Dennis Fukai, author of several unique books on 3D building, construction, and site modeling with Google's SketchUp software helped get the site and improvements into a 3D model, see his site at: http://www.insitebuilders.com/
Google SketchUp (free)
, available at this link, is an easy-to-learn 3D modeling program that enables you to explore the world in 3D. With just a few simple tools, you can create 3D models of houses, sheds, decks, home additions, etc. And once you've built your models, you can place them in Google Earth, post them to the 3D Warehouse, or print hard copies.
Since Dennis helped get us started, we have updated the model, as shown in these more recent views:
- Site plan from the SketchUp model (combined layers_w hse wtwr brn.skp in attachment list is a Google SketchUp file), with rough allocations for functional areas, showing some of the recent and near-term planned improvements
View from the SketchUp model, with rough allocations for functional areas, showing water tower, caretaker residence, barn/shelter and near-term planned improvements. Simple structures have been modeled and photos applied to them in the case of the water tower, caretaker residence, and barn/shelter.
View from the SketchUp model, showing caretaker residence and barn/shelter, road (from gps tracks, in yellow) and and near-term planned area for cashews and next buildings
Another view from the SketchUp model, showing caretaker residence and barn/shelter
In October, 2006 Dennis wrote: Take a look at this base file (BelizeOpenSource100106.skp in attachment list is a Google SketchUp file). Once it opens click the Page Tabs (Cam01 and Cam02) to toggle your positions and layer controls. You can also chg layer visibility in the Layer dialog box. Add trees and vegetation components. Take a look at 3D Const Modeling. The house is right out of Living SMALL. You might review the book as an index to see which might be interestg to start your visualization (then see the CD and the Model folder to cut and paste) As you add houses and features, be certain to move and copy people and cars to keep your visual sense of scale for the entire site. You'll get the hang of it....You can also print any view and trace w/ a pencil to get various views in a hand sketch mode. Let me know if any probs or I can add anythg to the base.
The following are views from the model: