Winners of 3D Campus Competition Announced

Campus Competition in Google EarthGoogle has announced the winners of the Build Your Campus in 3D Competition. The competition was to get college campuses around the US or Canada to build their campus in 3D using SketchUp and viewable in Google Earth. Over 4000 campus buildings were built and seven campuses were selected as winners. The winners – 41 people involved – will will be flown to Google’s headquarters in Mountain View for a 3-day visit and a workshop on 3D modeling techniques. Here are the winning campuses:
University of Minnesota – Department of Architecture
Purdue University – Departments of Computer Graphics Technology and Education
Concordia University, Loyola Campus – Department of Civil Engineering
Stanford University – Department of Architectural Design
Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) – Departments of Engineering and Computer Science
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering – Department of Engineering
Dartmouth College – Departments of Computer Science and Digital Art
Google plans to include the models in their 3D Buildings layer in the coming weeks. You could load the zip files from each campus and start viewing the models. But, it is a slow process loading up hundreds of building models this way. I’ll let you know when the models are in the layers. A sample of the University of Minnesota campus is shown in the screenshot – click on the thumbnail for a bigger picture.

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. Here is nice story about the Dartmouth team:

  2. Just watched the youtube video of the winners – very well done! I was wondering if you could tell me what song/artist is playing in the video. I really liked it! Thanks!

Leave a Reply