Google™ Earth

BGSU's 3D Campus: About

The Bowling Green State University Google Earth 3D Campus was assembled and created by the University’s Office of Design and Construction.  The Google Earth campus provides a virtual environment to explore the university campus.  It is a powerful visualization tool for planning campus improvements as BGSU goes through an aggressive building program.  The BGSU Google Earth campus will be used to show physical improvements to the campus as they occur in the coming years.

The BGSU 3D campus began in 2007 when a student group comprised of Digital Arts and Computer Science majors set out to enter the ‘Google Earth Model Your Campus’ competition.  The group was mentored by Bonnie Mitchell, Associate Professor of Digital Arts and Daniel Lemmerbrock, Data Hub and Resource Center Manager in the Office of Design and Construction.  The group was not able to complete the project by the deadline, but the models provided a foundation for the creation of the 3D campus.  From 2007-2009 with support from Jim McArthur, University Architect and under the direction of Daniel Lemmerbrock, student interns from the Architecture and Environmental Design program upgraded existing models, created new models, and began the photo texturing process.  Interns with major contributions included Christine Yankel and Peter Ashamalla.  In the spring of 2009 Dan Lemmerbrock took detailed pictures of all campus buildings for use in photo-texturing the models.  The majority of the buildings were photo-textured as part of the 2009 Campus Master Plan by Munson 3D (munson3d.com).  To add final details to the buildings and upload them to Google Earth, Andrew Merriman a Construction Management student intern completed the process in 2010.