SketchUp SKP

GIS File Name

CAMB3D_Tiled_SketchUp_Model.skp

Format

SketchUp 2015

Description

The City of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Geographic Information System (GIS) City-Wide 3D project provides a detailed three-dimensional model including the terrain, groundplan and buildings of the city. The city-wide model has been cut into one-kilometer squares for exchange with 3D design tools. Each file associated with the tiled 3D model is named with the prefix CAMB3D then the tile name, e.g. G5_, then the name of the dataset.

The Tiled 3D Model is a combination of terrain with a draped basemap with a collection of 3D building models. These layers have been transformed from the city's GIS data into a SketchUp model that is easy to explore and to edit. SketchUp is available free for non-commercial use.

Purpose

These models are intended to provide designers and others with a ready-made context model for developing design ideas and as a means of getting 3D models from designers and others back into the city's 3D GIS. By swapping alternative basemaps, including a 1947 aerial photo, these models, these models are an interesting way to explore the history of Cambridge neighborhoods in 3D.

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Sources

Each SketchUp model is a combination of three datasets, which are in turn created from multiple sources.

Sources:
BASEMAP_Buildings BASEMAP_Walls BASEMAP_Cemeteries
BASEMAP_ParkingLots BASEMAP_Plazas BASEMAP_Sidewalks
Tiled Terrain Tiled Basemap Tiled Buildings

Background in areas beyond the city limits is covered with roads, openspace and 2003 building data from massGIS.

Coordinate System

Universal Transverse Mercator Projection, Zone 19, WGS84.

Coordinate System Origin shifted to Tile Center

Usage Notes

  • The terrain looks better if you use the Window > Soften / Smooth Edges to soften coplanar edges within 50 Degrees.
  • To skin the terrain with the 2013 or 1946 Aerial photo or a custom basemap image use the Materials > Eye Dropper to select the terrain material, then choose the desired ground plan image in the Edit tab.
  • 3D Swap Materials