SketchUp Pro to Google Earth Giant Black Blob In Wrong Spot



I’ve been trying to do this for a long time now and I had just given up deciding that it was impossible, but I just came across a document that suggests otherwise. Hopefully someone can tell me what I’m doing wrong.

When I export a very simple geolocated box in SketchUp to KMZ and import it into Google Earth the box gets way bigger and moved locations.

Here’s the file of the box:

Here’s what it looks like when it uploads to Google Earth:

When I try to do the same thing with this model that has more complicated (but still super simple)

It creates this in Google Earth like 100 miles away:

Even when I try to use the KMZ example file listed in the tutorial document, which allegedly produces this:

I end up with this in Google Earth:

I saw on another forum post that someone was able to at least get their model to show up in Google Earth

What am I doing wrong here?


It is possible that something has changed on the GE side of things. As far as I know, we do not export to KMZ file now any differently than we have in the past.


I downloaded your first file. In SketchUp looks like this:

Exported KMZ and open that in GE Pro and get this:

It seems to place the cube correctly in GE Pro as far as I can tell.


Seems like it may be a problem with the web version of GE. Have you tried the desktop Pro version?


Any idea why when I do the exact same thing I get a much larger box in a different location?

I just did it again and recorded my screen while I did it and ended up with he exact same results I had before.


As Eric mentioned, it might have something to do with using the web version of Google Earth.


sorry just saw your comment Eric. I’ve only been trying it with the web version today. As far as I’m aware the web and desktop versions are supposed to be the same? I’ll try now


Yes one would think but we have to exhaust all possibilities when troubleshooting problems remotely :wink:


I think if they were, I’d get the same result on Pro with your model that you were getting in the browser.


Welp, looks like that was the issue for the at least part of the problem. I’ll check w the more complicated model now.


Eric-S, do you know if there is anyway to share a map w KMZ files uploaded to it? Maybe the better way to word it is do you know if there is a way to upload the model that I am viewing in Google Earth Desktop version into a space online that is publicly viewable?


Sorry just for the sake of documenting everything, there’s also a really helpful tutorial available, but I don’t think it mentions the need to use only the Desktop version of Google Earth:


I think that was written before the web-based version of Google Earth was released.

I suspect that the web-based version of GE probably changes fairly frequently so who knows? Next week it might work fine.


Unfortunately I haven’t come across anything that works seamlessly like you’re describing. As you know, you can share the KMZ file and have someone else open it in GE Pro. Or you can import a much larger or higher res terrain/aerial information plus open source buildings and then upload your model to 3D Warehouse or embed into a custom page for someone to spin around themselves.

See simple test here of what I’m referring to. This was created with open source buildings+terrain with imported Google Earth Aerial and then saved to 3D Warehouse and embedded into my website.

A lot of work I know…but that’s what it takes to maintain quality high and control of the process :confused: