MicroStation Tip: Rendering Material Assignments in Google Earth

Written by: Bob Mecham
Credit to: Margaret Valletta – McFarland Johnson

I was providing professional guidance to Margaret on a 3D rendering project.  She wanted to take her 3D MicroStation model and export it to Google Earth.  I shared with her one of my previous tips MicroStation V8i SS3 with Google Earth and Map that showed how to export your DGN file to Google Earth.

trimble sketchup model microstation render

MicroStation Rendering of Trimble Sketchup file


In Margaret’s situation she had a 3D model that she downloaded from 3D Warehouse. The 3D models had material assignments already assigned to the model.

If you followed my previous tip the export would have looked like this in Google Earth.

Google Earth Export

Google Earth Export

To make sure the file is exported with the rendering assignments applied there is a setting that needs to be changed.

1. From the Geographic Toolbar select the Google Earth Tools Settings icon.  The Google Earth Tools Settings dialog will appear.

google earth settings microstation

2. From the Google Earth Tools Settings dialog change the Output Format to KML and Collada.

microstation google earth kml collada export rendering

Then export the Google Earth KML file again and the model will keep its rendering assignments.

microstation rendering in google earth

Google Earth Rendering


Bob Mecham

Bob Mecham

Bob joined the training and consulting firm EnvisionCAD in 2000 and became a partner in June of 2002. He has specialized in the software MicroStation & InRoads from Bentley Systems, Inc. Mr. Mecham is an industry expert in the implementation, configuration, development, and customization of the two software applications MicroStation and InRoads. Bob instructs MicroStation classes ranging from fundamentals to advanced productivity. He has extensive experience using, implementing, and instructing both InRoads Survey and InRoads Site Design. Bob received his degree in Civil Engineering Technology from the Madison Area Technical College in 1992 and has over a decade of experience in the use, implementation, and management of software and CADD systems. He has worked for a wide range of organizations providing services from general survey and engineering services to specific applications such as landfills and site design.

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