I am trying to create a 3D masterplan in Sketchup using a site’s actual terrain. I was able to import a fairly detailed LIDAR survey into Sketchup by importing a .DEM file
The result is very detailed and reveals the subtle features of the land, but created a very complex model (left below)
In a separate file, I also imported the same terrain via the “Add location” feature. The result is much smoother/simpler but lacks a lot of the detail that the LIDAR data provides (right below)
I’d like to ultimately create something similar to what user eric-s shows in this thread:
Is there a way to smooth and simplify the Lidar data so it is more like the second example but I keeps the most of the detail but is a manageable base map for a newish Sketchup user like myself? Or do I need to settle with the lower fidelity imported terrain.
Note: I have played around with the built-in Smooth/Soften functions but they didn’t really do much to help as far as I could tell.