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Google Earth, Google SketchUp and GIS software; An Interoperable Work Flow for Generating Elevation Data

Version 1 : Received: 28 January 2019 / Approved: 30 January 2019 / Online: 30 January 2019 (05:28:53 CET)

How to cite: Santos, J.G.D.; Bento, K.; Txifunga, J.L. Google Earth, Google SketchUp and GIS software; An Interoperable Work Flow for Generating Elevation Data. Preprints 2019, 2019010302 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201901.0302.v1). Santos, J.G.D.; Bento, K.; Txifunga, J.L. Google Earth, Google SketchUp and GIS software; An Interoperable Work Flow for Generating Elevation Data. Preprints 2019, 2019010302 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201901.0302.v1).

Abstract

Data creation is often the only way for researchers to produce basic geospatial information for the pursuit of more complex tasks and procedures such as those that lead to the production of new data for studies concerning river basins, slope morphodynamics, applied geomorphology and geology, urban and territorial planning, detailed studies, for example, in architecture and civil engineering, among others. This exercise results from a reflection where specific data processing tasks executed in Google Sketchup (Pro version, 2018) can be used in a context of interoperability with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software. The focus is based on the production of contour lines and Digital Elevation Models (DEM) using an innovative sequence of tasks and procedures in both environments (GS and GIS). It starts in Google Sketchup (GS) graphic interface, with the selection of a satellite image referring to the study area—which can be anywhere on Earth's surface; subsequent processing steps lead to the production of elevation data at the selected scale and equidistance. This new data must be exported to GIS software in vector formats such as Autodesk Design Web format—DWG or Autodesk Drawing Exchange format—DXF. In this essay the option for the use of GIS Open Source Software (gvSIG and QGIS) was made. Correcting the original SHP by removing “data noise” that resulted from DXF file conversion permits the author to create new clean vector data in SHP format and, at a later stage, generate DEM data. This means that new elevation data becomes available, using simple but intuitive and interoperable procedures and techniques which confgures a costless work flow.

Subject Areas

interoperability; digital elevation model; Google Sketchup; geographical information systems-science; free and open source software

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