As seen in the previous posts, as a team we finally started modelling the museum in Sketch Up. We decided to split the building up into categories such as external walls, internal walls, doors, window, slab etc. Obviously, it is quite difficult passing the model around (shared on Facebook) and problems will definitely arise. One problem that I quickly found after other team members completed their respective parts was that we did not group our items which caused objects to merge and create unnecessary lines which made the model look extremely messy.
Images above: Screenshots of items hidden by wire frame still visible and walls
missing/ merging into slab
I decided to create a new Sketch Up file and group everything in it's categories before moving them into the new file. This was very time consuming but in the end I do want to achieve a clean and organised model, so it was much better to do this process earlier than later when we have more elements in the model. The new file is grouped in it's categories which will avoid any merging and clashing with other items in the model. It is definitely much cleaner and easier to navigate around now.
Images above: Screenshots of new file (looks the same) but when items are hidden it doesn't
interfere with any of the other items.
As mentioned in my previous posts, we had a lot of difficulty finding out the height of the walls and overall structure in which we used the method of importing the drawings into ArchiCad and scaling it accordingly. I emailed Adam (project officer) at MERL who I have been in contact with since the start of the project. Once again, he has been extremely helpful and sent me the dwg. elevation and section files which we can use to get accurate measurements from.
Image above: Screenshot of email from Adam with the dwg. files and images he sent me on the 19/05/15
In the email Adam sent me 2 dwg. files- Elevation and Sections which contains elevations and sections from all sides of the building. This will definitely assist us in creating an accurate representation of the museum. Adam also sent some images of the existing and proposed museum, this gives us a visual idea of what the museum looks like, since none of us actually know what it looks like.
Image above: Screenshot of Elevation drawings in AutoCad