Geo-modeling with Google SketchUp
SketchUp is a fantastic design program to generate buildings in association with the 3D Warehouse and Google Earth. One can utilize both Google Building Maker and Google SketchUp to make models for Google Earth.
Initially create a simple massing model through Building Maker with available aerial photography. Save the model to the Google 3D Warehouse and then download to Google SketchUp to put in details and textures.
One can promptly design and competently trace his project geographically on the Google Earth for perfect sun studies, context studies, fast massing studies, city planning. Any other geographic or demographic information can also be included into your design.
The process of geo-modeling with SketchUp consists of photo-texturing (painting) the models with photographs of the structures to be modeled. These photographs are available from various sources - take photographs of any building with the help of a camera, take useful images from online, utilize street view imagery in google maps to get the imagery and generate geo-models with it. (but the modeled building should be visible in street view).
The sketchup users can select one of two following modeling methods according to their capability:
SketchUp Beginner: For newbie in SketchUp, apply the Extruded Footprint method. This method is very user friendly and makes very good results.
SketchUp Advanced: As a advanced user, follow the Matched Photo method of geo-modeling. This technique employs SketchUp's photo-matching feature to create a model based on one or more perspective photographs of your building. This method is well matched with uncropped photographs taken from certain angles.
Geo-modeling features in SketchUp 8
With SketchUp 8, the geo-modeling brush set is better connected with Google’s massive geo-data paint bucket than ever before.
SketchUp for Geomodeling