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Geo-Location New Features Update

1.2a_Geo-Location_New Features

0:02 As noted in the getting started video, this learning track was recorded with SketchUp version 2018.

0:09 Since the switch to subscription, a lot of great improvements have been made, so we’ve created this additional lesson for Geolocation to showcase the two new Geo-Location features...

0:19 large area import and hi-res Nearmap imagery.

0:24 I’ll jump right into it by opening a new blank SketchUp file.

0:27 Then I’ll head over to the same file menu to find the ‘Add Location’ feature.

0:33 Ok, now let’s go find our park site again. But before I do that, I’ll explain the blue areas you see covering various parts of the map.

0:42 The blue overlay means that there is higher resolution Nearmap satellite imagery available to choose from in addition to the default Digital Globe imagery.

0:51 I’ll come back to this in just a minute.

0:55 When zooming to find our location, if you’re like me, you may find it easier to see the aerial map if you disable the ‘Hi-Res Coverage’ option.

1:07 Now with our site centered in the window…I’ll can go ahead and select a region to import.

1:14 But first, I’m prompted to choose a data provider…Digital Globe or the higher resolution Nearmap.

1:23 Let’s stick with Digital Globe first.

1:27 As mentioned at the start of this lesson, the first feature to showcase is the ability to import larger areas by tiling multiple images.

1:36 Let’s say I want to do an urban planning exercise – in which case I’ll need more context than just my little park site.

1:44 In the past, I would have have to go back into Geo-location, pan over a bit…and repeat until I’ve covered my whole desired area.

1:57 Now this process is automated as the further zoomed out you are, the more options you have to set the ‘Import Level’…or in other words, how many aerial image tiles are being imported at once.

2:11 Here are completed two large area imports…this first one is without any tiling and is pretty pixelated and not useful when viewed up close.

2:21 And to the right here…with my hidden geometry turned on, you can see the tiles used to create the larger image area while preserving image detail and quality.

2:32 The difference in clarity between the two is huge as you can see.

2:39 *Note that increasing the imported tile count doesn’t change the underlying terrain quality, just the aerial imagery.

2:49 Now let’s move on to the second feature I wanted to demo which is the addition of hi-resolution Nearmap imagery.

2:56 Back in the Geo-location window again, I’ll switch providers to the 'Hi-Res Nearmap' option.

3:03 I’ll zoom in close this time, since I’m looking for quality over area size for my aerial import.

3:09 And then I’ll do the same thing as before, and bump my import level to its max as indicated by the smaller tile boxes.

3:19 *Note that Nearmap imagery is not free. It comes from Nearmap and we’ve merely integrated a direction connection to their dataset.

3:27 The cost is pretty reasonable. It’s $0.04 (USD) cents a tile with a 200 minimum tile purchase…which as of this recording, is 8.00 US dollars.

3:38 As you adjust the selection area, it recalculates the number of tiles and shows you both the number and cost.

3:47 Lastly, before purchasing, you can preview a tile just to make sure the level of detail looks good.

4:00 Then when ready, click 'Purchase' and follow the instructions in the web browser that opens up…

4:13 And when that's done…

4:17 There’s our beautiful hi-res Nearmap aerial ready to go.

4:22 And again, for comparison, here is Nearmap next to Digital Globe.

4:28 Keep in mind that Nearmap purchases are not stored on your subscription account and are loaded just one time into your current model.

4:37 So if you want to store this or other purchased aerials for later use, I’d recommend saving a clean copy to your drive before moving on.

4:47 Or as an alternative to saving locally, if you haven’t used Trimble Connect yet, this is a perfect opportunity to try it out.

4:55 I’ll start by ensuring that my Trimble Connect extension is installed and enabled…which it is.

5:06 Then I’ll go to ‘File/Trimble Connect/Publish as…’

5:10 And in the pop-up window here I can re-name the file…something easy to remember like ‘Nearmap_Seattle’.

5:19 And then choose a subfolder if desired...and then publish.

5:28 So that’s it for this update lesson.