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 world’s first complete Compact Surveillance Radar kit – Realtime Crowd Analysis?

At night or in bad weather, elite military and security professionals are reliant on technology to find potential threats. Infrared and video cameras can not get enough pixels on target to cover wide areas. But radar coupled with a PTZ camera and you have a winning solution that covers a wide area and which then allows you to slew the camera to the potential threat and identify the target.

Now thats all well and good in a slightly over the top military manner but in the centre of a city there is not much need to use a personal elite military system. It does strike us however that the technology would be suitbale for real-time crowd tracking, site analysis and modelling validation, with the that in mind take a look at the movie below:

Using radar in an urban setting for crowd tracking could open up new views on urban systems. To

Find out more check out http://spotterrf.com/rbk.html

Author Bio

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

1 Comment

  1. Anonymous - May 29, 2012

    Anyone that’s worked with computer vision will easily show this system as useless in an urban setting.

    Background subtraction is quite easy in the test video. And there is only one target.

    urban scene has hundreds of ‘targets’.

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