Back in August after playing with Google Earth I wrote;
“BIM + Global Database + Bandwidth = The Future, Today. A BIM project that extended to a site, or maybe suburban layout, can now be placed in context. Anyone with a broadband net connection can have the world on their desktop today. Your project is part of that world.”
I recently found out that SketchUp made it happen producing a Google Earth Importer/Exporter that enables your SketchUp model to be placed on Google Earth. The screen-shot shows their sample model of Dulles International Airport in the Google Earth viewer (click for a larger view). The banner at their site shows an animated zoom from Google Earth Globe view to their HQ at street level.
What was an idea a few months ago, becomes an impressive reality. A cool 3d building modeller meets a cool 3d world.
You already know the power and ease of use that SketchUp provides... now there's a new way to view it and share it with your friends, co-workers, clients and your favourite stranger!