|How do I import terrain from Google Earth?||nestman||3/1/10 2:40 PM|
I took a snapshot of a piece of land and was able to import it in SU using a .png image format. But right now this is a 2D image. How do I go about capturing the elevation variances, or terrain, in this piece of land? Is this possible?
|Re: How do I import terrain from Google Earth?||Eneroth3||3/2/10 5:51 AM|
Start google earth and go the the wanted location. Then start sketchup. Click tools>Google Earth>Get Current View. Then the ground should appear.
If you then go to the layer window (Windows>Layers) you should be able to hide the snapshot(flat) and view the terrain(3d). I also had trouble with this part myself.
|Re: How do I import terrain from Google Earth?||Studio_Cruz||10/26/10 2:15 PM|
There is no Google Earth option under Tools. I have SketchUp 8 Pro, which should have everything in it. Where is the Get Current View option?
|Re: How do I import terrain from Google Earth?||Gaieus||10/26/10 2:42 PM|
There is Window > Model info > Geo-location and the Get location button in SU 8.
A shortcut for this is under File > Geolocation > Add location.
Or even shorter to press the bottom left "?" icon.
|Re: How do I import terrain from Google Earth?||RRRussell||12/9/10 6:57 AM|
|Re: How do I import terrain from Google Earth?||bdealva||12/12/10 1:02 PM|
Reincarnation of the "Get Current View" as "Get Location" in SU-8 is greatly compromised. It no longer imports terrain (only the lat and lon and 2D image), and you cannot rotate the image to match you model. Hopefully, Google will re-implement those valuable features!
|Re: How do I import terrain from Google Earth?||Beryldrue||12/12/10 1:34 PM|
"It no longer imports terrain" - not true, the terrain is imported along with the COLOR satellite image, which is, in my opinion a great improvement over the previous, black and white only image. Now you can "paint" a rooftop with the color image, rather than trying to capture and tweak a screen capture from Google Earth.
I have been using SketchUp 8 since the day it came out and done many Geo models, all of which have complete terrain. I do bridges, some of which are in very deep canyons, so terrain is very important to me, and I do get great terrain maps from the "get current view".
As for the rotation of the image. You have to orient your model according to it's actual location anyway, once it is in SketchUp. You have to re orient the lat long too, but this is not a big problem, IMHO.
|Re: How do I import terrain from Google Earth?||Studio_Cruz||2/20/11 2:29 PM|
what you say is not true for all cases: I have the latest version of Sketchup 8 Professional and it does NOT import terrain or the satellite image, and I have reinstalled it four times trying to get this feature to work. I have to use SU7 to import the black and while image, save the file, and then import to SU8. Maybe this is a peculiarity of my system, but the fact remains that terrain import in SU8 is now broken in my case.
|Re: How do I import terrain from Google Earth?||Beryldrue||2/21/11 9:42 AM|
What I said is what should happen in regular installations of SketchUp. There may be something wrong with yours.
Some users have reported problems with terrain importing on the latest update to SketchUp 8.
In this case: A model file already has a geo location in it. Users have reported they cannot add more terrain information, they get a blank screen when using the "add location". In that case, one thing that has worked for some, is to go to the model info window ( under the menu "Window-->Model Info) and choose "geo location". Then choose "remove location", then ( in this window) choose "add location". Google is aware of this, and is working on a fix- probably in their next update, but I don't work for Google, so don't know specifics of this.
Did you recently update your SketchUp? just wondering..
|Re: How do I import terrain from Google Earth?||Lo Pan||4/13/11 12:14 PM|
@Studio_Cruz and @bdealva: when I import Google Earth terrain with "Add Location" it first displays as a 2D image. However there is a "Toggle Terrain" button in the toolbar that will show the 3D terrain. Even when you delete the 2D image, the 3D terrain still exists, so it appears that both 2D and 3D data are imported separately.
|Re: How do I import terrain from Google Earth?||Anssi||4/14/11 10:03 AM|
Lo Pan is right. The "Add location" feature puts the 3D terrain on a layer that is off until you turn it on.
|Re: How do I import terrain from Google Earth?||Bestistmate||4/14/11 10:18 AM|
|Re: How do I import terrain from Google Earth?||MrStuck2||4/25/11 12:55 PM|
I still don't get this.
I have created my model in SU Pro8 (imported fine from AutoCAD).
I have grabbed the location from Google Earth. But the model is not in quite the right place - it sticks out beyond the terrain I have captured. There seems to be no way to adjust the model to its position which means that the link between SU and GE is effectively busted??
|Re: How do I import terrain from Google Earth?||Gaieus||4/25/11 3:46 PM|
What do you mean by "there seems to be no way to adjust the model to its position"? Why would the Move and Rotate tools not be enough to align the model with its GE footprint?
|Re: How do I import terrain from Google Earth?||MrStuck2||4/25/11 4:33 PM|
The first couple of times I added a location the model and footprint operated only as a single entity, moving & rotating inseperably. I know seem to have them as separate entities but have no idea what I did differently.
|Re: How do I import terrain from Google Earth?||bdealva||4/26/11 9:14 AM|
A follow-up: I was confused by the changes in the way SU handles adding geo-location from version 7.X. At the time of my original post Google had not yet updated the online help for the procedure. I am sure there are still YouTube video tutorials available that are based on the older (version 7.X) method.
Sketchup Help now provides a good introduction (only) to the process:
There is an updated video tutorial located here:
- When adjusting the corner pins defining the map area for your building or site, try to locate the center cross-hair on a building corner. That will place the coordinate axis on the building corner. The following steps facilitate proper location of your model at the geo-located coordinate axis.
- After grabbing the geo-location, two layers will be added to your model; (1) "Google Earth Snapshot" and (2) Google Earth Terrain. I recommend turning on the Terrain layer and turn off the Snapshot,
- Deselect (turn off) "Color by Layer" from the Layers flyout (arrow at top-right corner accessed from Window, Layers),
- Make sure all layers are turned on (except "Snapshot"),
- Select all entities in the model (may want to group them first) EXCEPT the Google Terrain,
- Move the model to the geo-located coordinate axis, then rotate to align the model with the image of the building in the Terrain layer and adjust the height of the model so the base of the building sits properly on the ground. Use of X-Ray view can be helpful when positioning the model on the terrain.
Hope this helps!
|Re: How do I import terrain from Google Earth?||Waseembaiig||7/28/12 3:54 AM|
Lo pan Wins!