Sketchup training: Moving from the essentials to advanced

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Enrique Barriuso, application specialist at Excitech, explores how you can get to the next level with the advanced SketchUp training course

If you have just completed Excitech’s SketchUp essentials course or if you have a basic knowledge of SketchUp and you would like to get to the next level, this article will give you an idea of the additional knowledge and skills that you would gain by attending the advanced SketchUp training course.

In order to be successful in this course, you need to be familiar with the tasks covered in the SketchUp essentials course.

What to expect in SketchUp advanced

The use of images in SketchUp is briefly introduced in the essentials course. If you attend the advanced course, you will expand on more advanced techniques like the use of multiple images, the ability to tweak textures once they have been applied on a surface and you will discover how and when to scale a model if you are using different images at different sizes.

Another important feature that is presented in the Advanced SketchUp training course is the use of AutoCAD files as a starting point for your SketchUp models. You will learn how to import the drawing in the correct units and understand how to manage AutoCAD layers and blocks once they are brought into SketchUp. Common practices to create a mass model from an imported 2D drawing and to handle plan and elevation drawings will also be described.

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If you are interested in surveying or landscape design, some techniques will be shown on how to create a terrain surface from contours or maps, and how to design your own curved surfaces utilising functions of the Sandbox tools.

The section Tool is explained in detail, indicating ways to apply multiple sections and control their visibility. Some advanced procedures are also used to create a construction sequencing animation, with the help of the sections, layers and camera angle options in the creation of scenes.

A valuable addition is in the use of Layout in SketchUp to produce compelling presentations. You will practice controlling the view, scale, shape and size of the different viewports, modifying the titleblock, adding and linking a table from Excel or adding dimensions.

Additional beneficial suggestions include the use of Solid Tools to find the intersection between different objects, the creation of face-me components to simulate a 3D object from a 2D image and a demonstration of some of the more helpful extensions.

If you are interested in broadening your SketchUp knowledge, you can have a look at the advanced SketchUp training course here.

 

Enrique Barriuso

Application specialist

Exitech

Twitter: @excitech_ltd

LinkedIn: Excitech Ltd

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