Instead of trying to import low quality Digital Globe or Google data, ideally I would have a fast way of retrieving the high quality data offered by our Local Government GIS Server (typical of what we get in Australia & NZ) - Contours, aerial imagery, property parcel boundaries, underground services, etc. It's all free and very high quality.
here's one of the portals:
It's easy to import the DWG data into sketchup ( not the KMZ or SHP...hopefully one day!) but the Aerial imagery doesn't come in with a georeferenced point or scale, so unsure how to get it lined up accurately.
I also think im missing some of the data eg colours for lines, asset classes, etc. (not sure if that's the case..difficult to know)
I don't suppose anybody could take a look for me?
(The data extract option is the Spanner icon in the toolbar and you will need to email a request to download the data but it's automated and takes moments)
You'll also notice the DWG comes in at a long distance from the Sketchup model origin. It is correctly located, but I'm unable to model with it unless I move the axis. This presents a problem when exchanging drawings with professional engineers, architects etc. because moving the axis means I've broken the consistent element in our designs and this can lead to catastrophic errors in setting out new buildings, roads, etc.
Is there a particular extension or workflow I should be using to bring in GIS-style data to Sketchup Pro? I'd love to know!