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MODELUR (Urban Design Extension)    v2020.00.03

  • Overview
  • Quick Start
  • Documentation
  • Release Notes

Modelur is a parametric urban design tool seamlessly integrated into SketchUp. It helps you quickly create and test different urban design alternatives. In addition to real-time calculation of key urban parameters (eg. FAR, number of apartments, required parking spaces, etc.) it also offers interactive 3D zoning, including warnings when the design is not in line with zoning regulations (eg. buildings are too high or if they are placed too close together, etc.).

You can request a free 21-day trial on our website or inside SketchUp once you install and run Modelur.


  • Boost your productivity (work ~3 times faster, ~5 times more accurately)
  • Work directly inside zoning
  • Quickly assess design alternatives
  • Make well-informed decisions
  • Focus on design, not numbers


  • Seamlessly integrated into SketchUp (making it as simple and intuitive to use)
  • Interactive 3D zoning
  • Parametric buildings (simple and mixed-use)
  • Parametric land uses
  • Real-time calculation of key urban parameters (eg. FAR, site coverage, num. of apartments, required parking spaces, etc.)
  • Export of key urban parameters to CSV (which can be imported in any spreadseet software, eg. Excel)
  • Warnings when certain zoning constraints are not satisfied (eg. FAR is exceeded or buildings are too close together, etc.)
  • Available in several languages

What is Modelur?

Modelur is 3D application for parametric urban design. It is implemented as a plug-in for Trimble SketchUp. To see what exactly Modelur is capable of, we warmly recommend you to take a look at our demo presentation.

Why should I use Modelur?

Main advantage of Modelur, in comparison to other applications, is that it is highly specialized for use in urban design and planning, which leads to great time savings when compared to traditional and CAD tools. Beside the tools that enable parametric design of buildings, it also offers simultaneous calculation of urban control values (for buildings and for whole plot), which makes it not only faster to design but it also reduces chances of making mistakes.

What do I need to start using Modelur?

To use Modelur you need SketchUp, which is freely available from here. Additionally you have to install Modelur, which you can download here. At the moment Modelur works on the same operation systems as SketchUp - Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X.

Where do I get Modelur?

We are currently in alpha phase of Modelur development. The application will be available publicly when we reach beta version. You are kindly invited to participate in our free PRE-BETA partner programme, which will give you the opportunity to test the application even before we go public.

How much does it cost?

All versions before we reach v 1.0 will be available free of charge.

Are there any minimum system requirements for using Modelur?

Yes. As Modelur relies on some functionality of other software, you should have the following software installed along with it:

  • SketchUp 2014 or later
  • Internet Explorer 10 or later (for Microsoft Windows)
  • Safari 5 or later (for Apple Mac OS X)

How can I help?

First thing that you can do is to spread the word about Modelur. We are also open to your suggestions how to improve the program, which you can send us to suggestions. We are also in the phase of translation of user interface, therefore we would be thankful if you can help us with your knowledge of foreign languages.

Whom Modelur is designed for?

Modelur is basically a tool for urban designers, architects and students of those disciplines as it enables fast investigation of possible solutions in heterogeneous urban situations. Additionally it is also meant to help professionals from other disciplines and investors. Last, but not least, it can be also used by lay public, which represents important part of contemporary urbanism.

Where can I get help if I discover a problem or a bug?

Help is currently available on our forum. If you find a bug, please report it

Can Modelur be extended with additional functionality?

Of course. Flexible design of Modelur engine enables us to adapt it to specific needs. If you need additional functionality, that is not intended to be implemented in some of the future releases, we can prepare individualized software package, which is adapted to your needs. For more information, please contact us

2020.0.03 (GIS RC1) - Enhancement: General improvements to Modelur Parametric Buildings core engine (Clipper). - Enhancement: Import Open Street Map 3D Buildings (note that data is community provided so it is not 100% reliable!). - Enhancement: Added sum of all City Block's plot areas in Land Uses. - Enhancement: Added Land Use Assessed Income parameter. - Enhancement: Improved intersection of Complex Building's Parts. - Enhancement: Show statusbar information on GIS/OSM import progress. - Enhancement: Added function to place all Modelur Buildings onto the terrain (UI > Tools > Place Buildings on Selected Terrain). - Bugfix: Fix storey heights of buildings if they are not defined. - Bugfix: Cut/paste Building Part from Complex Building to model. - Bugfix: Erasing Building Part in Complex Building after undo/redo. - Bugfix: Fix min and max storey settings when randomizing buildings height. - Bugfix: Licensing Modelur for users with non-Chinese character usernames. - Bugfix: Placing GIS imported Complex Buildings onto the 3D terrain.

Modelur 2020.00.02. updates: - Enhancement: Live data connection from Modelur to Excel (Windows only). - Enhancement: Added Split Buildings Tool. - Enhancement: Export Buildings and City Blocks in GeoJSON format. - Enhancement: Display / Export Land Use data in alphabetic order. - Bugfix: Fix importing of GIS polygons that have points closer than 1/1000th of an inch. - Bugfix: Fix loading of SHP files that contain attribute names with non-ascii characters. - Bugfix: Convert Complex Building to Simple Building when all parts above ground are removed.

Trial version can be requested directly inside the application. To purchase Modelur, please visit https://modelur.eu.