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Bjørvika 3D in Aftenposten

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The Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten Aften (Oslo) today has a story about my Google Earth experiment, making available 3D models of a controversial urban renewal project (“Fjordbyen” in Bjørvika, Oslo) for view in Google Earth. Norwegian only and paper edition only, but hey, they have more readers than this blog, I think. Follow the link to view the models.

Written by Anders Sundnes Løvlie

Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 14:42

Posted in Locative media

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  1. Hello Anders.
    The Bjørvika area is covered by a cloud in the Google map.
    Have you looked at the Microsoft map with a much better quality?
    Live Search Maps:


    Erik Sundheim

    Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 12:54

  2. Great initiative

    I did a similar setup in Google Earth a year ago to provide the general audience a way of visualizing a planned wind power plant at Lista, Farsund, Vest-Agder, Norway.
    The model, with 3D turbines, placemarks giving a surface view including information and pictures from the location, and maps is available from Google Earth Communities at http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/813748/an/0/page/1

    The initiative was presented by the local newspaper Farsunds Avis. The developer originally got support from the authorities (NVE) that 3D modelling was expensive and not worthwile while I demonstrated that it could be done in a few evenenings.

    The whole idea is fascinating and democratic in the way it takes some of the definition and communication power away from the large developers and the authorities and gives the audience an undirected perspective. All large development projects should be available with free and easy to use tools such as GE.

    The authorites should also release the copyright policies on terrain models and ortophotography. I have been waiting almost one year for an answer from the authorities (Ministery of Environment) on why relevant high resolution terrain and ortophoto can not be released for my area. Google claims they will incorporate it if they get legal access. Actually the authorities (Statens Kartverk) closed the general access to ortophoto through web mapping services for non-partners og Norge Digitalt ffrom 1/1-07.


    Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 14:17

  3. @ Erik: No I hadn’t looked at it (or rather, not for many months, and back then it didn’t look so interesting) – but I did now, and you’re right, apparently it has a much better view of all of Oslo. Thanks for the tip! However, as far as I can see their 3D editor doesn’t have any import function (and for that matter, I can’t find any exporter for Virtual Earth in SketchUp either), so in order to put anything here I’d have to have the architects draw it all over again in Virtual Earth. Isn’t that just a classical Microsoft problem… Or am I wrong, is it possible to import content from other formats?

    @ jrudjord: Kudos to you, you clearly beat me to the idea! However I didn’t manage to find the windmills when I tried to open the image. (There also seems to be some kind of bug that makes the tiles flicker between two resolutions, and when I closed and reopened the model some kind of graphical map covered the satellite photos.) I’m using a mac, I’ll try again later with a pc and see if it helps.
    But YES, I whole-heartedly support your proposal for changing the goverment’s copyright policy on map data. IT’s a scandal that these data haven’t been released for free use yet. First of all, as a principle public data should be publicly available – I can’t see any good arguments to the contrary. Second of all, the government and society in general would surely profit much more from innovative use of freely available map data, than they make from commissions on restricted use today. Here is one of few areas where US copyright law would be an ideal – in the US, all public map data are freely available.

    Anders Sundnes Løvlie

    Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 11:32

  4. I re-posted the model some time with GE 4.2 beta which was the only version available for installation on my new pc. I had no suspicion however that it would not be backwards compatible. If you switch of the outermost checkbox, open the sublayers and switch on only the top-most layer Wind mills in the ‘Wind mill plan’ layer the models should appear on the GE default terrain and imaginary. The images in the model was only to compensate for the bad images in GE at that time (has improved).

    It’s a pity aftenposten did not publish Bjørvika in their digital edition. I think they should be hinted to write more on public map data and publically available 3D models for large scale development projects.


    Saturday, February 2, 2008 at 00:33

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