Recently, the City of Nanaimo participated in Google’s Model Your Town competition. After a call for participation by the mayor and council, a number of community members attended a training session run by Nanaimo’s Development Services and Information Technology departments. Over the next two months, Nanaimo’s team worked hard and helped grow the number of buildings in Nanaimo’s 3D Warehouse collection from 30 to 128. You can see these in Google Earth when you turn on the 3D Buildings layer.
As a result of this great collaboration between city staff and residents, Nanaimo has gained an invaluable resource. Apart from the obvious benefit of showing downtown Nanaimo off to the world, this new level of completeness gives City staff an amazing resource to use for three-dimensional planning and analysis.
Have a look at this cool movie highlighting the community’s hard work:
If the stars align correctly, I will be speaking about this experience at GeoWeb 2010 later this summer. Hope to see you there!