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Posts Tagged ‘Google Sketchup’

Visualizing LAS LIDAR data with sketch-up

2010/07/02

While trying to figure out the way to get a 3D model from raw Lidar data, I first opened my LAS file in Global Mapper, exported it to DXF, imported then into Sketch-up and after recording a few scenes, I saved the animation… this is it!.

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The SketchUp 3D API: Working with 3D geospatial data

2010/06/14

I hereby post this video by Matt Lowrie (Google). hope it’s interesting for you guys.

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GIS+Architectural scenaries. Awesome!

2010/06/12

Even from scratch or from dgn/dxf vectorial format’s contour lines you create your own scenario.

Then import your model previously created using Sketch-up (this time i used google’s 3d warehouse, thank you Dilbert).

Stamp your house using sketch-up sandbox tools.

Then fur your scenario as if it was grass…

A little of photoshop like clouds and thats it!

Alberto Concejal
geographer, 3d designer & 3D GIS technician
albertoconcejal [at] gmail.com

Interesting: sketchup, more than a quick visualization tool.

2010/05/26

I’ve extracted this information from the very interesting ‘Sketchup blog’ from Google… They talk about something I have always thought it could happen… Sketchup is not only a rapid visualization tool but a CAD like software with visuallization capabilities which in addition is integrated within a world wide used 3D scenary, perfect for Geovisualization and why not, GIS. Let’s  take a look at what they say…

Collard Maxwell Architects is a Sydney-based architecture firm with a philosophy that successful architecture is the synthesis of art, technology and building economics resulting in memorable, economic and sustainable building solutions.

Alberto Sunderland, a Project Leader for CM+A, says that initially SketchUp Pro was used as a quick visualization tool of early concept work.

The models were never very detailed and it was a tool used primarily within the office. It was used as a quick way of understanding massing and scale to determine if the design was heading the right direction.

As our skill grew we began to use SketchUp to generate models we could show our clients to help them understand the projects and to provide a quick and effective way of trying out changes before updating all our cad documentation.

Over a period of time we began to use SketchUp Pro for tender presentations. Although we originally took the images and “dumped them” into Photoshop to create the presentation posters, we eventually discovered the possibilities of the SketchUp Pro’s LayOut tool. Combining LayOut with our SketchUp work has made the creation of simple, effective and clear presentations much quicker than our previous method utilizing Photoshop. We are very impressed.

We anticipate that SketchUp will become the primary visualisation tool in this office and, together with LayOut, it will be used to create most, if not all our presentation slides. The speed and ease of use of the software is amazing, and we are coming to appreciate the importance it may have within our workflow.

thanks to Chris Dizon, SketchUp Pro Team

hope you have consider it interesting.

Regards,

Alberto Concejal
BA Geography
MSc GIS and Remote Sensing
GIS Technician
albertoconcejal -at -gmail.com

Geovisualization, 3D models and more!

2009/08/17

Here you will be able to see some of my latest 3D stuff… A compilation of 3D models, flythroughs and graphic resuorces available… All you need regarding 3D scenarios (heights datasets, satellite imagery and 3D models) and Video Edition… Are you guys thinking about doing something like this?. Please contact me.

Alberto Concejal
BA Geography
MSc GIS and Remote Sensing
GIS Technician
albertoconcejal -at -gmail.com

More of my 3D video edited scenarios.

2009/08/16

Please, dont forget to turn on your speakers. Even if i first used a different score and Youtube’s elfs told me not to use it (because of copyright authoring) I have chosen this music from their stuff and this is what I finally got…

Hope you like it.
Alberto
BA Geography
MSc GIS and Remote Sensing
GIS Technician and Multimedia Designer
albertoconcejal -at -gmail.com

One more 3D building. Avenida de la Vega 28108. Restaurante Asiático SHENG. Madrid, Spain.

2009/08/15

I used to have lunch every thrusday there, at the ‘Restaurante Asiático SHENG’. I strongly recommend you ‘entremeses’ (In China you will find them as ‘dim-sum’) and Cantonese duck or Hong Kong duck (this was slightly spicy thou).  Very good food, very fast service and pretty cheap menu: 10,7 €… ideal for an IT worker!.

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These views were rendered using ‘V-RAY’ for Sketch-up.

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And now, Let’s go to Google Earth!

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(I have modified my kml using a extruded placemark we talked about a few posts ago).
Now Let’s have our business in 3D!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
Hope you like it.
Alberto
BA Geography
MSc GIS and Remote Sensing
GIS Technician
albertoconcejal -at -gmail.com

Vicalvaro Buildings 3D. Madrid, Spain.

2009/08/11

And Now I would like to add one more set of buildings around my house. This is a block of flats in Vicálvaro, Madrid, Spain. This is supposed to be ‘Valderribas’ area… hope you like them!

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Windmills (wind turbines). Geovisualization live!

2009/08/10

I will do my best to build a 3d scenario incluiding a few wind generators located very close to Pancorbo Cliff, North of Spain, about 320 km from Madrid. As usual, I started getting a model from 3D warehouse and included inside my google sketch up session… after that it was just placing it in my GE scenario… That’s it!. Now a little bit of literature: 

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The most modern generations of windmills are more properly called wind turbines, or wind generators, and are primarily used to generate electricity. Modern windmills are designed to convert the energy of the wind into electricity. The largest wind turbines can generate up to 6MW of power (for comparison a modern fossil fuel power plant generates between 500 and 1,300MW).

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With increasing environmental concern, and approaching limits to fossil fuel consumption, wind power has regained interest as a renewable energy source. It is increasingly becoming more useful and sufficient in providing energy for many areas of the world.

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One area where turbines have become feasible is in the Midwestern United States, due to great amounts of wind.

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Source: Wikipedia

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Hope you liked it.
Alberto
BA Geography
MSc GIS and Remote Sensing
GIS Technician
albertoconcejal -at -gmail.com

Getting textures from Google Maps – Street View

2009/08/05

I this post I am trying to show you how easy is adding a building to your scenario using textures from Google Maps (Street View). You have to know a little bit about Photoshop and layers and these stuff but it’s pretty easy thou…

First step, capturing my screen…OMG!!! there’s a tree in the middle of the building I want to model… there is no need to worry about it… Photoshop deals with it very well!!.

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And after taking these three pictures I finally get this one (Thank you Photoshop!!!)… I could have done it much better but this is just for you to know the way to do it… its not that bad thou!

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Second step: Start modelling… Im not teaching you how to model but I can tell you it’s a piece of cake… just try it. Of course I am using my beloved Google Sketchup. I get my current GE’s view:

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Defining XYZ axes, first blocks… just starting dudes!…

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Applying textures I had already got from Adobe Photoshop…

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And after a few minutes modelling this is what I finally get:

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Hey, It looks like more or less realistic!!!

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Third and last step: Let’s go to Google Earth…

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These two blocks of buildings are very close to where I live here in Madrid. Vicálvaro is 10 minutes to Madrid downtown by car… It’s far away but now it’s in your computer…cool, isn’t it?.

Alberto
BA Geography
MSc GIS and Remote Sensing
GIS Technician
albertoconcejal -at -gmail.com