I'm looking for a set if instructions on importing a model from sketchup. Does anyone have any information on how this is done? or a list of steps to follow?
The link from the autodesk website (below) does not seem to match the interface of the program.
The sketchup model already has the portions of glass within the file - as not every face of the building is the same. Can Vasari figure this out?
I also got hung up on "Click Massing & Site tabConceptual Mass panel (Place Mass)"
Cannot find massing & site tab nor the place mass
You are right, that is another error on that page. Once you have imported the Sketchup model and saved it as an .RFA (family) file, you can import it into a Vasari project in one of two ways
Thanks, I will have these errors fixed in the documentation
Thanks for your help. Here are some more questions...
What do you do to import into a 'blank' project? In a blank project you do not get the option of Place Mass. The above is for directions into a working project.
The errors that I get if I import into an 'old' file is that "The Mass contains geometry that cannot be combined. Mass Floors, Volume and Surface area won't be computed". How can this be solved?
Once it is imported, I need to assign materials, but it seems to have imported the file as one block. How do I access the individual pieces to change the material?
Can you change the standard floor height set in Vasari?
Also as a note - Vasari does not like Sketchup 8 - All files should be down saved prior to importing
I'm following this, trying to bring in the sketchup model, but getting a couple of problems.
I've drawn in sketchup, to the correct size, but regardless of the unit I bring it in in, it doesnt seem to be the correct size in Vasari - I've tried scaling it down to the correct size, but find the z dimension correct, but the X dimension is different. - am I missing some thing here?
Further on from here - when I import this family, and place it I get 'Mass contains only mesh geometry, which can’t be used to compute Mass Floors, volume, or surface area.'
On the help page there is 'To convert the faces of the mass, use the Wall by Face, Floor by Face, Curtain System by Face, and Roof by Face tools.
but the link seems to be dead?
When you import the SKP file, make sure the import dialog say Auto-Detect for units. This will match the units to the SKP file and you will not need to scale.
And yes, Sketchup files are surface meshes, not solid geometry. So, you will not be able to use them to compute an energy model. You will need to create a mass in Vasari by sketching over the imported mesh. Imported mesh files are useful for site context, etc.
thanks for that.
The building I'm doing is a giant postal sorting office, the sketchup is below.
because the building changes shape at each floor, I was hoping to import it as a single shape and divide it up using the mass floors, instead of creating several different masses and piling them up.
If I use the mass is it still possible to create the building as single shape? The version I attempted made of different mass blocks was a bit of a mess and too many errors for my limited experience thus far (I am booked into a Vasari training course next week however...)
am I able to draw a plane over all of the planes shown on the image and it magically becomes a sliceable mass?
John, I suggest the following steps
Good luck! Can I ask, where are you taking a Vasari training course?
Yes, That sounds sensible enough - I'll give it a go.
Thanks for the swift reponse!
I'm told the course is at Autodesk's Farnborough office, UK