New 3D Town Project – A small town in New Jersey called Madison is now embarking to become a 3D town in Google Earth. The Mayor of the town recruited a neighbor’s son to pick the project for his eagle scout program. Googler Bruce Polderman offered to help with some training by Googlers, copies of SketchUp were set up, and they even brought the author of SketchUp for Dummies along. Other towns have done something similar by building a 3D presence in Google Earth – e.g. Westport, Ireland; McMinnville, Tennessee; and Nanaimo, British Columbia. But, these guys even got a CNN TV story about their efforts in addition to the Google LatLong post. So, big cities, small towns, and even historical towns and cities are being done in Google Earth.
Model Underwater – With the addition of Google Earth 5’s new 3D ocean, it is now possible to place 3D models in the ocean. Google demonstrated this with the addition of some cool 3D objects shortly after the announcement of GE 5. Now Google has posted some tips on making 3D models for GE 5’s oceans. One thing you may want is the update to SketchUp which makes it easier to place models in the ocean. Or just download the latest SketchUp.
Ship Graveyard – GoogleSightseeing.com regularly highlights interesting places visible in Google Earth’s satellite or aerial imagery. The site of the world’s largest ship graveyard is pretty amazing. And, as usual, the GoogleSightseeing post provides some thoughts and links to more information.