We have issued a 1-page guide to Getting Started with SketchUp and Google Earth, attached to a blog post here.
The Competition is now closed. However you can create 3D models and upload them for for showing in Google Warehouse and (if accepted) in Google Earth. If you don’t know how to do that, read on, because we are keen to help you to learn digital sculpting.
- The basic steps are illustrated here.
- There is a wide range of resources online, especially via YouTube and in Trimble’s web site here.
We encourage everyone to take up and continue modelling, so we have provided Links to YouTube videos and other resources to guide you through the 3D modelling process.
What if you are not local? You can learn from online videos and forums, such as those listed in the right-hand pane of the SketchUp blog site. For instance the SketchUp Tips and tricks blog is full of tools and techniques. Dummies.com has lots too, as has Bonnie’s Blog. The visual guide Modeling a City is handy here.
Mainly for businesses: You can attend SketchUp training courses in various locations around the world: map. For instance the ones in the UK are run by Excitech in London and Cambridge. They also provide advice on government training grants for businesses in the UK, by region, here.
For acceptance in Google Earth (see below), you can use Google Maps Street View for almost everywhere in Letchworth. Also for instance there are many photographs in the Panoramio site here. Please make sure you get permission to include and re-publish any photographs in your model(s). Always acknowledge their sources other than for StreetView and for your own photographs.
We did not provide photographs on request. However here are sample images of places with which you can practice your 3D skills and freely include, with acknowledgement, in your 3D models.
MacKay’s Junk and Disorderly* – The Wynd* – Fenners Building* – Meadow Way Green – The former Grammar School* – First Garden City Heritage Museum* – The Community Hub* – Nexus Building* – Howard Cottage Housing Association – Rosehill Centre – Highover Road & Campfield Way* – North Herts Leisure Centre* – Norton Common Bowls Club – Brotherhood Hall* – Arena Parade shops – Broadway Hotel – Foundation House* – OutdoorPool (Lido)* – a notable house on Wilbury Road – Standalone Farm – NHDC Offices
*These have already been modelled or at least started.
Please check in the 3D Warehouse to see which local buildings are in progress or have been completed. The etiquette is to leave alone the models accepted to Google Earth. However with due acknowledgement you can adapt those shared in the 3D Warehouse to make historical and developmental versions of them.