What are the steps required to successfully export an entire 3D model (composed of TIN surfaces, 3D polygons, 3D polylines and 3D points) from ArcGIS 10 to Sketchup 8? Preferably, I would like the various components to line up. (Does not need to retain spatial reference)
Gone are the days when I was able to export TIN to Sketchup and easily export polygons, polylines and points with the ArcGIS plugin.
ESRI seems to think the process is a lot easier now... "Up until now this was a pretty cumbersome process. At ArcGIS10, this work-flow becomes much easier."
I respectfully disagree; Up until ArcGIS 9.3.1 it was a simple point and click operation (using the plugin) to select surfaces and whatever layers or selected features in the plugin and export. In fact it even opened SketchUp and loaded everything in and smoothed the surface if the check-mark was ticked off. And spatial reference was retained!
Has anyone tried to export complex TIN surface to Sketchup with the Collada technique? (No direct TIN export functionality now) The Interpolate Polygon to Multipatch using TIN as input surface yields a result that looks nothing like the input surface:
As for line and point features it is possible to export to DXF 2007 then import into sketchup. Of course the data is not referenced so every imported DXF is placed in the default 0,0,0 position. I could overcome this by exporting "bounding box" features with each DXF but still - cumbersome....
I know people (myself included) have been asking similar questions but I still don't seem to be able to do this. Does anyone have a solution?