How To Create Sketchup Topography

sketchup topography

Creating a topographic map can be a huge pain in the neck. If you’ve ever tried to get GIS data or find a city topographic map you know exactly what I mean.  In this sketchup tutorial you’ll learn how to create sketchup topography quickly and easily.

How to Create Sketchup Topography

First you’ll need to import your google map into your project.

Make sure that your terrain is toggled on.

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Next create a grouped rectangle that covers the entire site. Copy that rectangle up at your desired increment.
Pro Tip: Use an asterisk ‘ * ‘ and a number to multiply that number of copies at the increment you decided.

After you’ve copied all of your rectangles up, group them together.

Move your grouped rectangles off to the side (or hide them) so you can see your imported google earth terrain.  Unlock and explode the imported terrain.

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Move your grouped rectangles (slicing planes), over your terrain again (or unhide).

Press Ctrl+A to select all, R-click on one of your groups.  Scroll down to Intersect Faces, and select With Selection.

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Hide or delete your slicing planes Now you have a topographic map!

If you want to get rid of the faces, right click on one and select ‘all with same material’.

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Sketchup will select all of the faces of your topography map. Hit delete and you’re golden!

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Creating Flat Sketchup Topography

If you’d like to have a flat topographic map, create an additional rectangular surface underneath your lines.  This surface should be the same size as your map.  I use scale to get it exact.

Move your new surface below the topo line-work.

Select your linework.  Use sketchup’s sandbox drape tool.  Select your rectangular surface.

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Now you have a 2d topo map!

 

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  3. jogesh12345 August 14, 2018 at 1:55 am #

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  4. FLMIMA August 11, 2018 at 9:20 pm #

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  5. Rumi July 15, 2018 at 7:16 am #

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  6. RJennings April 28, 2018 at 6:12 pm #

    Thank you for this website. The practice questions are helpful.

  7. Scott March 22, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    Taking this test on Saturday. Last 4.0 exam to complete for the trio, then on to 5.0. This site is my go-to place when organizing what materials I’ll be studying

  8. shozab January 30, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

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  9. dyba January 27, 2018 at 1:08 am #

    Good advice. Best of luck to all!

  10. KendraShirley January 16, 2018 at 4:04 pm #

    This is my favorite site for practicing for my tests! Great advise and super helpful.

  11. reximagetrim January 16, 2018 at 10:37 am #

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  12. tylerstockholm December 17, 2017 at 9:37 pm #

    Nice one… very helpful! Thanks!!!

  13. Aartiwalvekar November 21, 2017 at 8:56 am #

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  14. Aartiwalvekar October 9, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

    Great post!

  15. Tony August 30, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    In the NCARB ARE 5.0 handbook they reference Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods in both of their example questions for cost estimating. Unfortunately there isn’t a specific chapter on cost estimating, it’s woven throughout the content.

  16. Spencer August 30, 2017 at 1:15 am #

    What is the best reference for cost estimating for PDD.

  17. Amy July 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    Thanks! Great advice

  18. Tony June 29, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    Deciduous trees should only be used for shade (especially in temperate climates). Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and will have little protection against wind in the winter when it is most needed. Likewise, the leafless trees allow solar heat gain in the winter when it is desired, and shade in the summer.

    Coniferous trees are only to be used to block wind and views. Since they don’t lose their needles, they work great for these two items year-round.

  19. Shahid Logan June 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Hello. My name is Shahid. This comment is for anyone who would like to reply. On the Siteplanning test. To block the wind, can you use a Deciduous tree or must you use a Coniferous tree?

  20. Mike January 4, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Tony,

    I need to take 5.0 PPD & PDD. Do you plan on posting notes such as “Caroline’s Notes” that you had posted for the various 4.0 exams for either of those sections? I found those notes to be some of the best resources in studying for the 4.0 sections. If so any idea when? Thanks

  21. Stephen October 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi Tony,
    Any updates on the SS exam ? If there’s an expected release date ? Thanks

  22. DesignerHacks October 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

    Paige,

    We are releasing practice exams for the SS exam later this fall.

    Best,
    Tony

  23. Paige October 4, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  24. Daniel September 9, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    Great post, very helpful with the lists of suggested materials, I just passed CDs in July and am taking PPP in November so I definitely needed the list.

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