Coming together to model The Hague

In terms of 3D buildings, The Hague, Netherlands is quite barren. There are buildings that pop up in various places around the city, but the overall coverage is rather low.

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However, back in December the city was added to Google’s Building Maker tool, which enabled many more people to quickly create 3D models in the city.
To help facilitate the modeling and get the city built out as quickly as possible, Google and Design8 are putting together a workshop next month to help teach users how to create buildings using Building Maker and SketchUp. The workshop will be held at the Delft University of Technology, just a few miles from The Hague. If you’re in the area, you can sign up for the workshop here.
The goal of the workshop is to help each volunteer model 10 buildings, which should accumulate to some excellent city-wide coverage once all of those models go live.
Google has been doing various “Model Your Town” events for over a year now, and the results have been very encouraging. More than 400 locations have joined the “Model Your Town” program, and last year they named Barranco – Lima, Peru as the first winner of the contest.
There are certainly some talented modelers that have been working on locations in The Hague, and hopefully this event will inspire them to model even more. For example, check out the excellent model below:
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We’ll have to check back in with The Hague in a few months to see what kind of progress this workshop has been able to inspire. If you’re fortunate enough to be able to attend, please let us know how it goes!

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.



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