Inserting a surface based on Latitude and Longitude coordinates
Delete, modify or add Latitude and Longitude coordinates for the corners in area in the table below. "Insert!" to add the area to your model. Insertion point is row 0.
Rotate the screen or widen the window to see full table!
Change the latitude and longitude waypoints in the table above to fit the area of your actual piece of land. Add or delete waypoints if required. Select an object in your model as the insertion point. Click "Insert!" to insert the object representing the land.
Note that the insertion point of the selected object - and the first row in the table above, will be used as the insertion point. The land object can be moved afterwards if wanted.
The global position of the Sketchup model can be set with the "Set this position to the models location!" link. The values for latitude and longitude - and the optional country and location text - will be added to the model. This information is available and can be edited in the "Sketchup > Window > Model Info > Geo-location" menu.
|Set Model Location
Set this position to
the models location!
(Only model meta data)
Minutes and Seconds
The "Degrees, Minute and Seconds to Decimals Converter" is only a converting help tool. The values are not used directly in the model.
The thickness option let you set the thickness of the inserted area. Thickness can be changed after insert with the Sketchup push pull tool.
After insert - double click the object in Sketchup - right click the surface area and open up "Entity Info" where you will find the area. The units may not be what you want - go to the Unit Converter for alternative units.
NOTE!! - the insert! and the Tools features only works when the engineeringtoolbox exension is opened from within SketchUp. Install the extension as described in the right column - restart Sketchup and open this tool from the Sketchup Plugins menu.
Change color of the selected object(s) - may be slow for some more complicated objects (save your model first!)
Makes a component of the selected object. Note that all objects from the Engineering Toolbox are inserted as individual groups. You should transfer a group to a component sharing the same definition when there is more than one instance of the same object. Tip! Rename the object to its final name before making it a component (in outliner or with right click and entity info).
around, or axis.
Select object(s) first. This tool may be very handy for objects with curved surfaces like pipes, elbows and so on.
Move or copy (multiple) selected objects. Make advanced geometric constructions with multiple selections, multiple copies and the offset. Tip! - Use "Make Component" to save space and reduce computer load when working with multiple copies.
Before cut - customize the inserted Knife! The Knife is a group you can rotate, change the size of, and even add or remove objects within (example - add a function curve for an advanced cut). You can also make your own Knife by naming a group "theKnife". After insert and customizing the knife - positioning it to the object(s) where to cut - select the object(s) (must be groups) - and click cut! Afterwards - select the object(s) and remove the parts of the object(s) that you don't want. YouTube demo of the Knife!
Select two objects - click "move" - and one of the objects moves to the position and angle of the other object. This tool may be handy when moving objects between axis systems.
This tool can be used to add reference lines.
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Insert standard and customized parametric components - like flange beams, lumbers, piping, geometric figures, function curves, stairs and more - to your Google SketchUp models with sketchup.engineeringtoolbox.com
It's FREE and FUN!
Note! - SketchUp Free and Sketchup Shop (the web apps) can't use extensions. You need to install a local version of SketchUp Pro (paid) or Sketchup Make 2017 (free) if you want to use the Engineering ToolBox extension.
From within Sketchup - open the Engineering ToolBox extension, navigate to component and select insert! - and the component will be added to your model.
Watch basic use of the Engineering ToolBox extension in YouTube
If you experience problems with the functionality - try installation alternative 2 or 3.
Note that this procedure may be different in older Sketchup versions.
From the Sketchup menu - select Extensions > Engineering ToolBox. A page like this opens in a separate window - navigate to the wanted component - and select insert! to add the component to your SketchUp model.
Note! The SketchUp Engineering Toolbox is an online resource updated continuously. You need an internet connection to operate.
For some components parameters like length, color, offset and more can be modified before insertion.
Customized components can be inserted by changing parameters in the dialog boxes at the end of the component lists - and clicking "custom!"
Selected objects in the model can be manipulated - rotated, moved, colors changed and more - from the Tools section.
Assistant objects like lines, horizontal and vertical planes can be added.
The most efficient way to learn SketchUp is by watching the tutorial videos.
Organize your model in groups - add components to the groups!
Example: Use separate groups for construction steel, piping, the different HVAC systems and more.
Always keep an eye on the model in the "Outliner" window.
Use layers to organize and control the visibility of the model.
The most convenient way to copy an object is by selecting it, using move or (m) and pressing Ctrl (makes a copy) before moving.
Use the rotation tool on this page to precise rotations of components like bends, pipes ...
Precise moving of a object can be done by selecting a point in the object that can be connected to a point in the new position (like a edge on a component, surface, a midpoint or similar).
Be aware that objects from The Engineering ToolBox are inserted in Sketchup as Groups. They will show up in the Sketchup > Window > Outliner dialog but not in the Sketchup > Window > Model Info > Statistics (Only Components) dialog.
If you want to make "Bill of Materials" from your model
The objects will now show up in the Sketchup > Window > Model Info > Statistics dialog and be available for reporting through Sketchup > File > Generate Report feature or other third party report generators.
An insterted object from The Engineering ToolBox can also be converted to a Component by right clicking the object and selecting Make Component. The name will not be preserved and must be changed after the conversion.