Sunday, December 25, 2011

SketchUp Animation - "Erection of a Shed" [Updated]

The following is an animation depicting a simplified process of erecting a steel structure shed.

I didn't detail the process of casting the foundations (the process of which can be found here). Most of the steel members are CHS (circular hollow section) and their sizes were selected based on my drafting experience.

For a simple structure like this, structural connections are mostly welding.

I uploaded the 3D model of this animation to 3D Warehouse. Click image below to download.

Friday, December 16, 2011

SketchUp Animation - "Newton Pendulum & Gear Cogs"

If they can be output as animated GIF, on this page and that page, why not make them an animation? :-) Proper Animation plugin can be found here. Smooth Step Animation, here. And VirtualDub here.

And below are the 3D models I uploaded to 3D Warehouse, click on image to access 3D Warehouse:

SketchUp Animation - "Assembling A Shelving Unit"

This is a short clip showing how to assemble a shelf. Again, this model was created by SketchUp, animated by Propoer Animation plugin, output as still images by Smooth Step Animation plugin and put together as animation by VirtualDub.

Proper Animation plugin can be found on this page. Smooth Step Animation, that page, and VirtualDub on that page. I also uploaded the model to 3D Warehouse, click on image below to download.

SketchUp Animation - "Casting of a RC Pad Footing" [Updated]

Below is this blog's first animation, modeled and animated by Google SketchUp, which illustrates a simplified process of casting a reinforced concrete pad footing foundation.

In the animation, the footing reinforcement is laid in such a way to show the placement and arrangement of main (red) and transverse (green) rebar, which in technical drawings are normally depicted by lines and dots respectively (thought in the case of a square footing like this, main and transverse rebar are normally the same).

In common practice, the bar-bender will tie main and transverse rebar to form a "basket" before lower the whole thing into the pit and formwork.

I gave an outline to all elements in the model so they have better appearance. I also removed the green, red and blue from the rebar and modified some of the subtitle texts. Below is the improved version:

I uploaded the model to 3D Warehouse, click on image below to download from 3D Warehouse.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Jalan Hang Tuah Pedestrian Bridge (2)

Some of the following photos have been sitting in my hard disk for a while. They were shot in mid 2010 and I've completely forgotten them until I run a full system backup recently. I'm re-posting the related illustration on top of each pic.

Click on image to enlarge, and for more info about the pedestrian bridge, see that page.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Simple Method Statement

Below is a simple method statement about casting of a reinforced concrete pad footing. It's derived from my SketchUp animation, here. Click on image to enlarge.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Semi-detached House #166 (Artist's Impression) [Updated]

Here's the "artist's impression" version of rendering for semi-d project #166. Being "artist's impression" means there will be a lot of space and greenery, which may or may not happen in reality. Click on image to enlarge.

I'm by training and profession a civil/structure drafter, so I have little regard about convergence lines most of the time. Lately I have been using a piece of software called ShiftN to "correct" the perspective of my renders. It was a one-click process and the results are shown below:

ShiftN can be downloaded from here.


I improved the anti-alias and increased the size (middle-click on pic to see full resolution image in new tab).

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

New Blog Header

Yes, the new header background is cropped from the pic below:

It's a combination of the following two in photo editing software:

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Proper Animation & Smooth Step Animation Plugins Test (2) [updated]

Here is another clip, which 3D model was created by SketchUp, with animation scenes arranged by Proper Animation plugin, output to still images by Smooth Step Animation plugin, and stitched by VirtualDub.

Proper Animation plugin can be found here. Smooth Step Animation, here. And VirtualDub here.

I uploaded the model to 3D Warehouse, as below:

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Proper Animation & Smooth Step Animation Plugins Test

Below is an a model I created to test the above-mentioned SketchUp plugins.

The scenes were created by Proper Animation plugin, by MorisDov, which can be found here. The animation was output as still images by Smooth Step Animation plugin, by Whaat, at SketchUcation forum, though you need to be a member to download. I used VirtualDub to stitch the still images together, download here.

And last but not least, here's the clip:

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Google Earth Models

It's been a while since I last submitted models to Google Earth, and here are the latest two:

(below) TNB substation @ SD Apartment

(below) Refuse chamber @ SD Apartment

You need Google Earth Plugin installed to view Google Earth in web browser, click here to download/install. The models may take some time to load depending on your connection speed.

To download the models, click on "Google 3D Warehouse" on lower right of each model.

They are also visible in Google Earth with "3D Buildings" layer switched on.

Friday, October 14, 2011


FotoSketcher is a freeware that "helps you convert your digital photos into art, automatically". I run a few of my previous renders through it using the default "watercolor" style and the results are as below. FotoSketcher can be found here.

Click Image to enlarge.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


These are rendering of a gantry with electronic signboard. Click image to enlarge.

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