Build Your Campus in 3D for Google Earth Contest

As previously mentioned (in my article last week about the University of Colorado/Boulder in 3D blog entry) Google is holding a contest for the best 3D model of a college campus created with SketchUp and posted for viewing in Google Earth. Google has just announced the contest on the Official Google Blog, and there are more details than when I first discovered the contest. Entries need to be submitted before 1-June-2007. The contest will be judged by a panel of experts from places like Disney, Electronic Arts, and even architects. See the contest web page for details and registration instructions. Follow the link to my earlier story to see a video showing the Boulder campus already completed by some Googlers at SketchUp, or you can just go to Boulder with GE 4 and turn on the “Buildings -> Best of Google Warehouse” layer to see it in full detail. By the way, some of the teams with the best entries will win a 3-day trip to the Googleplex for a work shop on 3D modeling.

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. Soren Johannessen says:

    To sad that this contest is only for
    “who are a student at a college or university in the United States or Canada ”
    What about the rest of the world’s students? Google is globally company with users all around the world – It would be more fair to have world wide contest. It’s alright in the rules to say that all 3D models and documentation should be in english, but please give rest of the world’s students a chance to show their talents in 3D.

  2. José Navarro says:

    The University I work at is cover by clouds on Google Earth. Can we build our campus using a campus map and place it over the clouds? I assume we can but any comment or suggestion will be well received.

  3. You could overlay your map, or if you can find an aerial photo of your campus you could overlay that. You could also try contacting the Google contest organizers to see if they would get a more current photo for your campus without clouds.

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