Google Earth Flip


I have set up a small house design, and when I add the location, the building gets rotated on varies axes! How can I make Google Earth insert the location on the same axes?

By default, the solid green +y axis is true north in SketchUp.
That is, when the Drawing Axes are in their default location/orientation.

Are you certain the Drawing Axes were in their default position when you built the model?
Right click on one of the axes > Reset (Do this in empty space, away from any geometry)

Add Location does tend to move true north away from the +y axis a small amount, say, ± 3° degrees.
How much did your model rotate?

Hi Geo,

The model rotated at least 45 degrees in one direction and about 10 degree in the other. I think I will need to play around with the reset you mention. Thanks for taking the time.

Click … View > Toolbars > Solar North

No matter how you may have altered the Drawing Axes, the orange North Axis is always true north.

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Hi Geo, no my model is now 45 degrees tilted away from north. I am on a Mac, have the latest version 15 Pro, and there is no such thing as ‘solar north’ on my pallets. An ‘orange’ North axis… sorry have not seen this before. I am really stumped!

Thanks for taking the time anyway.

Try loading the model or at least a screen shot to give us something to go on.

I have now re-installed the geo-location from Google to make the screenshot, and now its correct and right way up!!! By the way, how do I insert a screenshot into this messaging system?

See the icon pointed at in attached image:

Also see if you can download the plugin ‘Solar North’ in the ‘Extention Warehouse’ from within SketchUp. Then activate its toolbar to see the button to toggle ‘True North’ on/off, athick orange line from the origin to infinity.