MODELUR (Urban Design)
Parametric Urban Design inside SketchUp!
MODELUR (Urban Design)

Modelur is a parametric Urban Design tool seamlessly integrated into SketchUp. It helps you quickly create and test different urban design alternatives. In addition to calculating Urban Control Indicators on-the-fly, it also alerts you when buildings are placed too close together.

MAIN FEATURES:
  • as simple and intuitive as SketchUp,
  • parametric buildings,
  • parametric land uses,
  • real-time calculation of Urban Control Indicators,
  • warnings when certain constraints are not satisfied (ie buildings are too close together),
  • available in several languages.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:

Please note that Modelur has now moved to its Beta stage. In order to use it, you have to apply for a license key via our website.

Reviews

Ian M.'s picture

Hi Jernej Vidmar,

I've got the loading Error and Modelur is disappeared in the extension bar
I tried to restart the sketchup and my computer, but it didn't resume

I don't know how to fix and and all my work disappeared, could you please advise and help
thanks a lot!

Ian

Error Loading File C:/Users/imak/AppData/Roaming/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/Modelur/lib/int/ruby/modelur_extensionLoader.rb
Error: #
c:/users/imak/appdata/roaming/sketchup/sketchup 2016/sketchup/plugins/modelur/lib/int/ruby/modelur_json.rbs:58:in `eval'
c:/users/imak/appdata/roaming/sketchup/sketchup 2016/sketchup/plugins/modelur/lib/int/ruby/modelur_json.rbs:58:in `eval'
c:/users/imak/appdata/roaming/sketchup/sketchup 2016/sketchup/plugins/modelur/lib/int/ruby/modelur_json.rbs:58:in `mdlr_jPEjT'
c:/users/imak/appdata/roaming/sketchup/sketchup 2016/sketchup/plugins/modelur/lib/int/ruby/modelur_json.rbs:63:in `mdlr_cjaff'
c:/users/imak/appdata/roaming/sketchup/sketchup 2016/sketchup/plugins/modelur/lib/int/ruby/modelur_upgrading.rbs:16:in `initialize'
c:/users/imak/appdata/roaming/sketchup/sketchup 2016/sketchup/plugins/modelur/lib/int/ruby/modelur_upgrading.rbs:115:in `mdlr_eULba'
C:/Users/imak/AppData/Roaming/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/Modelur/lib/int/ruby/modelur_extensionLoader.rb:52:in `'
C:/Program Files/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/Tools/extensions.rb:197:in `require'
C:/Program Files/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/Tools/extensions.rb:197:in `load'
C:/Users/imak/AppData/Roaming/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/Modelur.rb:26:in `register_extension'
C:/Users/imak/AppData/Roaming/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/Modelur.rb:26:in `'
C:/Users/imak/AppData/Roaming/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/Modelur.rb:10:in `'

Modelur Team's picture

Hello Ian,

that's strange. Can you please try deleting Modelur's settings folder (c:/users/imak/appdata/roaming/Modelur) and try to restart it?
If this doesn't help, please send us the file so we can inspect what went wrong.

Thanks,
Jernej

PS: please guys, use our forum (forum.modelur.com) for this kinds of questions and problems.

Ian M.'s picture

Hi Jernej,

Thanks for your reply

I have deleted the folder and the Modular gets back to the extension bar
But when I open the file which I was working on, it becomes empty

Please advise

Thanks a lot!
Ian

Modelur Team's picture

Hi Ian,
if you open the file before initializing Modelur, is there something inthere?

Best,
Jernej

I have just stated to use this plugin and it's quite useful. However, every time I run this tool, there will be a notification, says:

"Modelur online validation failed.

Please make sure you are connected to the Internet as Modelur is not able to run fully without internet connection. After establishing connection to the Internet, please restart SketchUp."

Thus, I can only use very limited functions right now, but the fact is my computer is connected to the Internet. Have you ever get this kind of report? What should I do to solve this problem?

Modelur Team's picture

Hi 欣 刘,
thank you for your feedback. In the Pre-beta we require online validation in order to run full version of Modelur. Even though you are online, you might be behind a proxy or firewall, which disables validation (I have just checked it and it works normally). At the moment the best thing you can do is to apply for Modelur Beta (via our website), which will be out really soon. There there will be only one time validation to get your license key.

You can also drop us an email, so we try to test your connection to our validation server and try to find what's blocking it. I apologize for any inconvenience.

Best regards,
Jernej

Thank you for your reply, I will try and see whether I can change the firewall setting and send you an email if it's not working.

Or, maybe I should leave my email address here?

Thanks for your time and best regards.

Bernie Liu

Andrey M's picture

The plugin looks awesome, however I can't install it properly.
Load error message says:
Error Loading File D:/Users/Админ/AppData/Roaming/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/Modelur/lib/int/ruby/modelur_json.rbs
Failed to read RBE/RBS file.
Error Loading File D:/Users/Админ/AppData/Roaming/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/Modelur/lib/int/ruby/modelur_validation.rbs
Failed to read RBE/RBS file.
Error Loading File D:/Users/Админ/AppData/Roaming/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/Modelur/lib/int/ruby/modelur_upgrading.rbs
Failed to read RBE/RBS file.
Error Loading File D:/Users/Админ/AppData/Roaming/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/Modelur/lib/int/ruby/modelur_extensionLoader.rb
Error: #
D:/Users/Админ/AppData/Roaming/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/Modelur/lib/int/ruby/modelur_extensionLoader.rb:52:in `'
D:/Program Files/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/Tools/extensions.rb:197:in `require'
D:/Program Files/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/Tools/extensions.rb:197:in `load'
D:/Users/Админ/AppData/Roaming/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/Modelur.rb:26:in `register_extension'
D:/Users/Админ/AppData/Roaming/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/Modelur.rb:26:in `'
D:/Users/Админ/AppData/Roaming/SketchUp/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins/Modelur.rb:10:in `'

Modelur Team's picture

Hi Andrey,

thank you for your interest in Modelur. As explained before, this is a bug in SketchUp, not Modelur. The problem you are experiencing is due to non-ascii username Админ. If you create another Windows user account, eg. Andrey, it should work normally. SketchUp team has already fixed this and all will be back to normal when updated SketchUp 2016 comes out...

Best,
Jernej

Andrey M's picture

Wow! I updated Su to the most recent version and now Modelur works just exellent! I have no time to test it well, but it looks like the a very powerfull and promising tool for urban design. Thanks again!

Andrey M's picture

Hi Jernej,
thanks a lot for the explanation and promt reply!
Regards,
Andrey.

Modelur Team's picture

Hi Andrey,

you're most welcome!

Best,
Jernej

Goutham S's picture

sorry i m new to this plugin ... where is the plot coverage option in Modelur-0.4.5.rbz...in mine plot plot parameters only contains plot area and plot distances...!

thank you

Modelur Team's picture

Hi Goutham,

plot coverage is calculated automatically based on plot area and sum of all built up areas.
You can find it under survey tab and export it to .csv file (Modelur UI File > Export urban design control values).

Please check out our introduction video, which among other shows this, too.

Best,
Jernej

Goutham S's picture

thank you... :) will try it out...

-真鹿模式 天's picture

modelur_extensionLoader.rb is wrong...
why

Modelur Team's picture

Hi,

can you please elaborate on your problem? From what you've written I don't understand what you mean...

We are aware that there is a problem with loading (more or less all) extensions in SketchUp 2016 M0, if users have non-ascii characters in their username on Windows platform. This will be fixed with new version of SketchUp.

Best,
Jernej

kason W.'s picture

However i am not sure how to & why i couldnt calculate FAR base on different land use type. hopefully could get the reply from you coz i am really in tested in this plugin.

Modelur Team's picture

Hello Kason!

FAR (Floor Area Ratio) is ratio between Gross Floor Area and Plot size. It can thus never be calculated for Land Uses, as they do not hold any information on Plot size.

Please visit http://www1.nyc.gov/site/planning/zoning/glossary.page for more information (scroll down to Floor Area Ratio)

Best,
Jernej

kason W.'s picture

Hi Jernet

Actually what I mean is, sometime we need to calculate plot ratio of different land use when we are doing urban design (say, this area we've got residential, industry and commercial use, normally we need FAR for all of them) so that we can have proper balance on construction intensity. However I couldnt figure out a way to do this math with this plugin. As an urban designer and an architect, i do hope your team could manage to improve this aspect. I don't mind keep communicating with your team.

Thanks for your effort!

Regards
Kason

Modelur Team's picture

Hi Kason,

thank you for your feedback! I propose we discuss feature suggestions at our forum (http://forum.modelur.com/).

But for the sake of completeness of this discussion, let's finish what we started here. If I understand correctly, you want to see how much each land use contributes to FAR (both in absolute and relative terms)? If so, the easiest option is to export urban control indicators to .csv (Modelur UI menu > File > Export Urban Control Values...), select all options and open the file in a spreadsheet software (eg. LibreOffice). Inthere you will find all the data you need to do just that, including how much of Gross Floor Area each Land Use contributes to the whole development.

Hope that helps?

Best,
Jernej

PS: We are also accepting Beta invitation requests, where we are also sending out a few polls where registered users have an option to vote on Modelur's top priority missing features + add their suggestions... If interested, you can join by registering at our website (http://modelur.com).

Barry C's picture

very interested if free please.

Modelur Team's picture

Hi Barry,

the Pre-Beta version of Modelur is free of charge. But we will soon also be releasing closed Beta, for which you can apply at modelur.com.

atek s's picture

Hi
Look nice the plugin i have question regarding this plugin
For big project i have select each time the face and create the building from modelur icon can we select all or many faces and then create modelur random size for all the face small big average random shape building size can we?

Modelur Team's picture

Hi Atek,

thank you for your comment. You can select many faces and press create building icon, which creates many buildings, all at once. There is no generator for random heights, but you can use parametric maps, which we think is far better as you have full control where the buildings should be high and where low (and/or their built-up area). Please check out YouTube video at https://youtu.be/Oe4p0OjCDJw to see how parametric maps work.

If you need any additional information, please post it to our forums at http://forum.modelur.com/

Best regards,
Jernej

Designer P.'s picture

Whilst installing Modelur, a notification popped up that it would have the ability to access the file system on my computer. Can this be avoided?

Modelur Team's picture

Hi Designer P.

This is the default SketchUp message, which shows up every time you install .rbz extension (either from your disk or from here). This happens with all SketchUp Extensions. Any extension you install directly from Extension Warehouse should be pretty safe to use as they are inspected and approved by the SketchUp Team before they appear here.

As for Modelur, it does not touch any file on your computer except Modelur preferences, which are stored in ~AppData/Modelur. This is the standard for all applications. If you need any additional information, please let us know.

Kind regards,
Jernej

Mulugeta W.'s picture

Hello,

Modelur is such a great tool for urban and quick massing exercise. I was very excited and pleased about Modelur until it stopped working. I downloaded it this past Friday and came in to work today (Monday) and the massing information i have created are gone. All the input are working but the survey from Friday are erased. Typically, when you select the created massing, the building info will appear on the building tab but not in my case. I've tried to copy and paste the massing in a new file but same outcome. If I create a new massing Modelur works just fine but I am not sure how long until the information is gone. If you have any idea please help! thank you.

Modelur Team's picture

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PROBLEM SOLUTION:

Hi Mulugeta,

thank you for sending us your file. We have identified the problem - you've put Modelur buildings into your own group. This is why Modelur cannot find them when initialized. You can easily solve this problem - just need to move Modelur buildings out of any group (they need to be on 'root' level), save the model and reopen it.

Best regards,
Jernej

yax y's picture

Hi Guys,

I probably am thinking outta my skull right now, but I feel that Modelur since the day it came out has been the most intuitive parametric modeller for Sketchup. Speaking from an architectural point of view, Modelur would have been the bridge between Sketchup and Layout and perhaps with a little work could be the best design management plugin out there because it can send out parametric reporting and so on. Imagine if one could print out in excel all the needed parameters as quantities, or schedules for buildings straight out from Sketchup, Imagine if one could use Modelur side by side with Dibac plugin, Vali architect plugin, 1001bit or even Skeng. Imaging creating roof members from roof mass but with a unique design. Modelur could have many sub functions for example it makes me feel like I can create dynamic components on the fly simply because its visual. When I see Modelur, I see a plugin that can take on Visualarq and Grasshopper plugins for Rhino 3d. It has serious potential. The fact that it was built with urban design in mind would give it an extra edge as a parametric program, the fact that Sketchup now has IFC capabilities simply means that BIM has finally landed on Sketchup but without the boredom. Its not the easiest thing to write codes and create programs and you guys may not see what I am seeing but if you do launch a Kickstarter or Indiegogo you probably would get support to help bring this plugin to its full potential.

Best regards

Modelur Team's picture

Hi yax y,

thank you very much for your kind review and a vision of what Modelur might become! We are always open for suggestions - in the end, this is exactly why we are releasing pre-beta versions of Modelur.

Although we already have plans to add some more funcionality prior to releasing the first full version, it is always to hear what others have to say... If interested, we can continue this discussion on our forum or through e-mail correspondence - please feel free to contact us!

Best regards,
Jernej

zou y's picture

为什么我安装以后点击初始化没有反应

ed A.'s picture

Amazing extension, makes things so much easier! Thanks for all your hard work, cant wait for the commercial version.

NGUYENCUONG's picture

good

It's really usefull extension, thank's! One recommendation: a number of apartments should be calculated by NFA, not by GFA.

Modelur Team's picture

Hi Ivan,

thanks for the suggestion - we have created a new ticket. You can expect this feature in one of the next releases of Modelur!

Best regards,
Jernej Vidmar

PS: In the future, we invite anyone who wants to send us some suggestion to use our forum: http://forum.modelur.com/.

Gary S's picture

This is an amazing plugin and can't wait for the commercial version.

Ive been using it for testing massing model alternatives for high rise projects

Highly recommended

Modelur Team's picture

Hi Gary,

thanks for a first comment and a positive review! If you have some suggestions on how to improve Modelur even further, please let us know.

Best regards,
Jernej Vidmar

Size:
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MODELUR (Urban Design) (0.5.0); May 31, 2016
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