National Mapping Data with Google Earth

The main area of the Virtual London model was developed in both ESRI’s ArcGlobe and Kinetix 3D Studio Max – largely by Steve Evans at CASA. We have now been able to export this data direct to Google Earth, allowing a rapid model of London to be visualised via the web with acceptable framerates.

There are issues with placement, most likely due to projection which needs to be addressed, but as a proof of concept it illustrates the ability to port highly detailed data to Google Earth.

Author Bio

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.


  1. Anonymous - September 26, 2005

    Wow – is this going to be publicly available?

  2. Smithee - September 27, 2005

    Thats the long term aim, there are some copyright issues to sort out with the data, but we are working on it…


  3. Anonymous - September 29, 2005

    Excellent stuff, been waiting for something exactly like this since I downloaded google earth several months ago.

  4. Anonymous - November 2, 2005

    What did you guys used to import the files into google earth?

  5. Anonymous - October 4, 2006

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