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How do I import terrain from Google Earth?

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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?

Thank you.


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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
yes, helpful
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
re: bdealva

"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
re Beryldrue

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
Studio Cruz,

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? Anselmus 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.

Anssi
Re: How do I import terrain from Google Earth? Bestistmate 4/14/11 10:18 AM
   
 
       
 
 
Lo pan , a first class answer   cheers  Phil
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.

Hey ho
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:
http://sketchup.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=95069

There is an updated video tutorial located here:
http://youtu.be/43Oc05luFBo

Additional tips:
- 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!
Re: How do I import terrain from Google Earth? victor Alejandro Aguilar Pierri 12/27/13 11:17 PM
Hi, Beryl.  Do I have to buy SU Pro to use this feature?  (importing terrain)  i am working on the 3D model of a 25Km stretch of road.  I am going crazy!!  But I do not want to spend $500 on this without trying it out first.  Thanks.

Vic.


Re: How do I import terrain from Google Earth? Beryldrue 12/28/13 6:06 AM
No, you can import terrain from Google Earth in the free version too. It's one of the core features of the software.
Re: How do I import terrain from Google Earth? victor Alejandro Aguilar Pierri 12/28/13 9:16 AM
Thanks Beryl,  I'll look for the reason it is not working then.  I press the grab button and nothing happens.  

Thanks.

Vic.
Re: How do I import terrain from Google Earth? ryansigsbey 1/3/14 8:33 PM
I am having the same problem.  I click grab and nothing happens.  Anyone have any ideas?  Thanks!
Re: How do I import terrain from Google Earth? victor Alejandro Aguilar Pierri 1/3/14 9:23 PM
[Original Post]
Within the next 24hours, Google will stop supporting the Google Maps API version 2 (learn more). SketchUp uses this API in a number of features, including Add Location, Generate Report, and Photo Texture. To resolve this issue, Trimble/SketchUp will be hosting version 3 of the Google Maps API for our users, and Google will redirect SketchUp traffic from their servers to these new Trimble servers. Since we are switching both the version and the location of the API, users and customers may encounter some issues. Specifically...
  • Add Location in SketchUp 8 and SketchUp 2013 on Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.8 may stop working all together (confirmed: see updates below). OS X 10.9 Mavericks seems to resolve this issue.
  • Generate Report may not show any content, or you may not be able to click on any of the content.
  • Photo Texture feature may not render any map or Street View data.
If you encounter any of these issues starting in the next 24 hours, feel free to reply to this thread with the operating system you're using, the version of SketchUp you're using, and the issue that you're seeing. 

Many thanks!

UPDATE 11/19/2013 9:45am MST
The change appears to be live. 

UPDATE 11/19/2013 10:30am MST
Known Issue: Add Location doesn't work on SketchUp 2013 and SketchUp 8 on Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and older versions of OS X. If you're using OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) you do not have to make this change. To resolve this issue, please follow these steps:

For SketchUp 2013
  1. Close SketchUp
  2. Open a new Finder window.
  3. Open the Applications folder, then open "SketchUp 2013" folder.
  4. Right-click on the SketchUp application and click "Show package contents."
  5. Open the Contents folder, then open the Resources and then Content folder.
  6. Right-click on the "SketchUp.dat" file and select Open With > TextEdit, or your favorite text editor.
  7. Locate the following line: MODEL_HERE_DIALOG={WAREHOUSE_SERVER}/3dwarehouse/skpaddlocation?hl={GWS_CULTURE}
  8. Replace the line in step 6 with the following value: MODEL_HERE_DIALOG=http://help.sketchup.com/sites/help.sketchup.com/files/product/addlocation.html?hl={GWS_CULTURE}
For SketchUp 8
  1. Close SketchUp
  2. Open a new Finder window.
  3. Navigate to the following folder: MacintoshHD/Library/Application Support/Google SketchUp 8. Note that this folder isdifferent from the user-level Library folder.
  4. Right-click on the "SketchUp.dat" file and select Open With > TextEdit, or your favorite text editor.
  5. Locate the following line: MODEL_HERE_DIALOG={WAREHOUSE_SERVER}/3dwarehouse/skpaddlocation?hl={GWS_CULTURE}
  6. Replace the line in step 6 with the following value: MODEL_HERE_DIALOG=http://help.sketchup.com/sites/help.sketchup.com/files/product/addlocation.html?hl={GWS_CULTURE}
  7. Click File > Save and close your text editor.
Known Issue: The Generate Report and Get Photo Texture feature are now permanently broken in SketchUp version 7. Unfortunately, there is no way to correct this issue, and you may consider using SketchUp 8 or SketchUp 2013/Make.

UPDATE 11/22/2013 5:15pm MST
Known Issue: (SketchUp 8 on Windows) If Add Location does nothing after you click Grab, you may have an older version of SketchUp 8 installed on your computer. Please visit this page to download and install the latest version of SketchUp 8.


UPDATE 11/25/2013 11:30am MST
Generate Report blank - If you're on OS X 10.9 Mavericks and it's still not loading, delete the following two files that may be affecting this:

SketchUp 2013
~/Library/Caches/com.sketchup.SketchUp
~/Library/Saved Application State/com.sketchup.SketchUp

SketchUp 8
~/Library/Caches/com.google.sketchuppro8
~/Library/Saved Application State/com.google.sketchuppro8

NOTE: ~ (tilde) means "Your Home Directory". An easy way to get to these folders is to open a Finder window, click "Go" in the top menu bar, then click "Go to Folder..." Then, copy and paste the folder paths, but note the file name, that are noted above into the text box ( eg. ~/Library/Caches ) and press return. 
Re: How do I import terrain from Google Earth? Aerilius 1/4/14 2:45 AM
(A quote from the sticky post that you find here: https://productforums.google.com/d/msg/sketchup/7xC3udp-TaE/9Xfsc0zMsrYJ )
Re: How do I import terrain from Google Earth? Beryldrue 1/4/14 11:38 AM
My apologies, It's working for me because I am on the latest version of Mac OS, Mavericks. I had not seen the post about the problem in the forum. Thanks to both victor Alejandro Aguilar Pierri and Aerulius for clarifying.
Re: How do I import terrain from Google Earth? lil_sweety 3/11/14 2:39 AM
I am facing hte same problem....anyone has any ideas?

Re: How do I import terrain from Google Earth? victor Alejandro Aguilar Pierri 3/11/14 10:22 AM
What problem is that sweety?
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