SketchUp for Landscape Architecture

Daniel Tal
  • Produce scaled, accurately dimensioned drawing sets

    SketchUp Pro isn’t just for making 3D models. Generate multi-page documents with model views, details, images, notes and other critical information. When your model changes, so do your professional design documents.

  • Improve communication with your clients

    CAD drawings can be hard for clients to read, but colorful perspectives and illustrated plans are a universal language that anyone can understand. You can even walk clients through your SketchUp Pro models to show them exactly what they’re getting.

  • Access the world’s biggest repository of 3D models

    You don’t have to build everything you need from scratch. In fact, hundreds of thousands of entourage objects—from vegetation to vehicles to people—are available for download from SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse.

  • Visualize environmental graphics in context

    Environmental graphics are an important piece of landscape design. Use SketchUp Pro to create custom signage and wayfinding elements in the context of the built environment. Preview your work in perspective to make your designs more effective.

  • Create and modify 3D terrain

    Use SketchUp Pro’s Sandbox set of tools to turn contour lines into surfaces, drape hardscape elements onto uneven ground and modify existing terrain. Start with 2D CAD files, 3D models, DEM data or even Google Earth terrain.

  • Put together real-time shadow studies

    See exactly where shadows will fall at any time of day, on any day of the year, anywhere on earth. SketchUp Pro even lets you create shadow animations that you can turn into video files to send your clients.

  • Model details to clarify complex conditions

    Every minute you spend modeling important construction details will save hours of time by reducing RFI’s and change orders. Save thousands of dollars in rework and change orders—build it right the first time by communicating clearly with SketchUp Pro.

  • Turn 2D plans into useful 3D models

    With SketchUp Pro, you can import CAD files from most other programs. You can also bring in a scanned hand drawing to use as a starting point for your design, or as an illustrated ground plane for aerial views of your models.

  • Produce scaled, accurately dimensioned drawing sets

    SketchUp Pro isn’t just for making 3D models. Generate multi-page documents with model views, images, notes, callouts, dimensions and other critical information. When your model changes, so does your document.

  • Design in context with Google Earth

    SketchUp Pro offers seamless integration with Google Earth. Easily import 3D terrain data and aerial imagery for any location on the planet. With one click, see your model in context in Google Earth. Then export a KMZ file that you can email to anyone.

  • Use plugins to create beautiful photorealistic renderings

    SketchUp Pro’s extensive universe of extensions and add-ons includes several great options for turning your models into photorealistic renderings. Reflections and soft shadows are only a plugin away.

  • Build models from photographs

    Use an aerial image as a starting point. Or paint any face on your model with a photograph. Or use SketchUp Pro’s unique Match Photo feature to construct a model using a photo as a perspective underlay.

  • Export PDFs, movies, images and CAD files

    You can turn your SketchUp Pro models into JPEGs, TIFFs, PDFs, CAD files and even HD videos. You can also print drawings to scale, of course. Produce any form of visualization that your client wants to see.

Landscape Architecture Case Studies

Digital Design Charette
Oakland, CA - Private Residence Project
Ellerbe Becket - Office Complex
Design Competition - "Down Under"
Produce scaled, accurately dimensioned drawing sets

SketchUp Pro isn’t just for making 3D models. Generate multi-page documents with model views, details, images, notes and other critical information. When your model changes, so do your professional design documents.

Improve communication with your clients

CAD drawings can be hard for clients to read, but colorful perspectives and illustrated plans are a universal language that anyone can understand. You can even walk clients through your SketchUp Pro models to show them exactly what they’re getting.

Access the world’s biggest repository of 3D models

You don’t have to build everything you need from scratch. In fact, hundreds of thousands of entourage objects—from vegetation to vehicles to people—are available for download from SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse.

Visualize environmental graphics in context

Environmental graphics are an important piece of landscape design. Use SketchUp Pro to create custom signage and wayfinding elements in the context of the built environment. Preview your work in perspective to make your designs more effective.

Create and modify 3D terrain

Use SketchUp Pro’s Sandbox set of tools to turn contour lines into surfaces, drape hardscape elements onto uneven ground and modify existing terrain. Start with 2D CAD files, 3D models, DEM data or even Google Earth terrain.

Put together real-time shadow studies

See exactly where shadows will fall at any time of day, on any day of the year, anywhere on earth. SketchUp Pro even lets you create shadow animations that you can turn into video files to send your clients.

Model details to clarify complex conditions

Every minute you spend modeling important construction details will save hours of time by reducing RFI’s and change orders. Save thousands of dollars in rework and change orders—build it right the first time by communicating clearly with SketchUp Pro.

Turn 2D plans into useful 3D models

With SketchUp Pro, you can import CAD files from most other programs. You can also bring in a scanned hand drawing to use as a starting point for your design, or as an illustrated ground plane for aerial views of your models.

Produce scaled, accurately dimensioned drawing sets

SketchUp Pro isn’t just for making 3D models. Generate multi-page documents with model views, images, notes, callouts, dimensions and other critical information. When your model changes, so does your document.

Design in context with Google Earth

SketchUp Pro offers seamless integration with Google Earth. Easily import 3D terrain data and aerial imagery for any location on the planet. With one click, see your model in context in Google Earth. Then export a KMZ file that you can email to anyone.

Use plugins to create beautiful photorealistic renderings

SketchUp Pro’s extensive universe of extensions and add-ons includes several great options for turning your models into photorealistic renderings. Reflections and soft shadows are only a plugin away.

Build models from photographs

Use an aerial image as a starting point. Or paint any face on your model with a photograph. Or use SketchUp Pro’s unique Match Photo feature to construct a model using a photo as a perspective underlay.

Export PDFs, movies, images and CAD files

You can turn your SketchUp Pro models into JPEGs, TIFFs, PDFs, CAD files and even HD videos. You can also print drawings to scale, of course. Produce any form of visualization that your client wants to see.