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(Stranger )
05/22/08 08:58 AM
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Hello all, this is my first question, and i'm hoping you guys can help me.

I've recently started with GIS at my work and i'm enjoying, but I have lots to learn.

To make the story short,  I took a alot of manhole shots with my Trimble GPS unit and I exported them to my Arcmap. Everything looks good but I would like to overlay the manhole points that i shot onto google earth.


How would I go about doing that? 


Also, In Arcmap, i clicked on one of the shots to identify it and it gave me the location for a specific manhole and its "642466.183876 405425.940554"   is that not the coordinates to where the shot is at?? How come I can't enter it onto my google earth?


Any help would be appreciated...thank you.



(Stranger )
06/16/08 11:33 AM
Re: Trimble to Google Earth [re:]Report this article as Inappropriate to us !!!Login to Reply

Your problem is that ArcMap works with non-KML, and Google Earth uses KML as the base format, and never the twain shall meet......unless you use a conversion script or software.  The GIS world is headed for greater interoperatability, but we aren't there yet!

The best conversion script I have found is available here: (kudos to K. Martin, Portland Bureau of Planning);  it is very easy to install, register, and use.

Just download the script and follow the easy-to-use directions (most of which are plug-and-play), and you will then be able to take your ArcMap data and export to KML directly from an ArcMap session.   After that, just launch GE, and use the File/Open path to load and view your data there.

Good luck!



GIS Division Mgr
City of Midland, TX

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