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Geo-Locating a Model

1.1_Geo-Locating a Model

0:01 In this first lesson, we’re going to review the process for geo-locating, or adding real-world coordinates, based on our sites physical location in the world.

0:10 There are several benefits to working with geo-located models, such as the addition of terrain and aerial data, as well as the ability to show real sun and shadow positions.

0:23 s.

0:29 If you haven’t done so already, open a new blank drawing.

0:34 For this track, we’ll be working in imperial units - feet and inches.

0:40 If you have custom template you’d prefer to use or a blank file open already,...

0:45 ...then you can switch your units by going to ‘Window/Model Info/Units’ to ensure we’re all on the same page for this and all the later lessons.

0:56 While still in the ‘Model Info’ window, we can check the ‘Geo-Location’ tab and confirm that the model has no location coordinates yet.

1:04 We can add a location here by clicking ‘Add Location’ or by going to 'File/Geo-Location/Add Location…' as ‘they both do the same thing.

1:14 Select ‘Add Location’ and then a pop up appears with a map.

1:18 We can type in a search term in the address bar above but note that the search algorithm doesn’t work like Google Maps in that you’re not likely to find specific places like restaurants, etc…

1:30 Instead search for a broader location like a city name or landmark and then navigate manually from there.

1:37 As mentioned earlier, our park site is in Seattle so we can either browse to it manually from downtown….or try typing in the cross streets: ‘Madison and 19th Seattle.’

1:51 Then zoom in to see a little triangular lot at the southwest corner.

1:58 Then select a region large enough to cover our site and some surrounding context by adjusting the pull tabs and when it looks good just click ‘Grab’.

2:10 We can see now that we have a location snapshot as well as a terrain mesh to start with.

2:16 Both are locked by default and assigned to their own layers.

2:21 We’re not going to work with these right now so feel free to turn them off in the layers panel and we’ll come back to them later when we’re ready.