Rhino 3D Model + Google Earth | Interactive Presentation

Rhino 3D Model + Google Earth | Interactive Presentation

All right, what is up guys! Welcome back
to Archi Hacks. Today, we’re going to take this Rhino model and put it into Google Earth, just like this. How is that even possible?
One of the benefits of being able to place your models inside Google Earth is
that your whole world is already modeled for you and you can just right out of
the box use it as your site model and when you’re especially when you’re
rendering or doing a quick study this can be super useful there’s no worry of
having to like match your perspective or worry about how big your building is and
this can be like a really quick and handy tool whether you’re producing for
your professor or you for your boss anyone and yeah this can be and this is
actually super quick so I’m sure you’ll love it let’s dive right into it so what you need is to download Google
Earth which is given out for free Thank You Google and also your building
obviously so first off let’s navigate to our building site today we’re in Sydney
and we found a safe little rail yard site it’s a bit of all tangled
circulation space and I think this can be better used for residential or any
kind of culture space so today’s proposal will be some kind of two tower
twin tower building that is connected by a little bridge alright so first thing
we have to do is to find an anchor point kind of a bit of a reference point that
is common to both earth and our model so for example our building is in this
shape and I want our building to be placed right in here kind of like a in
this triangle site and in order to do that
I’m first going to make our plan completely north by clicking on the end
sign here then hit U which allows our camera to be placed directly
perpendicular to the ground and then save our image by clicking save image
button then again disable all the signatures and then click save image the
resolution doesn’t really matter this will be but we’ll be removing it before
importing it back so we’ll say satellite image and then
this takes a little while and we’ll go into our Rhino go to plan view and place
our building by typing in picture command picture frame and rhino 5 choose
our satellite image all right let’s drag and drop right into it and then sort of
try to match the image to your building and one thing that’s important is that
we shouldn’t choose like Ori reorient this building because this is oriented
perfectly towards north and we want our building to reference to that instead of
mixing that up so in order to do that it’s gonna lock this image so originally
my model was oriented this way because it was easier to model that way but once
we have our true north Tom referenced into our model I’m gonna
reorient it by simply using the rotate command so I’ll take this reference
point or take that around as something like that alright once our building is
correctly oriented I’m going to type in Earth anchor point command with O and
you have to make sure that all your geometries are selected then type that
it and what this command allows you to do is to find a point that we can
reference back into the actual GPS coordinate as you can see we can type in
latitude and longitude and we’re gonna get that from Google Earth so let’s go
back to Google Earth and in order to find out exactly what the longitude in
life do this really use create a placement mark command I click on this
yellow pin tool and well while this is active we’ll drag it to this bottom
corner of this triangle site and we can view our GPS coordinate we can now copy
this over and then place them into our right now so I’ll click on latitude and
control V to paste it and for longitude we’ll also copy this value and paste it
right in one thing that you might have to be careful is that Google Earth
sometimes give you a little space in front of the latitude or longitude and
this sometimes confuses right now so make sure to omit that or make sure to
delete that before you copy and paste it in and if you want to reference this
again you might want to save this that we can bring it back or edit it
later so first I’m gonna say say this is GPS okay sure
and this was permanently saved to your places now we can edit that again by
right-clicking properties and then and drag that around
but for now I’ll cancel out I think we have the correct values elevation can be
left at 0 because we can change it within Google Earth so we’ll say ok and
now we have to tell right now where this exact coordinate exists in our model and
for us it’s this bottom right corner so click here and then after that left it’s
fine and we define where the North is and as we mentioned earlier it’ll be
like perfectly and y-axis so we’ll drag our mouse up and then choose that last
not least shoes or the ethers and East as always on our right side so I’ll
click that and then for identification will just skip by hitting Enter or space
and then there we go alright our building is almost ready one thing I
might want to do is actually to add texture to the earth the glass because
Google Earth actually allows you to display really basic level of
transparency or colors and this can be pretty useful and in making our
presentation a little bit mmm hi friendly so what we’re gonna do is I’m
gonna select these two layers which represents the glass elements in my
building and then click on the material tab I’ll rename this to glass and
changes the custom material change our color through something like dark blue
glossiness to 20% transparency to 40% and that looks about pretty good get
review that looks pretty good so we’ll drag our entire model except our
reference plane and that exported as a Google Earth to file if you before you
save it make sure to drop down into the file type and find Google Earth which is
characterized by KMZ extension then let’s name it as Earth model and will
reference this back in Google you can actually just drag and copy this all
right when we’re in Google Earth we can hit file open or ctrl o for short and
then type in our Google Earth file and there we go the file is already inside a
correct site at a correct location perfectly aligned exactly where we want
it to be and you can take any kind of screenshot from here and the so V like
almost like 90 percent accurate and this can be useful for studying weather our
building has impact on the skyline as you can see like we can confidently say
that our building matches the existing skyline without disrupting the landmark
building that’s right next to it and it should show interesting narratives such
as that it’s possible now whether your building can be seen from the water or
not and yeah that argument can be made almost scientifically alright that’s
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special thanks to khaki Tron Michelangelo Ruiz for your encouragement
and technical support they made this video


  • Michael Angelo Reyes

    Thank you once again 👌

  • Thx this is awesome.
    A little advice:
    Most ppl do not need to have basics explained like how to get coordinate, where to point north or how to setup transparency.
    It was rather difficult for me to get the essentials out of your video. Which is:
    Type the earth location command, get the coordinates from GE, export it as Google earth file … done.
    Most tutorials just waste too much time with basics and don't cut to the point.
    Still, didn't know you can export files for GE and import in GE.


  • Nice one thanks! The only thing I think you missed was the scaling of the picture in rhino- you just eyeballed it because it was an example. But is there a way of accurately sizing the picture to the correct scale?

  • This is sick

  • Henry Menzies-Smith

    Hello loved the video! Our current Uni project in London has an existing building on site already is there any possible way of removing that building. Or would this be something I would have to edit in photoshop afterwards.

  • Hey, can I export 2D models like empty lots to google earth?

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