Posts by Karin Skaug

Please note: Should you experience issues with Enscape or your subscription, and in case of any urgent inquiries/questions (e.g. regarding our upcoming licensing changes) please reach out to our dedicated support team via the Help Center or Support button as detailed here.

    I make shadow studies and want to check that the suns position is correct. For this I use timeanddate.com for the given location. It lists the suns position in altitude and azimuth.
    Enscape list the position in pitch and yaw. Totally different numbers. What is this? How do I calculate to see if it is correct?

    I have tried this technique and wonder if anyone else gets double tiles of geometry? It can be cleaned in SketchUp later, but when using Lily texture packer in Blender, the packed texture contains two sets of every tile and is twice as big as needed. I am not familiar with Blender, but manually deleting the duplicate tiles one by one isn't an effective way to work.

    I also wonder whether is is legally OK to use the geometry from Google Earth? We have been trying to understand Googles terms, but am still not sure what we are allowed to use or not. Has anyone else had a lawyer tell them what is OK to use and how?

    We have gathered that we can not use Streetview images for professional use, but we see them in other companies documents all the same...

    I appreciate the feedback,

    I am in the process of writing down (what might possibly be no more than) a "wishlist" and I want to ask you what things makes the most trouble when cleaning Revit files for visualization. My points so far is:


    - Avoid overlapping geometry. Two different elements can't occupy the same space in real life, it should be the same in the digital model.


    - Avoid duplicates for the same reason as mentioned above.


    - Be cautious when using models off the internet, check that the detail level is appropiate and the file size is acceptable.


    - Whenever possible; use square profiles instead of circular ones for railings and other small details.


    - Do a visual check to ensure Revit has snapped the walls together the way you intended.





    What would you add?

    rifkin : Thank you for the suggestion. I wanted the A4000, but my machine supports only PCIE 3.0. The RTX 4000 is a "new" card in a machine from 2016 packed with dual Xeons totaling 20 cores. It was pretty useful for offline rendering with V-ray back then, but now I think I am better served with a "Lamborghini" CPU better suited for single-threaded geometry handling and a GPU like the one you suggested. (On a PCIE 4 motherboard.)
    I can't see I will be doing nothing but real-time rendering in the near future.

    Thank you for the feedback.

    jtubb: VRam is definately part of the problem, the building in question did render on the RTX 3060 laptop. I hope to squeeze a couple more years out of the "old" workstation before I ask the management for a very expensive new computer, but maybe it is a terrible plan. I will keep an eye on the Task manager. The temporary solution might be a period of modeling on the pleasantly silent workstation and rendering on the extremely noisy laptop until I can get a new computer.

    Pieter: I am very happy with how the Simlab exporter works, the files are well ordered with materials.
    One reason I don't stay in Revit is that most often the building is only a part of the illustration (albeit an important part) and there is much landscaping and vegetation happening that I think is better handled by SketchUp and Skatter (plugin). Another reason is that most part of what I do is photomontages and the Revit camera does - to my knowledge - not have the physical parameters I need to correctly match a view to a photograph. Enscape is promising to making the entourage bit more manageable from within Revit, so maybe in the future I'll work more inside Revit, but for now I need/want my workflow to be via SketchUp.

    I have a Nvidia RTX 4000, but I feel that is somewhat beside "the question in question". I have almost always loaded the models to a crashing or misbehaving point, then picked something off until the machine I work with at the moment manages the workload. But this is a building model the machine should handle well - when it didn't I started to pick it apart and find lots of duplicates and overlapping geometry I suspect to be the culprits.

    I work as an inhouse visualizer for an architectural firm. The usual workflow is to import Revit files via the Simlab plugin to SketchUp, fix them, add context and entourage and then render images with Enscape.


    I have been struggling with a file for a rather large building, it comes into SketchUp as 20000 objects and crashes when I try to render in Enscape. The (exported) error report from Revit is nearly 2000 lines, which seems to imply that there are issues with almost 10 % of the geometry. Usually I am able to fix things within SketchUp, but it is really a stupid way to work, as I have to repeat it in the next revision. It also uses my allotted time to fix other peoples mistakes, making the visualization process more expensive than it should be, thus making me less competetive.


    The question I have is how many errors or bad modeling in the Revit file do you forum readers accept, and can you really demand that the architects "clean up their own mess" before sending it off to visualization (or other services)?

    Do you all get clean, perfect models from your architects, or do you have some sort of quality description/minimum standard for the files you work with? If that is the case, does anyone have the opportunity to share such a description with me?


    Earlier, they only messed things up in 2 dimensions, but there is an awful lot more that can go wrong i 3D...

    Me too. ;)
    My (real estate) clients "holy grail" is a sales web site with a full 3d presentation of the building where you can mouse over the different appartements to get info, and click on them to get the full data set for that appartement. Links within a web standalone would be very much appreciated!


    (He also want the standalone to read the users time and date, and set the lighting accordingly. Since we live almost on top of the world with little sun during the winter, I'm not sure that is the best for sales, but is is a compelling idea.)

    Enscape offers much more than real time rendering.
    The ability to deliver stills, video and interactive walkthroughs both online and for VR in (more ore less) one click has in a short time become very appreciated and valuable for our us and our customers. They want it all! However, I find it very limiting to have to work out of SketchUp to have access to Enscape's magic.


    Blender is a proper, full feature package and it would be absolutely wonderful to be able to connect it to Enscape.
    I stand by my request/wish!

    Is is possible to print the timestamp to a rendered video?

    I'm delivering sun/shadow- studies as movies the customer can scrub back and forth, but for now we had to add the time of day in post (Premiere).


    It would make life much easier to have the possibility to toggle this on in Enscape!

    OK. From that post I understand that my problem is a result of indirect ligting beeing calculated for the decals geometry, not the opacity mask.

    How I solved this was to (in Illustrator) cut out the decal to fit the opacity mask.

    This kind of worked, but the complex piece of geometry made the file much slower to work with.

    (For some unknown reason, I also lost my street lights, so my evening renders are not very nice anymore)


    Thank you , MatthiasB :)

    Attached is a jpg showing the Enscape window with nice snow decal (as I thought it would be) in the top left corner, and in the bottom left corner the rendering at ultra quality – with unwanted square black shadows. The decal is placed around with Skatters "render only" option. All the views rendered like that.

    The material dialogue is shown on top of the SU window to show how i made the decal.


    How can I get the result I see in the enscape window? Why do the decals throw shadows when rendered?

    I showed these illustrations to a client, and they liked the idea very much and want to use them so I need to figure this out quickly.


    Do you be any chance have any tips for making snow with Enscape/Sketchup?

    I have never done it before so this is a first try.


    Thank you in advance for any useful answers.

    The VR navigations works beautifully, but often we use Enscape on screen in meetings, and we prefer to navigate with left click turns and right click orbits and double click to move somewhere specific. We then need to hammer down the space bar to get our noses up from the gravel after each little move.
    Can you please consider an option to retain the eye height and (walk) mode when double clicking?

    It would make our Enscaped office life so much better!

    I am a new user and my enthusiastic client wants links to web views from each appartement from their website. How do I solve this request?

    Do I have to make a unique web standalone for each appartement? Is there no way to send different starting points to the same web standalone? I think I need to include the full project each time, since the customer is allowd to move wherever he likes...?

    Is there other limits other than the 500MB limit for web exports? If the rest of my clients wants the same I will be exporting quite a lot of web standalones. And where are the actual files ? Are Enscape hosting them for us forever without any restrictions?

    Does anyone have any experience to share?

    I am new to Enscape/SketchUp and I struggle to get data from Revit and 3ds Max working within SketchUp. I hope someone here have some great tips that can make my working life easier.

    I link files from Revit to Max and organize, clean and fix them there. I model the landcape/surroundings and add entourage and render with Vray. Now I want to move the "entourage and render"-bit over to SketchUp/Enscape, but SketchUp behaves poorly. I split the file in smaller .skp-files I import into SU so I can update them whem the original Revit model or the site plan change.
    When I try to reload the files after a change , SU freezes. Does anyone have a solution for this?

    My work is mainly with projects with ± 20 to 150 appartements in several buildings with surroundings (+entourage), and I wonder if SketchUp really is capable of dealing with such large amounts of data?
    Enscape is really, really good so I want to make this work...