SketchUp 7.1 for Architectural Visualization – Three Copies to Give Away!

Google SketchUp is one of our favorite packages for its shear innovation and ease of use, it arguably brought 3D modelling to the masses. As such tutorial style books are a great way to learn the intiqquses, tips and technnigquws to improve your workflow and get the best out of the software. SkeetchUp 7.1 for Architectural Visualisation by Robin de Jongh is published by PACKT Publishing and is a must buy for anyone
With this book in hand and patented technology such as the PhotoMatch, Push-Pull, and Face-me components you can produce commercial quality photo-realistic or artistic output of your designs.

This book shows you how to master SketchUp’s unique tools to create architectural visuals using professional rendering and image editing techniques in a clear and friendly way. You’ll be able to get started immediately using these SketchUp tools and open-source rendering software. The book shows you how to create architectural visuals from your SketchUp models. In no time you’ll be creating photo-realistic renders, animated fly-overs, and walkthroughs. You will also create composites of real and rendered images, creating digital and paper presentations to wow clients. For the impatient, a “Quickstart” tutorial is provided in the first chapter to get you rendering a photo-realistic scene immediately. The rest of the book builds on this knowledge by introducing in-depth concepts, tricks, and methods in an easy-to-follow format through quick tutorials.

Using easy step-by-step explanations, this book opens the door to the world of architectural visualization. With no prior visualization experience you will quickly get to grips with materials, texturing, composition, photo-compositing, lighting setup, rendering, and post-processing. You’ll also be able to take SketchUp’s unique sketchy output and add the artistic touch to create pencil and watercolor scenes. With this book you’ll be able to get started immediately using the free SketchUp download and open-source rendering software.

About the Author

Robin de Jongh

Robin de Jongh has worked as a computer-aided design professional on large and tiny construction projects for many years. He occasionally works as a freelance consulting engineer and has previously run a CAD and visualization company using SketchUp as the main design tool. Robin recently set up a SketchUp training firm through which he promotes SketchUp as the future of CAD in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) sector by providing training seminars and e-learning products.

Author Bio

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

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The Urban Monitoring System: CCTV Draped on 3D Models

An Urban Sensation is a proposal from Dan Foster-Smith, a graduate from Designing Interactions at the Royal College of Arts. It is aimed at developing an open source infrastructure that would enable the virtual reconstruction of our sensory stimuli at any location. The infrastructure enables our sense of sight, sound and smell to be emulated. For the sense of sight live CCTV footage is overlain on a 3D model of the urban environment. This allows you to move around the city space exploring visual soundings in real time. Combined with a GPS trace you can then re-live you visual surroundings or experience the visual surroundings of another person or just ponder what it would be like to be at hypothetical location:

We really like the use of CCTV to drape footage over a 3D model, it is well worth heading over to to find out more on the technique as well as Dans own page for more projects.

Author Bio

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.


  1. Anonymous - July 19, 2011

    Sweet video! CCTV draped over a 3D model is already a reality in the marketplace. Check out Omnipresence 3D (, 3D software used for urban security.

  2. Jade Turner - March 22, 2012

    A CCTV draped over a 3D model i8s such a brilliant idea. This will allow a person to experience a life in a different dimension. CCTV Bristol

  3. PlaceMatters Blog Roundup: August 11, 2011 - January 22, 2014

    […] Digital Urban commented on Urban Sensation’s interesting approach to urban visualization, layering data on top of CCTV footage as part of an immersive sensory emulation project. Hard to explain, and pretty unclear where they’ll end up, but a creative and ambitious idea about creating engaging experiences. […]

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