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Using DWG Files to Create 3D Models in SketchUp

by Pierre Derenoncourt

In this SketchUp tutorial, we'll learn how to use .dwg files and plans to create 3D models. We'll begin the process from the ground and work our way up. Software required: SketchUp.

What you'll learn

Using imported foundation and structural plans, we'll model the foundation and the columns. Once those elements are in place, we'll use a displaced modeling technique I often use, to place beams throughout the building model. Along the way we'll discover a few simple tips and tricks that will help reduce your modeling time significantly! Finally, we'll take a look at how to quickly and efficiently model the building's exterior which includes glazing, windows, mullions, and even spandrels. By the end of this SketchUp training, you'll know how to use simple 2D drawings to create powerful 3D models that can be used for schematic design and even design development! 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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