Development and Updates for the Medeek Project Plugin

Started by Medeek, March 16, 2019, 10:51:52 AM

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First look at the icons for the Medeek Project extension:





This plugin is the administrative plugin that will bring a number of tasks together in the mdkBIM suite.

Planned modules and tools:

- Medeek Project:  Project Info, Design Criteria, Levels
- Medeek Documents:  Scenes, DXF, PDF (removed from Wall plugin)
- Medeek Estimator (removed from Wall plugin)
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.

Medeek

This plugin will be essentially the command and control center for the mdkBIM suite.  The other plugins are there to create and edit the geometry, specializing in their specific niches while this plugin will contain the tools that works across all three plugins, bringing everything together.

There is so much work to be done to make all of this a reality.  I don't even take weekends or vacations off anymore.  My last coding break was in September, during the SketchUp Basecamp.  I won't take a break from the code until I have completed what I set out to accomplish or I fall out of my chair trying.
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.

Medeek

I've started working on this new plugin again after a three year hiatus.

The goal is to move the estimating module from the Wall plugin as well as the trimming tools from the Truss plugin.

However, before I do that I am working on creating a layer control feature within this new plugin which will allow one to quickly modify the visibility of the various Medeek layers within one's model.  This tool will be called "Layer Control".
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.

Medeek

Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.

Medeek

After a little shuffling and moving things about, this is what we have so far for the Project plugin toolbars:



Note that we've moved the estimating module and the documents module from the Wall plugin and the trimming tools from the Truss plugin.

The Project Info icon currently doesn't do anything.  I am going to put some careful thought into how I want that interface to look and function. 

I am now working on the Layer Control tool, this will also involve necessary updates to the all of the plugins for it to work correctly (ie. Wall, Truss, Foundation and Electrical).
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.

Medeek

First look at the Layer Control tool and its HTML menu:



Fairly simple really.  Just a bunch of sliders that allow one to incrementally change the visibility of the layers of the plugins.

I now need to add in a visibility option/integer for each layer in each plugin which can be adjusted within the global settings of each plugin.
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.

Medeek

Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.

Medeek

Another look, this time with walls and a truss roof:

Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.

Medeek

Electrical and Foundations are now enabled with Layer Control:



I only need to update the global settings of the Truss, Foundation and Electrical plugins.
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.

Medeek

I've officially released the plugin now.  However I do consider it still in BETA since I have not yet added the Project Info tool:

http://design.medeek.com/resources/medeekprojectplugin.pl

I think it would be very useful if one could input the project address and then have it not only pinpoint the lat and long but also give the elevation and the site criteria at that location (ie. Seismic, Snow Loads, and Wind Speeds.)

Granted this would probably only work fully for locations in the United States and possibly Canada but I think it would be a useful feature.

**Version 1.0.0** - 01.11.2023

- Created the Medeek Project Plugin, utilizing SketchUp's Ruby API.

http://design.medeek.com/resources/projectpluginchangelog.html

Also note that if you purchase the mdkBIM bundle today it will include a license/serial for the following plugins:

Wall, Truss, Foundation, Floor and Project

Since the Floor plugin is not yet complete you will not be able to download and install this unreleased plugin but all of the others are available.

Also note that the price of the mdkBIM bundle has not increased.
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.

Medeek

I think I will use the Global Settings as my HTML template for the Project Info tool.  I've already established the look and feel with the global settings so why not stick with what is tried and true.

I can then have multiple pages, the first few that come to mind are:

1.) Location:  Name, Address, Lat. and Long. and Elevation

2.) Seismic

3.) Wind

4.) Snow

5.) EOR:  Engineer of Record - This information will be used to populate the title block for the PDF reports created by the site criteria from above.

Thoughts?

P.S.
Right now I am putting my focus back onto the Floor plugin but I would like to at least push out Item #1 above so that the tool has something more than an icon in the main toolbar that does nothing.
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.

Medeek

Version 1.0.1 - 01.14.2023
- Added the Grid Tool to the main toolbar.
- Enabled a parametric grid tool with major and minor grid lines.







I'm a huge fan of the free Grid Tool provided by SketchUp in the Extension Warehouse.  However my only one complaint is that with a grid like this it is hard to visually tell how many units over you are when trying to measure out a house or any other structure.  After giving it some thought, I concluded that major grid lines would go a long way in alleviating this one deficiency.

I also thought it would be nice to include a grid tool in the plugin since it would eliminate the user from having to go out and install yet another plugin (ie. the SU Grid Tool) from the warehouse. 

I've created an updated version of this classic plugin by adding in major grid lines (that default to 4 feet and minor grid lines that default to 1 foot).  Currently these settings are hard coded into the tool however one can easily edit a grid once created and modify both minor and major grid line parameters in both the x and y directions.  I will eventually add a global settings tab for this tool so one can set the global defaults.
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.

Medeek

#12
First look at the project info tool:



I still have some major changes for the General tab.  First and foremost I want to try to incorporate an interactive Google Maps window with a button to auto-geo locate based on the address that is input by the user.  Then also have the ability to zoom the map as necessary and refine the geo-location on the map.  Using the Google maps API I should be able to get the lat, long and elevation (which will be important for the determination of other site criteria).

I've already done a good bit of programming using the Google API's on my website (running on my server) but this is something a bit new so I'm still uncertain if it will work within SketchUp.  This should prove to be interesting.
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.

Medeek

Version 1.0.2 - 01.16.2023
- Added the General Data tab to the Project Information tool.
- Enabled a dynamic map (with geolocation) within the General Data tab of the Project Information tool.



This new feature is quite experimental so I am hoping for some feedback on it.
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.

Medeek

Version 1.0.2c - 01.17.2023
- Fixed a namespace bug with the Grid Tool.
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson, P.E.