Tuesday, November 07, 2006

3D Buildings in Google Earth

You can view 3D buildings for many areas in Google Earth. There are a number of ways to do this.

3D Warehouse link
- Download this in Google Earth. This is a network link to Google's 3D warehouse. It allows you to view photo-realistic 3D buildings in Google Earth that are available in the 3D Warehouse. Once you have downloaded this, any geographically-referenced 3D model in the Warehouse appears in Google Earth as a special placemark that allows you to open the associated 3D building. Once you have downloaded the 3D Warehouse link, be sure that this link is checked in the Places panel. Learn more about this feature.

3D Building layer
- In the Layers panel, check 3D Buildings. This displays 3D buildings in various metropolitan areas. Learn more about using layers.

Create your own 3D model
- You can create a model of any building you like and place it Google Earth using Google SketchUp. Learn more about placing 3D models in Google Earth.


steph said...

I saw that you can adhere images of sides of buildings to the 3d building layer. How do you do that? I can't seem to find the page that was referencing how anymore.

John said...

Yes, you can paint sides of 3D models with photo images. This is a great way to make them appear realistic.

To do this, you need to create your 3D models in Google SketchUp and place them in Google Earth. Learn more here:


You can see a bunch of photo realistic images in the 3D warehouse:


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