SketchUp Tip: Creating 3D contour lines for do-it-yourself topo maps

Here’s a great little SketchUp video tutorial from the folks at concept3D, who we’ve shown you before with their excellent models at Northeastern University, Duke University and fun tools like the Paul McCartney seat preview tool for a concert last year.
The concept3D team has built a nice collection of SketchUp video tutorials, including this one that shows you how to quickly create a 3D topographic map from any location in Google Earth:

If you’re a SketchUp user, I strongly recommend you view their full Video Training Series, which consists of 17 videos that show a variety of techniques for getting the most out of SketchUp.
Have you recently created something great with SketchUp? Tell us about it in the comments below.
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About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. that is very clever.

  2. Wow that’s amazing. Can you do that with other imagery as in if i was bring in a dem?

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