2DXY SiteSurvey tools
Tools for drawing Site Surveys in SketchUp.
2DXY SiteSurvey tools

Tools for drawing Site Surveys in SketchUp. 


What's New in Version 2.5

  • Fixed formatting for input boxes for MACs
  • Coverted to vector icons for sharper look

What's New in Version 2.1

  • Fixed bug where angular seconds were not rounding to 2 decimal places.
  • Selections you make in the Area Input drop down boxes are remembered as defaults for the next use within the same session.

What's New in Version 2.0:

  • Version 1.0 supported only Quadrant Bearings (angles always <90 degrees measured within the 4 quadrants: NE, NW, SE, SW) which is commonly used in North America.
  • Version 2.0 now also supports Azimuth Bearings (angles <360 measured clockwise from North).
  • Maximum Arc center angle increased from 90 degrees to 180 degrees.  (For larger Arc center angles, just add two arcs with the same radius.)
  • Increased security and other internal improvements.
  • New Help / User Guide

Upgrade from version 1.0 to 2.0 is free.  For instructions go to 



Version 2.0 requires version 16 of either Sketchup Make (which is always free) OR Sketchup Pro (upgrade to 16 is free if your licence for 15 is less than 12 months old.


Main Description:

All building projects start with a site survey: which defines the boundaries of one or more plots of land. An accurate survey is crucial to determining the legal setbacks and coverages that limit building design. 
What you can do with this extension:
1. Draw one or more land parcels from a surveyor's field notes or survey drawing.
2. Design any number of parcels in a subdivision.
3. Convert an imported CAD file into a properly annotated survey drawing. (SketchUp PRO only)
4. Draw Surveys dimensioned in meters or feet.

(Works in either SketchUp Make or SketchUp Pro: versions 16 and later.)



Anyone who needs to plot out real estate legal descriptions NEEDS to get this Plugin. I have found it so easy to use and was able to start using almost immediately. I was using CAD software costing thousands of dollars prior to finding 2DXY SiteSurvey.

Now, for $25.00, I am doing the same functions, but saving thousands of dollars!

I perform Commercial title examinations involving several millions of dollars, and this Plugin has given me complete confidence that the metes and bounds legal descriptions I plot out with 2DXY SiteSurvey is extremely accurate.

Additionally, it is great for importing Google Maps, surveys, etc. into your description as an overlay with help from layers, all at current scale.

I use this Plugin almost every day, and really, I could not do my work as efficiently or accurately as I do with 2DXY SiteSurvey.

I have been using this for more than two years, and I would be lost without it.

Thank you Barry!!

Having not down loaded Sketch Up nor 2DXY, Can plot plans be generated to show structures with drives, walks, patios and other improvements, with set back dimensions?

Barry Milliken's picture

Yes, Watch the Basic Lesson video above. It shows how to draw the survey first, but ends with an example showing a full 3D site.

Alex M's picture

Since Sketchup is for everyone, I can't blame Trimble for not having a tool that is so specific for the building professions. But we need it! This plugin is exactly what I needed. It's a real time saver, and like it says in the tutorial it will pay for itself on day one. Well done! I hope Trimble pays you big money and incorporates this into SU.

Julian S's picture

SketchUp 2017 compatible version please, I'm having licence issues...

+++ EDIT +++
This seems to be a Trimble issue, thanks Barry for being of assistance. The tool worked fine under SU 2016 and helped to speed up workflow.

Barry Milliken's picture

Use the customer support email address shows on the right.
This spaces is for reviews.

Robert K's picture

Just purchased , Great add-on. I,m a retired commercial construction superintendent who likes to dabble in residential remodels and addons. Looks as if this will work perfectly for making plot plans for building permit requirements.

Guy E's picture

Hello i bought yesterday DXY survey tools and it worked perfectly just one day but today it doesn't I don't know why as i can't modify any bearings Thanks u to help me please

Barry Milliken's picture

Please send an email to the address shown to the right describing what you are observing.

Barry Milliken

Rick G's picture

I have purchased both 2DXY Site Survey and SlickMoves ! They both work extremely well and are huge time savers! Well done Barry! Also, the support from Barry has been 2nd to none and very much appreciated. Let me know when you develop the next time saver Barry!

Michael K. S's picture

Barry, can you clarify why the extension needs access to the local filesystem? Thanks.

Barry Milliken's picture

This area is for reviews. Please send support questions with supporting information to the support email address.

atek s's picture


Barry Milliken's picture

Plotting to scale is a standard Sketchup function described here: http://help.sketchup.com/en/article/3000154

2DXY SiteSurvey is a $25 (lifetime license) plugin for SketchUp that allows you to draw site boundaries and label them correctly. You need to learn how to use SketchUp first before you can use 2DXY SIteSurvey.

The video you refer to is for automatic subdivision and civil engineering design. It is very complex and cost $3000 per year.

Timothy D's picture

Does not seem to support arcs greater than 90 degrees...

Barry Milliken's picture

Version 2.0 just released allows arc center angles up to 180 degrees. Larger arc angles can be achieved by adding another arc of the same radius connected to the last arc. (180 is the maximum possible because an arc defined by chord length would not be unique for larger angles.)

Barry Milliken's picture

As it says above: NOTE: This extension supports Quadrant Bearings where each bearing angle is NE, SE, SW or NW. This is the common practice in North America. Azimuth Bearings (where each angle is measured clockwise from N) are not yet supported.
Quadrant bearings are by definition always less than 360/4 = 90 degrees.

Timothy D's picture

I understand that quadrant bearings are used on straight lines, although most software that reports bearings generally utilizes azimuths for calculations and then converts to a quadrant bearing. What I don't understand is why the delta is limited to 90 degrees on the arcs? Chord length and radius are reported independent of quadrant bearings. There are many instances for example undivided lots at the end of new subdivisions or road curves along property lines, where an arc with a delta greater than 90 must be reported.

This is a great extension, however being limited to 90 degree deltas is holding me back from the purchase. If remedied, I would buy for sure.

Thanks and keep up the good work!

Barry Milliken's picture

I understand, but in my experience, arcs with greater than 90 degree angles are rare.
And it's easy to add an arc (with the same radius) tangent to another arc to get any size you may want.
And notationally, I'm limited to labeling the chord: I can't label along the curve of the arc using SketchUp text tools.
So the result for a 180 degree arc would be two 90 degree tangent arcs, each with it's own dimension.
The important thing is to get the geometry from an existing survey correct for use in design.
I'm not expecting these tools to be used by surveyors to publish their work.

Kyle M's picture

I’ve updated to SketchUp 2016 - do I need to purchase this again or am I able to transfer my license?

Barry Milliken's picture

No you don't need to purchase again. See instructions here:

CHRISTIΛΛN L.'s picture

Hello, I am considering purchasing your plugin, does it support the Massachusetts State Plane NAD27 coordinate system?

Barry Milliken's picture

No, because it doesn't need to. 2DXY SiteSurvey is intended for relatively small (less than 50 acres) building parcels or subdivisions. State plane coordinate systems are needed only for large scale geographic mapping.
However, to show the location of your lot or subdivision within the state, it's easy to add a SketchUp Leader text element: edit it to include the state coordinates and connect it to the bearing vertex labeled on your survey. Lot surveys usually only need to show the state coordinates for one benchmark vertex.
From that single point, bearings and arcs fully describe the property.

For more information, please watch the 3 videos.

sadia F.'s picture

hi i need 30 days trial

krisidious's picture

Dude... I'm gonna need this.

Barry Milliken's picture

Version 2.0 just release supports international standards as described in the description above.

Julian S's picture

Do you have a roadmap to implement Azimuth Bearings? I generally get surveyor maps using that system.

Barry Milliken's picture

Version 2.0 just release supports Azimuth bearings as described in the description above.

Julian S's picture

Thanks, purchased!

I don't like the direct only within sketchup download / install Trimble has implemented here.

Barry Milliken's picture

Why not? It's a much better way to manage licenses.

Julian S's picture

Call me a control freak, but I like to have my software (and activation codes) on my machine, "the cloud" is sometimes plagued by unforeseen outages / problems resulting in havoc on the user level.

Barry Milliken's picture

You misunderstand how it works: You license codes are on your machine, (in WIndows under the Program Data folder) but not stored with the extension itself. No internet connection required. The process is best handled within SketchUp (rather than within the flaky problems associated by trying to code this in a way that can work with multiple browsers that users might use to download.) which has to decide mac vs WIndows, is this conversion from trial to full license, is this upgrade from older version to newer. etc etc. Much to tricky to make it foolproof for a browser download and quite different from what an installer like Installshield does.

Julian S's picture

Thanks for the explanation. I probably failed to make myself clear about my preferences. I prefer to pay for my software, download it (with serial / password / whatever) and have it backed up on my hardware ready for installation and offline activation if I ever need to do so.

This discussion is going nowhere since, essentially, SketchUp decided how it's going to approach these matters. From an IP protection point of view it seems great, from my point of view it's not as great in the event of no connection to the internet (or website / -s for that matter).

Obviously I liked your plugin enough to buy it...

Barry Milliken's picture

Yes. Send me an email so I have your address. Then I can alert you when it is ready.

Gregory L's picture

Great tool.

2DXY Site Survey is the first Sketchup plugin I've ever purchased, and it was a must-have as soon as I discovered it. I've used commercial plat drawing applications (DeedPlot, etc.,) but they lack the immense power available in Sketchup. Instead,I've been using "Surveytool.rb" to create site drawings inside Sketchup, but that tool is limited.

2DXY Site Survey makes the job easy. Well done!

Camilo B's picture

Can this plugin works with sketchup 2014?

Barry Milliken's picture

It requires Sketchup 2015 because 2014 did not support licensing of or payment for extensions.
But since Sketchup 2015 is a free download, what are you waiting for?

Terry R's picture

Great tool but need some help to tie it all together with Google Earth.
1. I’ve imported Google Earth via geo-location and can manually adjust axis for lat/log coordinate.
2. Maybe not a function of 2dxy, how can I mark a location on GE geo-location by entering another lat/log coordinate? Or put another way, if I draw a rectangle (or any other geometric form) on GE geo-location in SU, how can I get the corner points to show in lat/log coordinates?
3. Is it possible to set the coordinate of the starting point of 2dxy first line?
4. For drawing produced in 2dxy, how can I get the ends of lines to show in lat/lon coordinates?

Barry Milliken's picture

I developed this extension so that any user could draw a typical survey for a building site.
Such surveys (in North American) usually have no geo location data.

The beginning vertex of the first bearing line of a traverse can be moved to any XY coordinate position: just use the Sketchup tape measure tool to create X and Y guides that intersect at the desired position. Then select the first bearing line beginning vertex and move it to the intersection of the 2 guides.

You can use the standard sketchup Text tool: If you select a vertex the text will automatically display the XYZ coordinates. You can then edit the text to insert Lat/Long data

Adding geolocation data labeling is on my list of future enhancements.
Please email me with more details of what you are trying to accomplish:
- Are you importing kmz or just earth imagery?
- Send jpg or pdf of your desired result.

naz A's picture

How could this be used to super -impose a site plan of a neighboring parcel over an existing shadow study ?


Barry Milliken's picture

Just draw the parcel boundary as shown in the basic instruction video. Then group it. Put it in a new layer. Then move it into position.

EliBjr's picture

Excellent Plugin! Why didn't someone think of this earlier?

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2DXY SiteSurvey tools (2.5.0); June 16, 2017
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While I love to use SketchUp for 3D design, many basic design tasks are fundamentally 2D. My extensions will enable and streamline such tasks. I am a licensed architect and have been an avid SketchUp user since the first beta release in 2000. (See my architectural website nearby.) I have been using 3D CAD since 1977, and also have developed extensions to other 2D and 3D CAD systems at various times since then.
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