How to attach background images or use aerial imagery from another source (ie. Google Earth, Bing Maps, ArcGIS, WMS Server)
There are several methods you can use to include street maps and aerial imagery in you your model:
These methods are explained below.
Starting with the CONNECT Edition Update 1 release (10.01.XX.XX), Bing Maps can be added directly from the background layers manager (active internet connection required), with the ability to align to the model with up to three points of reference. See more here: Using Bing Maps as a Background
*Please note that this solution was created based on the Google Earth application that was current at the time of the making of the video. It may not be the exact solution for future versions of Google Earth.
Note: you may need to watch this video in full screen mode in order to see it clearly.
Note: if you are actually looking to import network elements drawn in Google Earth, see: Importing model network information from a Google Earth KMZ file
See the following article for assistance with attaching a background image using the tools in standalone platform.
Inserting an aerial image background layer in the correct location
See the following articles for assistance with attaching a background image using the tools in the MicroStation platform.
Attach a Map Layer from a WMS Server
How to attach Image (Raster) to design model
Capture Google Earth Images Using Placemark Monuments
To use an interactive map as a background layer in ArcMap go to File > "Add Data" > "Add Data from ArcGIS Online" and sign in to the website if necessary.
Information for using the AutoCAD platform to attach images can be found by searching the internet.
Blog Post: Easily add and align hydraulic models to Bing Maps
Help Topic: Using a Google Earth View as a Background Layer to Draw a Model
How do I create a .KMZ Google Earth file out of my model?