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Google SketchUp for Site Design
A Guide to Modeling Site Plans, Terrain and Architecture
The design professional?s guide to harnessing the power of Google SketchUp
Site design professionals can now use the powerful tools of Google SketchUp for their own practices. This clear and focused illustrated guide explains how site professionals can use the SketchUp tools and functions to construct expressive models of exterior spaces and architecture.
Utilizing the methodology known as SketchUp Process Modeling, the guide takes you step by step from the basics to more advanced methods that incorporate terrain, AutoCAD, and the creation of complex forms. Covering drafting, modeling order, and organization, you will learn how to:
Use the SketchUp Sandbox Tools to design conceptual grading, terrain, and elevation
Design and model a variety of custom components including architectural detail, pedestrian lights, benches, and other site elements
Integrate AutoCAD and SketchUp to easily create 3D-articulated models
With helpful tutorials and useful tips for both beginners and advanced SketchUp users, Google SketchUp for Site Design: A Guide to Modeling Site Plans, Terrain and Architecture will quickly have you creating models that are highly detailed and organized, easy to work with, and optimized for computer performance.
Included with the book are Web links to free SketchUp exercises, models, and YouTube tutorials that expand on book concepts.
"This book adds valuable information about features not even mentioned in the "Missing Manual". This book allows you to create settings for your creations. SketchUp provides a "sandbox", an interface with tools that create organic geometry. In other words, you can push and pull "terrain" around to create hills and valleys. Then using other tools create streets, sidewalks, and planters. Place the buildings you've created on the terrain, and add vegetation around them - suddenly you have a world! This is a solid book, with good start-to-finish instructions in creating 3D objects, whether a bench or a cathedral." (eJournal of the Tucson Computer Society
, December 2009)
"This book illustrates a holistic approach to SketchUp, how it works and more importantly, what to do with it." (San Francisco Book Review, November 2009)
Google SketchUp for Site Design
illustrates a holistic approach to SketchUp: how it works and more importantly, what to do with it.
Filled with tutorials from front to back, the book focuses on the start and completion of projects that include rich detail and expression. Each part and chapter of the book builds on the previous chapters and tutorial.
You will learn how to approach modeling site plans, buildings and site elements: from modeling each of these exterior environment elements to piecing them together to generate a singular and expressive model.
The book culminates with tutorials demonstrating effective and simple ways to include grades and terrain using the Sandbox tools and how best to integrate the entire approach with AutoCAD and SketchUp.
Also included are links to supplemental on-line resources such as YouTube tutorials and free tutorial and example models from 3D Warehouse.
The book is useful for all SketchUp proficiency levels including beginners, hobbyists, and professionals.
Designing landscapes with Google SketchUp
Landscape architects can now use the powerful tools of Google SketchUp for their own practices. This focused, illustrated guide details the capabilities of Google SketchUp and describes techniques that best incorporate SketchUp into a landscape architecture-and-design firm. Landscape architects will learn how to use the software to
Efficiently use SketchUp within project scopes, fees and services Integrate SketchUp into each design phase: schematic, design, design development and construction documents Use step-by-step techniques for modeling a variety of different project types including terrain modeling Understand the system requirements and limitations of the software Design and depict spaces and environments that include plazas and civic spaces, pedestrian malls, streetscapes, parks and park amenities, recreation areas, playgrounds, trails, bio-swales and natural systems, and master planning for universities, communities and cities
About the Author
Daniel Tal, ASLA, is a practicing landscape architect in Denver, Colorado, and a SketchUp specialist who conducts workshops and seminars on SketchUp for landscape architects and architects. Daniel also consults on SketchUp tools and future SketchUp developments to meet the needs of landscape architects and architects, and helps Beta test SketchUp releases.
Table of Contents
Part I Introduction to SketchUp.
Chapter 1 How to Use this Book.
Who Can Use This Book.
What the Book Covers.
Free Downloadable Tutorial Models.
Download Pre-Made Components.
The Four Parts.
Chapter 2 SketchUp Basics.
Basic SketchUp tools.
Chapter 3 Components and groups.
Components within Components.
Components and Layers.
Chapter 4 Problem Solving.
Problem Solving SketchUp.
Chapter 5 Ruby Scripts.
Downloading Ruby Scripts.
Part II SketchUp Process Modeling.
Chapter 6 Introduction to SketchUp Process Modeling.
The Built Environment.
2D = 3D.
Drafting the Flatwork Base.
Applying Material and Color.
Adding objects to the Flatwork Base.
Review the Completed Model.
Modeling from Imagination.
Chapter 7 Detailed Site Plan Modeling.
Download Tutorial Model.
What are Site Plans?
Preparing the drafting "Trace".
Trouble Shooting the Subdividing of Face.
Review the Completed Base.
Preparing to Add Color.
Adding Detail to Volumes.
The Completed Flatwork Base.
Chapter 8 Custom Components - Site Furnishings.
How Components (and Groups) Work.
Chapter 9 Custom Components - Architecture.
Sculpting the Building.
Making Window and Door Components.
Setting the work space.
Chapter 10 The Completed Model: Arrangement and Presentation.
Order and Adjustments.
Creating and Exporting Scenes.
Chapter 11 Architectural Tutorial.
Case Study: Jefferson County Courthouse Building.
SketchUp Process Modeling.
Working with Arcs and Circles.
Components and Faceted Surfaces.
Components and Adjusting Massing.
Part III- Sandbox Tools.
Chapter 12 Introduction to the Sandbox Tools.
Playing in the Sandbox.
Ruby Scripts and Sandbox tools.
Additional tools and concepts.
Chapter 13 Conceptual 3D Grading.
SketchUp Process Modeling and Conceptual Grading.
Chapter 14 Complex Canopies.
2D Plan to 3D Form.
SIMPLE CANOPY TUTORIAL.
COMPLEX CANOPY TUTORIAL.
Chapter 15 Sandbox Architecture.
SANDBOX BUILDING TUTORIAL.
Part IV AutoCAD to SketchUp.
Chapter 16 Overview of AutoCAD to SketchUp.
Chapter 17 Organizing AutoCAD.
AutoCAD tutorial file.
The Nature of AutoCAD Re-organization.
Importing the Flatwork File.
Chapter 18 Modeling the AutoCAD Flatwork Base.
The Problem with AutoCAD Lines.
Methods for Healing the AutoCAD Flatwork Base.
Method #1 - Healing with the Line Tool.
Method #2 - AutoCAD Clean Up Ruby Scripts.
Chapter 19 Arranging the Model.
Replace the Components.