Last year I wrote a post on how to import a Sketchup model into InfraWorks. This post is essentially an update to that post. With the current release of InfraWorks the process has been simplified to just a drag and drop of a SKP file, which you can download from Sketchup 3D model warehouse. Here is a result:
However, as you drag & drop your SKP file I have noticed it will not bring the materials and textures associated with it.
So the trick is to convert the SKP file to Collada, DAE, format by simply exporting SKP from the free Sketchup Make 2014 to get the following result:
Download and install Sketchup per the link above the export.
As you export to DAE it creates a folder with all associated material images.
Simply drag and drop the DAE file inside your InfraWorks model, assign it the right Type and place it interactively using your mouse. Click Close & Refresh.
You are done. Enjoy!
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Gaurav is a Senior Application Specialist for Infrastructure Solutions at Ideate based out of San Francisco. He has over 18 years of experience in construction and related software industry. With this extensive design technology background he helps engineering and surveying companies, federal and state government agencies, and ENR 500 firms critically analyze and improve their construction drawing production process. He implements Civil infrastructure design technology led by InfraWorks and Civil 3D and has helped Ideate grow Civil Infrastructure Services. Being an industry recognized speaker he has presented cutting edge design technology at several industry conferences such as Autodesk University. Find Gaurav on Twitter.