Inventory3D - inventory planning


Inventory3D is a versatile tool for inventory, planning, design, space and assets management within SketchUp. Take inventory management: Error-prone databases which contain faulty inventory lists can be deleterious, especially in large industry environments. Thus, it is essential that upon inventory changing databases are regularly updated. Such inventory taking is time consuming and tedious. Inventory3D provides a simple but powerful tool that links data records from objects listed in a database to the 3D graphical representation of said objects in 3D space of SketchUp.

Once linked to your database entries with the graphics in the SketchUp model, export the model and view it within a virtual reality background such as Google Earth; or use it with Augmented Reality tools in the field; or import the model to CAD in 2D or 3D. Inventory3D may contribute to significantly improve your space and assets management, not only in a large industry setup, but also on a smaller scale.

Besides inventory management, Inventory3D also provides improved opportunities for planning and designing: While you design your model in SketchUp, Inventory3D automatically counts all the components currently present in the model, including dynamic components. Along with the component count, the Bill of Materials lists the price per item, the subtotal and the total price. The Bill of Materials can be exported to Excel and used for accounting, for example.

How is database synchronization achieved?

Databases with inventory lists as well as 3D shapes with pictures are uploaded in two separate windows into SketchUp. Individual database entries are then manually marked in 3D space, on the image by a simple drag and drop procedure. Once all relevant objects within the image are marked, the SketchUp file is saved for future inventory updates.

Why is this great?

Database synchronization by Inventory3D creates a precise reality snapshot with a concrete time stamp. When the inventory of a synchronized database changes, said changes can easily be implemented into the stored 3D view. Accordingly, once changes in a real situation occurs, said changes can easily be implemented in the linked database. Due to the information saved in the earlier snapshot, the inventory either way, can be performed much quicker and more efficiently. After all, database fidelity is significantly augmented by Inventory3D.
Upon database synchronization, the file export function is especially useful, because this enables the view of your SketchUp model in a virtual or augmented reality setup, for example in Google Earth or AR tools. Within Google Earth your GPS-data may help you to correctly position your model. That you may see all changes and adjustments you made within SketchUp immediately in the virtual reality setup of Google Earth or AR tools – giving you completely new opportunities and versatility for space and assets planning and management.

Possible applications

Inventory3D is currently used by the telecommunications industry, tower companies, PV system producers and organizers of expo shops (see here). Generally, the application areas of Inventory3D include

  • inventory management
  • facility management
  • improved visualization
  • maintenance management
  • move management
  • safety and security (fire protection, public security, evacuation routing)
  • condition assessment
  • interior space analysis (organizational, operations, leasing, etc.)
  • and many more!
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