I have posted about CADtoEarth before, but here is a quick 5 minute video using the latest version:


You can also import building models to Revit from Google Earth, but in my experience the families created by CADtoEarth are not realistic in terms of height:

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Download CADtoEarth from:
https://apps.autodesk.com/RVT/en/Detail/Index?id=appstore.exchange.autodesk.com%3Acadtoearth%3Aen

I previously posted about CADtoEarth at:
http://wrw.is/2012/08/quickly-add-google-earth-site-context.html

Although some people have struggled to implement it or understand how it works, I still like it as a quick way to import Google Earth topography as site context.  The new version is on Exchange at:
http://apps.exchange.autodesk.com/RVT/en/Detail/Index?id=appstore.exchange.autodesk.com%3acadtoearth%3aen

Video:

via email:
We, at AMC Bridge LLC, are excited to announce availability of new version of CADtoEarth for Revit the application that allows for seamless integration between Revit and Google Earth.

The CADtoEarth 2.0 add-in now allows users to create personal accounts on the CADtoEarth web application and provides individual control over the visibility of uploaded data.

We continue improving our applications, so please, dont hesitate to contact us at contact@amcbridge.com if you encounter any problems with the new version, or have any enhancement requests.

One of the greatest things about Revit, and BIM in general, is that we usually design ‘in context’ – that is, with as much site information as we can get our hands on…

Vasari has that handy little option to import a Google Earth image into your model – well now, Revit has an add-in that does a bit more, including:

  • import surface from Google Earth
  • upload building to Google Earth

It is called:
CADtoEarth | Autodesk Revit | Autodesk Exchange Apps

Here is a quick guide on importing topography from Google Earth:

  1. Close Revit
  2. Install the tool from above link
  3. Start Revit
  4. Click the CADtoEarth Pane button
  5. Use the search box at top of the dialog to find your site
  6. Zoom in until the ‘can’t save’ message disappears
  7. Click the Surface tab in the dialog and click  Save Earth’s Surface
  8. Leave the dialog open, and click the Get Surface button on the Revit add-ins Ribbon panel
  9. Your surface has now been added to the Revit file as a Import Symbol.
  10. Use the Topography tool if you want to create a proper Revit topo from the imported data

Heads-up:
http://revitaddons.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/cadtoearth.html

From their website:

CADtoEarth is a family of innovative add-in applications for the most popular CAD packages that link modeling environment with Google Earth and Microsoft Virtual Earth.
CADtoEarth offers some very exciting capabilities. Here is the partial list of what you can expect from the tool:
  • Upload a model directly from modeling session onto Google Earth or Microsoft Virtual Earth
  • Import a section of the surface of the Earth directly from Google Earth into modeling session
  • Position your 3D structure on the imported surface within modeling session and then upload it back to Google Earth or Microsoft Virtual Earth
  • Perform the same operations on 2D objects in modeling environment and Google Maps
At the moment you can download CADtoEarth for the following platforms: SolidWorks, Autodesk Revit and Autodesk Inventor.
Please, take a look at the video demonstrations of CADtoEarth below. Those will give you a good idea about what this tool can do for you today and what you may want to see changed or added to fit your specific needs. So, if you would like to customize or enhance this generic tool to better fit you company guidelines then we’ll be more than happy to discuss the requirements with you.

CADtoEarth | amcbridge.com/

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