Select Language
Getting Started / Track Overview

1.0 Getting Started

0:00 Welcome to SketchUp for ‘Landscape and Site Design’

0:05 In this learning track, we’ll be covering everything you need to know about creating organic and complex exterior models.

0:12 This track is intended for SketchUp users that are already familiar with all the basics and have a good working knowledge of modeling best practices.

0:22 Whether you’re in school, working for a firm or a solo practitioner, this track has been specifically organized to cover a workflow common for nearly all project types and site scales.

0:37 The reference we’ll be using for this track is real park design concept for an urban site in Seattle Washington.

0:44 The park is called Cayton Corner and makes for a good reference for us to use as it’s situated on a corner site with a fairly decent cross slope –

0:54 – requiring various grading techniques to get the proposed design to integrate correctly with its surroundings.

1:01 The park’s size and design complexity is also good as it allows us to progressively build the entire model together from start to finish.

1:12 As to the organization of the of the track contents, we’ve designed these courses specifically in a linear fashion, with each lesson building on the previous.

1:23 Starting with Course 1, we’ll learn how to import and clean up linework...

1:30 ...set up and organize layers, and extrude geometry to provide the foundation of our site model.

1:39 Course 2 covers everything you need to know to master working with existing terrain and proposed grading.

1:48 In Course 3 we’ll further refine our model with the application and adjustment of textures.

1:57 Course 4 explores how to make a variety of custom components, like site furnishings, playground equipment, and boulders from scratch using both native tools and a few helpful extensions.

2:11 Which leads directly into Course 5 – which covers selecting, distributing and optimizing vegetation components that look good in both in SketchUp as well as well in 3rd party rendering extensions.

2:24 In Course 6 we’ll take a step back from detailed landscape design and cover the process for locating and importing open data sources -

2:34 – which we’ll then use to create an existing city context model for our park design to sit within.

2:41 Lastly, in Course 7, we’ll explore different techniques to keep our models running smoothly and efficiently...

2:48 ...including how to break up large models up into references for collaborating with team mates and learning how to revise complex models WHEN not IF, our design changes.

3:04 This track includes all the exercise files you need to follow along with us at home.

3:08 So make sure to download, unzip, and have the folder and its contents accessible prior to getting started.

3:16 This track will also utilize quite a few extensions.

3:19 A PDF file with a download link for each extension has been provided.

3:25 Just a note, that every effort has been made to use trusted and free extensions, but at the same time also we’re utilizing some really powerful paid extensions...

3:35 ...which we've called out specifically.

3:38 Also keep in mind that extensions are provided to us by our development community so links and availability may change over time from what we’ve said here.

3:48 Make sure to review the list and take the time to download and install any extensions you don’t already have.

3:56 We’re confident that after completing these courses, you’ll be well prepared to handle even the most complex landscape and site modeling tasks.