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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461191114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461191117
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #780,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert Bissett has been specializing in Monolithic dome design for over ten years. He has a degree in architecture from Washington State University, Summa Cum Laude, 1975. He has a degree in science from the United States Air Force Academy, 1967. In 1972, after five years as a pilot, two in Viet Nam flying helicopters and Caribous, he earned his FAA Airline Transport Rating. When not designing domes, Bob is an artist, author, blogger and teacher. He did the design development and working drawings for Dome of a Home in Pensacola Beach, FL which survived hurricane Ivan and was the subject of a TV special. He also did the design development and working drawings for the largest, high-end dome home, forty thousand square feet on four floors, part of a five dome complex.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jon Norris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 20, 2013
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This is the only book I have found which gives exact details on how to computer design and create workable plans for a dome, especially a concrete dome from the Monolithic folks (purveyors of the coolest domes on the planet), using free software.

I have been designing dome floorplans by hand for well over a decade, as I could find no floorplan software which was affordable and worked (I am not spending the ridiculous amounts most people want for 3D or CAD software when a free version can do almost as well, in some cases better). I was intrigued by the possibilities of using SketchUp when it came along, but could not find information which related specifically enough to domes or circular buildings.

This book is a tutorial designed specifically for using SketchUp, a free 3D program, (and other programs) to not only create a good floorplan for a dome, but also to be able to create a good 3D model and export the files to other software to create drawings for actual construction. It delivers quite well on that. It does a very good job of describing how to create and manipulate your floorplan using certain features of SketchUp. It is quite detailed on the creation of the model, spacing and measurements, tricks for making the model exact enough to export to CAD programs, making wood or metal framing fit with curved dome walls, window and door spaces, wall placement, modeling layers of the dome to get accurate measurements, and so on. It is precise and extremely useful in creating even a simple 3D model of a dome to scale.

It is not a tutorial on everything SketchUp can do. It is not a tutorial on every piece of 3D software out there. It is not for people who already know how to use SketchUp to a high level.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Max Eberle on June 13, 2011
This is a great book and easy to follow. I am excited about completing my project now! Highly recommended!
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By Alice M. Elshakoushy on February 3, 2014
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I am still trying to digest this manual. It is highly technical and requires more computer competence than I posses. If you have extensive computer training you should have no problems.
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By ranger rick on November 17, 2013
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Its a good book to help you design a house using free online software. It tells you where to go to get it.
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