Google has launched Google Building Maker, finally allowing people to add a third dimension to the buildings on its maps.
Previously, the buildings that were given a more solid appearance in Google Maps were handpicked by Google – but that is all about to change.
A new tool, Google Building Maker – which is described as a cross between Maps and a 'gigantic bin of building blocks' - will allow you to create three dimensional structures, which will then be compared against the original photos and, if it seems accurate, placed into the system.
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"Some of us here at Google spend almost all of our time thinking about one thing: How do we create a three-dimensional model of every built structure on Earth?" Asked Google's official blog,.
" How do we make sure it's accurate, that it stays current and that it's useful to everyone who might want to use it?
"One of the best ways to get a big project done — and done well — is to open it up to the world. As such, today we're announcing the launch of Google Building Maker, a fun and simple (and crazy addictive, it turns out) tool for creating buildings for Google Earth."
So how exactly does it work? Google explains: "Basically, you pick a building and construct a model of it using aerial photos and simple 3D shapes – both of which we provide.
"When you're done, we take a look at your model. If it looks right, and if a better model doesn't already exist, we add it to the 3D Buildings layer in Google Earth. You can make a whole building in a few minutes."