December 2019
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LA County buildings being loaded into OpenStreetMap (in 3D!)

Since we made our Building Outlines public a few years ago, I have received requests here and there for that information in order to load that information into Open StreetMap (OSM). The scope of the project is huge (over 3,o00,000 buildings) and OSM doesn’t allow, as far as I know, the ability to just […]

Climb Mount Everest in 3D

This is pretty cool – climb Mt. Everest in a 3D map:


LA County Hall of Administration in 3D

I wanted to share this 3D model that ESRI created based upon as-built drawing submitted by the County. Each floor can be turned on and off, with interior walls all there!

I am happy to make the County a guinea pig for the next major change to GIS technologies – moving indoors and into three […]

123D Catch – the future of 3D Modelling?

My neighbor is a director/producer of movies, and one night we got to talking about some of the cool things that are available in that sphere. He turned me onto a really cool application called 123D Catch ( which is a free app for the iOS that creates 3D models out of pictures!


3D GIS in Columbia Co.

Columbia County, Georgia implemented 3D mapping data which is accessible through a simple viewer or through ArcMap and AutoCAD. It is also accessible in the field with laptops via wireless VPN connections.

The article describes it, “Think of Google Street View, but with the added bonus of measuring the height and depth of structures along […]

Google deploying planes over cities for 3D maps

Thanks to Kenneth Bennett for passing this along. Here’s a snippet:

“By the end of the year, Google said it expects to have 3D map coverage for metropolitan areas with a combined population of 300 million people. The first 3D cityscape will be available within weeks.”

Click here to read.

3D Mapping article and video

Excerpted from an e-mail post:

3D mapping is fast gaining traction and I see it as being the norm within ten to fifteen years at the latest, when it is quite possible that digital maps as we know them will go the way of the Dodo Bird. The possibilities for crime analysis are many. For […]

3D Model of 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Here is a link to a Google Earth 3D model of the 9/11 Memorial and planned projects at the site in NYC. There is also an animated tour at the link below. Requires Google Earth plugin.

Google Maps 5.0 for Android – 3D included!

Compass MOde

Amazing what Google is doing with mobile. Glad I have an Android phone!

Looks like they’ve added 3D, and offline re-routing for your driving directions (so even if you are disconnected you can get re-routed.

View full article on the Google Blog


Fairfax County Virginia in 3D

GIS is moving steadily into the 3D realm – in my opinion it is the next frontier for GIS.

Nick Franchino from Regional Planning is the County’s first mover – he is working on 3D models of Marina del Rey. I thought I would share a link that he sent me to Fairfax County, Virginia’s […]