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Estimating areas with Google Maps

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by PBinWA, Apr 4, 2009.

  1. PBinWA

    PBinWA Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    I just saw this add-in for Google Maps:

    http://maps.google.com/gadgets/direc...a_distance.xml

    It allows you to calculate an area using Google Maps.

    I thought it might be useful for some of you pros doing estimates.

    I have no affiliation with the author of this product. I'm just a geek with a big lawn (and a snow plow) - yes - I cross posted this on lawnsite too. :nod:
     
  2. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    Linky no worky
     
  3. TurfSolutionsMN

    TurfSolutionsMN Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 302

    You can also use the ruler option
     
  4. hairygary

    hairygary Senior Member
    Messages: 149

    You gave me the idea to search this, but I found this site, which makes it super easy to measue an area with google maps.

    http://www.acme.com/planimeter/

    Try it, it's awesome.
     
  5. PBinWA

    PBinWA Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    Crap - let's see if this works: try this link

    It should work. You can draw a line and it will estimate the area. It's free which is nice.
     
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2009
  6. Ipushsnow

    Ipushsnow Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    Google earth, use the ruler, works best for squares and rectangle, but it sucks for oddly shaped properties, The ones above work great.
     
  7. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,953

    the ruler on google earth is awesome. i used it to measure our "old" jobs, ones that were bid long ago, before we started measuring everything. These internet tools are nice, but are no substitute for wheeling off a property and getting a feel for it while you're there.
     
  8. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    The acme planer worked great. .8549 acres on an area I did. Nice!

    The town I do most of my work in pays for additioinal aerial photography so you can zoom right in on a parking lot or a house.
     
  9. grasskeepers

    grasskeepers Member
    Messages: 76

  10. LawnProLandscapes

    LawnProLandscapes PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,129

    i use google earth a little bit but dont get good or accurate views in some rural areas
     
  11. DarKnightVIII

    DarKnightVIII Junior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 3

    /tag for future use