How to assign components to points in a shapefile layer

Hello! I’m a SketchUp novice, I’m currently learning it in order to create a 1:1 model of my school’s campus. I’ve been collecting data points on all the trees around campus, and have created a few simple models of the trees in SketchUp in order to place them on this model. My question is, once I import the shapefile layer into SketchUp, will the geotagged points be immediately overlayed onto my model, and if so, how do I then assign my unique components to each unique point? Each Geotagged point has species and DBH data within it, as well as long/lat coordinates. For each species, I already have a SketchUp component to match. So how to I lay the components over the shapefile layer as easy as possible? Thank you for any tips, and feel free to ask for clarifying information.

Hi Maggie,

I can’t help you with your question but I know @jimhami42 knows a lot about this.
I pinged him for you…

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Thank you!

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You’re welcome…

I’ve worked with importing shapefiles, but this has been limited to only geometric shapes like building outlines and roads. I’m not sure I can be of much help, but I’ll be happy to take a look at your shapefile data if you can provide a sample.

You might want to take a look at this thread: How to import shape file into sketchup?


Hi, thanks for responding! I’ve taken a look at that other thread, and it was very helpful. I’ve figured out how to export my shapefile data as a AutoCAD file, which SketchUp supports as an imported file. My problem seems to be that the data behind each point (tree species, health, DBH) isn’t preserved as I export it from ArcGIS and import it into SketchUp. This may be more of an AutoCAD question then, so I will search for another forum in order to solve that problem.

But my question regarding SketchUp, is how to import a component I’ve made separately, and copy/lock it to each point in my file? The imported AutoCAD (.dwg) points in my SketchUp file look like so:

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Can you share your model and shapefiles? If possible, can you provide a sample with only a dozen or so points that correspond to the components in a simplified model? Also, is your model geo-referenced?