SketchUp for Planners - Modeling Complex Forms and Structures

Master the advanced features of SketchUp, including modeling historic structures and real-world buildings, working with SketchUp Plugins, and modeling complex forms. Instructor Jaymes Dunsmore, is a planner and urban designer who has worked on large-scale transportation, master planning and real-estate development projects for public and private clients in the United States and China.

In This Course

  1. A brief introduction of the course.
  2. Creating 3D Models From 2D Images
    Learn how to create a three-dimensional model from a two-dimensional image, such as a photograph. This technique is extremely useful for modeling real-world buildings, especially historic structures, but you can use it with any 2D image including a hand-drawn sketch.
  3. Modeling Real-World Buildings
    Learn how to create a 3D models of real-world buildings using the Model Builder tool.
  4. Importing Textures and Building Facades
    Learn how to import textures and real-world building facades using Google Streetview and your own photos.
  5. Downloading and Installing Plugins
    Learn how to download and install Plugins, additional features that you can use to expand your toolset.
  6. Modeling Complex Forms
    Learn how to use the Curviloft Plugin to create complex, curvilinear forms.
  7. Making Your Models Globally Available
    Learn how to upload models to Trimble's 3D Warehouse and Google Earth.

Published 2012

Jaymes is a planner and urban designer who recently completed a Master in City Planning and Certificate in Urban Design at MIT’s Department Studies and Planning (DUSP). Prior to coming to MIT, Jaymes worked for the City of San Leandro Community Development Department, where he helped to draft the city’s first climate action plan, and for the East Bay Regional Park District.