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Clean Slate Project – Tools

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I have been brainstorming on the whole “Clean Slate” business and I have found that one of the major stumbling blocks is presenting our findings/analysis/voodoo. If I can’t find an interesting and aesthetic way of presenting it, then there isn’t much point in traveling down this long path.

So, the question becomes: How can I build a cool 3D model of Atlanta Prime that will show Atlanta’s current topography and can host the new (and existing) structures we have to build this city?

Auto-CAD may be an option, but it is expensive, and frankly I don’t have the time to learn it.

Enter Google.

The King of Interwebs, has a free tool called Google SketchUp. It’s just a basic 3D modeling tool for anything from a toaster to a skyscraper. The basic version is free and will allow you to create moderately detailed images or models of buildings and landscapes.

Seems like a logical place to start when building a virtual city.

Anywho, I downloaded it to my desktop and will be tinkering with it over the next few weeks so I can get accustomed to the interface. I will try to learn a few tricks and basic functionality before it’s time to start modeling.

In the mean time, check out the gallery at Google and be sure to check out the Skyscraper Page. Both sites have some cool examples of what building models can look like.

Hasta,

– Duke

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