For all acoustical simulations you will need to import a geometry into ODEON. The geometry can be modeled in many different 3D programs. Normally we recommend using SketchUp, since it is the easiest to work with together with ODEON, but a range of other software work as well.
Importing SketchUp models to ODEON with SU2Odeon
SketchUp is a very simple and easy-to-use software for designing architectural geometries. Add in our very own free plugin “SU2Odeon”, and you are able to take geometries created in SketchUp and import them into ODEON. This is the simplest and most reliable method to import models into ODEON, to then start simulating acoustics.
SketchUp beginner tutorial: How to make an auditorium model
SketchUp is a 3D modelling software that works well with ODEON.
SketchUp is our most recommended 3D modelling software for designing and exporting geometries into ODEON. This is especially straightforward through our own SU2Odeon (SketchUp-to-ODEON) plug-in. Therefore, knowing how to use SketchUp will come in handy for doing room acoustic simulations in ODEON.
This is a compilation of a tutorial series that was originally split into 3 parts, now put together into a single video, with enhanced visuals and audio.
0:11 Starting a new project in SketchUp
1:20 Adjusting the interface
2:13 Navigation tools (orbit, hand, select, zoom)
3:22 Preview of the final auditorium model
5:55 Making the floor with a rectangle
7:25 Making a box with the push-pull tool
8:20 Defining and hiding layers
9:56 Setting up guides
11:26 Setting up divide points
13:44 Drawing the stairs in 2D
16:13 Copying 2D drawing
17:06 Extruding the stairs with the push-pull tool
18:16 Tips for designing audience area for simulation
19:33 Designing audience area
24:06 Designing auditorium desk
Using Sketchup together with ODEON
SU2ODEON not only allows to export Sketchup models into ODEON, but even use both programs simultaneously and easily update changes! This makes it easier than ever to change the geometry while working with the acoustic simulations in ODEON.
Importing DXF files into ODEON
Learn how to import DXF files from a CAD program into ODEON and fix problems with the geometry.
0:11 Importing the full DXF file
1:49 Importing a refined DXF file
3:23 Using layers
4:07 Patching missing surfaces with ODEON
6:19 3D rendered view
IFC BIM, to SketchUp, to ODEON
By combining SketchUp with the IFC plug-in and the SU2Odeon plug-in, it is possible to take building information models, import them into SketchUp, remove small unnecessary details, and then import it into ODEON. The different elements in the model will be grouped in layers, allowing you to easily assign materials to all elements of the same type, i.e.: concrete to all walls, or wood to all doors.
How to Export from AutoDesk REVIT for use in Odeon
This video shows how a 3D geometry can be exported from AutoDesk Revit and imported into the Room Acoustics Software ODEON.
0:45 Exporting the REVIT model
2:17 Importing the model into ODEON
3:27 Viewing the imported model
4:43 Patching missing geometry within ODEON