Here’s something pretty nifty for those of you heading off to the 2015 ESRIUC in San Diego, a venue Story Map in 3D. Wander the virtual San Diego Convention Center and see exactly where the plenary session is located, the Map gallery, you can even locate where the yoga takes place! Spin the map around, tilt it, and view the entire Convention Center in wonderful 3D – it really is awesome!!
Something on the Esri blogs this week giving us a clue as to what we can expect to see on the main stage at ESRIUC this July – ArcGIS Earth – Esri’s new effort to support the transition to an ESRI solution from the Google Earth Pro environment.
This week at the annual Trimble Dimensions conference in Vegas, the company officially released the latest update to SketchUp, the awesome 3D modeling environment. the following are just 10 of the new features and functionality awaiting users:
- 64-bit Support: In addition to continued support for 32-bit systems, SketchUp Pro 2015 is available in a 64-bit version for Windows and Mac.
- IFC Import: In addition to export, SketchUp Pro users can now share models between Building Information Modeling (BIM) tools and apply industry standard types that stay with the model as it travels with SketchUp 2015’s new IFC file import.
- Ruby API and Extension Warehouse Enhancements: A variety of improvements to SketchUp’s Ruby API
- Faster Core: Models render faster with core modeling performance improvements
- Professional Drafting: Using SketchUp’s LayOut 2D drawing and documentation tool, users can manage drawings more easily and display more data from their information models
- Modeling Tools: With the addition of a 3-point Arc tool, users can now draw arced edges four different ways.
- Expanded 3D Warehouse
- SketchUp Pro 2015 also supports 3D CAD and BIM services
- download starts with a 30-day trial of Pro features
- 2015 Pro licenses can be used on a Mac or a PC
Image venturing through one of China’s scenic wonders, a massive cave full of cone shaped peaks, arches, and the world’s largest cavern! Well, thanks to National Geographic you can now sit back in your chair and go on a virtual exploration and enjoy it all, complete with details of how laser scanning technology was used to capture is all in amazing detail!
An update on 3DEP from the USGS… The 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) initiative is being developed to respond to growing needs for high-quality topographic data and for a wide range of other three-dimensional representations of the Nation’s natural and constructed features. The primary goal of 3DEP is to systematically collect enhanced elevation data in the form of high-quality light detection and ranging (lidar) data over the conterminous United States, Hawaii, and the U.S. territories, with data acquired over an 8-year period. Interferometric synthetic aperture radar (ifsar) data will be collected over Alaska, where cloud cover and remote locations preclude the use of lidar over much of the State. The 3DEP initiative is based on the results of the National Enhanced Elevation Assessment.
Recall Google put the call out several months ago for community groups to model their communities in 3D – enter the Model your Town competition. Seems now there are 5 finalists and in American-Idol’ish fashion, the rest is up to you… so get out there and vote! Online voting is open from April 1 through May 1, 2010. Be sure to look at all the entries in detail on the competition website and then cast your vote for the one you deem to have created the best sense of place. Finalists are from the UK, Spain, Peru, Germany, and the USA.