SketchUp for Urban Planning

Lowney Architecture
  • Collaborate and communicate with clients and community members

    Words can be unclear and 2D drawings are sometimes hard to read, but anyone can understand 3D model views. Using SketchUp Pro at live charrettes and presentations encourages participation—and buy-in—from community members and other stakeholders.

  • Create compelling visualizations and walkthroughs

    Use SketchUp Pro to turn your models into animated walkthroughs and flyovers that explain every detail of your proposal. Easily show alternate design scenarios and export videos that you can email or post online.

  • Validate submitted project proposals

    From resolving view plane issues to verifying the effects of cast shadows on neighboring structures, municipalities use SketchUp Pro to validate proposals from developers and designers every day.

  • Perform line-of-sight analyses

    The camera tools in SketchUp Pro make it incredibly easy to preview exactly what’s visible from any point in your model. Stand anywhere, establish a sight-line and look around. Save preset views for smooth, convincing presentations.

  • Create solar shadow impact 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 for sharing and posting online.

  • Build models from photographs

    Use an aerial image from Google Maps as a starting point. Paint faces in your model with Street View imagery—or any other photograph. Or use SketchUp Pro’s unique Match Photo feature to construct a model using a photo as a perspective underlay.

  • Generate presentation document sets

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

  • Import and export CAD and other types of data

    Have a CAD file that you’d like to use as the starting point for a proposal? SketchUp Pro can read DXFs and DWGs from any standard CAD package. It can also write CAD files, just in case someone you’re working with happens to need them.

  • Integrate your 3D models into 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 send to anyone.

  • Export PDFs, movies and images

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

  • 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 objects—from buildings to vehicles to landscape elements—are available for download from SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse.

Urban Planning Case Studies

Houseal Lavigne Associates
Sketchup Pro Case Study: Fat Pencil Studio
Power Line Location Simulation for Shelburne, VT
Virtual Mount Morris project
Collaborate and communicate with clients and community members

Words can be unclear and 2D drawings are sometimes hard to read, but anyone can understand 3D model views. Using SketchUp Pro at live charrettes and presentations encourages participation—and buy-in—from community members and other stakeholders.

Create compelling visualizations and walkthroughs

Use SketchUp Pro to turn your models into animated walkthroughs and flyovers that explain every detail of your proposal. Easily show alternate design scenarios and export videos that you can email or post online.

Validate submitted project proposals

From resolving view plane issues to verifying the effects of cast shadows on neighboring structures, municipalities use SketchUp Pro to validate proposals from developers and designers every day.

Perform line-of-sight analyses

The camera tools in SketchUp Pro make it incredibly easy to preview exactly what’s visible from any point in your model. Stand anywhere, establish a sight-line and look around. Save preset views for smooth, convincing presentations.

Create solar shadow impact 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 for sharing and posting online.

Build models from photographs

Use an aerial image from Google Maps as a starting point. Paint faces in your model with Street View imagery—or any other photograph. Or use SketchUp Pro’s unique Match Photo feature to construct a model using a photo as a perspective underlay.

Generate presentation document sets

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

Import and export CAD and other types of data

Have a CAD file that you’d like to use as the starting point for a proposal? SketchUp Pro can read DXFs and DWGs from any standard CAD package. It can also write CAD files, just in case someone you’re working with happens to need them.

Integrate your 3D models into 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 send to anyone.

Export PDFs, movies and images

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

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 objects—from buildings to vehicles to landscape elements—are available for download from SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse.