This one is REALLY going to be short and sweet….
A week or so ago, James posted about new functionality with Civil 3D 2008 and Google Earth, mainly that you can pull in both an image and a surface now from Google Earth. We’ll hold off on any comments about the true worth of that surface that we’re bringing in and focus on something else for now.
Click more to find out – images are required to illustrate this, but it’s cool, I promise.
As you can see in the image below, I have imported a Google Earth Image and surface – this is into a blank drawing:
I found out the next part by accident…I turned off the image to speed up the drawing a bit. Then, I was playing around with my surface. I decided that I wanted to look at it in the Object Viewer (contrary to one opinion that the object viewer should never be used…where did I hear that?) So I rotate it in the Object Viewer:
Meh, that tells me nothing – so I decided to play with my Visual Style a bit, and switched it over to realistic (I rarely do this, it was an accident, I promise) – and to my surprise, here are the results:
What’s this? My original image, draped over the surface? Able to be exaggerated at will? And with the ability to project 3D blocks onto a surface?Â Â It seems as if Civil 3D assigns the image as a render style to the surface when you import from GE – I can see some very real, and more importantly, very easy presentation techniques available now.