Organise your 3D modelling
The Nested Matrix is an easily-learned systematic approach to 3D modelling. If you’ve ever had to re-start a Sketchup project because you were constantly fixing problems, you will know the frustration of wasted time. The Nested Matrix gives you a logical and secure approach that puts you back in control of your design.
A Summary of the Chapters
Chapter 1: Introduction
A summary of the books structure, including the Nested matrix objectives and what the reader may achieve by reading the book
Chapter 2: Major objects and apertures
The basic tools of Sketchup are demonstrated. Suggestions are made for organising your Workspace and Naming Conventions. A simple garage structure demonstrates the modelling of floors, walls, roofs and apertures.
Chapter 3: Creating Scenes and Styles
Switch and Layout scenes are created. Section and Cutaway styles are created. Combinations of scenes and styles are explored.
Chapter 4: About the Nested Matrix
The methodology of the Nested Matrix is explained and illustrated using a simple structure.
Chapter 5: Workflow
The 7 core stages of the modelling procedure are introduced. The working environment is enhanced with shortcut commands, starter files, versioning, backups etc.
Chapter 6: New Build of 2-storey House
The Nested Matrix approach is illustrated step-by-step for the design of a detached 2-storey house. Modelling tips include window creation, roof intersections, edge lines etc.
Chapter 7: Organising the Model
Modelling conventions are discussed. The Hierarchy of Containers is introduced, comprising Groups, SuperGroups and Tags. Organisation is improved with Scenes incorporated into the Starter files.
Chapter 8: Bungalow Extension
An extension is added to a bungalow. 3 models are created: (1) Existing structure (2) Intermediate structure, where the original structure is edited to allow for the new Works (3) Final structure.
Chapter 9: Townhouse extension
An extension is added to a 150 year old end-terraced 4-storey townhouse. It differs from the previous chapter by not including the Intermediate Structure step. The use of colour is explored.
Chapter 10: 6-storey apartment complex
The frontage of a century-old 2 storey-structure is retained in a 6-storey apartment development. There are five wall categories created in this model. Vertical spaces are created for service ducting, stairways and lift shafts.
Chapter 11: Villa
This 3-storey villa is the fifth and final project to be developed with the Nested Matrix in the book. Features include a series of internal linings ie suspended ceiling, acoustic insulation, floor screed.
Chapter 12: MEP systems
3D design of MEP systems is discussed, specifically air conditioning, underfloor heating, plumbing and electrical systems. An approach to modelling 3D electrical components is included.
Chapter 13: Using Layout
How Layout works and synchronises with Sketchup. The use of layers in Layout. Adding labels, graphics and dimensions to the 2D documents.
Chapter 14: Planning Docs
Guidelines issued by local planning authorities. Example drawings are included for the 5 example projects in the book.