I have a 100mb SketchUp file (~1000’ x 1500’ site model) that is causing my workstation to crash regularly and is slow to navigate around. I’d like some input from the community as to what combination of my workstation, software limitations, and workflow is the likely cause of this and what I can do to improve my workflow that can help reduce file size as well.
File: is made up of 10 SketchUp files that I’ve imported into the model and relink after updating each file invididually. Below is from the model info menu:
Edges: ~2,500,000 (there’s a few flattened CAD underlays, detailed bathymetry and terrain w/ 2’ contours)
Component Instances: 11,000
Component Definitions: 696
Materials: 462 (Context buildings around site are photo-textured)
Settings: Hardware acceleration is on. Maximum texture size is off. Face style is set to shaded. I change it to shaded with textures when I’m about to export an image. Shadows are off except when I need to export an image.
• Back Edges (off)
• Profiles (on, set to 1)
• Depth Cue (off)
• Extension (off)
• Endpoints (on, set to 1)
• Jitter (off)
•Utilities Tools (SketchUp, loaded)
•FredoLibrary, Tools on Surface, etc. (Fredo6, unloaded)
Hardware: Late 2009 27" iMac. Intel Core i7-860, 12gb 1067MHz DDR3 ram, ATI Radeon HD 4850 512 MB, 1TB SATA drive.
Workflow: I use the outliner menu to organize individual components/groups in each of the 10 files that link into the master. All model information on the same layer. I use layers for toggling on and off survey and site plan reference information. I purge every file twice daily.
Edit: Added edge style information.