Creating a base plan is easier with the aid of google earth image. Google has been constantly updating the images on google earth which is very helpful to architects, urban planners and landscape architects.
In presenting a site analysis , as part of the design presentation, the images saved from google earth are reliable sources of information identifying the major streets, land use and zoning. This is crucial and important in site analysis stage. Decisions from this report carried out to the actual construction of the project once approved.
There are valuable information that are available within google earth such as the areas of the plot and length of streets. All the information obtained from it paved the way for professionals engaged in the planning and development of a particular site. They could easily do an initial decision with ease like doing a budgetary estimate, determining the distance and scope of work covered, either private or public realm. Based on their experience, they could know how much is required before going into details. A survey of the site in terms of relating the type of architecture is also very useful so that an architect will have the impression on what architectural design character he will consider. Problems could be identified in terms of determining the traffic flow of vehicles, the bottlenecks, the interrelationship of structures within and the environmental impact. Could brainstorm and make solutions to the problem. Basically, almost 30% of the information are already available.
With all that information gathered from google earth, the architect will be engaged in providing solutions to the problem in terms of proposing any achitectural designs. Therefore, in his design conceptualization process and technique, the overlay of google image to a drawing leads to a more effective design presentation. It is easily understood by the client. Time is also reduced in the production of feasibility studies and technical reviews.
Today, google is constantly updating the base plan and has incorporated the three dimensional models of the structure within the site. They have sponsored a yearly competition to model a city with a theme of promoting the cities that are most visited. This is a motivating factor to 3d artists and modellers, at the same time promote any particular cities of the world and encourage more visitors to the place. In fact, there are winners posted and it is really a breaktrough in completing the 3d models incorporated in google earth. All major aspects are considered and well motivated.
The 3d models uploaded are by product of google's one of the most useful tool, that is the use of google sketchup. The geo-location can be integrated from Sketchup. Autocad drawing are imported into sketchup because of these features.
Architects, Planners, Engineers and other professionals engaged in the construction and development, together with the clients and decision makers , both in government and in public sector, are the main beneficiary in using google earth. The architectural design solutions are more accurate. Aside from travelers, researchers, students...i should say all people from different walks of life, They have a place to look at the whole world using google earth.
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