Category Archives: Tutorial

Introducing FREE weekly webinars

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Did you know that we now hold a FREE Webinar EVERY week?!


Our Webinars have already become extremely popular, and our limited seats fill up quickly. Each week we have people from over 20 countries attend, from every profession: Architects, Designers, Interiors, Builders, Trades, Engineers, Estimators and Manufacturers. We are super happy about this! Uniting the design and construction Industry, so that we can all be more efficient and profitable, is one of the main reasons we get out of bed. What other software can say that?!


These live, interactive webinars have been designed to help you. It doesn’t matter if you are a PluSpec user, or if you just want to know more.  This is the best way to get answers to your questions and see why PlusSpec is the right choice for your business.


We hold our Webinars every Thursday @ 9am AEDT / Wednesday @ 2pm PST. However, we understand that this time may not suit you, and this is why we also record each session. As long as you register (even if you can’t attend) you will receive the recording so that you can watch it at a time that suits you. If you don’t register, you won’t receive the recording, so please check out our webinar page at the beginning of each week so you don’t miss out!


Our Webinars last 40-60 minutes and each session will discuss a specific topic. However, we have limited seats, so please register early so you don’t miss out.


We recommend that you bookmark our Webinar Page so you always know what’s coming.


If there is a topic that you would like us to hold a webinar on, you can make requests for upcoming registers when you Save Your Seat for a Webinar.


Click HERE to see our Webinar Page and stay up to date with your FREE learning.

Upcoming SketchUp Guide includes a PlusSpec spotlight

By | Architects, Architecture, BIM, Builders, Business, Construction, Design, Designers, IFC, PlusSpec, Sketchup, Software, Technology, Tutorial, Uncategorized, VDC | One Comment

We’ve just heard that the first Italian Guide to SketchUp with a PlusSpec spotlight is Coming Soon.

Here’s what we know:


SketchUp. Progettazione architettonica BIM, is the first Italian guide to Trimble SketchUp 2017, ranging from the introduction of the software to the BIM-approach with PlusSpec, and GPU-rendering with Octane Render. It provides users with step-by-step tutorials exploring all aspects of SketchUp, from simple tasks to advanced ones.


After exploring the SketchUp interface, the author shows every aspect of the software:

  • Visualization & Navigation
  • Objects creation & editing
  • Model organization
  • Printing & Layout
  • Plugins & Extensions
  • BIM with PlusSpec
  • Rendering with Octane Render

Alessandro Barracco, aerospace engineer, PhD, is Assistant Professor at SUPINFO – École Supérieure d’Informatique, Paris, where he teaches Algorithmic and Programming Languages. He is also a Research Fellow at University of Enna Kore, Italy where he teaches courses in AEC BIM/CAD modeling and visualization, as well as structural design with SketchUp at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. He his an active member of the SketchUp community. He founded, with prof. Arch. Maurizio Oddo, the BOMAstudio, winning several international architecture competitions and realizing many buildings in Italy (House Ditta[1], the New University Library of Kore[2], the new Arena of Selinunte[3]). He is now also an avid PlusSpec user.





We have been advised that the book will be in Italian only. Comment below if you would like to see them publish an English translation also (we know we would)!

Le BIM pour SketchUp: Supporting our Friends – Adebeo

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Distributor Spotlight   Parlez- vous Français? Venez comprendre les raisons pour lesquelles votre logiciel ne se compare pas et, observez par vous-même comment PlusPec pour SketchUp change la facon dont nous concevons, communiquons et construisons.   PlusPec est Simple, Puissant, Professionnel et Abordable – et il devient rapidement le plus puissant BIM et Logiciel d’estimation au monde.   Rejoignez la révolution BIM !!   Adebeo est le Distributeur officiel Francais et Suisse de PlusPec. Contactez-les directement et obtenez votre licence aujourd’hui !  

3D model Section cut fills in Sketchup and PlusSpec

By | Architecture, Design, Designers, PlusSpec, Sketchup, Sketchup for Construction & Estimating, Sketchup tips and tricks, Software, Tutorial | One Comment
A Sketchup Tip and trick that will save you some time when using section planes in your 3D model. Basically Sketchup is a surface modeller which means the geometry is hollow. When you cut a section through wall or a prism you will see the inside of the geometry that may have supposed to be solid Like this.3D model is hollow when cutting a section   Step 1 Create & place a section in your Sketchup modelUse Sketchup section tool or PlusSpec scene creator to create a 3d section cut in your 3d model Step 2 Ensure your section planes are showing and right click the section cut in Sketchup and select create group from slice. Note it is easier to place your section in 3D view or perspective instead of parallel projection. Basically this gives your model a 3D perspective as you would see in real life. Select the section plane in Sketchup 3d model and create componentOnce you have created your group from slice it can be hard to select so here is a  TIP hide part of your model by right clicking and select hide. This will make it easier to to select the section group. Once you select your section group right click and make it a component. Then copy and paste your component in a place where it is easier to work on like in the image shown bellow. You can then simply triple click inside of the copied components and add faces and textures.  2D cad like section plane is now solid in your 3d model When you reactive your section cut you will not see the face as it is still being cut. TIP simply move the section plane forward .1mm and hey presto you have a solid section.  move you section plane forward in your 3d model There is a plugin that you can use named Skalp you can find it here it will save you a lot of time, we are talking about integrating Scalp into PlusSpec in the future so stay tuned. the aim is to make your 3d modelling experience seamless.
You can simply add  a colour to your section cut in your 3d model.

You can simply add a colour to your section cut in your 3d model.

Happy Designing

Construction details in Sketchup, Example for download

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Hi Guys, I was having a play with some construction details in Sketchup and I thought it would be a good idea to share one with you. I have uploaded the model onto RubySketch so you can see how I did it. No doubt it will come in handy.  You can find the model to download here I also created a YouTube video to show how to navigate your way around.
This 3d model has been drawn using PlusSpec and Sketchup combined

This 3d model has been drawn using PlusSpec and Sketchup combined

How to add Grass and sky in Sketchup with styles

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So I got a couple of questions asking how can you add grass and sky in Sketchup. There are a few ways you could achieve this, below is one way and probably the easiest way: 1. Click on the window tab and select styles (highlighted below): 2013-11-08_085354   2. You’ll be presented with a new window like below, Make sure you have default styles selected! 2013-11-08_090140   3. Then you want to choose between earth modelling or simple style (both styles highlighted below): 2013-11-08_090018   And you’re done! Play around with the other styles to see what you can achieve.