Sitework Planning Tool for SketchUp

April 5, 2009

Al Hart of Render Plus Systems announced the release RpTreeMaker, a free integrated plug-in for Google SketchUp that creates realistic trees.

RpTreeMaker is a new, free, product that construction modelers can use to create realistic, fractal trees and place them into the SketchUp model as 2D face-camera components. Program parameters (Tree Type, Number of Trunks, Bending, Crookedness, and Leaf Type) let users easily create custom trees for a construction model that might be critical to planning the production of a project.

This new plug-in makes it possible to add depth and realism to a SketchUp model, including quickly and easily adding a large variety of trees to match existing site conditions. This would be important in site utilization planning, selectively clearing existing trees for construction, or modeling a specific management technique for working on heavily wooded jobsites.

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Render Plus Systems is a software development group in Centennial, Colorado devoted to adding functionality to Google SketchUp. The company fills many of the gaps in SketchUp with design tools that the Google development teams have overlooked.

Render Plus started out with two products: 1) RPS 3D PDF, which lets SketchUp users create interactive 3D PDF documents from SketchUp drawings that could be especially useful in construction communication, and 2) a set of programmatic routines called RpTools that makes it easier to place and manipulate model components in order to fill rooms and quickly populate a working jobsite with repetitive element such as safety railings, fencing, scaffolding, or falsework.

Their most popular product is IRender nXt, an integrated photorealistic renderer for SketchUp, that uses lights, reflective materials, plants and 3D Objects, to create high quality renderings from a SketchUp model.

For more information see the Render Plus Systems Website < http://www.renderplus.com/wk/Products_w.htm > and RpTreeMaker < http://www.renderplus.com/wk/RpTreeMaker_w.htm >. 3939 E. Arapahoe Rd #100 , Centennial, Co 80122. (303) 713-1401.

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