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Rendezvous with Guillaume Godin, the Google featured Geo Modeler
1. Hello Guillaume Godin! Welcome to the space of SketchUp. Please introduce yourself to our readers.
Hi to all SketchUp UR Space readers & team, my name is Guillaume, I'm 34 years old from Montreal Quebec.
I've been using SketchUp since 2005 and I like to focus a lot in photo textures building for Google Earth.
2. You had studies administration. Then how did you find SketchUp?
One of my friends was using my computer to browse the internet and he found SketchUp by mistake. He started playing with it; right away it caught my attention and I coul'nt wait to try it myself.
3. You are one of the few Google recognized geo modelers. How was your first feeling after getting the applause from Google in the official blog?
4. Why do you prefer to design in SketchUp?
I've been trying some other platform like "Blender", "3Ds max" and "Python" without reaching any of my goals EVER because they are really hard to use. Since I never have studied in 3d modeling, I always came back very fast with SketchUp.
5. According to you what is the importance of geo modeling to the general people?
I think that geo modeling brings a good preview to recognize a place you need to go; Let's say for a job interview to make sure you're on time (sometimes in downtown, addresses really don't follow clearly), or a glimpse of the place where you plan to move and finally, before you travel somewhere, being able to spot the nicest and most popular places to visit in a particular city.
6. What is your fist SketchUp Model? We would love to hear from you about the very first experience.
My very first experience was in 2005, I was janitor in a 55 apartments building downtown Montreal; I started to model my own apartment, then all the others in the building, published them in the Google 3D warehouse to make them available for virtual visits & also created walktrough animation...I was saving a lot of time finding future tenants really interested with the configuration of the apartments.
7. You have uploaded 160 models to Warehouse and 73 models are already accepted. What is your secret of being a successful geo modeler?
Anybody can make a simple box, using one picture per face, which make it looks very bad if you look at it from different perspectives. What I’m doing is like a 3D puzzle using all street view images for a single face. I also try to add a little special feature to all my models for Google Earth.
8. People call you a true professional. How do you get the title?
To be honest, I wasn’t aware that people call me a true professional but I'm really flattered.
9. Tell us something about your geo modeling experience?
I like to give visibility to a certain building just because I like it, I live in it, the place where I work or simply because it's a place in my neighborhood...There is always something really personal about why I choose to model one place or another.
10. What is your favorite city/building among your creations? What is so special about that?
My favorite work with SketchUp is "La place d'Youville" ...That's the best quality of buildings I've done to match street view versus the 3d models in Google Earth.
11. 3D modeling of which building is the most challenging so far?
12. If you will be given an option to make 3D model of any particular city of your choice, which city it will be and why?
Of course it would be Montreal because I live here so I could use more options than street view, have a walk around with my camera, take my own pictures and even meet in person owners to have details about the building I'm reproducing.
13. What is your inspiration of doing geo modeling on Google Earth?
My biggest inspiration of doing geo modeling on Google Earth is the fact that there is still so much left to be done and because millions of G-E users can see my work.
14. How do you like to see SketchUp develop in future days?
I hope SketchUp will develop more rendering plug-ins for Mac and I hope that really good looking & detailed models will be easier hosted by G-E servers.
15. Please give some tips to the budding SketchUp geo modeler.
The best advice I could give to any geo modeler is to use all the tools (street view available directly in SketchUp) and get information on the net as much as possible about the building you're about to model to make it as real as possible.
16. What is your advice to the team of Sketchup ur Space?
The only advice I would give to the team of Sketchup ur Space is to publish a monthly paper magazine available everywhere to help familiarize all generations with SketchUp; personally I would be the first to buy it.
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