3D Campus Winners Now in 3D Buildings Layer

The seven winners of Google’s 3D Campus contest are now viewable in the built-in 3D Buildings layer inside Google Earth. You could go look up each winning campus and find them, but I’ve made a placemark collection that will fly you to each campus. These collections are fun to explore, and some have interesting details (e.g. check out the sign at Purdue). For large collections of 3D buildings, if your computer is older or does not have good 3D performance, you may find these collections will slow down your performance. I’ve made a video which spends about a minute showing a bit of each of the campus collections (8 minutes total):

Music by TartanRascals. The movie was made using GE Pro, Microsoft MovieMaker, and – of course – the 3DConnexion SpaceNavigator. Also, note that there is an excellent 3D campus at Boulder, Colorado done by the folks at SketchUp who are based nearby. They probably didn’t qualify for the contest (being Googlers now).

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.

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