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SketchUp Scan Essential

3D scanning perks

Precise 3D modeling
Precise 3D modeling

Eliminate guesswork with a more accurate blueprint of your existing job site.

Increase workflow efficiency
Increase workflow efficiency

Go from as-is scan data to 3D proposal quicker than ever before.

Robust scan data
Robust scan data

Turn complex, large scan datasets into a usable 3D model.

Robust scan data

Features you'll love

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Point cloud import

Import and view point clouds from terrestrial scans, photogrammetry, lidar sensors, mobile mapping, and drone captures.


Pull in point cloud data from a variety of file formats including RWP, LAS/LAZ, TZF, PLY, and E57.

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Move & Rotate tool

Easily move your point cloud and align scan data to the 3D model instead of the other way around.

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Inspection tool

Ensure the accuracy of your 3D model by easily identifying any missed or inaccurate details.

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Visualization Modes

Enhance point cloud visualization with multiple color and blending modes.


Maintain high computer and software performance even when working with large amounts of point cloud datasets.

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Point Cloud Manager

Adjust point cloud opacity, color, and shape for better visibility while toggling data segments such as vegetation or buildings on or off.

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Clipping Box

Isolate and focus on meaningful portions of your 3D scan project without eliminating point cloud data.

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Section Cuts & Planes

Showcase multiple scenes and active section planes for precise modeling and presentation.

Direct modeling

Draw and snap directly onto your point cloud using SketchUp’s native toolbox and accurately translate your point cloud into a 3D model. Lock onto a single plane for added modeling precision.

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See Scan Essentials in action

See Scan Essentials in action

Plans & Pricing

SketchUp offers Scan Essentials as part of its Studio subscription, a windows-only offering.

Plans & Pricing