# Determining Dimensions from a Google Earth Image

#1

Hi Folks,

I just received a site image from a potential client. The image is in the form of a Google Earth .kmz file and it has no defined boundaries associated with it. I am aware of the scale function in GE, and I have applied the ruler tool as best I can, but I can’t confirm horizontal lengths on the site, so that the image can be properly imported into SketchUp Pro at a realistic scale. (The site has varying topography, the ruler tool generates too wide a discrepancy when measuring the same distance more than once, and I want to try and recreate the property lines as though on flat terrain.)

If anyone knows of a way to accomplish this, I would be very appreciative. I’m not sure if the image will help or not, but just in case it does, I have attached it.

Sample GE Image.kmz (6.1 KB)

Thanks in advance for any help with this.

jvl

#2

If you add placemarks to the KMZ file in Google Earth. you can use their Longitude and Latitude values along with a LatLong calculator.

I used your KMZ file and created two placemarks:

Right-clicking the placemarks and selecting properties gives the Latitudes and Logitudes for each:

Lower Left: 48°23’55.77"N, 114°58’46.51"W
Lower Right: 48°23’55.99"N, 114°50’58.72"W

Converting to decimal:

Lower Left: 48.398825N, 114.979586W
Lower Right: 48.398886N, 114.849644W

Using this calculator: http://www8.nau.edu/cvm/latlongdist.html

I get these results for miles and kilometers:

Distance between 48.398825N 114.979586W and 48.398886N 114.849644W is
5.9675 statute miles

Distance between 48.398825N 114.979586W and 48.398886N 114.849644W is
9.6038 km

#3

Hey @jimhami42,

This is exactly what I’m looking for. Thanks for teaching something new to me!

jvl