What is Modelur?
Modelur is an easy-to-use, yet very powerful parametric urban design software tool, developed to help you quickly create conceptual urban massing. It calculates key urban control parameters on the fly (e.g. FAR or required number of parking lots), delivering important information while design is still evolving. This way it fosters well-informed decision making during the earliest stages, when design decisions have the highest impact.
Modelur was built with one goal in mind – to provide the designers with an easy to use parametric urban design tool everyone can use. This results in carefully selected set of functionalities that help you achieve more accurate results in less than 1/2 of time needed when compared to traditional methods.
Work directly inside zoning rules
Modelur is the first application that incorporates an all-new design method, which creates an interactive solution space that adapts each building to already known zoning rules such as allowed building heights or land uses. This rewards you with instant feedback, making it super easy to see how zoning rules actually affect each building at specific location and making sure that each building complies with (municipality’s) zoning rules at the same time.
Quickly assess design alternatives
Thanks to the increased productivity, you can quickly create, compare and evaluate different design alternatives and scenarios. Having both, quantitative and qualitative (visual 3D) data at your hands when making decisions, you can easily validate different design proposals against the requirements and make sure the best solution is chosen for further development.
Make well-informed decisions
Modelur continuously calculates key development parameters while you design, empowering you to make well-informed decisions from the onset of your project. At the same time, it also automatically detects if the design is in conflict with zoning rules and constraints. Having all this information at hand helps you make sure the right decisions are made and increases the confidence in your project.
Focus on design, not numbers
Using Modelur you gain the freedom to focus on conceptual urban design and let the computer crunch the numbers for you, in real-time. Calculated urban parameters can be displayed on screen at all times, empowering you to easily pursue development goals. Each design change is reflected automatically and immediately in numbers.
Easily model the development in 3D according to specified goals just by adjusting selected key parameters. With Modelur, buildings are more than a mere collection of 3D faces. They can be edited directly by specifying building’s end values, such as number of storeys or gross floor area. This enables you to streamline your workflow and quickly iterate over design variations rather than tiresomely repeat manual editing and recalculation over and over again.
Massing results on the fly
Monitor key urban parameters in real time! Modelur calculates floor area ratio, required parking lots and many more on the fly, giving you constant overview of achieved development goals. The values can be shown directly inside 3D viewport bringing you the freedom to comfortably model the development. Control over key parameters from the start of your project, while the design is still evolving, promotes well-informed decision making.
Real-time visualisation of urban design conflicts
Get notified when your design is in conflict with urban constraints set by the municipality zoning ordinance plan. Modelur is able to automatically warn you when the site coverage or floor area ratio is exceeded and when two buildings are placed too close together.
Mixed use buildings
Creating mixed use buildings is as easy as playing with plasti-bricks. Combine buildings of several land uses into a single unit. Modelur will calculate urban parameters for each land use separately, as well as the aggregate for the whole building. The mixed use building can be modelled parametrically as any Modelur building. The colour of each building part is set according to its land use, so it it easy to see the land use of each part.
Fixed boundary conditions, yet flexible solution space
Meet municipality zoning rules easier than ever before! Modelur’s unique ability to automatically adapt each building to predefined set of zoning rules, such as land uses or allowed building heights, allows you to quickly create several design alternatives and enables you to explore possible solutions directly within boundary conditions set by municipality’s zoning ordinance plan.
Urban parameters export
Export urban parameters of your proposed development to the external file for use in your favorite spreadsheet software. CSV, Excel or Google Docs spreadsheets (an exclusive Beta feature!) are all supported. The exported data include gross floor area, net floor area, built-up area, site coverage, FAR, required parking lots, number of apartments and many more. If any part of the development is later modified, a new spreadsheet is only a mouse click away.
Custom Land Use types
Define your own land use types, with requirements specific to your needs (e.g. set how required parking lots are calculated). Or simply choose one of the pre-defined land-use types, already built into Modelur (residential, service and industry). The colour of each building is set according to its land use, making it super easy to visualise land use distribution not only as a 2D plan, but also as volumes occupying the 3D environment.
Internationalization with multilingual support
Currently you can use Modelur in Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Polish, Portuguese, Slovenian and Spanish language. Other world languages are planned to be added in the long run. User interface is open to customisations and you can add your own language or make translations that suit your needs.
Seamless integration with Trimble SketchUp
Modelur was built from ground-up as an extension for Trimble SketchUp. It is thus seamlessly integrated with SketchUp’s tools and workflow, making it extremely simple and easy to learn and use. What’s best, you can make use of all the benefits that SketchUp has is already offering to improve your model.