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Thank you for the prompt response and clarification. I purchased your book 2nd edition (kindle so I can get a jump on it before the hardcover arrives). I like having hard copies of books in my office for reference just like my codebooks (NFPA-70, 72, 101, IBC etc). A little background: I own a fire alarm contracting business in the Northeast where I perform Design, Install, Service, Monitoring and Inspections. I hold a Nicet IV in fire alarm systems and I design code-compliant fire alarm systems for a few MEP firms, EC’s, Architects & Integrators both locally and throughout the country. I took AutoCAD MEP and built my set of fire alarm devices (dynamic intelligent blocks) and built auto calculating sheets to perform accurate voltage drop calcs and have info then populate an excel sheet I pre-formatted to get batt calcs going. When I saw your product for SketchUp I immediately saw the value in automation. My application will be to show clients and AHJ’s proposed fire alarm device placement (actual renderings) and how a white notification device can blend seamlessly into their building as opposed to a device that is red. If you ever need a fire alarm designer I am probably taking SketchUp much further than I need however I want to ready to go in case some consultants start requesting 3d plans. So if you ever need a fire alarm designer who goes above and beyond, let me know I can send over some sample FA drawings. My father wants to build a new garage and I used Sketchup and Lumion to really drive the look home and I am trying to use the Condoc way to make the process more streamlined.

Back on track. The two chapters I have found the most helpful are chapters 16 and 17 in your book specifically where figure 17.35 begins. This is where the light bulb clicked. The series of steps outlined in Layering and Organization is critical. I just fired up SketchUp, brought in the MOG tool and just did an exterior wall perimeter, punched a hole for a door, and did the same for an interior wall. Grouped the exterior wall and assigned it to “Location_Exterior, Did the same for interior walls (“Location_Interior”). Then selected both groups of walls (interior and exterior) and made that a group and assigned it to the “Element_Walls” layer. Then drilled into each group individually and assigned each to the respective Condition_ layers. I tested this by during off each respective layer (tag) and watch as the MOG tool turned off the “switches” By the way the series of switches explained in your book and resources on the site are excellent. After doing the procedure above the almost traditional way ( I brought in the MOG tool to quickly make the layers and test functionality) I now understand how the MOG tool is going to save a tremendous amount of time and will always ensure you are in the correct “Container”. For me to gain a complete understanding was the combination of taking the SKFP course, watching the Condoc tutorials and the missing ingredient for me was the book (2nd edition) and I found this out by going to the  Pro Resources, Learn, Knowledge Base, and going through all the information.

I definitely look forward to the YouTube renovation project and will check it out when available for sure.

As for the GPU, I had an EVGA 2080Ti Ultra completely water-cooled EKWB blocks (custom loop). The 3080 has less VRAM than the 2080Ti so that is really not ideal especially in Photoshop, AfterEffects, & Lumion but the 3090 with that 24GB of VRAM really gets put the work and it’s a substantial difference. I managed to grab an Asus Tuf 3090 on Newegg Business at retail because there was no way I was paying scalper prices. I happened to be there looking for higher capacity NVME M.2 drives and for giggles, I typed in 3090 and was able to add it to the cart and check out. I was shocked. I am still awaiting the block from EKWB for it so right now it’s on Air which I am actually impressed with how well it does with temps on air. Never see more than 70c. I have two builds and this one is sitting in a ThermalTake View 91 Case and I did a two-loop system and piped in all the hard tubes for the CPU which is under water. I hoping for a 60C temp on the GPU and then I can start overclocking it a bit.

Anyway, thank you Michael for the information!