Three-Dimensional Models of Building Products Available
aa McGraw Hill Construction has announced the availability of three-dimensional models of building products for architects and engineers in the Google 3D Warehouse.
By making 3D models available in an organized collection, architects will be able to integrate specific building products early in the conceptual design process, making it easier to convey their full vision for the project to their clients.
The Sweets 3D Collection in the Google 3D Warehouse has been launched with 3D models from Assa Abloy Door Security Solutions, CENTRIA Architectural Systems, DuPont Building Innovations, Nystrom, PPG Industries, Sloan Valve Company, ThyssenKrupp Elevator and Whirlpool Corporation.
Searching for products in the Sweets 3D collection will be consistent with industry standards, based on Sweets CSI indexing, keyword and company names — reflecting the way that architects, engineers and contractors think and seek out information.
From Google’s 3D Warehouse, architects and engineers are able to link directly to the product’s Web page in sweets.com to get more detailed information, including product catalogs, CAD details and three-part specifications.
“SketchUp is an absolutely wonderful 3D tool that enables me to be re-involved in the design process — even on the road,” says Peter Moriarty AIA, CEO of 600-person A/E firm Burt Hill. “Best of all, it has revived the fun I used to have when I was on the drawing board. I often work with it in my hotel room, after a client meeting, in order to develop my thoughts on the design direction, which I then e-mail to a design team in one of our offices.
“Typically, they advance my concepts in SketchUp, then export the model to a more sophisticated CAD or BIM tool for final design. Knowing that I can extract actual building products from the Sweets Collection for SketchUp in the Google 3D Warehouse to insert into the model, I am more confident that the initial concept will work without requiring major resizing or reconfiguration.”
SketchUp is compatible with CAD products such as Graphisoft®, Archicad 10, MicroStation® V8, Autodesk® AutoCAD®, Revit® Series Systems Plus, VectorWorks® Architect, DataCAD, Nemetschek, Rhinoceros® and Softech.
Building Product Manufacturers who would like additional information on participating in Sweets3D can call 800-221-0088.
The McGraw-Hill Companies is a member of the National Council of the Housing Industry — The Supplier 100 of NAHB.
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