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SketchUp Import Add-on for ArchiCAD 12

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SketchUp Import Add-on for ArchiCAD 12


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Trademarks
Archicad and ArchiFM are registered trademarks, Virtual Building and GDL are trademarks of Graphisoft. All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.

CONTENTS
Introduction_______________________________________________ 5 Installation________________________________________________ 5 Importing a SketchUp file ___________________________________ 6 Setting up translation rules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Specifying SketchUp elements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Specifying ArchiCAD elements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Slabs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Beams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Columns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Walls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Roofs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Objects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Convert Remaining Items by Automatic Transfer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Storing and applying translation rules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Multi-story buildings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Using the story structure of ArchiCAD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 With section planes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Cutting up multistory elements into story high segments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Placing non-multistory elements onto different stories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Automatic Correction of Wall-Slab Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 SketchUp Materials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Dealing with SketchUp 5 Sandbox elements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

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Contents

SketchUp Import Add-on for ArchiCAD 12

INTRODUCTION
This document describes how to use the SketchUp Import Add-On for ArchiCAD 12 to import SketchUp (version 4, 5 and 6) files into ArchiCAD 12 and how to configure the import.

INSTALLATION
Double-click the SketchUp Add-On Installer and follow the instructions. On Windows XP Operating System, the Installer will place the SketchUp In.apx add-on and the SketchUpReader.dll file into the SketchUp folder inside the Add-Ons folder of your ArchiCAD 12 folder. On Mac OS X Operating Systems, the Installer will place the SketchUp In add-on, the initialize Cocoa.bundle file and the SketchUpReader.framework folder into the SketchUp folder inside the Add-Ons folder of your ArchiCAD 12 folder. On both platforms, it will also place the SketchUp Import for ArchiCAD .pdf manual into the ArchiCAD 12/SketchUp Import Documentation folder.

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IMPORTING A SKETCHUP
FILE

To automatically import the SketchUp file into ArchiCAD, choose the Automatic Transfer based on geometry option and click the Import button. All vertical faces are converted into walls, horizontal faces into slabs, oblique faces into roofs and components into GDL objects, windows or doors. The parameters of the ArchiCAD elements are obtained from the default settings of the respective elements.

To open a SketchUp file, choose Open from the File menu and chose the SKP File from the Files of type pull-down list.

To configure the transfer manually, choose the Manual Transfer based on translation rules option and click the Rules Settings button. Based on user-defined translation rules, each SketchUp element (faces, components) can be transferred into a specific ArchiCAD construction element type (wall, slab, roof, object etc.). To choose the folder in which to place ArchiCAD library parts created from SketchUp components, click the Library Settings button.

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SETTING UP TRANSLATION RULES

Click on the folder icon on the right to bring up the Browse For Folder dialog to set the preferred folder.

Click the New Rule button to create a new translation rule. Select the rule and click on Select SketchUp Element to set which elements of the SketchUp project the rule will apply to. To delete the rule, select it and click the Delete Rule button.

By default, ArchiCAD places these library parts into a folder called the SketchUp file in the My documents folder of the current user.

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SPECIFYING SKETCHUP ELEMENTS

SPECIFYING ARCHICAD ELEMENTS


Select the rule and click Link to ArchiCAD Element to set the type of ArchCAD construction element to be created from the selected SketchUp elements.

In the Specify elements drop-down list you can select all the different face types (horizontal, vertical or oblique) and the components of the SketchUp project. All face types selects all the faces within the SketchUp file. Once you have selected the type of SketchUp element (e.g. horizontal faces), you can select some additional parameters (layer, material or components name) of the element type to further narrow your selection.

You can select different ArchiCAD construction element types for different SketchUp elements. Here are the available options for each SketchUp element:

All Face types


Only the Geometry option is available. The transfer will be similar to the Automatic transfer based on geometry option: vertical faces are converted into walls, horizontal faces into slabs, oblique faces into roofs. Click OK to return to the main Rule Settings dialog.

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Horizontal Faces
Horizontal faces can be transferred into ArchiCAD slabs, beams or columns.

Slabs

Vertical Faces
Vertical faces can be transferred into ArchicCAD walls or beams.

Oblique Faces
Oblique faces can be transferred into ArchiCAD roofs.

Components
Components can be transferred into ArchiCAD objects, doors or windows. The following parameters can be set for each different ArchiCAD element:

Thickness The slabs will be placed using the elevation of the SketchUp surface as the top elevation. From Face The thickness will be applied upwards or downwards from the SketchUp face from which the slab will be created Section fill A section fill or a composite material can be chosen for the slab. Materials Either ArchiCAD materials can be applied from the material pop-ups to the sides of the slab, or else -- if the From SketchUp checkbox is selected -- the original SketchUp materials will be kept and added to the ArchiCAD material list. Layer Either an ArchiCAD layer can be applied from the layer pop-ups for the slabs, or else -- if the From SketchUp checkbox is selected -- the original SketchUp layer will be kept and added to the ArchiCAD layer list.
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Beams

Columns

Width For beams created from Vertical faces. The SketchUp face will be the reference line side of the beam and the width will be applied to the inside of the SketchUp face. Height For beams created from Horizontal faces. The elevation of the SketchUp face will be used as the top elevation of the beam and the height will be applied downwards. Section fill As described above. Materials As described above. Layer As described above.

Width The width (A and B values regarded as the same) can be set manually; or if the From SketchUp checkbox is selected, then the original bounding box of the SketchUp face will be kept and applied as the A and B values (for rectangular columns) or as the diameter (for circular columns).
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Height The elevation of the SketchUp face will be used as the bottom elevation of the column and the height will be applied upwards. Section fill As described above. Materials As described above. Layer As described above. Multistory If the checkbox is selected, then the column will be cut by the zero levels of the ArchiCAD stories (described later) and the vertical segments of the column will be placed on top of each other on the relevant stories. Columns Choose the Rectangular radio button to create a column with a rectangular plan contour or the Circular radio button to create a column with a circular plan contour.

Walls

Thickness The SketchUp face will be the reference line side of the wall and the thickness will be applied to the inside of the SketchUp face. Section fill As described above. Materials As described above. Layer As described above. Multistory As described above.

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Roofs

Objects

Thickness The SketchUp face will be the upper side of the roof and the thickness will be applied downwards. Section fill As described above. Materials As described above. Layer As described above.

ArchiCAD GDL objects are created from SketchUp components. They will be named according to the component name. If the Create Object checkbox is not selected, you can open a dialog by clicking on the Select from Library button. In the dialog box, select an ArchiCAD object to substitute for the SketchUp component.

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Doors

ArchiCAD doors are created from SketchUp door components. (In SketchUp, a door is considered a door only if its bottom side is aligned with the bottom side of the face it is placed into.) The ArchiCAD door will have the same name as the component. If the Create Object checkbox is not selected, you can open a dialog by clicking on the Select from Library button. In the dialog box, select an ArchiCAD door to substitute for the SketchUp component.

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Convert Remaining Items by Automatic Transfer

The Remaining items shows the number of SketchUp elements that have not been selected in any of the rules. By checking the Convert remaining items by Automatic Transfer checkbox, all the remaining SketchUp elements will be converted based on the Automatic Transfer. If the checkbox is left unchecked, these remaining elements will be left out of the transfer.

STORING AND APPLYING TRANSLATION


RULES
Once you have set up your translation rules, you can save them so that you can reapply them later in the same or other projects.

ArchicCAD windows are created from SketchUp window components. (A SketchUp window is considered a window only if the bottom side of the SketchUp window is higher than the bottom side of the face it is placed into.) The ArchiCAD window will have the same name as the component. If the Create Object checkbox is not selected, you can open a dialog by clicking on the Select from Library button. In the dialog box, select an ArchiCAD window to substitute for the SketchUp component.

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Click the Save Rules button to save your current rules in a file on your hard drive.

Note: Rules saved on the Windows platform are not compatible with rules saved on the Macintosh, and vica versa.

MULTI-STORY BUILDINGS
Due to the different modelling conventions used in the two applications, special functions are developed for handling multi-story buildings. In ArchiCAD, multi-story buildings are best modelled with story-high vertical wall segments (for optimum 2D representation on each floor plan), whereas in SketchUp, most of the time, multi-story walls are modelled as a single element. You can define the story structure either in SketchUp or in ArchiCAD. Multi-story walls and columns can be cut into story-high segments based on the story heights. Each segment will be placed onto its relevant story. Defining the story structure can be done in two ways: 1 using the predefined story structure of the ArchiCAD file; 2 using horizontal section planes in SketchUp to define the story structure. Click the Load Rules button to reapply an already saved set of rules.

Using the story structure of ArchiCAD


You need to create the proposed stories in the ArchiCAD project.

Then you need to merge the SketchUp model into the ArchiCAD project.

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Each section plane will create a story in ArchiCAD.

The zero levels of the stories will be used as cutting references in the transfer. The lowest part of the SketchUp model will be placed onto the zero level of the lowest story.

The levels of these section planes will be the zero levels of the ArchiCAD stories (the height differences between the section planes will be the story heights).

With section planes


You need to place horizontal section planes in the SketchUp model that will serve as the basis for the story structure in ArchiCAD.

Cutting up multistory elements into story high segments


Walls and columns can be cut by the story structure. In the ArchiCAD Elements dialog, a checkbox lets you control whether to use stories to cut walls/columns into story-high segments.

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Automatic Correction of Wall-Slab Connections


In ArchiCAD you need to model wall-slab connections for best 3D representation so that they do not clash into each other. If the ArchiCAD walls and slabs converted from SketchUp mass models were transferred into ArchiCAD without correction, overlaps would appear between them that would need to be adjusted manually by the user. Such adjustments could be very time-consuming. To avoid this, in wall-slab connections the wall height will be automatically reduced by the slab thickness.

In SketchUp:

If checked, then the walls/columns will be cut by the horizontal planes (at zero level) of each story. Their story high segments are placed onto the relevant story. In case of an Automatic Transfer, all walls and columns will be regarded as multistory elements automatically if there is multistory information in the SketchUp file.

Placing non-multistory elements onto different stories


All other ArchiCAD elements created from SketchUp elements are placed onto their relevant story based on their ArchiCAD reference heights (e.g.: walls/columns by their bottom height, slabs/beams by their top heights, roofs by their horizontal pivot lines). If these reference heights are on the same levels as the story height, the elements will be placed on the same story.
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In ArchiCAD:

SKETCHUP MATERIALS
Materials will be imported into ArchiCAD and the elements will match in color with the Sketchup ones if this option is chosen in the import dialog box. Bitmap images and textures mapped onto surfaces will also be imported into ArchiCAD and be mapped onto the relevant surfaces of the ArchiCAD elements.

Here is a block in SketchUp:

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Here is the ArchiCAD project after importing the above SketchUp file:

DEALING WITH SKETCHUP 5 SANDBOX


ELEMENTS
Sandbox elements are SketchUp 5s new set of tools for modeling terrain and other organic shapes. There are two ways to import Sandbox elements. If you create a component with a Sandbox element, you can import it as an ArchiCAD library part. If you explode the Sandbox element into faces, you can create walls, slabs and roofs from the relevant faces based on their geometry. Currently there is no way to import Sandbox elements as an ArchiCAD mesh.

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