ISBN-10:
047034525X
ISBN-13:
2900470345251
Pub. Date:
08/24/2009
Publisher:
Wiley
Google SketchUp for Site Design: A Guide to Modeling Site Plans, Terrain and Architecture / Edition 1

Google SketchUp for Site Design: A Guide to Modeling Site Plans, Terrain and Architecture / Edition 1

by Daniel Tal
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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900470345251
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 08/24/2009
Series: CourseSmart Series
Edition description: NE
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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 1 Introduction to SketchUp 1

Chapter 1 How to Use This Book 2

Who Can Use This Book 2

Learning Tutorials 4

Downloadable Tutorial Models 4

Downloadable Pre-Made Components 7

The Four Parts 7

Part 1 Introduction to SketchUp 7

Part 2 Introduction to SketchUp Process Modeling 8

Part 3 Sandbox Tools 8

Part 4 AutoCAD to SketchUp 10

Chapter 2 SketchUp Basics 11

Geometry 11

Simple Geometry 11

Complex Geometry 12

Healing Faces 12

Subdividing Faces 13

Sticky Geometry 13

Face Count 13

Basic SketchUp Tools 14

Drawing and Modification Tools 15

Additional Tools 16

The Value Control Box 18

Styles 19

Navigation and 3D Inference System 20

Drafting with Edges 22

Model Organization 24

Chapter 3 Components and Groups 26

Components Instances 28

Editing Components 28

Adjusting the Component/Group View 30

Components within Components 32

Components and Layers 34

Pre-Made Components 35

Free SketchUp Bonus Pack Components 35

FormFonts Components 37

SketchUcation and Google SketchUp Component Forums 37

Component Forums 37

Google 3D Warehouse 37

Component Library 37

Chapter 4 Problem Solving 39

Problem-Solving Tutorials 40

Typical SketchUp Problems 40

Different Results on Different Computers 41

SketchUp Freezes 41

Auto Save 41

Subdivide 41

Support Sites 42

Chapter 5 Ruby Scripts 43

Downloading Ruby Scripts 44

Installing Ruby Scripts 45

Activating Ruby Scripts 45

Troubleshooting an Installation 46

Part 2 SketchUp Process Modeling 47

Chapter 6 Introduction to SketchUp Process Modeling 48

The Built Environment 48

Surfaces 49

Objects 49

2D = 3D 50

Drafting the Flatwork Base 51

Drawing the Base52

Reviewing the Drawing 55

Applying Material and Color 56

Organizing Models 57

Adding Volumes 58

Lower the Road 58

Creating the Building 59

Making a Roof 60

Push/Pulling the Steps 60

Push/Pulling the Walls 61

Adding Objects to the Flatwork Base 61

Organizing Components 62

Creating Component Layers 62

Component Tools 63

Adding Components to the Flatwork Base 66

Adding Component Windows and Doors 68

Adjusting the Building Components 69

Reviewing the Completed Model 69

An Advanced Example 71

Modeling Your Own Designs 72

Chapter 7 Detailed Site Plan Modeling 73

Using Site Plans 73

Importing Site Plans 74

Imported-Image Resolution 75

Placing the Plan Image on a Layer 75

Scaling the Image 75

Preparing the Drafting Trace 76

Drafting Tips 77

Drafting Order 78

Create the Flatwork Base Group 85

Adding Color and Texture 86

Adding Volume 87

Road and Curb 87

Steps and Plaza 88

Planter Walls 89

Ramp 90

Planter Walls Adjustments 91

Entry Sign Wall 91

Buildings as Components 91

Building Volumes 92

Adding Detail to Volumes 93

Detailing the Sign 93

Detailing the Planters 95

Chapter 8 Custom Site Furnishings 98

The Modeling Process 98

Components within Components 99

The Follow Me Tool 101

Model Organization 104

Tutorials 104

The Bollard 105

The Pedestrian Light 107

The Modern Bench 110

The Park Bench 111

The Decorative Planter Bench 117

The Decorative Rail 121

The Handrail 123

Chapter 9 Custom Architecture 125

Sculpting the Building 125

Building the Mass 125

Making Window and Door Components 126

Problem Solving the Window Components 128

Copy and Insert 129

Copy and Paste Between Instances 129

Make Unique 130

Tutorials 130

Setting the Workspace 131

Adding Mass to Buildings 1 and 2 131

Adding Mass to Building 3 134

Window Components 136

Door Components 140

Balcony Component 141

Chapter 10 Arranging and Presenting the Model 145

Arrangement Methods 146

The Accuracy Method 146

The Speed Method 146

Logical Order and Adjustments 147

Buildings 147

3D Vegetation 147

Furnishing Components 152

Creating and Exporting Scenes 153

Selecting Your Scenes 153

Plan Views and Elevations 154

People and Cars 154

Trees and Scenes 154

Adding Sky 155

Exporting Scenes and Shadows 155

Troubleshooting Shadows 155

Chapter 11 Architectural Tutorial 160

Working with Arcs and Circles 160

Hidden Geometry 161

Components and Faceted Surfaces 162

The Courthouse Tutorial 164

Drafting the Floor Plate 165

Adding Volume 168

Adding the Custom Components 175

Arranging the Components on the Building 180

Adding Detail to the Building 185

Part 3 The Sandbox Tools 189

Chapter 12 Introduction to the Sandbox Tools 190

Playing in the Sandbox 190

The From Contours Tool 190

The From Scratch Tool 192

The Smoove Tool 193

The Drape Tool 194

The Add Detail Tool 195

The Stamp and Flip Edge Tools 195

Ruby Scripts and Sandbox Tools 197

Tools on Surface 197

Joint Push Pull 198

Soap Skin Bubble 200

Drop Ruby 201

Simplify Contours 202

Additional Tools and Concepts 203

Intersect with Model 203

Construction Geometry 205

Chapter 13 SketchUp Conceptual Grading 206

Conceptual Grading 206

Modeling and Grading Tips 207

The Tutorials 207

Pedestrian Ramp 208

Driveway Ramp 210

Slopes and Grades 213

Building Entry Walk 215

Park Landform 226

Campus Quad-Area 1 235

Campus Quad-Area 2 238

Campus Quad-Area 3 242

Campus Quad-Area 4 257

Chapter 14 Complex Canopies 266

2D Plan to 3D Form 266

Simple Canopy Tutorial 267

Complex Canopy Tutorial 273

Chapter 15 Sandbox Architecture 279

The Drape Tool 279

Working with Drape 279

Troubleshooting Drape 284

Sandbox Building Tutorial 284

Part 4 AutoCAD to SketchUp 293

Chapter 16 Overview of AutoCAD to SketchUp 294

General Overview 295

Organizing the AutoCAD File 295

Generating the Geometry 297

Arranging the Objects 299

Chapter 17 Organizing AutoCAD 302

AutoCAD Reorganization 303

Folder and File Structure 303

AutoCAD Base Files 304

External Reference Files 304

Isolating Surfaces 308

Closing Perimeters 309

Organizing Site Objects 310

Write Block Surfaces and Objects 311

Importing the Flatwork File 313

AutoCAD and SketchUp Units 313

The Flatwork Drawing File 314

Chapter 18 Modeling the AutoCAD Flatwork Base 315

Exploding the Flatwork Base 315

Problematic AutoCAD Lines 316

Overlapping and Short Lines 316

Arcs 318

Random Anomalies 318

Healing the AutoCAD Flatwork Base 318

Healing with the Line Tool 319

AutoCAD Clean-Up Ruby Scripts 322

Working with Ruby Scripts 324

Troubleshooting Ruby Scripts 327

Method Summaries 328

Next Steps 328

Chapter 19 Arranging the Model 331

Populating the Flatwork Base 331

Exploding the Objects 333

Importing Layers 334

Replacing the Components 335

Finishing Touches 342

Articulating the Buildings 342

Exchanging 3D Components 343

Conceptual Grading 345

Adding More Components 347

Making Adjustments 348

Adding New Details 350

Adding People and Cars 354

Index 355

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