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How to Import a Google Map into Sketchup

How to Import a Google Map into Sketchup


Hey Design Nation today we’re going to
learn how to import a Google map location into your sketchup model. So currently I have Google.com open and
if you want to search for a particular location you can type in maps.google.com and that will bring you to a particular
location so if there’s a site that you want to bring into Sketchup and you sort of want to
browse around for the site or see what it looks like in Google Maps you can do
that so that’s actually what I’m going to do today. For instance if you know the
location of the address of the site that you want you can type that in
to this portion here, hit ‘search’ And it will bring it up. This little icon down here
will bring up a satellite view so you can see the site that I want to import
into Sketchup it actually isn’t this it’s a little bit over… it’s right
here. This site here. so if you right-click on this you can hit ‘what’s
here’. So let’s say you’re just searching around a city or something and you find
a location… If you hit ‘what’s here’ it’ll pop up the address. So my address is a
little off so I’m going to copy this and we’re going to import this into
Sketchup now. Once you have Sketchup open if you go to file let’s scroll down to
geolocation there’s an option for add location so if you click on that it’s
going to pop up essentially Google Maps this is actually I think Google Earth
this is where this is taken from and you can actually easily import from Google
Earth if you use that so I’m going to paste in my address looks like I need a
little bit more information so I’m going to hit Search it brings up my area so
what you do now is you can zoom out and you select the area that you want so the
further in that you zoom the more detail you’re going to get further out you zoom
the less detail you’re going to get but the more information site information
you’re going to get so I’m not going to go all the way in here I’m going to just
sort of leave this here but I’m going to select this region just move these
little pins and then hit grab and it’s going to import into my Sketchup file
now if you go to file and scroll down to geolocation now there’s an option here
that says show terrain so if you hit show terrain it’s going to add contours
to the site which is really helpful for you if you’re modeling it’s rough on the
systems accurate as a survey would be but it gives you a decent quick overview
of sort of what the site contours look like if for any reason you might want to
add on to this let’s say there’s a I don’t know what’s over here but I want
the next your neighbor’s house you can go back to file geolocation add more
imagery and it’ll let you you can sort of rotate around let’s say I want this
blue house you can select this region hey grab and it’s going to add that to
my site so if you toggle you can see this is contoured right now if you want
to show terrain you can turn that off depending on how much you add this can
really slow down your models so you want to be careful with how much information
you are importing but this should help get you started modeling your site or
modeling your building on your site and it actually is really simple from this
to import into Google Earth so you can show clients what their building looks
like in context we’ll go over that in another session if you have any
questions feel free to leave a comment if you’d like to see the full write-up
of this tutorial head on over to WWE Tag Team
forward slash Sketchup Google Maps until next time happy hacking
there’s anything in here so they click I can’t find anything it’s going on but if
you whew I’m gonna hit job tree so there’s
all these little things

Comments (59)

  1. I followed your commands exact;y, as far as I can tell, to the Grab command, but it doesnt import into SKetchup..nothing happens..advise would be apprecited

  2. This procedure can be used to overlay commercial site plans on proposed sites.

  3. thanks for video.is there any info i can get to use sketchup for solar panel layout

  4. great video…thanks

  5. pero no se puede compartir en Internet como hago?

  6. This has been very clear to me as a complete beginner using it for my PDC.  Thank you very much indeed! 🙂

  7. When I click "grab" under "select region" from add location google map, nothing happens. Any idea what I is missing? Thanks !!

  8. Phenomenal. Thank you, for easing fear frustration out of being a beginner.
    Your work is so greatly appreciated!  -Kylie

  9. Thank you for this video

  10. can you make that map in 3d ??

  11. I want to import a piece of map from Perth, which is in rich 3D on Google Earth (not individual buildings added by users but a scan of the city). Is it possible to import that? I can only figure out how to get the plain image and topography.

  12. How to upload the 3D building in google map. not only google earth? can you give information step by step please.

  13. Thanks 🙂 Very helpful video.

  14. is there any way to increase the resolution? The resolution it automatically outputs is 256×256 and that's pretty terrible :/

  15. Data has been loaded from google but cannot be imported in Sketchup and therefore cannot proceed any further to make assessments on the terrain

  16. thank you so much, was an easy explication..

  17. When I click grab, it doesn't automatically bring the map under my model. Any ideas?

  18. once you get the terrain import can you delete the image and just keep contours of import. im building a deck on my house which im designing in sketchup but i need to see the elevation

  19. that way makes it so that it is a SOOOOO low quality image of the area you want.

    it sucks

    any better ideas anyone?

  20. I mean not a bad idea but it is not a high quality image like in google earth.. -_-

  21. Hi, I'm hoping to model Mount Kilimanjaro, so that we can add the route we're trekking, and then also show daily updates of our climb. Essentially dropping pins onto the model via a feed. Do you know if it's possible to add / overlay a feed of pins (RSS / KML / XML / other?) into a sketchup model embeded on a web page?

  22. :OOOO I know were you live!!! SEE YOU TONIGHT >:D

  23. woud of been !!/$%$/"! to have a 3d view of it

  24. can not we import the building 3D ?

  25. The video starts at 1:30

  26. did the graphics change???

  27. Hey, Coatesville. That's not far from me. I immediately recognized the area of Kings Hwy. Weird.

  28. thank you so much for this tutorial!

  29. Thank you so much for the tutorial!

  30. nice video you got my subscription😉

  31. Very helpful! Thank you!

  32. On what scale is the plan imported?

  33. Hello, now that we can't use the Google Imagery in Sketchup, what is your work around? Thanks so much.

  34. So I have a mac and when adding geolocation I only get a flat map, not the terrain. What do I need to do? Is sketchup limited on mac?

  35. I'm trying to build a 2D sitemap with Layout. How can I import maps into Layout or should I be using Sketchup instead?

  36. OK. I just get the street map and no terrain information.

  37. woooaah mind blowing can u used the program from autodesk? if it can what program is suitable to do that kind of hack? thanks

  38. One Question: I want to import a quite big area (1200 hectars) with the highest possible resolution. So when I'm importing the locations (zoomed in of course) I have the problem that the pictures overlapping each other. Is there any way how to connect these pictures in a clean way?

  39. thank you so much you saved my life

  40. I'm on sketchup make 2017, and geolocation for some reason does not have google maps or earth. Is there a way to change that?

  41. This is voiced by Quentin Tarantino!!

  42. i don't even think this works anymore in the 2017 make, its a colorless map with no terrain at all.

  43. I'm using sketchup 2018 trial version. Is it normal that the "show terrain" tab does nothing? please help.

  44. Mine doesn't show satellite imagery; just the standard google map. How do I make it go satellite?

  45. the google map isn't giving me an aerial photo, but rather basic grey road maps. Help me?

  46. which version of sketchup are you using?

  47. I'm using sketchup 2017, and it doesn't let me show terrain..

  48. you should try not to say 'aammm' at every other words.

  49. Why is my Sketchup uses OpenStreetMap instead of Google?

  50. you need to pay for pro version $500 for a terrain map and its on Street map not googleas of may 2019

  51. This will only work on the expensive subscription based versions now.

  52. Does the sketchup import the addresses of the streets and buildings or only 3d models?

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