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Creating Virtual landscapes in Google Earth and SketchUp

Aim: A very basic introduction to SketchUp covering the basics of interacting with the 3D warehouse to locate pre-made models within Google Earth. Why?

Step 1: Start SketchUp 8

Select template

Then start SketchUp

Step 2: The interface Key tools for this activity. Mouse-over to identify them.

Select tool

Move model

Move around

Locate model

Interact with Google Earth and 3d warehouse

Step 3: Choose a location to augment Add location (opens a Google Map window) Search for a location e.g. Two Bridges, Dartmoor. Select Region and Grab Google Earth terrain now appears in SketchUp

Step 4: Moving around the scene

Scroll button to zoom in and out Press scroll button and drag to orbit Press scroll button& Shift and drag to pan Step 5: Add a model to the scene Get Models (opens 3D warehouse) Search for models e.g “Wind Turbine Sulzon” and download model Use Move tool to locate Toggle terrain to check model is just below the ground surface Copy and paste models as desired Preview in Google Earth Edit description of model to demonstrate the learning and save in a shared network folder.

Alternative scenarios… o Redevelop an old quarry or wasteland (using the Eden Project as an example and search for “geodesic” in the 3d warehouse) o Find a suitable site and design a housing estate o Design a hospital as part of the Visualising a Safer City activity o Download models of medieval buildings as part of an activity on site / situation What geographical skills are being developed? How is SketchUp making a difference to the learning? How will students justify their decisions? What other information could they use? (e.g. windspeed database) Cross-curricular / project based learning opportunities? More ideas for learning about wind farms at Juicy Geography Geography club activity – making 3d models of buildings in local area (GeoModelling with excellent tutorials here. Other video tutorials for SketchUp are here.