a reference plane

Insert Box

[insert!](javascript:Comps.addBox():wink: m dm cm mm in ft red (width) green (depth) blue (height)

  • use this feature to add a box to the model

Insert external Component

[insert!](javascript:Comps.addCompUrl():wink: name url

  • use this feature to add an external .skp component from the internet by adding the component url

WOw that looks super ueful for people in that industry. Looks so easy and especially FAST to create geometry

!!! Be aware that…

…the engineering toolbox runs code from their website that (in contrast to installed, signed extension that you have approved) can be modified at any time to do arbitrary harm to your file system or computer. This could be the case when their site gets hacked or infected.

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