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Featured Modeler: Sami Araboghli

Anyone can build 3D models for Google Earth -- no matter how old they are. Eighth grader Sami Araboghli of Sarasota, Florida is a case in point. Sami wants to put the entire world on Google Earth one building at a time. Currently, he has 179 models in the Google 3D Warehouse.

When Sami first started using Google Earth, he noticed lots of 3D buildings popping up and wanted to see his own models appear. After finding Google SketchUp, he started investigating how to take the models from his computer and share them with everyone else in Google Earth. After his first effort was not accepted for inclusion, Sami started researching ways to improve his models. He now has 29 3D buildings (and counting) accepted into Google Earth’s default 3D Buildings layer.

Sami starts his modeling experience by using Google Maps to find a building that interests him. In most cases, he hasn’t physically visited these locations; Sami uses Street View in Google Maps to acquire the imagery he needs (this video shows how). The first model he created with this method was a Citro├źn car dealership in Prague, Czech Republic.

Sami says: “I want to be heard, and to tell people that anyone -- no matter how old you are -- can put buildings on Google Earth and they too can be heard.”

Sami describes Google SketchUp and Google Earth as his favorite software applications; sometimes he spends the entire day making buildings. He loves the idea of being able to put buildings in Google Earth and share them with friends. Says Sami, “I think it was one of Google's coolest ideas.”

Sami also told us that he will be in the National Geographic Florida State Geography Bee competition on April 9th. Good luck Sami!

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Bang Iwan said...

Thanks for google....

Anto&Nico blogs said...

I didn't understand how old is he! Could someone tell me please?