How-To: Create Replica Track Height Map (Sketchup Method)

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How-To: Create Replica Track Height Map (Sketchup Method)

Postby aeffertz » Wed Dec 31, 2014 5:29 am

Hey everyone,

I couldn't find a way to get the real height data that worked so I created some tutorials specifically for MXS that guides you through the process. It's not very difficult but it does take a little time. You will find that it provides you with a much better base though rather than trying to draw all the hills in by hand. Hope this helps someone! Any questions, feel free to ask!

Excuse the extra ramblings and slurred words. These tutorials were fueled by 4lokos. :lol:


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Re: How-To: Create Replica Track Height Map (Sketchup Method

Postby aeffertz » Wed Dec 31, 2014 5:30 am

Part 2:


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Postby aeffertz » Wed Dec 31, 2014 5:33 am

Part 3:


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Postby aeffertz » Wed Dec 31, 2014 6:21 am

Part 4:


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Re: How-To: Create Replica Track Height Map (Sketchup Method

Postby Pumaxcs » Thu Jan 01, 2015 7:48 pm

I tried this today and filled in some of the blanks with step one.

You will need Sketch Up 2013 or older for this plug in to work. In the 2014 version they updated the coding language meaning this file type isn't supported any longer and hasn't been updated by anyone. I found a download of 2013 (Free Version, calm down)
http://www.mediafire.com/download/hxwt3 ... hUpWEN.exe

This is the plugin used for the conversions. The actual link is on a forum you have to sign up for so I went on ahead and took the bullet for you guys.
http://www.mediafire.com/download/iewdo ... ghtMap.zip

To install this plugin you must first have SketchUp installed. If you have the program open you will need to restart it before the plugin shows up in the menu. The folder is located in the installed directory (default C:\Program Files\SketchUp\SketchUp 2013\) and you will need to drag and drop the .rb file into the plugins folder. It is now installed and because an item is populating the plugin folder it will now appear in the menu bar.

Believe that covers everything, good work on the tutorial.
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Re: How-To: Create Replica Track Height Map (Sketchup Method

Postby Pumaxcs » Thu Jan 01, 2015 9:22 pm

One more thing to make part 2 a little quicker, you can export the image SketchUp used directly by going to File<Export<2D Graphic and it will give you the Satellite image that SketchUp pulled, same mask and positioning.
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Re: How-To: Create Replica Track Height Map (Sketchup Method

Postby aeffertz » Thu Jan 01, 2015 10:49 pm

Pumaxcs wrote:One more thing to make part 2 a little quicker, you can export the image SketchUp used directly by going to File<Export<2D Graphic and it will give you the Satellite image that SketchUp pulled, same mask and positioning.


Ahh, cool. Good to know!

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Re: How-To: Create Replica Track Height Map (Sketchup Method

Postby Tony el Tigre » Sat Jan 03, 2015 6:41 am

Thank you for making these videos! I surprisingly did it right the first time. Also thank you Puma for the links and the quick tips.
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Re: How-To: Create Replica Track Height Map (Sketchup Method

Postby aVo-733 » Fri Feb 06, 2015 3:13 am

from the first video I don't have that toggle terrain button, any ideas? I downloaded the sketchup from puma's link

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Postby Tony el Tigre » Fri Feb 06, 2015 3:25 am

aVo-733 wrote:from the first video I don't have that toggle terrain button, any ideas? I downloaded the sketchup from puma's link

I also had a problem with that, so I went File --> Geo-location --> Show Terrain and that should solve your problem
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Re: How-To: Create Replica Track Height Map (Sketchup Method

Postby aeffertz » Fri Feb 06, 2015 6:18 am

aVo-733 wrote:from the first video I don't have that toggle terrain button, any ideas? I downloaded the sketchup from puma's link


Looks like it has already been answered, but if you go to View > Toolbars > Google the buttons should appear.

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Re: How-To: Create Replica Track Height Map (Sketchup Method

Postby aVo-733 » Mon Feb 09, 2015 6:18 pm

thanks boys

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Re: How-To: Create Replica Track Height Map (Sketchup Method

Postby stekoo_987 » Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:09 pm

Hello,

ive downloaded sektchup with the link you gave here but when i try to add a location the program tells me that they have updated "3D Warehouse" and i cant use this tool
so i cant add a location and should download the newest version. but than i cant use the plug in. Can anybody help me?

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Re: How-To: Create Replica Track Height Map (Sketchup Method

Postby Bryce#313 » Mon Jun 08, 2015 3:47 pm

stekoo_987 wrote:ive downloaded sektchup with the link you gave here but when i try to add a location the program tells me that they have updated "3D Warehouse"
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Re: How-To: Create Replica Track Height Map (Sketchup Method

Postby Pumaxcs » Tue Jun 16, 2015 6:56 pm

Yep, 2013 version has been phased out and can't connect with the Earth plugin in Sketch Up anymore. Did you ever find an updated version of this custom plug-in you had?
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