SketchUpBIM is a free plugin for Google SketchUp utilized to model building & building elements (grids, walls, columns, beams, slabs and openings), engineering structures in sketchup and allocate them with BIM-software-users through the IFC file format.
All the generated elements can be incorporated with all other Google SketchUp geometry and operations. SketchUpBIM elements can be accumulated and re-established in SketchUp files similar to all other geometry and elements.
The building & engineering professional can produce an entire building model in quickest possible time and reduce the total required time.
SketchUpBIM facilitates parametric modeling. The user has to put the parameters (length, breath, height etc.) of any architectural element and can draw such element by means of a single click on the SketchUp interface.
The sketchUpBIM tools can be utilized to pre-define the floors or levels of building structures facilitating users to form walls, columns, beams, and slabs on each floor.
The columns and walls mechanically expand from the point on which they are drawn to the floor below it. The beams and slabs mechanically snap to the top elevation of the floor. This will lead to huge savings in required time for modeling the building and engineering structures.
SketchUpBIM contains a grid generator tool to be applied for forming grid lines in the horizontal and vertical directions. Grid lines can be alienated at cyclic or non cyclic intervals. SketchUpBIM includes a “@” sign on the SketchUpBIM grid dialog and it is useful for creating several grid-lines at a time. The users can make an exact model of the building as the grid lines can be snap mechanically to the floor or level on which the geometry is generated.
SketchUpBIM tool is capable of applying the default SketchUp model units. These default model units are superseded if units are put up with input values. This procedure for entering units is related to all other elements in SketchUp (similar to Line Tool and Rectangle Tool), and facilitates both Imperial and Metric conventions.
The updated version of SketchUpBIM includes concrete and Steel materials and these materials can be rendered on the drawn architectural elements. This ensures the drawing of both concrete and steel shape types. The current version is compatible with wide flange steel shapes, and rectangular and circular shapes for concrete.
Snap capability is available for SketchUpBIM tools. The user will be able to alter the snap tolerance, and choose and select the elements on which the snap tolerance is applicable. This features will be helpful for creating model in complex geometries situation like over-lapping elements and / or co-incidence of a large number of elements Such control over the snap tolerance is very useful to model in complex geometries situation.