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8 de Marzo 2007

Berlin in 3D Released for Google Earth

[UPDATE 1800 ET: Mac OSX version works now too! See video below provided by the publishers of the collection.]

Berlin 3D buildings in Google EarthSeveral German readers have sent me E-mail this morning alerting me to the release of 44,000 buildings of Berlin (about 10% of the buildings in Berlin) for Google Earth. Not only that, but five of the buildings are available in the "highest resolution" with even interior details including the Reichstag Building (seat of the German Parliament), and the Olympic Stadium. The models were made possible with help by Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam and a spin-off called 3D Geo GmbH. It was developed by the State of Berlin through the Senate Department of Urban Development, the Senate Department for Economics, Technology, and Women's Affairs, and Berlin Partner GmbH.

To download the collection (not yet part of the Google Earth layers), use this link (English) or this link (German). These models are not yet part of the Google Earth layers, you have to download them through these links published by the State of Berlin.

At first glance, I'm really impressed with this collection. They have done a good job of balancing performance with complexity. Buildings that are further away automatically disappear (so they don't use too much memory, and so you see more detail when you are closer to the buildings). Although, this is annoying if you want to take a screenshot of the skyline. You might need a relatively recent computer with a relatively new 3D video card (preferably one with a lot of memory for textures). Because some of you won't have a fast enough computer, I will do a video demonstration later. [UPDATE: there's a WMV video (Windows Media Player required) available here by the developers which shows off some of the buildings.]

There may be problems reaching the models today since it was just released and there will be high demand for this large collection of 3D models. More details on the release are available from here. Also here is a Spiegel Online article (in German). Thanks to GEB readers Frederic, Mathias, and Manuel for being the first (all within 30 minutes) of telling me about the new collection.

Enviado por FrankTaylor at 8 de Marzo 2007 a las 06:50 AM

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    Doesn't work on a mac: file not found 8-(

    Enviado por: blazouf at 8 de Marzo 2007 a las 07:47 AM

    looks like the NASA "blue marble" problem.... why is it that for projects this important there's no quality control using a mac??? i don't get it... first i thought it's the network that is overwhelmed... until i read your post that it's AGAIN the .kmz file that is not cut out for osX, major bummer... i emailed the contact people for the berlin 3D project, let's see what comes out of it...

    Enviado por: smokeonit at 8 de Marzo 2007 a las 08:10 AM

    i just got an email back from the government section of the project. the person wrote that they now know about the problem with osX and he will email me when it's fixed.

    Enviado por: smokeonit at 8 de Marzo 2007 a las 08:17 AM

    You can view some Buildings even from the inside if you zoom close enough. For example the "Reichstags Building". At the big train station near by (52.524836,13.369185) you can even see trains and people in it.

    Now I'm really sad, that I don't have a Space Navigator to fly though. But the scenery is reale impressive.

    May be you can make one of your famouse videos of it?

    Enviado por: Christian Meixner at 8 de Marzo 2007 a las 10:58 AM

    i think its a problem with the user-agent string on mac. the webserver seems to ignore user-agents that do not match "kh_lt/LTxxxx" (GE Win version)...figured out using wget -U. reported to the project leader...he will post it right here when its done.

    Enviado por: lame at 8 de Marzo 2007 a las 11:53 AM

    for mac users - i think its done. tested on mac osx 10.4.8, GE version 4.0.2736. amazing!

    Enviado por: lame at 8 de Marzo 2007 a las 01:33 PM

    thnx lame for the update;-)

    that was fast, as i said earlier, it took NASA over a month to fix their mac problem with the blue marble kmz file....

    Enviado por: smokeonit at 8 de Marzo 2007 a las 07:42 PM

    Good Morning, the MAC problem should be fixed by now. Hope everything runs well!

    Enviado por: Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Women´s Issues at 9 de Marzo 2007 a las 03:22 AM

    Good job. Awesome !!!

    But why all buildings are positioned at the air, not attached the ground.

    Enviado por: neo3d at 27 de Marzo 2007 a las 07:40 PM

    you need to turn on your "terrain", that will place the buildings on the ground. you prob also want to increase your cache...

    Note: i am using an I-mac, 256vram, 2gb ram, 2.16ghz, i had to increase my disk cache to 2000, and my ram cache to 1000 for berlin to load and run compleatly. it took like 30 min for it all to load.
    it feals like viewing a .mov file during the 32k days at times...

    Enviado por: christian at 1 de Abril 2007 a las 01:41 PM

    Hello developers!
    We are Russian pupils who make an project about Germany, Berlin and we need video tour in this city but link in you text are broken (( Have you any another link to this video? )

    Enviado por: pupil at 18 de Abril 2007 a las 11:01 AM

    Enviado por: Berlin Partner GmbH at 23 de Abril 2007 a las 05:12 AM

    hey man, have you noticed that berlin3d no longer works?

    Enviado por: josh at 9 de Mayo 2007 a las 10:17 PM

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