Extra Bits: Additional SketchUp Links

I got a few really good questions from suveyors during my workshop on Conceptual 3D modeling in Trimble SketchUp today. My friend Dane asked about using SketchUp to understand shadows on a site. Another surveyor asked about working with terrain models, and a third surveyor asked about using building photos to create models. I promised my audience members I would share a few additional links on these topics.

Working With Surface Models in SketchUp

SketchUp Help Article on Modeling Terrain:

SketchUp Help Article On Working With Existing TIN Models:

YouTube Video Tutorial on the SketchUp Sandbox Tools:

SketchUp Shadows

SketchUp Help Article on casting real world shadows:

SketchUp Photo Match

SketchUp Help Article on Photo Match


Best Plug-Ins for SketchUp

I also mentioned to my audience that I would try to post a list of the best SketchUp Plug-Ins.

Jim Leggitt – SketchUp Artist

I also told my audience members about Jim Leggitt, who creates urban planning an architecture drawings with a hybrid method using SketchUp models and traditional hand sketching techniques. Here are some links to information online from or about Jim:

SketchUp Basecamp Video on Jim’s Hybrid Drawing Technique

SketchUpArtists Article on Jim and his work:

Jim’s SketchUp Workshop Web Page:

Jim’s video tutorial for SketchUp on YouTube:

Jim’s article on drawing aerial perspective’s in SketchUp:

Here are a couple of articles related to SketchUp from Jim’s blog:

SketchUp and Point Clouds

One of the surveyors at my workshop asked about working with point cloud data in SketchUp. Another audience member let me know that Trimble has an Extension that brings data from point clouds into SketchUp. (The extension only works with SketchUp Pro, and you also have to have a license of Trimble Realworks.)

Here is a link to the extension page:

Here is a link to a blog post about the extension: