SketchUp Rendering Case Study, RSD / Total Controls

Tyrone Tucker from RSD / Total Controls recently shared his experience with ArielVision, a Render Plus rendering extension for SketchUp. Tyrone incorporates completed renderings into a browser enabled interface for his customers.

In Tyrone’s own words: I work for RSD / Total Controls. We provide parts and smarts for the HVAC and Refrigeration industry. In the Total Control division we build 508 UL listed industrial control panels and provide control systems for Building Automation.
This includes controls for operating:

  • Air Conditioning Units
  • Fan Coils
  • VAV’s
  • Chillers
  • Boilers
  • Pumps
  • Built Up Systems, and others

The information is networked back to a head end device called a Supervisory Controller. The end user can access the system locally or remotely over the Internet with any web browser. The interface enables a view of the graphic images that I rendered. For example, below is a stacked view of a building in Los Angeles, CA. I created the model with SketchUp and renderings with ArielVision.


Finding a Rendering Program

A few years ago I knew that I needed a rendering application to present drawings in our control systems. I searched the web and found a lot options. I wasn’t completely sure about my requirements for renderings because I was also new to computer modeling. I reviewed most of the rendering software and found that a lot of them ran outside of SketchUp and required an export of the models. I knew I didn’t want that complication if it could be avoided. Then I came across ArielVision. The software is fully integrated into SketchUp. A free 30 days trial is available and even in trial modeI can create renderings at any resolution. I just installed ArielVision and started rendering, that quick. I started by using preset options and WOW! the renderings I got were awesome! After a few weeks of rendering I purchased ArielVision and have be using it ever since.

Examples of the Renderings Used as Interactive Images


Basement – Modeled with SketchUp and Rendered with ArielVision


First Floor – Modeled with SketchUp and Rendered with ArielVision


Second Floor – Modeled with SketchUp and Rendered with ArielVision


Third Floor – Modeled with SketchUp and Rendered with ArielVision

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