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About SketchUp formerly Google SketchUp, is a 3D modeling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications such as architectural, interior design, landscape architecture, civil and mechanical engineering, film and video game design. SketchUp is owned by Trimble Inc., a mapping, surveying and navigation equipment company. There is an online library of free model assemblies (e.g. windows, doors, automobiles), 3D Warehouse, to which users may contribute models. The program includes drawing layout functionality, allows surface rendering in variable "styles", supports third-party "plug-in" programs hosted on a site called Extension Warehouse to provide other capabilities (e.g. near photo-realistic rendering) and enables placement of its models within Google Earth.

sketch up is a complete and a integrated 3D Modeling Software, widely preferred by construction owners, inspectors, architects, engineers and subcontractors for a glitch free precision enriched work output.

3D Warehouse is an open library in which SketchUp users may upload and download 3D models to share. The models can be downloaded right into the program without anything having to be saved onto your computer's storage. File sizes of the models can be up to 50 MB. Anyone can make, modify and re-upload content to and from the 3D warehouse free of charge. All the models in 3D Warehouse are free, so anyone can download files for use in SketchUp or even other software such as AutoCAD, Revit and ArchiCAD - all of which have apps allowing the retrieval of models from 3D Warehouse. Since 2014 Trimble has launched a new version of 3D Warehouse where companies may have an official page with their own 3D catalogue of products. Trimble is currently investing in creating 3D developer partners in order to have more professionally modelled products available in 3D Warehouse. According to the Trimble, 3D Warehouse is the most popular 3D content site on the web. SketchUp designers may visit 3D Warehouse to discover new products or for inspiration when designing their own.

Sketch up Course Objective:

In this course, students learn how to use SketchUp to model interior spaces, study scale and proportion, elevations, and sections. They will also learn how to combine SketchUp with other software and use the rendering tools .After completing this guide, you will be able to: 

  • Setting metric/imperial drawing environment.
  • To present with different display techniques.
  • Represent of objects in architecture model, and work with elevation, section, and 3D views.
  • Use SketchUp to create a model which began life in the AutoCAD environment and move the rudimentary plan to SketchUp showing that AutoCAD geometry, blocks and layering can be incorporated into a SketchUp model. 
  • Work with architectural walls and its component.  Use Google links to a large set of 3D models which you can use in your own design work.
  • Use the paint tool to apply textures to your models. Creating and using new texture maps.
  • Attaching image files to frames in your model. Stretching and distorting images to fit the model.
  • Explain the model in documentation environment i.e adding dimensions and text.

Sketch UP Course Description:

Each chapter begins with concepts and learning objectives, and then moves into an easy way supported by full–colour and real-world exercises.

Topics Covered:

  • How to select Template
  • GUI of SketchUp pro
  • Inference: concept, Inference Locking
  • Pushing and pulling Shapes into 3D
  • Building models as a Block
  • Building models using Components
  • Building models from DWG
  • Building models using Match photo
  • Modeling with accuracy tools
  • Modeling with Static & dynamic Components
  • Components attributes
  • Presenting your model
  • Camera, section, scenes, styles, layers, materials
  • SketchUp layouts

SKETCH UP Career Opportunities:

The career opportunities for architects and interior designers are very high because of the boom in the construction and designing fields.

You can work in the sectors of construction, urban planning, urban development corporations, public works departments, interior designing, etc.

Architects have lots of job opportunities in architect firms, universities, consultancy companies, etc. Global market, especially in the USA, Australia and Dubai provide attractive career and jobs for architecture graduates.

Architects can work in the office as well as in the construction site. In construction companies, they are working as a designer. You can also work independently and earn occupation through consultancy charges that is depend upon your skills, profile and experience.

As an Architect, your job in not limited to design corporate workplace rather than you have to design houses, colonies, apartments, hospitals, hotels, stadium, shopping complexes, schools, industrial complexes, etc.

Government Organizations offering jobs to the B.Arch Candidates such as Archaeological Department, National Building Organization, Ministry of Defense, Departments of Railways, Housing and Urban Development Corporation, Public Works Department, etc.

Some other organizations also hire architects are: Builders, State Departments, Consultants, Local Bodies for construction works, Architecture Firms, etc.