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Importing Open Data: PlaceMaker

6.5_Open Data- PlaceMaker

0:00 In this lesson, we’re going find and import Open Street Map data just like we did in the previous lesson.

0:08 The difference here is that we’re going to do it entirely from within SketchUp using a paid extension called ‘PlaceMaker’.

0:15 The primary reason 'PlaceMaker' is paid, vs its free 'CADMapper' counterpart, is because it offers a lot more than just sourcing and importing open data.

0:26 Some of its other features include the ability to import higher resolution ‘Near Map’ aerial imagery…

0:33 …also the importing of trees…

0:37 …and the incorporation of a Google Street View camera match for aiding the modeling of buildings that may be missing from the open data sources.

0:45 But for this lesson, we’re going to keep the review of the extension limited to the task at hand, which is importing some additional site context to help us build a neighborhood model for our park to sit within.

0:58 We’ll start by launching the PlaceMaker dialog box.

1:01 Here we’ll focus on the two icons at the top first.

1:05 If we didn’t have a geo-located model then we could add a location from within the plugin.

1:12 But we can ignore that feature given we’ve already geo-located our model when we first started.

1:18 Instead, we’ll only use the second icon on the right that imports the data from online sources.

1:25 But before starting the import, like 'CADMapper', we have some settings that we can edit if we want to.

1:32 We can change widths for the roads and paths and the heights for buildings.

1:41 We can also choose whether we want to merge the data with our location terrain surface.

1:46 Which we actually do want since our site sits on a slope and flat roads and buildings wouldn’t help us that much.

1:55 Let’s just make sure the ‘Merge with Surface’ buttons are checked then unlock and select our location terrain as our surface.

2:05 And then hit 'Import'…and wait as it Placemaker its thing.

2:11 We can see as its working, some new layers and scenes have been added to our model.

2:18 Don’t worry if it takes a few minutes.

2:23 Depending on the size of your particualr import and internet connection it may take a little while to download and import everything.

2:38 Once it's complete we can see green checkmarks next to the items that successfully imported.

2:45 As we can see there’s no water near our site and apparently no tree data as of now. So we can just delete those layers.

2:55 But what did import into our model looks pretty good.

2:59 I can see right away that the big difference is that the smaller houses have more detailed pitched roofs that we didn’t get from 'CADMapper' so that’s cool.

3:11 Also the road geometry looks cleaner too as it’s all merged together and sits flush with our terrain surface as opposed to coming in as separate groups that then sits above the terrain.

3:23 If we turn the other layers on and our location terrain off, we can see that we also have the road data in flattened form as well as road center lines.

3:41 So that was a pretty seamless process with a nice result.

3:45 If you’re just doing a one-off import with no need for higher quality aerial imagery, this extension may not be worth the price.