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    Import google earth into Revit/ Navisworks

    Has anyone tried this in Rvt 2018 or 19
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    There is an Add-in for Revit called CADtoEarth that will import a terrain into Revit. It also allows the satellite imagery to be incorporated into the topo material.

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    I have not tried it in 2018/2019 but last time I did this I passed google earth through sketchup and that worked...ok...

    Several problems with this
    - the accuracy is honestly terrible with google earth.
    - locating your project on it afterwards is pretty much impossible, you just have to place it by eye but with any level of precision is next to impossible using google earth.

    If you want to import and use decent topographic images, use Infraworks to get the Bing Map this also retains all of the street names, and traffic flow data etc etc, and in addition all of the buildings in the area. You can then import cadastral plans from public or private sources to enhance the precision of your bing map but still retain all of the other data (buildings, road names etc) You can also then import the piping plans, electricity etc etc from similar public sources and incorporate all of that data using Infraworks. Then you pass it out to Civil3D and import to revit, or from Infraworks directly using LandXML but you will need another plugin to import LandXML (Site designer - see image)

    If you want accurate, and geo-referenced data then use this method. If you just want some bumpy looking topography that kind of resembles your site then use google earth.
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    Thanks so much
    This is very useful. I will try both.

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    The CADtoEarth also uses Bing Maps to obtain the terrain. Google Earth is no longer supported for this. However, we only use this until we obtain the surveyor's drawing, due to the reasons that Karalon mentions - it's only as accurate as the satellite data. It seems to be more accurate than the Gooogle Earth-Sketchup-Revit method though.

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    Video Solution- import topography from Google Earth into Revit

    Quote Originally Posted by ja322822 View Post
    Has anyone tried this in Rvt 2018 or 19
    Hey I decided to make a video to show the solution to importing in Google Earth Topography into Revit.
    See the link below. Enjoy!

    https://youtu.be/fhVwp5FuEHc
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