3 tips to optimally export your 3D AutoCAD designs to Google Earth (Solar farm example)

Design should be a productive experience, not a laborious process don’t you think? We constantly improve Plex.Earth to increase your workflow efficiency and enable any engineer focus on what matters most: his/her design.

Therefore, we have put together a detailed tutorial with three clever tips to show you how you can export your 3D AutoCAD designs into Google Earth faster, better and more efficiently.

Take a look here and don’t forget to start your free trial today. The latest version of Plex.Earth is out with new features like this one and important improvements!

The story behind Plex.Earth: Taking the guesswork out of civil design

The story behind Plex.Earth: Taking the guesswork out of civil design

You have just won your next project and can't wait to create a model for your design. You have been in that position, right? Then, you know it: the whole process can be a cumbersome, time-consuming and prone to errors experience.

In 2009, Lambros Kaliakatsos, Plexscape founder & CEO, being a CAD manager back then, got a bitter taste of the difficulties designing without having the complete real-world view of his sites, anytime he needed it.

Having experienced the high cost of rework on projects he was responsible for, he decided to do something about it.

So, in case you wonder, here’s our story, as published in the TwinGEO magazine by the popular blog Geofumadas!

Copy KML/KMZ objects from Google Earth to AutoCAD with Plex.Earth

We have introduced a powerful new feature in the latest version of Plex.Earth 4, which allows you to import objects from Google Earth into AutoCAD with a simple copy and paste operation.

You can even import KMZ elements that are loaded dynamically into Google Earth!

Interested to find more? Read our tutorial here.



How to import high-resolution imagery from Nearmap to AutoCAD with Plex.Earth

Plex.Earth enables thousands of engineers worldwide to have the complete 3D geographical view of their project sites within minutes, through Google Earth, Bing Maps, OpenstreetMap or any other WMS provider.

Nearmap is a WMS provider that offers high resolution aerial imagery, city-scale 3D data sets and integrated geospatial tools for the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

We have prepared a tutorial and a video to show you how you can easily connect to Nearmap to bring high-resolution aerial imagery to your AutoCAD project with Plex.Earth, enabling you to design with the utmost confidence by having access to high-quality satellite imagery.

You can start designing with Plex.Earth by downloading your fully functional free trial from here.

Free webinar: 3D vehicle simulations in Google Earth with Plex.Earth and AutoTURN Pro

Looking to publish your 3D vehicle simulations in Google Earth?

We’re hosting a free webinar with our trusted partners, Transoft Solutions, to show you how you can do this easily and quickly, with Plex.Earth and AutoTURN Pro.

Join this webinar to learn how to import the most up-to-date satellite imagery, create swept path analyses and display the end result in Google Earth.

The benefits are numerous:

► You can share breathtaking presentations with anyone you want.
► Take instant feedback whenever you need it to meet your project deadlines.
► Impress your clients and land new ones.

Plex.Earth and AutoTURN Pro live webinar
Date: Thursday, June 13, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM PT | 12:00 PM CT | 18:00 PM CET
Hosts: Nicolas Paraskevopoulos, Customer Support Specialist at Plexscape
Majo Varghese, Sales Consultant at Transoft Solutions

 

How to create live tours in Google Earth, for your AutoCAD design, with Plex.Earth

How to create live tours in Google Earth, for your AutoCAD design, with Plex.Earth

Showcasing your AutoCAD design to Google Earth and sharing it with others can be vital for your project: Winning that customer, taking instant feedback, convincing local authorities/communities and shareholders for your design.

What about not just exporting your design but also creating realistic videos and immersive live tours in Google Earth?

We have created a tutorial to show you how you can easily do that with Plex.Earth to engage anyone you want from the early stages of your design, reducing subsequent and unproductive iterations that cost you time and money.

How to create terrain contours with Plex.Earth

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With Plex.Earth 4, you can visualize terrain morphology with elevation contours and import thousands of terrain elevation points into AutoCAD, automatically and incredibly quickly.

We have created a detailed tutorial to guide you through the process of creating contours easily with Plex.Earth 4.

For a detailed guide on how to import terrain, check our post on our support section.

You are one step away from focusing on what matters most: your design. Start your free trial today and watch this space for more!

How to export object information to Google Earth with Plex.Earth

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When it comes to your design, the devil is in the details. Plex.Earth 4 allows you to export even the most complex 3D models to Google Earth and visualize materials like bricks and textures.

You can even add object data to your elements (both as plain text and in an HTML format), which can then be exported to Google Earth with your AutoCAD drawing.

This way you can share information with your colleagues, customers, anyone you want, let everyone understand your designs and take instant feedback, keeping your project on time and on budget.

We’ve put together a detailed tutorial on how to do this in a few simple steps with Plex.Earth 4. Read it here and start your free trial today!

Lineweight options when exporting AutoCAD drawings to Google Earth

Do you want to assign lineweights to the polylines that you export to Google Earth, as KML/KMZ files?

Normally, when you publish elements, they attach to Google Earth in only one size by default (1 Google Earth unit) and they do not change when zooming in or out.

Plex.Earth 4 allows you to define lineweights to your drawings choosing from constant width, multiplier and physical scale.

Read our detailed tutorial for more and start your free trial today!


How to create imagery and terrain corridors with Plex.Earth 4 (roadwork/railroad projects)

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Looking to import imagery/terrain along a corridor into AutoCAD for your roadwork or railroad project?

We have prepared a tutorial to show you how to do this, with Plex.Earth 4, easily and quickly: By choosing to import imagery using the “By Path” option, you can decrease the import time significantly and boost your productivity.

Check it out and watch this space for more tutorials and helping materials!


How to connect to the Hellenic Cadastre with Plex.Earth 4

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Plex.Earth enables thousands of engineers worldwide to have the complete 3D geographical view of their project sites within minutes, through Google Earth, Bing Maps, OpenstreetMap or any other WMS provider.

For those based in Greece, we have prepared a tutorial to show you how to connect to the Hellenic Cadastre with Plex.Earth 4, easily and quickly.

The Hellenic Cadastre records the legal, technical and other additional details about real estate properties and the rights on them, meaning that every person or legal entity that owns a real property or a registrable right on real property is obliged to submit a declaration to the service.

Due to the non-proper spatial representation of real estates mostly in rural areas, the submission of a dependent topographic diagram is required.

Thanks to Plex.Earth’s integration with the Web Map Service (WMS) of the Hellenic Cadastre, every land surveyor and civil engineer can have the real-world representation of a land property.

Also, with Plex.Earth’s 4 powerful mosaic tools, you can import hundreds of high-resolution images into AutoCAD from the service and merge them into one in few minutes, covering even the largest areas.

You can read our tutorial here and try Plex.Earth 4 for free today!

Sparking young minds with robotics: Two Greek students share their life-changing stories

Sparking young minds with robotics: Two Greek students share their life-changing stories

What about making robotics as cool for young people as sports are today;

Just a few months ago, two Greek university students, Georgia Kouvoutsaki and Vasilis Kokkinos, 23 and 21 years old, were selected to be on the panel of judges for the World Robotics Olympiad in Thailand.

Realizing how passionate they both are, we were more than glad to support them in their mission. Here's their inspiring stories that hopefully will encourage other young people and especially school students, to explore the magic world of robotics and science!



How to 3D print terrain created with Plex.Earth 4 (Civil 3D users)

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Most 3D printing professionals, like Aristeidis Loukrizis (read his story here) have to visualize the surrounding environment and represent the terrain morphology of a project area to reproduce it in their final 3D printed models - a process that is time-consuming and prone to errors.

However, they can overcome these difficulties and create the desired 3D printed models with Plex.Earth, easily and quickly.

We’ve prepared a detailed tutorial to guide you step by step on how to create a 3D solid object from your imported terrain with Plex.Earth, before exporting it as an .stl file which is proper for 3D printing.

Read it through and stay tuned for more technical resources and tutorials.

You can also unlock Plex.Earth’s 4 powerful capabilities by starting your free trial today!

Plex.Earth is featured on DigitalGlobe's official blog

Data is the new oil, don’t you think? We firmly believe so!

Our new partnership with Bird.i is based on our shared vision to bring the value of the most up-to-date satellite imagery to businesses of any size for better -informed decision making (you can read our joint press release and visit our page for more information).

Corentin Guillo, Bird.i CEO, has written a great guest post on DigitalGlobe company blog about our partnership, explaining the real value it brings to the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry.

DigitalGlobe is a leading provider of high-resolution Earth imagery, data and analysis, owning and operating an agile and sophisticated constellation of
high--resolution commercial Earth imaging satellites.

Read the guest post here and watch this space for more news and updates regarding this powerful partnership.

JPG Quality: Image Clarity vs File Size

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Is your AutoCAD drawing file size too large because it contains big mosaics?

Nikos Chanakoulas from our technical support team explains in a detailed tutorial, how you can set the JPG quality to the desired level to decrease the file size.

The difference can be very subtle in imagery clarity and you can work with smaller files, taking not much space on your hard drive!

Read more here.

Plexscape partners with Bird.i to offer up-to-date satellite imagery integration within CAD platforms

Plexscape partners with Bird.i to offer up-to-date satellite imagery integration within CAD platforms

Plexscape, developers of Plex.Earth®, one of the most popular tools for AutoCAD for the acceleration of architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) projects, and Bird.i, a start-up that combines the latest satellite imagery and artificial intelligence technology to provide valuable business insights, are on a mission to change the way engineering projects are being designed by opening up access to high-quality geospatial data to the global AEC market.

Bagging the big ones in Africa, while safe and comfortable in your home office?

Bagging the big ones in Africa, while safe and comfortable in your home office?

How fast and accurately could you draw a preliminary design for a 60 kilometer road project (and a bridge) in Zambia, Central Africa?

That was the real-world challenge faced by Graham Demmer, of HHO Consulting Engineers, nearly 2,000 km away in South Africa’s Cape Town.

Plex.Earth and AutoTURN PRO free webinar: How to create the most realistic 3D vehicle simulations in Google Earth

Plexscape has partnered with Transoft Solutions allowing engineers and designers to create and share impressive presentations of their swept path analysis into Google Earth.

Following the integration of their popular software, Plex.Earth and AutoTURN PRO alike, the two companies announce their first free webinar which will take place on Thursday 13th of December at 11:00 AM CET (12:00 GMT+2 or EET).

Those who are interested can register here.

This in-depth training run by in-house specialists of both software will show engineers and designers how to import high-quality satellite imagery, create swept path analysis and display the end result in the Google Earth environment.

The attendants will have the opportunity to experience first-hand the value of bringing together Plex.Earth with AutoTURN technology, as shown in this video.

According to “Make it, or break it - Global Construction Survey 2017” by KPMG, companies still struggle to deliver projects on time and within budget.

However, by publishing their 3D vehicle content in Google Earth, engineers now have a powerful tool in their hands: they can create and share breathtaking presentations with their customers or colleagues and take instant feedback, whenever they need it. Therefore, they can reduce revisions and meet their project’s deadlines and budget goals.

All registrants will receive a full recording of the presentation, so they can sign up even if they’re not sure they can attend.

Plex.Earth and AutoTURN PRO webinar
DATE: Thursday, December 13, 2018
TIME: 11:00 CET (12:00 GMT+2 or EET).
HOSTS: David Homola, Product Manager at Transoft Solutions EMEA,
Nicolas Paraskevopoulos, Customer Support Specialist-Civil Engineer at Plexscape

About Plexscape

Plexscape is a software company committed to changing the way engineers work on Architectural, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) projects, by developing innovative solutions that bridge the gap between design and the real world.

Plex.Earth, our flagship product, is the first cloud-based software ever created in the CAD market and one of the most popular tools in the Autodesk App Store.

Our solution, originally released in 2009, is being used by more than 15,000 engineers in over 120 countries worldwide, enabling them to have the complete 3D geographical view of their real-world project sites within minutes, through Google Earth and other satellite data providers. For more information on Plex.Earth's benefits, visit www.plexearth.com.

About Transoft Solutions

Transoft Solutions develops innovative and highly specialized software for aviation, civil infrastructure, and transportation professionals. Since 1991, Transoft has remained focused on safety-oriented solutions that enable transportation professionals to design with the utmost confidence. Our portfolio of planning, simulation, modeling, and design solutions, are used in over 130 countries serving more than 50,000 customers across local and federal agencies, consulting firms, airport authorities, and ports. We take pride in providing best-in-class customer support from our headquarters in Canada, and through offices in Sweden, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Australia, Germany, India, Belgium, and China.

For more information on Transoft’s range of trusted and field-tested engineering software, visit www.transoftsolutions.com/emea.



Transoft Solutions and Plexscape partnership offers the most realistic 3D vehicle representation on Google Earth

Transoft Solutions Inc., a global leader in transportation engineering design and analysis software, has partnered with Plexscape, developers of Plex.Earth®, one of the most popular tools for AutoCAD for the acceleration of architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) projects. Central to the partnership was integrating AutoTURN® technology with Plex.Earth to allow engineers and designers to demonstrate vehicle swept path analyses directly into Google Earth enabling them to create and share engaging presentations and reduce revisions and overall cost.

“Civil engineering is about making the world a better place and here at Plexscape we are committed to help engineers by always giving them the most accurate real-world view of their project sites”, said Mr. Lambros Kaliakatsos, Founder & CEO of Plexscape. “For 9 years now, Plex.Earth, our flagship solution, enables them to have instant access to high-quality satellite imagery and terrain morphology data. We strongly believe that our partnership with Transoft Solutions, a company that has changed the way the future of transportation is being designed, will help AEC professionals make design decisions with more confidence and keep their projects on time and on budget".

This statement is fully aligned with Transoft’s mission to provide solutions that allow its customers to design with the utmost confidence.

“Plex Earth is a perfect addition to AutoTURN Pro. In our partnership with Plex.Earth we made sure that our massive 3D vehicle content is displayed well in Google Earth” says Alexander Brozek, Vice President & General Manager of Transoft Solutions EMEA. Engineers can easily demonstrate their performed swept path analysis for impressive and self-explaining presentations or running quick checks in the conceptional phase of a project. It was our pleasure to work with Plexscape on a project which makes the real capabilities of AutoTURN Pro to stand out."

About Transoft Solutions, Inc.

Transoft Solutions develops innovative and highly specialized software for aviation, civil infrastructure, and transportation professionals. Since 1991, Transoft has remained focused on safety-oriented solutions that enable transportation professionals to design with the utmost confidence. Our portfolio of planning, simulation, modeling, and design solutions, are used in over 130 countries serving more than 50,000 customers across local and federal agencies, consulting firms, airport authorities, and ports. We take pride in providing best-in-class customer support from our headquarters in Canada, and through offices in Sweden, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Australia, Germany, India, Belgium, and China.

For more information on Transoft’s range of trusted and field-tested engineering software, visit www.transoftsolutions.com/emea.

About Plexscape MON. E.P.E.

Plexscape is a software company committed to changing the way engineers work on Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) projects, by developing innovative solutions that bridge the gap between design and the real-world.

Plex.Earth, our flagship product, is the first cloud-based software ever created in the CAD market and one of the most popular tools in the Autodesk App Store.

Our solution, originally released in 2009, is being used by more than 15,000 engineers in over 120 countries worldwide, enabling them to have the complete 3D geographical view of their real-world project sites within minutes, through Google Earth and other satellite data providers.

For more information on Plex.Earth's benefits, visit https://plexearth.com/

Plexscape joins forces with Transoft Solutions

Since the creation of Plex.Earth in 2009, we have been committed to changing the way engineers work on Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) projects, by bridging the gap between design and the real-world.

Following through on our commitment, we are excited to announce our partnership with Transoft Solutions, a global leader in transportation engineering design and analysis software.

Central to the partnership is integrating AutoTurn with Plex.Earth, allowing engineers and designers to demonstrate vehicle swept path analyses directly into Google Earth.

By creating and sharing self-explaining presentations in the Google Earth environment, engineers can make design decisions with more confidence, reduce revisions and keep their projects on time and on budget.

Do you want to know what Plex.Earth can do for you? Start your free trial now and stay tuned for more!