Google Announces Cities In 3D Program

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It may be necessary to stop using words like "neat" and "cool"; it’s possibly time to put on a tie.  A new push involving Google Earth stresses all the practical (and somewhat implausible) reasons cities should create 3D models of themselves.

 Google Cities 3D Page

On the Google LatLong Blog, Bruce Polderman announced the launch of the Google Cities in 3D Program.  "Prior to today, local governments could publish 3D building models to Google Earth via the Google 3D Warehouse," he noted.  "This new program expands on that approach and provides a more direct and efficient means of publishing larger datasets to Google Earth."

All right, then.  On to why officials should spend time doing so.  "A 3D model of a city is extremely useful to potential visitors, developers, investors, preservationists, property owners, businesses, public officials, and many other groups," according to Polderman.  "By establishing a 3D representation of a city on Google Earth, local governments can more effectively engage the public and boost tourism by enabling prospective visitors to plan their visit in advance."

Or not.  In regards to that last reason: if our history books (and family photo albums) are correct, people occasionally visited other places before Google Earth ever came into existence.  And even in the modern world, lots of things get accomplished without it.

We’ll forgive Google this appeal to the ultra-practical, though.  With any luck, the company’s goals will get accomplished, and we’ll gain realistic models of various cities.

Google Announces Cities In 3D Program
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  • Guest

     I that’s a little unfair.  They’re not saying that people can’t visit cities without access to a 3D map the plan things in advance, just that it would be useful and may encourage more visitors.

  • oz

    im working in sketchup more then 6 years and i would like to know if there is a job in 3d modling in google 3d unit somewere around the wrold?

    if someone know more about it i would like to know

    best regards


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