Tag Archives: 3D modeling

Google has added solar data to their maps

Sun PathWhen you think about it, are you really surprised, that Google has added solar data to their maps. It make such sense, and it was done on what we all know as Google 20% time,

Still its a great project, even if its only available in two locations in the USA, For a really good overview, try this episode of  Twit.tv “This week in Google“, Matt Cutts is the guest and the team discus it at length. it’s towards the middle of the show . I have found the show on Youtube and it’s embedded below.

ArchDaily also have a good overview, and links to other sites, plus the Google Video I also have.

Linking to the site, via the site, you are required to enter a post or Zip code,  currently USA and limited to just two cities, Boston were the teasn in Google reside, and San Francisco Bay Area, although if enough coverage is given, I hope the globe comes under its banner.

We all have access to CAD programs, some such as Vectorworks have heliodon software, and can show shadow rather well, I think this give the other perspective of power available from the sun.

Todays photo is one I use to try and explain the suns movement, for a given lat long, and is part of a large presentation of how the sun moves, the effects, not just shadow, but heat and power.


This week in Google Video


The Google video below is the simple overview

Masters in BIM

After mulling it over for more than a few weeks, I have decided to study for a masters degree at Birmingham City University. The lead up to this decision was long and hard, should I take on this work at 62, can I actually do it, will I have time, and most of all can I afford to do it, both in the loss of work I will almost have to turn down, and the actual cost of the course.

But, hey it's that word again, I have decided that all the above are outweighed by the satisfaction I will get and the degree I will hopefully obtain wil be the cap to a 40 year long career in Architectfure. It will also be the final turning point in my long career, as I move away from main stream practice and head down the academic route.

BIM, will affect us all, certainly we are seeing it in the production side, CAD is changing almost on a daily basis, and its effects are seem right across the industry, so taking on this monumental study task, is, in my mind done right at the beginning of the change.

So the form is completed, and I just have to check with my two references, and away it goes, and I start to build up my thoughts and reading, you all know I use Evernote to store almost all my research, when I am writing lectures, so it will come as no suprise to here Evernote is going to play a very big, important part of my studies.

Today's photo is a shot I took from a very old book, that I used to show one style of door in a lecture I have just given on doors, one of my students asked how I could talk for over an hour on doors, it's easy, there is so much to look at and learn, from this to the building regs.

CostX & BIM

cmprose1Yesterday, I spent all day watching and participating in a day long intensive course on the use of CostX, at Birmingham City University, it was as good as I had hoped, opening up all sorts of questions, all good I might add.

First and for most, is the way we draw, it has never been more important, to understand layering , and the correct use of blocks, the way Costx can use these simple yet so important drawing techniques is really good, when you see a QS, who knows how to use Costx, building up a really detailed cost plan just by importing a good dwg, even a good pdf is a boon to speed.

The old idea of taking off has found BIM, and Costx use of its internal cad engine lets you import your 3D model or 2D information sheets and within minutes you have a cost being built.

But it needs correct layering, so all you single layer guys who change the colour, forget it, you need to layer correctly, and use Blocks.

WordPress 4 is out, and there is a raft of new functions, the best is the youtube link, just add the url and its loaded,,,,,,,,, nice.

You might know how I like North points on my drawings, well todays photo is one I found recently, just,,,,,,,,, excellent.


Multiple View 3D Sections

sketchup multiple componant sectionWe all use sections, some time we might have several to highlight a particular detail or height, but they are almost always, single section even when viewed in 3D, but I recently found this excellent video of the use of sketch up and a way to use Multiple View 3D Sections via a method called multiple component nesting sections in a single view.

It makes the total section wee are showing in a sheet so much more clearer. In case your new to Sketchup, I have shown the simple section view as well.

The concept is call component nesting and allows multiple section lines to be used sat the same time, and its this that opens up the way forward.

Architectural Technologist – No CPD today

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I woke today and realised I had little to blog about, my mind was blank, I could have talked about my lesson at Tewkesbury, which was centred about the Shard Channel 4 video, just excellent, I ran the interactive whiteboard over the top of the video, and stopped the film to show and expand upon point, the interactive whiteboard, is great for highlighting and sketching.

But and as always there is a but, John Pickup of Archoncad  skyped me, complaining I had not talk or attended his online talks recently, he did how ever point out the purchase Penultimate by Evernote for the iPad at £0.69  its a real snip, so easy to use and link into Evernote, so I can easily draw details, write and a host of things, but the best is it saves to Evernote, I like this, it’s so easy to see a detail or make a note. I use a small pen for the iPad to write with and its very good, and fits so well my use of Evernote.

By the way, I will be online with Jon attending his online class tonight at 9:30 pm UK time  looking at :

Building a Conceptual Model of a building

3D Modeling in Vectorworks is a lot of fun , and it can be productive if you apply the basic tools and techniques we covered in february 2012. Some people use other software to create conceptual models, but I believe that Vectorworks has powerful techniques for this.

In this workshop we will look at applying the techniques we learned to a building site. I will be using a city building site for this, but you can apply these techniques to landscape, urban design, exhibit design and architecture.

If your attending I see you there tonight.

Don’t forget, I will host a tech hangout every Friday at 3 pm, call in to chat, moan,find out something, anything to do with Architectural Technology. follow me on Google + “+stevescaysbrook”


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Architectural Technologist – Odense,city planing

3D polygonal modeling of a human face.

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There is a lot about this video below, re the re-planning of Odense, City Centre. I like, the way a simple, block 3D model, can be used to create a clever video and which end in a nice local animation and still perspective. The use of this video with simple colour to highlight, green areas works very well.

Notice the vast area they have had to construct to get the long perspective shot towards the end.

The photo for this block has nothing to do with the copy, it’s just an interesting photo Zemanta brought up re the content of the text. Why, I have no idea., perhaps perspective.


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Architectural Technologist – Sun Compas


suncompas (Photo credit: Scays)

I came across this site Bat Sytems, recently on a trawl of the net for information on sun compases, I wanted to show the position of the sun throughout the year in relation to a house design I an pulling together, I want a simple little chart that will show the client where the sun will rise each month and the height of the sun, i could have paid for a sun analysis, but that was not an option the client wanted to hear, so I dragged out an old symbol I used a few years ago on a large hotel project, but is was faded and needed to be adjusted to my location, so I decided to start again and found Bat Sytems, it so happens they are not to far away and the demo map they provide is jusr right, problem solved.

But again it got me thinking about all the houses in my estate, if a sun compas had been used on each house, would they stil be in the same orientation, ie facing away from the sun, as I have staed before, my house faces East, so the majority of the nice sun falls upon a brick wall, I would have liked the house to have been moved or rotated round just a bit the face perhaps south east so I could have has a little morre sun on the rear, if the site planners had thought about it, would I have got it, no this would have reduced the number of houses on the acre so linear inline plots was the way it was put designed.

I also did a trawl on google photo’s and came back with a fascinating list of excellent photos of various sun Compases.

CPD again could be huge from planning to solar gain to thermal to just plain old PV, I did not spend long on this perhaps 30 min, so will claim a small half hour research, I can hear Jon Pickup saying that Vectorworks has the sun compas built in, and he’s right, but not in Architect where you might think it would be of most use, but in the top level Designer, which I don’t have.


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