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    Does anyone know how to get reasonably accurate elevation drawings of a site without having to draw them yourself.
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    If you do some deep googling you can sometimes find pdfs of planning applications on council websites for nearby addresses which have been recently built or worked on - they usually contain fairly good elevations of context, you might get lucky and get full on complete drawings of the buildings that happen to be in your views.

    You'll always have to estimate parts though, which is fine as nobody cares as long as it looks close. It can be quite a quick job and will pay off for the entire project, final images, etc. Figure out the main elevation views you will need based on your design, get the verticals of a particular elevation from plan using google/bing maps on top of properly scaled digimaps, then guess heights of masses by going to site or using the aerial views on bing. Streetview is good for adding detail to the facades - bonus points if you flatten real photos of the facades and collage them into the drawn elevation blocks.
 
 
 
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