Making 3D for Google Earth, Google Seeking Help, KML Regions, OpenStreetMap in Google Earth

  • Making 3D for Google Earth – Google has produced this video on how to use SketchUp to make a 3D building for Google Earth. You can also get some good tips from the “Acceptance Criteria” for models uploaded to the 3D Warehouse in order to be added to the Google Earth 3D Buildings layer.

  • Google Seeking Help from Governments – Google continues to ask for help from official government sources to help improve their data in Google Maps and Google Earth. They want the data shown in these products to be as accurate and authoritative as possible. So, if you work for a governmental organization with authoritative data, and want to see your country’s data better represented, you should contact Google.

  • KML Regions – GeoWeb Guru has posted an article about an advanced feature of KML called “Regions”. The article was written by Geospatial Training Services which also offers Google Earth courses. Definitely worth a read. (Disclaimer: Geospatial Training Services currently advertises on GEB).

  • OpenStreetMap in Google Earth – Mapperz points out that you can not only view OpenStreetMap tiles as an overlay in Google Earth , but you can also put OpenStreetMap into GE on your browser using the Google Maps and Google Earth APIs. See his version here . A nice extra feature would be to enable a transparency slider so you can compare the two versions. You can do transparency with the overlay link above, in Google Earth itself, by selecting the loaded KML and using the transparency slider below the Places pane.

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. A transparent map comparison between Google, OpenStreetMap and even Yahoo is available here:

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