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

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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.

Basic elements of garage structure

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.

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Chapter 4: About the Nested Matrix

The methodology of the Nested Matrix is explained and illustrated using a simple structure.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Chapter 14: Planning Docs

Guidelines issued by local planning authorities. Example drawings are included for the 5 example projects in the book.  

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