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Does anyone know how to use a .SHP in Trimble Sketch-Up?

I have tried exporting to KML and CAD from QGIS, but the KML file doesn't read in Sketch-Up.

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Pro Version will import DXF – Mapperz Jul 19 '13 at 18:39
up vote 7 down vote accepted

@mapperz provided this answer:

This is a great plugin and works like a charm. It is, however, very sensitive to coordinate systems, so I would suggest:

  • make sure your SHP is in LAT/LON (WGS84)
  • start a new sketchup document in 'metres'.

Worked for me! Thank you again, @Mapperz!


This plugin stopped working beyond Sketch-up 7, and the project's Github page hasn't been updated in some time, and does not have 'issue tracking' enabled (weird.)

However, I was able to download a version of Google SketchUp 7 from this shifty website, and the plugin seems to be working as described above.

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This is a great plugin. Have you been able to use the extrude by height field option? I have tried it on a number of different files and the drop down list is always empty, even when I have attribute fields. – Ryan Garnett Jul 19 '13 at 22:52
@RyanGarnett no i haven't...only looking at 2D parcels right now... – DPSSpatial Jul 21 '13 at 15:20

I have been developing a personal open source project. I have placed it on GitHub. It works for SketchUp v14 and v15. Please make sure coordinates are in WGS 1984 Geographic Coordinates. You will also need to geo-locate your model. Right now it only supports points and polylines, but other types will be coming soon.

It is in beta, and I will place it in the extension warehouse once it has a good testing.


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thank you! I will try this out!! – DPSSpatial Apr 19 '15 at 16:04
Thanks. Let me know if you encounter any issues – Bailey Apr 21 '15 at 2:04

I haven't tested it yet but I was looking for this and found a plugin - vaguely titled spirix_shapefile_importer that imports shapefiles into newer versions of sketchup including sketchup 2016 (plugin Ruby).

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Nice,Will, thanks!!! – DPSSpatial Jul 17 at 20:55

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