NY Times Olympic Map - How can I do this?
Posted 10 February 2010 - 04:12 PM
What would it be like to create something like this? Assuming I have all the necessary pieces of base data, what sorts of applications might I need to put something like this together?
thanks in advance...
Posted 10 February 2010 - 05:36 PM
I don't know for certain, but I'm guessing they used something like Papervision 3D to create the interactive 3D bits. Continuing with that guess, they probably created a mesh with their terrain data and used the satellite image as a texture.
The other option, is they have some proprietary Flash extensions to create these. It sounds like the NYTimes graphics department has some top notch developers working for them, so it wouldn't surprise me.
Posted 10 February 2010 - 06:24 PM
GIS Reference and Instruction Specialist, Stanford Geospatial Center.
Posted 11 February 2010 - 05:56 AM
it's very coool, i am curious too!
Thats is very cool indeed. I'd be curious to know more about how it's created as well.
Posted 11 February 2010 - 05:59 AM
Download SRTM and Landsat 7 data using Global Mapper. Export terrain data as a DXF 3D face file. Export image as a jpg.
Import terrain data into Google Sketchup, smooth it, and apply jpg as a texture. Export this to a google earth KMZ file. Unzip the file to get the Collada (*.dae) file out and texture.
Use Flash papervision to parse Collada File.
You can download a FlashDevelop Project that I created here, and a more detailed explanation here.
Posted 11 February 2010 - 07:45 AM
"There is much beauty that we fail to see through our own eyes teeming with life forms that give us that perception of our reality. Leaves on the trees blowing gently in the wind, or scarily, the waves pounding through high surf, or lightly on a warm summer’s day; that opportunity to sit or swim in the water on a white beach. That comfort to shout, “The universal conscious do you hear me? I am alive, guide me dear logos towards the path of rightnesses.” Earned what has been kept, no longer to be absorbed into a life filled with cold damn winds and that stubborn fog clouding my vision with nothing but darkness."
Posted 11 February 2010 - 08:33 AM
Posted 11 February 2010 - 10:05 AM
Sources: Elevation data by Intermap Technologies Inc.; satellite photographs by DigitalGlobe, Province of British Columbia and TerraMetrics via Google Earth
Posted 11 February 2010 - 02:59 PM
I was thinking it was developed along the lines of 3d Nature's NatureView Express, however that solution requires a client.
Just thinking out loud here, you could go from WCS/VNS to VRML through SceneExpress.
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Posted 11 February 2010 - 05:56 PM
Snowgage, your username reminded me of some very similar I saw a while back on ski.com. http://www.ski.com/i...ctive/maps.aspx They are really nice looking, but take a while to load. I don't know much about how they were done, other than the big Java logo on loadup.
Posted 12 February 2010 - 04:42 AM
Very interesting link. Well, I have been a "bad boy" and looked the code in the flash file, so I found with what program it was made:
it's free, and has interface for flah & java.
I will take sometime to investigate it and see how we can use it with DEM & GIS data...
I will try to maintain you all informed
Posted 12 February 2010 - 10:27 AM
Away3D looks SUPER FUN!
Posted 12 February 2010 - 11:32 PM
Please post here if you find other methods.
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