14
Oct
09

From Google Earth to VRay

Hey guys,

just thought I’d share this with everyone.  Turns out that .skp files (SketchUp) are directly importable to Rhino.  Not only that, but they retain their material properties in VRay.  Some of the textures are actually ridiculously detailed; this is not visible in Google Earth due to its need for speedy rotations and zooming.

Here is the unmodified SketchUp file of Brunelleschi’s Duomo in Florence, Italy rendered in VRay:

Florence Duomo, rendered by VRay

Florence Duomo, rendered by VRay

It isn’t perfect, but for quick site renderings this could really speed things along.

Sidenote-
Just about every building in Oakland has been modeled in Google Earth thanks to our local CMU Google offices,  meaning that for the Museum East and West sites, many sketchup files are available in excellent detail.

This  includes the Carnegie Museum of Art:
http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=d718b9f1c4bd0ece45f5590ac69325a5&prevstart=0

-Dan

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