Classifying Objects

Naming something is the first step toward figuring out what makes that thing different from all the other things in the world. In a SketchUp 3D model, this idea isn't just a philosophical concept. When you use the Classifier to embed data into groups or or components, those groups or components become objects that can be managed. 

The details that you can track and manage can represent so much more than simply what the modeled object looks like. Objects in SketchUp carry information which you can then use in Building Information Modeling (BIM), a common workflow used when creating realistic models that incorporate real world, practical data. With the Classifier you can: 

  • Count, measure, dimension, and tag objects. 
  • Generate reports.
  • Analyze your model for meaningful data like energy performance and cost. 
  • Export objects into other formats or programs. 
Tip: To learn more about BIM and IFC, visit the Building Smart website .

To get started with the Classifier, take a look at these articles: 

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