High-Rez Aerials

Update November, 2020: PlaceMaker now offers super high-resolution Nearmap aerials in Australia and New Zealand in addition to pre-existing coverage in North America

PlaceMaker’s most popular import is high resolution aerials. Easy to access with PlaceMaker, the aerials offer clarity for most major metropolitan areas and even remote locations. With Global coverage (pick a country. We have aerials for it). And PlaceMaker offers aerials that are superior to the native SketchUp imports.

Aerial Comparison of Denver

Access to the aerials is easy. Check out our credit system and get started quickly

The import process is quick and simple. Just buy some credits (regardless if you have the Pay-As-You-Go or subscription version of PlaceMaker), navigate to the location you want to import, select your aerial sources (Mapbox which is Global and Nearmap which has super high rez for North America).  Then, click the Import Imagery button.

Automated import of aerials

Data Sources – Mapbox and Nearmap

PlaceMaker currently offers two sources of aerials. Mapbox, which covers the entire planet. And Nearmap which offers super high-resolution aerials for the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand (urban locations)

Nearmap aerials can be imported with up to 3.5cm resolution. Nearmap captures urban areas multiple times per year (leaf-on and leaf-off), and new aerial images are processed and accessible by PlaceMaker within days of capture.  Nearmap allows import of precisely georeferenced, zero cloud cover, crystal clear, seamless, incredibly detailed, straight down imagery captured under the best possible conditions.

Mapbox, with Global Coverage, has up to 7.5cm resolution for many cities around the WORLD!

Sharp crisp details all the way down to the ground.

San Francisco Park Seattle Aerial

 Large Area Imports

With a subscription license, PlaceMaker allows you to bring in a geo-surface snapshot (low-resolution area of interest) of up to 10 x 10 KM and then import high-rez aerials, 3D features, and terrain onto that surface. With the Import Large Area option enabled, users can now have access to crisp imagery for massive swaths of areas. With our new Terrain import, you can select the imported large area and add topography on a large scale.  Importing onto areas larger than 10km x 10km is possible as well if you create the surface yourself (rather than using the PlaceMaker Create Geo-Surface Tool)

Large area import