SketchUptoIES VE Recommended practice for exporting SketchUp models to IES VE
Required reading and watching!IES VE SketchUp plugin tutorials and help files Video tutorials for modeling in SketchUp: http://sketchup.google.com/training/videos.html Model it right in SketchUp
Step 1: Set up Model Properties • Recommended actions: • Set up the model properties before modeling (Window>Model info) • Set up the geographical location and orientation and enable the North angle in model to avoid any confusion in later stages • Use a common unit system for SketchUp and IES to avoid scale issues
Step 2: Model it right in SketchUp • Recommended actions: • Use 2D surfaces for enclosure instead of 3D elements. • Keep checking for the closed geometry for every space to be analyzed during the model process to avoid complexity at later stage. • Trim and erase all extra lines or surfaces periodically. • While drawing shading devices which are not rooms, keep the geometry separate from the main building and then move it on the required position. • Apply materials after all the geometrical modifications are done to avoid misleading surface properties. • Do not keep any element as entity or group. All the elements must be exploded for proper export to IES.