This chapter goes beyond using SketchUp as a simple 3D modeling tool. Although this software is excellent at that, 3D modeling in SketchUp can be about more than just representing your designs—you can use it very effectively to add design intelligence to your models through parametric objects or data and thereby inform your designs and/or create workflow efficiencies. The following sections cover group- and component-based modeling (for detailing, assembly planning, estimating, and other tasks), working with Dynamic Components, and using Building Information Modeling (BIM) principles.

SketchUp Models In This Chapter

Below are two of the models that you can explore interactively in your browser (click and drag to orbit):

View and download all models from this chapter on the 3D Warehouse.

Links In This Chapter

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Sample Videos From This Chapter

You can access all Chapter 3 videos using the password from the book on Wiley’s companion site: www.wiley.com/go/schreyer2e

All Chapter 3 videos:

  • 0301: Trimming solid objects (included here)
  • 0302: Assembly animation
  • 0303: Exporting video (included here)
  • 0304: Stud wall dynamic component
  • 0305: Space planning with dynamic components
  • 0306: Applying IFC classifications

Next Steps

  • Check out my tutorials on this site in the 3D Modeling category.

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