Oil and Geology in Google Earth

One issue with the current version of Google Earth is you can’t show subsurface information. GE doesn’t let you show data below its 3D rendered surface. So, for example, showing underground geological features, or wells for example. Valery Hronusov from Russia’s Academy of Science in Perm, Russia has come up with an interesting innovation. He has used his KMLer application to convert a GIS dataset showing an oil repository and related information. His innovation is to show the sub-surface data above the site where it is located underground. Valery is a very innovative guy with lots of interesting data at his fingertips. You can see other interesting works by Valery: NASA data here, here and here; tracking birds; and other GIS data.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. JP Wade says:

    Hello Frank,
    I would like to kick up a notch the comment Valery is very innovative to Extremely Innovative.
    I am kind of an avid GIS user and find his work very thought provoking. His past GE models have been the foundation for the most all the GE GIS models I have tried. I can see Valery is very willing to share his knowledge openly and as a result quite a few of my peers at school are Google Earthing it as a final phase of their lab assignments. Not as a requirement of the assignment, but out of interest generated by the knowledge they have acquired through reviewing Valery’s GE posts.
    For both tenured, non tenured GIS users and others as well, Valery Hronusov’s work is a must review for expanding ones GIS skill level and knowledge.
    JP Wade

  2. I picked up his idea placed part of my subsurface model of Cologne Germany on top of the aerials of google earth: My model, constructed with GSI3D, was imported to sketchup an then published as KML.
    Read more here: http://www.geosum3d.de/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=33&Itemid=98

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