0:01 Given that our search for nearby models didn’t get us very far, we now have to look elsewhere beyond SketchUp and 3D Warehouse to populate our neighborhood context model.
0:12 There are several sources and methods to find, extract, and import open data into SketchUp.
0:19 For this and the next lesson, we’re only going to focus on two similar methods for importing Open Street Map information…one of them free and one that requires a paid extension.
0:32 The first method requires us to use a web browser to find a site called 'CADmapper'.
0:38 You’ll need to create an account first which just takes a minute.
0:42 And then after signing in, we’re prompted to search for a map location.
0:47 We’ll enter ‘Seattle, WA’...and then navigate northeast a bit to locate our park site.
1:02 When selecting an area, we can see here that any selection under 1 sqkm is free.
1:11 And anything over increases incrementally up from 6 US dollars.
1:16 1 sqkm is plenty for our park's needs.
1:20 Let’s adjust the selection box making sure to keep our site centered and under 1 sqkm.
1:28 We now have some formatting choices to choose from.
1:32 Obviously we’re going to want ‘SketchUp 2015+’ format.
1:37 There are some additional options here to customize as well, like building height and road widths.
1:44 Depending on the site’s location, there may be no building height data available so the number we enter here fills in a minimum height and applies it to all the buildings with no height data assigned.
1:57 We’ll leave the settings as default for now and then hit ‘Create file’.
2:09 Here’s a preview of our file.
2:12 It looks like some of the building height data was available but not all.
2:17 It also looks pretty good considering tha this is free so let’s download it.
2:27 Once it's done downloading, let's unzip the file and open it up in SketchUp.
2:35 I personally like to keep things in larger groups with less layers so let's take a minute to group everything…
2:48 …and then merge the road layers.
3:04 The next step is to apply some simple color fills to each layer.
3:19 And finally, do some layer re-naming.