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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Automated Google Earth 3D building creation

Looks like the BIM (model) of the Earth is going to be built by computers, not people:
Google is using a new technology to automatically generate  3D buildings from 45-degree angle aerial photography made by overlapping passes of aircraft. Each airplane has five cameras: four that point at 45 degrees, and one that points down.

Read more at:
Here's why Google got rid of SketchUp - WorldCAD Access


  1. I've seen some dynamic 3D models of urban landscapes avaliable on Apple maps. I was woundering if it's possible to import such models into Revit to use them for urban context reconstruction in our projects.
    Can yuo help me? any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Interesting - does Apple get its data from some other online source, or does it store its own models?