Boulder, Colorado 3D Buildings in Google Earth, and a Google 3D Contest

It probably will not surprise many of you that if you go to Google Earth 4 now with the new “Best of 3DWarehouse” building layer turned on that Google has modeled much of Boulder with photo-textured 3D buildings. After all, Boulder is where @Last Software, makers of SketchUp – and now part of Google, was founded and is still operating. SketchUp is a free 3D modeling software package that allows you to build and upload your own 3D models into Google Earth. I’ve created a YouTube video of the buildings in Boulder and you will see they have modeled the entire University of Colorado at Boulder campus. I also noticed the Google/SketchUp office building is not rendered, but the SketchUp guys posted some models of Boulder last year so I show it in the video.

Google is holding a contest right now to whoever builds the best 3D campus for Google Earth. Models must be submitted by June 1, 2007. From the contest site:

The top 5-7 teams (max 50 people) will win a 3 day trip to Google’s Mountain View headquarters to participate in a workshop with 3D modeling experts from Google, get free airfare and hotel, food in our world-famous cafes, and a guided tour of our incredible campus. Oh yeah, and lasting online glory!

The 3DWarehouse now has a new mini-video tutorial showing how to use the 3DWarehouse network link in Google Earth. The network link is a great way to find thousands of other 3D models posted for viewing in GE.

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. Nicely made video, thanks! Makes me want one of those 3d navigators (again)…

  2. I am looking for a Sketchup expert/artist in the Denver CO area to do an extensive sketchup on a loft (with no original floor plans available).

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