Local Government – Open Cycle Journey Planner

Local Government using CycleStreets based on OpenStreetMap OpenCycleMaps
Users can add their own – http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Cycle_routes

West Sussex County Council Open Cycle Journey Planner

An Excellent addition to West Sussex County Council – Find your quietest journey to work, school or even for leisure.

  • Turn-by-turn directions
  • Journey time:
  • Distance:
  • Calories:
  • CO2 saving:
  • Quietness-o-meter
  • Route has very busy sections
  • Fly in Google Earth
  • GPS device export (GPX)
  • Elevation Profile.

Try your own journey by bicycle:

Geospatial Revolution: Episode Three Released

Once again, right on time, Penn State Public Broadcasting has released Episode Three of their excellent “Geospatial Revolution” project.

If you’ve missed either of the first two episodes, I strongly suggest you go back and watch them. Episode One covered a wide overview of “how” and “why” questions regarding geospatial technologies, and Episode Two dug into more specific examples including the City of Portland and the well-known shipping company UPS.

Episode Three covers a variety of safety and war-related topics, such as:

• “Mapping the Road to Peace”

• “Waging Modern War”

• “Serving and Protecting”

• “Staying Safe”

You can watch each segment individually on their site, or watch the full 15 minute video below:

I hope you enjoy the video, and be watching for their fourth and final episode on May 3, 2011.

Coming together to model The Hague

In terms of 3D buildings, The Hague, Netherlands is quite barren. There are buildings that pop up in various places around the city, but the overall coverage is rather low.


However, back in December the city was added to Google’s Building Maker tool, which enabled many more people to quickly create 3D models in the city.

To help facilitate the modeling and get the city built out as quickly as possible, Google and Design8 are putting together a workshop next month to help teach users how to create buildings using Building Maker and SketchUp. The workshop will be held at the Delft University of Technology, just a few miles from The Hague. If you’re in the area, you can sign up for the workshop here.

The goal of the workshop is to help each volunteer model 10 buildings, which should accumulate to some excellent city-wide coverage once all of those models go live.

Google has been doing various “Model Your Town” events for over a year now, and the results have been very encouraging. More than 400 locations have joined the “Model Your Town” program, and last year they named Barranco – Lima, Peru as the first winner of the contest.

There are certainly some talented modelers that have been working on locations in The Hague, and hopefully this event will inspire them to model even more. For example, check out the excellent model below:


We’ll have to check back in with The Hague in a few months to see what kind of progress this workshop has been able to inspire. If you’re fortunate enough to be able to attend, please let us know how it goes!