GoogleEarth to OBJ

OBJ from GoogleEarth

Just came across a method of using OGLE and GLIntercept to dump geometry from GoogleEarth to the OBJ file format.  I’ve summarized the steps here, but complete and detailed instructions can be found on the EyeBeam OGLE website.

DISCLAIMER:  The following is for illustration purposes only. The following text does not advocate for or condone the commercial use of copyrighted materials without the consent of the owner(s) or author(s).  Furthermore, since this process requires changing some system libraries (dll files), the author of this text is not responsible for damages to your computer or loss of data.  Follow these instructions at your own risk.



1.     Install GLIntercept…

2.     Copy the system .dll (C:\WINDOWS\system32\opengl32.dll) to your GoogleEarth directory (name it opengl32.orig.dll) as backup.

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GIS to 3DS

3dsmaxviewHere are some basic instructions for converting/importing GIS building and terrain shapefile data into 3DS, Rhino, etc. This may not be the most elegant or efficient manner of conversion out there, but it does the job.

The process of converting GIS building and terrain data into a usable, 3D model, is a relatively simple (but not necessarily) straightforward task.  The general idea is to use GIS data, including non-graphical data fields like ‘apex’ and ‘elevation,’ to create a 3D model that can later be edited with various 3D modeling software.  For buildings, the method is to translate the building footprints (from the GIS shapefile), to their appropriate altitude (resting on the ground), then to extrude the footprints to their appropriate height (the apex of the building), and then export it all as a VRML geometry.  For terrain, the method is to convert a contour map into a TIN (Triangulated Irregular Network), then to a Raster image, then back to a TIN, and then export it as VRML geometry.

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