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This month we have launched our brand new BIM Level 2 and Revit Collaboration bespoke training course.

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We’ve recently been awarded a project to assist an architect client to develop a 3D BIM model for a student Hall of Residence which is to be redeveloped.

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We recently helped an Events Company with a 3D spatial analysis for equipment that needed installing.

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Benchmarq by Melissa Hicks - 1M ago

Our 2019 CAD and BIM Training dates are now available on our Training Website.

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Benchmarq by Pippa - 1M ago

We were commissioned by the owner of a historic building to create a realistic 3D model of their stunning heritage property…

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ArredoCAD V14 is now available for download and features a long list of improvements and new software features. This version includes improvements to the DRAY rendering engine, the ability to import SketchUp V18 files, updated partner files, as well as new colours and materials.

This video and article will give you an in-depth look at the latest features within ArredoCAD Designer V14.

ArredoCAD 14 - YouTube
1. DRAY Rendering Engine Improvements
  • General improvement of the rendering quality
  • Update to the latest versions of the INTEL Processors
  • Automatic optimisation of the priorities to facilitate the use of your PC during rendering
  • Option for saving 360 degrees renders with useful data which can be used on social media platforms such as Facebook
  • Optimisation of glass coloration with glass thickness lower than 1cm

2. New Plan Lay-Outs with Different Types of Customisable Rooms

3. Option for Automatic Aligning of Elements (Elevation View) with Automatic Insertion of Measurement 4. Automatic Opening of Elements
  • Option to open windows and French windows with hinged or flap doors
  • Option to open hinged doors from the 3D window
5. Colours and Materials
  • Option to rapidly change colours or materials to groups of selected items
  • Option to create and save an RGB colour in the materials archive

6. Doors and Windows Management
  • New configuration options for windows that allows you to choose the width of doors
  • Option to change thickness of windows frames and the configuration of windowsills using the function External Macro
  • Option to change handles to doors and windows using the function External Macro and to modify handles to all fittings inside the project at the same time
  • New options for the configuration of armoured doors

7. Backplates
  • Higher image quality
  • New options to modify blackplate (“Scale 1:1 without distortion” and “Adapt to window”
8. Element Properties/3D Objects
  • Higher visualising quality and easier selection and visualisation of complex objects
  • Option ‘Select current’ to rapidly select all the elements that have the same material of the selected items
9. New Axonometric Printing Functions with Automatic Insertion of Measures In 3D View 10. Improvement of The Searching Function for Objects 11. Improvements To The Layer Management Tools 12. Updated Plug-In To Import SketchUp Files
  • Update to the latest available version of Sketchup (2017)
  • Insertion of rapid recalling of the “SKP import” in the tool bar
13. Plug-in ImagePlus
  • Option to visualise the Bump Map image directly in the material editor using ImagePlus

14. Optimised Text Inserting 15. Optimisation for Exporting Materials of SketchUp Objects Contained In CMZ Files 16. Optimisation for saving projects to the network with the possibility to open saved projects from other Workstations and importing materials that are not present in ArredoCAD ArredoCAD V14: New Graphic Archives Update for Partner Libraries
  • Porada
  • Falmec hoods
  • New partner TEXTURAE with 181 new wallpapers
  • New partner for carpets KARPETA (available in: Design Objects)
Shared Accessories
  • Windows and French windows with 3 hinged doors and 2 handles
  • Windows and French windows with 3 hinged doors and 2 handles
  • Option to change the graphic of windows with headers
  • New handles for doors and windows
  • Flush doors and flush doors for wallpaper
  • 3D ovens
  • 3D sockets and switches
  • Accessories for home automation (thermostats, digital switches etc.)
  • Video door-phone, air-conditioner and aeration grills
  • Aeration Grids (Available in: Generic Accessories: Electronic: Aeration Grids)
  • Round TV (in Shared Accessories: Electronic: & HI-FI)
Modern and Traditional Kitchens with Door Changing
  • Modern door 2.17 and 2.18 with vertical and horizontal grain
  • Modern door 2.19 e 2.20 with vertical and horizontal grain
  • Modern door 3.29 and 3.30 with vertical and horizontal grain
  • Modern door 3.31 with vertical grain
  • Modern door 4.7
  • Glass modern door 14
  • Glass modern door 15
  • Glass modern door 16
  • Traditional door 1.13 with vertical grain
  • Glass traditional door 27
  • New traditional handles
Modern and Traditional Bathrooms with Door Changing
  • New Top for sink on support and under top integrated with the possibility to set thickness during element inserting
  • All sinks have been moved from the folder Shared Accessories to the Folder Modern and Traditional Bathrooms
Children Bedrooms with Door Changing and New Bed Models
  • New blankets for single and double beds

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Last month, Trimble (creators of SketchUp) announced SketchUp Free to the world. This completely free, web-based modeller offers the core of SketchUp’s 3D modelling features and conveniently saves your files to the Trimble Connect Cloud.

SketchUp Free will be replacing SketchUp Make, which will no longer be updated, although it’s still available to currently download from SketchUp’s website.

Many designers across the globe rely on the free version of SketchUp to get them up and running into the world of 3D modelling, before transitioning onto more advanced CAD software such as SketchUp Pro or AutoCAD.

A free, more basic version of SketchUp has been around since the software’s initial release when it was formerly known as Google SketchUp, until it was taken over by Trimble in 2012 and re-released as SketchUp for Home and Personal Use.

How do I download SketchUp Free?

Luckily, you don’t need to download SketchUp Free, as it works in your internet browser. You can load up the software by going to app.sketchup.com.

SketchUp Free is compatible with all modern web browsers on any operating system, so you can model on Chromebooks and Linux. SketchUp Free is also versionless, meaning you’re always using the fastest, most up-to-date version.

It’s important to note that SketchUp Free cannot be used for commercial use. If you want to use SketchUp to work on commercial projects you will need to purchase a SketchUp Pro licence, which can be bought as part of a perpetual licence with a maintenance plan.

What happens if I want to buy the full version?

As an authorised SketchUp reseller you can purchase the software directly through us by either filling in a contact form or calling us on 01403 78419.

You can also request a free SketchUp Pro trial through us.

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Whether you’re looking to hone your skills or learn an entirely new software – 2018 is the year to make it happen!

We’ve got a whole host of CAD, Adobe and BIM software training courses running over the next six months – from Revit to InDesign, there’s something for everyone.

For more information on any of our courses please call us on 01403 784139 or email info@bmarq.co.uk.

Upcoming CAD, BIM and Adobe Course Dates January 2018

January 9 – 10: AutoCAD Essentials
January 11 – 12: AutoCAD Essentials
January 11: Photoshop Essentials
January 12: InDesign Essentials
January 16 – 17: Revit Essentials for Building Design
January 17: SketchUp Pro Introduction
January 18 – 19: Revit Essentials for Building Design

February 2018

February 6 – 7: AutoCAD Essentials
February 8 – 9: AutoCAD Essentials
February 8 – 9: AutoCAD Essentials
February 12: ArredoCAD Essentials
February 14: Fusion 360 Essentials
February 15 – 16: Revit Essentials
February 15: 3ds Max Essentials
February 16: Enhance Your 3D Designs with 3ds Max
February 20 – 22: Inventor Essentials
February 27 – 28: Civil 3D Essentials

March 2018

March 6 – 7: AutoCAD Essentials
March 8 – 9: AutoCAD Essentials
March 12: Photoshop Essentials
March 13 – 14: Revit Essentials for Building Design
March 13: InDesign Essentials
March 14: SketchUp Pro Introduction
Mar 20 – 21: Civil 3D Essentials

April 2018

April 10 – 11: AutoCAD Essentials
April 12 – 13: AutoCAD Essentials
April 19 – 20: Revit Essentials for Building Design
April 24 – 26: Inventor Essentials

May 2018

May 8 – 9: AutoCAD Essentials
May 10 – 11: AutoCAD Essentials
May 15 – 16: Revit Essentials for Building Design
May 16: SketchUp Pro Introduction

June 2018

June 5 – 6: AutoCAD Essentials
June 7 – 8: AutoCAD Essentials
June 14 – 15: Revit Essentials for Building Design

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The latest version of SketchUp Pro has arrived on the scene with a whole host of innovative and exciting new features. The latest 2018 release includes…

Facebook Live: New in SketchUp Pro 2018 (November 17, 2017) - YouTube
Smarter Sections 

Section Planes are essential to architectural composition, so there are some big improvements.

Named Sections​ – Just like components, section planes have names and symbols, making them easy to find, organise, and edit in Outliner. Now, it’s  easy to access and manage sections whenever you need to.

Filled Section Cuts – Filled Section Cuts are now baked into SketchUp Pro. Select a colour for your fills via the Styles dialogue and bake them into templates.

Fast Sections – SketchUp features improved performance for models that use section planes to hide large amounts of geometry. The more geometry you section off, the more you’ll benefit!

Make Better Drawings

Scaled Vector Drawing – Need to add linework that’s not in your model? Create a scaled drawing in LayOut and sketch over a 3D model to flesh out your project. Or draw from details to scale from scratch directly in LayOut.

DWG Import – Import a DWG into LayOut and find illustrations already scaled to paper size. Now SketchUp projects can live side by side with CAD linework and take advantage of DWG libraries everywhere. LayOut A+: plays well with others.

Drawing Better​ – Inferencing, chamfering and filleting, arcs, offset arrays, selections: LayOut is even better at everything you need to draw details or create beautiful illustrations at scale.

Want to implement BIM?

Ultimately, ‘BIM’ is about using information in your model to make better buildings. The focus is to help users embed and manage information in a SketchUppy way.

Advanced Attributes – SketchUp now features Advanced Attribute fields for a component’s Price, Size, URL, Type, Status, and Owner. So now it’s even easier to embed projects with useful information.

Aggregated Reports – Generate Report now aggregates component data so you can do things like configure reports to sum parts and quantities for schedules and cutlists, or create detailed estimates by adding up prices by layer. It’s time to crunch model data!

IFC Import/Export – BIM works best when information moves freely between applications. You can rely on IFC in SketchUp to transfer the attributes you assign and manipulate in project.

The full list of SketchUp features can be found on sketchup.life.

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As exclusive UK resellers of ArredoCAD, we teamed up with Dinamica software to give an overview of Italy’s number one interior design software – ArredoCAD Designer.

ArredoCAD boasts over 3000 installations and is fast becoming a popular interior design software option throughout Europe! ArredoCAD has been specifically developed for interior designers, architects, furniture manufacturers and retail fit out specialists, offering an all-in-one design solution, including a vast 3D library of elements and super fast rendering.

If you were unable to attend our webinar today: ‘Interior Design and Virtual Reality with ArredoCAD’ you can watch the recording below.

Webinar: Interior Design and Virtual Reality with ArredoCAD - YouTube

The webinar covers the following topics:

03:39 – Beginning of ArredoCAD demonstration
04:31 – How to create a room layout
05:36 – Adding doors and windows and adjusting lighting effects
08:08 – Inserting materials such as wallpaper and flooring
09:27 – How to view a 3D model in real time
12:10 – Designing a kitchen
19:12 – How to create a render
24:46 – How to insert objects and furniture
30:00 – How to create a quote within ArredoCAD
32:00 – How to create a panoramic render
37:50 – How to create shapes
42:44 – Overview of ArredoCAD licensing options

If ArredoCAD sounds of interest to you and you’d like to know more about the product please visit the ArredoCAD product page or send in an email to arredocad@bmarq.co.uk.

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