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The EAATC Fire Station 3D Modeling - How To

Introduction


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  The EAATC has always been dedicated following and documenting the current status of both the Minneapolis and St. Paul fire departments. But equally true is our interest and dedication to the preserving the historical information of both.

The process mainly has been photographic, visualized data presentation and graphic mapping. The existence of the physical resources of the departments is a prime source for the 'current' information. Apparatus and stations are the primary physical properties.

However when dealing with the historical resources, both former apparatus and former stations have been some what well documented. But the actual older apparatus and former stations are a 'dying breed'.

In November, 2007 I created the first of our now 35 fire station 3D models (StPFD Stn 3), in an attempt to 'preserve' (in some manner) a historic old former station modeled as it was 'built'. If one desired to physically visit the former stations sites, and view the buildings, the choices are very limited.

Of our 35 models only 12 (in both cities) of the actual stations still exist. And of those 12 only 4 of them remain semi-unmodified from how they appeared 'when built' (MFD 5c & 13b, StPFD 19b & 21a).

So, you desire to 'visit' one of these old former station? A 3D model of how it was built may be your only choice.

My own 'expedition' into 3D modeling was at first an unknown excursion. I'm already 66 years of age, and have no idea how many more of the models I will produce, another 35 I hope. Come what may, my own dedication is to only model fire stations. I have desired for some time to share my process for the modeling with all. I have no secrets, tricks, or other unknowns. Just hard work.

Therefore I present here the COMPLETE modeling process I perform in the hoped anticipation that it may spur the interest of others to take up the interest and the 'cause'.


 
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How To model Former St. Paul Fire Station 14 (b)

Link to this station on the Trimble 3D Warehouse

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St. Paul Former Station 14 (b) Information and Photos


Network Link to the stations final .kmz file

This stations final SketchUp .skp file

This stations final 'unpainted' SketchUp .skp file



 
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The 3D modeling process 'How To'...


Part I of our 'How To' takes you from... (go to)

A totally blank page...   A dimensioned model building with two 8-sided roofed hose towers, with 8 louvered 'windows' and a chimney
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Part II of our 'How To' takes you from... (go to)

A dimensioned model building with two 8-sided roofed hose towers, with 8 louvered 'windows' and a chimney   A model with a complete fire escape, and a sloped, peaked parapeted roof. A Watch Office having a profiled roof soffit. And a set of entrance steps.

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Part III of our 'How To' takes you from... (go to)

A model with a complete fire escape, and a sloped, peaked parapeted roof. A Watch Office having a profiled roof soffit. And a set of entrance steps.

  Numerous extrusions on station front around apparatus door areas. Near rooftop extrusions on station front and side. Raw layout, and completed brick arch for double front windows. The FIRE STATION extrusion with 3D indented text.

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Part IV of our 'How To' takes you from... (go to)

Numerous extrusions on station front around apparatus door areas. Near rooftop extrusions on station front and side. Raw layout, and completed brick arch for double front windows. The FIRE STATION extrusion with 3D indented text.

  Numerous differently sized windows and brick arches on the sides and rear, including a hay loft door and I-beam in the rear. Four entrance doors with arches on side an rear.

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Part V of our 'How To' takes you from... (go to)

Numerous differently sized windows and brick arches on the sides and rear, including a hay loft door and I-beam in the rear. Four entrance doors with arches on side an rear.

  The final UNPAINTED version.

Including window sill extrusions, a center front 4-panel window, flashings over Watch Office roof, lanterns on station front, 3D text over apparatus doors and the app doors themselves, kick plate base extrusions surrounding the base, and door and scuttle hole cover for Hose Tower.

Also the station height off the ground was adjusted, the side entrance steps and door removed. A new side entrance door was added.

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Part VI of our 'How To' takes you from... (go to)

The final UNPAINTED version.

Including window sill extrusions, a center front 4-panel window, flashings over Watch Office roof, lanterns on station front, 3D text over apparatus doors and the app doors themselves, kick plate base extrusions surrounding the base, and door and scuttle hole cover for Hose Tower.

Also the station height off the ground was adjusted, the side entrance steps and door removed. A new side entrance door was added.

  Paint recessed 3D text, 'Yellow' the concrete, the walls, chimney, and front lanterns.

Paint the Tower roofs and Watch Office roof. Use a custom paint texture. Paint the Fire Escape.

Paint all the brick arches, and all doors and windows. 'Pave' the front apparatus apron, and 'plant' grass.

The FINAL fully painted version!

Export the model to Trimble 3D Warehouse

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St. Paul Former Station 14 (b) Modeling Illustrated

In late January, 2013 we began development of our 35th Fire Station model, that of the StPFD Former Station 14 (b). That stations location is at #91 N. Snelling Ave, in St. Paul, Minnesota. The building (although altered) is exists.

That station was this authors 'home' station when I was a much younger man. After 34 other fire station models I thought it might be interesting to some to explain our process used to produce these models.

You can model this very same station, and follow along with the examples, or, model your own house, or other building of your choice. If you follow along and build this station with me, I'd be very interested to view your results.

We are going to model ONLY the outside of the building. Doing a full inside/out structure requires a much more significant level of complexity when dealing with 3D drawing.


If you have questions or comments about this explanation go to our USER FORUMS and leave your questions.

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Model along with me, and then model your own home station and then submit it to the Trimble 3D Warehouse







This example of the use of Trimble SketchUp were created by:
D. B. Freedman, EAATC Webmaster
 
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