Real News: 3D Buildings, Red River Floods

Back to real news – this one is NOT April Fools…
New 3D Buildings
Google a few days ago apparently updated the 3D Buildings layer with a flood of new user-generated 3D models from the 3D Warehouse. Apparently, during the past few months Google was working on a better process for incorporating new 3D models into the Google Earth layer. According to Googler Bruce Polderman “Thousands of user-generated models were pushed live…” in this release. Bruce goes on to point out just a few of the new models like the Chrysler Building in NYC, and the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican City are both now among those included in the layer update.
Red River Floods
Google also tells the story of how Google Maps was once again used to help in a disaster crisis for the Red River Flooding in Fargo, North Dakota. You can see the map which was put together by a combined effort of local news and radio firms in Fargo in Google Maps, or with Google Earth .

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. Does anyone know of a way to convert the 3D buildings found in google earth into a ASCII grid for use in Arcview spatial analyst or Mapinfo Vertical Mapper?

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