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Building Structures Using Profiles and Components in SketchUp

by Pierre Derenoncourt

In this series of SketchUp tutorials, we'll take a step-by-step approach to creating a steel structural model. Software required: SketchUp.

What you'll learn

In this series of SketchUp tutorials, we'll take a step-by-step approach to creating a steel structural model. We'll work from the ground up and start with grids and foundations. From there we'll work with structural profiles located in your 3D warehouse. We'll learn how to organize building elements into layers as well as color-coded components. Once columns, beams, and joists are in place, we'll create our own custom, open-web joist component that we'll use to support the roof. By the end of this SketchUp training, you'll understand the importance of working with layers, colors, and components when it comes to modeling. You'll also learn how to create your own custom structural elements that may not exist in your library or 3D warehouse, making you much less dependent on components from third parties or the web. Software required: SketchUp.

About the author

Pierre is a Pluralsight training pioneer. Since becoming the first CAD and BIM author at Digital-Tutors (now a Pluralsight company), Pierre has played a major role in building the training library. With a productive background in the CAD industry, working as everything from a drafter to project manager, Pierre has long had a passion for the creativity and hard work that goes into designing architectural projects. Pierre is proud to be able to share his mastery of Revit and AutoCAD with the P... more

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