Hi, I'm in the process of purchasing some land to start a homestead in a few years. I was wondering if anyone out there knows of any software that can take a topographical image from say Google Earth and render it in 3d. I was hoping to use this software to plan the homestead based on the current topography. Basically, I'm looking for software anyone could recommend for planning a homestead. I was hoping to be able to download a free version but any kind of software that can achieve this will do. Please let me know.
I 2nd the vote for sketchup. Building, planning, using layers to track current and future use... its great. you can import images of a property from your county assessor or other geographical information systems to get boundaries, hazard areas, etc.
I havent done "make a topo,into 3d"
Google earth can also have images projected onto its surfaces, so you can make the topography display other maps like annual rainfall or wetlands etc.... the resolution is such that they aren't great for a homestead,map but for searching for new land, it can be useful.
I did lots of googling 'how to,do X in sketch up or how to get google earth to do Y" to use those software packages, since the tutorials didn't cover what i wanted to do with them.
On my property at least, the topos are smooth and suggest my hill is like an upside down soup bowl. my hill is actually like a hand palm down on a table. Maybe the tree canopy is deceptive or the map makers resolution is such that only a few points establish the contour but.... there is no substitue for walking the property to know the true lay of the land.
Also websoilsurvey from USGS is awesome.
"An object at rest cannot be stopped!"
posted 3 months ago
Sketchup works great! It's easy enough to roughly draw the topography and then add the actual homestead to that. This will be fun! Thanks again!
I can only second Joseph's warning. Google earth suggests the slope towards the river here is quite gentle. In reality there is a plateau, followed by a 10m drop and then 40° slope (which I have not managed to climb down yet!)