Importing KMZ file in Sketchup Pro 2014


I have been strugling to import simple KMZ files into Sketchup pro 2014. I get the KMZ files provided from clients and would like to import them into sketchup as they are seen on Google Earth. However, everytime I try to import them, I get “Import Failed”. I have even tried to zip the extension and tried to import the .dae or .kml, but nothing seems to work. Any advise on what I am missing here would be MUCH appreciated.

Sketchup user.

SketchUp supports the Collada file format for 3d models (.dae), and .kmz files that contain one Collada model. But .kmz files can contain a lot of other geo-related data that SketchUp does not handle (so kmz files without model import nothing).

Collada is a complex format and many softwares support it to varying degree and produce very different files. Does Google Earth display the file?
One can validate it with xmllint to see if it follows the Collada specification. It would help to know from which software it was produced. Maybe you can attach a small example file (if your client is ok with it).

Hi Aerilius,

thanks for your post. Please find attached a sample .KMZ file. If you can assist with letting me know how this file can be made in a format that I can import to Sketchup Pro 2014, that would be much appreciated. I can see the KMZ fine on google earth.

Arizona Test Site.kmz (708 Bytes)

The file does not contain a model. There is nothing that could be imported.

Will Sketchup not import just Poly lines that form a project boundary?
I typically get a site boundary in the form of KMZ and there is nothing else in the KMZ file. I would like to import those lines with the aerial imagery into Sketchup and then start design work. Please advise.

The file you attached has the pinned location of your test site. You can use the lat / log info in that and down load the terrain data into SU to support you model work, the area you get will be the min UTM area and will have to stich in other downloads if you need more area than that => just move the rectangle and down load additional. The lat long I read is 33.552877, and -111.832813, start Su , enable the google tool bar enter those coordiates and SU will bring the area you want into SU? You can make a contour plot of the elevation for input to the links sited above simply by use of some cutting planes at the spacing you want.