We have made a plug-in for Trimble SketchUp (SU) that allows you to make direct use of SU models in ODEON (read a related testimonial). SU is a fun 3D modeling software which is operated very intuitively. It allows you to create renderings of your rooms for impressive visualisation. To learn Trimble SketchUp it is recommended to watch the introduction videos. In a day or so you should have learned the basics.
Save the SketchUp model in the ODEON room folder, then press the ODEON icon in the SketchUp menu bar and the SU2Odeon will convert the file so you can open it directly in ODEON.
Tip: For large models the program might leave the message "SketchUp is not responding" - while it is in fact working on converting the model. The best is to work with other applications and wait until the message: "File has been exported" pops up. However, unnecessarily complicated models can make the process not responsive forever. You always have to check your model for its acoustic simplicity. Models in SketchUp tend to be used for architectural presentations where many small components and high level of detail is utilized. This can blow up the importing time and often make SketchUP and SU2Odeon crash during the attempt to convert the SketchUP surfaces into normal ODEON surfaces. This list of guidelines can help you with checking the architectural room before using it for acoustic studies.
Please Note: It is recommended that you save your SketchUp (and ODEON) model on a local disk in your PC. If you try to export the SketchUp file to a server the process will stop or will not respond.
The models created in SketchUp and exported by SU2Odeon, are inherently compatible with the requirements set by ODEON:
*Surface properties assigned in ODEON (such as materials, surface sources, reflectors and grid surfaces) are preserved when the model is re-modelled in Sketchup and re-exported for ODEON. When clicking the ODEON icon for reloading the model, an automatic saving of the SketchUp file is performed.
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Below several ways to handle 3D models for use in ODEON are illustrated: