The Medeek Foundation Plugin

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Introduction

Welcome to the documentation for the Medeek Foundation Plugin. The Medeek Foundation Plugin is a SketchUp Plugin that provides a simple interface for creating accurate 3D foundation and footing geometry within SketchUp. This plugin utilizes the SketchUp Ruby API programming interface and is compatible with the latest SketchUp releases (SketchUp Make 2017 64-bit and SketchUp Pro 2017 64-bit) as well as previous versions (2013, 2014, 2015,2016).

What Can You Do with the Medeek Foundation Plugin

Currently, the plugin allows the creation of the following foundation types (Metric and US/Imperial):

Footing types: Engineering (US/Imperial): All foundation types are drawn/designed utilizing industry standard practices. Additional foundation types and footings are in the process of being added. Custom layers can be enabled in the global settings which allow concrete, rebar and wood framing to be placed on specific layers. Rebar or mesh, foundation vents and anchor bolts are optional elements.

The plugin allows the user to create either an rectangular or irregular (polygon) shaped foundation plan. When the rectangular foundation is selected the outline is defined by simply selecting three points which form the bounding rectangle (bldg. width x bldg. length) of the foundation.



     

With the Medeek Foundation Plugin, you can accurately depict typical concrete foundations, footings and flatwork within SketchUp and better validate your architectural models.

Engineering

The Foundation Plugin is in the process of being integrated with the Medeek Footing Calculator and will be able to provide engineering data for specific common footing types. For additional engineering tools and site criteria maps please visit our Resources page.

Audience

This document is intended for architects, engineers, designers and homeowners who are using SketchUp as their primary 3D design tool. It provides an introduction to using the plugin and reference material on the available parameters/options for its use.

License and Limits of Use

The Medeek Foundation Plugin is a proprietary softare developed for use with the SketchUp 3D modeling program. There are currently no limits to its use for both personal and commercial applications.

Design Parameters - Foundation Geometry

The following items are typical design parameters than can be modified by the user to define the foundation geometry during the creation process (Slab on Grade):

Additional parameters and options are available for other foundation and footing types.

Download Trial

The trial version of the plugin has all the features of the full plugin however the width of the foundation or footing may be limited to a specific range of values.

Please download the trial plugin at the following link (plugin serial number is "TRIAL"):

Purchase

The full version is an unrestricted, permanent license for both commercial and personal use. Installation on up to (5) separate machines per licensed copy is allowed.

Free upgrades to the latest version of the plugin can be downloaded at any time, within one year of purchase, by logging into the Account Manager.

Please do not redistribute unlicensed copies of the plugin. Download of the plugin is available immediately after purchase.

Purchase the full plugin ($10.00) at the following link:

Please login to the Account Manager to download the most up-to-date version of the plugin.

Installation

The recent versions of SketchUp allow you to install zipped Ruby files or extensions (.rbz) directly within SketchUp.

To install the Medeek Foundation Plugin (.rbz file format) within SketchUp 2016 or earlier:

  1. Login into your computer as an admin before installing any Ruby scripts. This will make the installation go more smoothly and ensure that files get installed in the proper places.
  2. Within SketchUp select Window > Preferences (Microsoft Windows) or SketchUp > Preferences (Mac OS X). The Preferences dialog box is displayed.
  3. Click on Extensions. The Extensions panel is displayed.
  4. Click on the Install Extension button. The Open dialog box is displayed.
  5. Locate the Ruby zip file to install (.rbz).
  6. Click on the Open button. SketchUp will install the extension and display a security prompt.
  7. The plugin will display a prompt for your plugin serial number (default value is "TRIAL") if this is a new installation.
  8. The Medeek Foundation Plugin will now appear in the list of available extensions.

To install the Medeek Foundation Plugin (.rbz file format) within SketchUp 2017:

  1. Login into your computer as an admin before installing any Ruby scripts. This will make the installation go more smoothly and ensure that files get installed in the proper places.
  2. Within SketchUp select Window > Extension Manager (Microsoft Windows) or SketchUp > Extension Manager (Mac OS X). The Extension Manager dialog box is displayed.
  3. Click on the Install Extension button. The Open dialog box is displayed.
  4. Locate the Ruby zip file to install (.rbz).
  5. Click on the Open button. SketchUp will install the extension and display a security prompt.
  6. The plugin will display a prompt for your plugin serial number (default value is "TRIAL") if this is a new installation.
  7. The Medeek Foundation Plugin will now appear in the list of available extensions.

The current Medeek Foundation Plugin menu has seven icons or sub-menus:



The available items are the following:

  1. Draw Stemwall Foundation:
  2. Draw Slab on Grade:
  3. Draw Slab:
  4. Draw Column Footing:
  5. Draw Strip Footing:
  6. Engineering Calculations:
  7. Change Global Settings:
Note, some menus may show additional items that are either under construction or planned for future releases.

Video Tutorials

Video tutorials are not yet available for this plugin. Sample SketchUp models related to these tutorials files can be downloaded here.

Support

View the Medeek Foundation Plugin Manual for detailed information on the plugin and its usage.

Updates

The current version of the Medeek Foundation Plugin is 1.0.9 - revision date: 03.25.2017.

View the Medeek Foundation Plugin Changlog for more information on updates to this plugin.

The plugin will automatically check for an updated version once a month. The frequency of the "check for updates" can be set in the global settings or disabled entirely.

For a more in depth look at the development of the plugin and related discussions please visit the Medeek Forum.

WARNING: The Medeek Foundation Plugin is currently under development. The user may encounter unintended behavior due to the addition of new features on a daily basis. Always backup your data to separate file names to provide redundancy in case of file corruption or other data loss scenarios.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Medeek Foundation Plugin please call us at 1-425-420-5715.


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