Además, como parte de la del acuerdo, Trimble se asociará con Google para el desarrollo de Google 3D Warehouse, una de las herramientas de modelado 3D más populares en el mundo en línea, donde los usuarios pueden buscar, compartir, almacenar y colaborar en los modelos 3D, según han afirmado las compañías en un comunicado conjunto.
Trimble to Enhance its Office-to-Field Platform with the Acquisition of Google’s SketchUp 3D Modeling Platform
On April 26, 2012, Trimble announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SketchUp® from Google. SketchUp is one of the most popular 3D modeling tools in the world. As part of the SketchUp platform, Trimble will also partner with Google on running and developing SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse, an online repository where users can find, share, store and collaborate on 3D models.
SketchUp is currently used by millions of users annually—ranging from architects to engineering and construction firms to building and design professionals – for designing, modeling and visualizing projects. The SketchUp product and its vision of «3D modeling for everyone» has allowed modelers worldwide, across a wide range of industries, to express design concepts easily, accurately and efficiently.
For architects and interior designers, creating an impression that is as identical as possible to the final product is an essential element of their professions.
Most clients desire to see their buildings or interior spaces transformed into the ideal concept they had visualised. The architects are tasked with the unenviable responsibility of making this happen.
Not so long ago, building plans used to be done and presented entirely on paper, consuming a lot of resources, time and labour.
However, an architectural job that could typically have taken up to three months in the past can now take two weeks.
Experts say that the increasing adoption of 3D imaging and architectural animation has resulted in more accurate representations, convenience and saves clients time and money in construction projects.
According to Waweru Njuguna, an architect and interior designer at Synergy Arc, an architectural firm in Nairobi, use of digital imaging in architecture boosts accuracy and speed in design.
“It’s now become much easier to show the client exactly what you want to build and the projected outcome using 3D models and animation,” says the architect. “In addition to this, changes and manipulation could easily be factored in as the project progresses eliminating the hassle of having to redo entire plans.”
Adds Njuguna: “If, for example, you are changing the flooring from wood to carpet, you can easily go back to your project design on the computer, make the changes and have the new layout reflect on the final design.”
This according to Njuguna, has made consultation between the design team and the clients easier and as such, proposals are developed much faster.
Google has announced the finalists of their Model Your Town Competition that challenged people throughout the world to create a replica of their city in 3D. The premise was built on acknowledging communities and their architecture on an international stage. The Google Sketchup product coupled with Google Earth allowed for 3D modeling of every building and skyscraper that makes up a city or town’s landscape. With all entries tallied, it’s now time for the public to weigh in and select the winner.
Commencing in December, 2009, voting officially ends May 1. The five town finalists to reach the final round represent 3 continents.