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YSU 3D Campus Map

YSU 3D Campus Map

 

New User Tutorial

Welcome to the YSU 3D Campus Model.  This guide will help you utilize the model’s features and walk you through the initial usage of the model.  If you don’t have them on your machine already, you’ll need to get the latest versions of Google Earth and Flash Player to fully utilize the model.

For Google Earth, the most recent version (as of May 1, 2007) is version 4.0.2742.0.  You can download the most recent version from Google Earth’s website or within Google Earth do the following:  From the Help pull down menu at the top of Google Earth, select Check for Updates Online.  This will tell you the version of Google Earth you have on your computer as well as provide easy instructions for how to download and install the newest version.The structures you’ll see in the YSU 3D Campus Model were created using a variety of software packages, including ArcGIS, Elefont, and especially SketchUp.  However, the model’s constructed so that you don’t need any of these programs to work with it, nor do you have to have these programs on your computer.

There’s four main parts of this new user tutorial:

1.  How to use the Interactive Map
2.  How to use the Campus Sections
3.  Troubleshooting for the model
4.  Other references about the model

How to use the Interactive Map

The interactive map will allow you to view individual campus buildings.  By selecting the Interactive Map link, a map of the campus will appear in Flash (as long as you have the latest version of Flash Player on your machine, everything will work fine, there’s nothing you have to do with Flash once its installed and operating on your machine).

If you place the cursor over a building in the interactive map, you’ll see that building animate and expand.  Keep the cursor on it for another second or two and an animated flag will appear to tell you the name of the building. 

Clicking on that building will fill the right frame with information about that campus building as well as play a short introductory video clip of the 3D rendering of that building. 

You’ll also have two new options available:  to View the building in Google Earth or to View a full video clip of that building.  Selecting the View Full Video Clip option will open a new window and load a longer, more in-depth, video clip of the 3D rendering of the building.  Please note that depending on your connection speed, these videos may take a short amount of time to load.

If you click on the View in Google Earth option, Google Earth will open on your computer and you will zoom from earth orbit down to the location of that building on YSU’s campus.  The 3D version of the building will load, sitting over top of the flat 2D image you can see in Google Earth.

When using Google Earth, there are several important things to keep in mind:

  • Google Earth’s terrain must be turned on.  In the lower right hand corner of Google Earth’s screen inside the Layers box is a check box labeled “Terrain.”  Make sure there’s a checkmark in that box.  This will ensure that the YSU 3D Buildings sit properly on the terrain, not over or below it.  (Note:  Having the terrain turned on in Google Earth is the default option).
  • Your controls for navigating Google Earth are in the upper right corner.
    To zoom in and out, use the vertical slider bar.
    • To tilt the terrain up and down (to view the buildings in perspective view or at eye level), use the horizontal slider bar.
    • Spin the wheel to rotate your Google Earth view.
    • Use the arrows and the analog stick to fly across the campus.
    • Click the “N” on the wheel to return north to the top of the view.

You can add as many view as many buildings as you like in Google Earth, one at a time, by using the Interactive Map.  The box on the left hand side of the screen (the box marked Places) will show the loading status of buildings.  If you don’t see the building immediately appear, look in the Places box and there may be a status icon (a green circle) showing you that the building is still loading.  Note:  the more buildings you open in Google Earth at one time, the longer the next building will take to load.

How to use the Campus Sections

This portion of the model will allow you to download entire sections of campus directly into Google Earth.  Rather than downloading one building at a time, this will allow you to view an entire section of the campus and surrounding area interactively in Google Earth. You may also select the video tab to preview the section in a video clip before you download it.

When you download a section of campus, all campus buildings in the area will open in Google Earth, plus nearby buildings, structures, objects, and trees in that section will be added as well. 

To use this section, scroll your mouse across the map. You’ll see areas get highlighted in a different color, while their corresponding label turns that same color.  All buildings and objects in that area will be downloaded by clicking onto that section.

Download one section at a time.  It will take some time (the more objects in a section, the longer that section takes to load), but you can eventually open all seven sections in Google Earth and be able to interactively view the entire YSU campus and its surrounding area.

Note:  the more sections you have open at once in Google Earth, the longer they will take to load, so be patient.  The box on the left hand side of the screen (the box marked Places) will show the loading status of buildings.  If you don’t see the building immediately appear, look in the Places box and there may be a status icon (a green circle) showing you that the building is still loading. 

The seven sections are as follows:
  • North Campus:  This area contains the Lyden House and Cafaro House dorms, the Christman Dining Commons and the Newman Center, plus the surrounding greenery.
  • Sports and Recreation:  This area consists of the Stambaugh Stadium Complex (be sure to check out both sides of the scoreboard), Beeghley Center, Andrews Wellness Center, Kilcawley Center, and nearby buildings like Fedor Hall, Central Utility, and the Track Comfort and Track Storage buildings.
  • Central Campus:  This area contains the buildings and landscaping around the central core of campus, including DeBartolo Hall, Maag Library, the M2 parking deck, Cushwa Hall, Moser Hall, Ward Beecher and Jones Hall.  Be sure to check out the sculptures in front and behind Moser Hall.
  • Arts:  This area contains campus and campus-related locales such as Bliss Hall, the Butler Art Institute, the former First Christian Church, and the McDonough Museum.  This area also stretches into campus to include Kilcawley House and Tod Hall.  Be sure to find the Rock and the Fountain, as well as some of the statues and objects around Butler and Bliss, especially the gates on Bliss Hall.
  • Residential:  The largest of the Campus Sections, this area features many of the current and former residential areas on campus, such as Wick House, Weller House, and the Courtyard Apartments.  Other campus buildings such as Melnick Hall, Peck-Schoff House, Sweeney Hall, Alumni House, and Coffelt Hall are here, as well as nearby buildings such as the Wick-Pollock Inn, the Arms Museum and Holy Trinity Church.  Look for the penguin statue in front of Alumni House.
  • East Campus:  This area contains Meshel Hall, the M1 parking deck, and the bridge across Wick Avenue as well as the greenery of the area.  Nearby structures such as St. Johns Church, the main library, and the Penguin Place building are included here.
  • South Campus:  This area contains the campus buildings along Lincoln Avenue, including Phelps Building, Williamson Hall, Beeghley Hall, and 127 Lincoln.  Other campus areas such as Smith Hall, YSU Police, Materials Management, and the EJ Salata complex can be found here.  The various other buildings that face the campus core along Lincoln Avenue are included here as well. Look for other 3D details including the parking booths and YSU information signs.
When using Google Earth, there are several important things to keep in mind:
  • Google Earth’s terrain must be turned on.  In the lower right hand corner of Google Earth’s screen inside the Layers box is a check box labeled “Terrain.”  Make sure there’s a checkmark in that box.  This will ensure that the YSU 3D Buildings sit properly on the terrain, not over or below it.  (Note:  Having the terrain turned on in Google Earth is the default option).
  • Your controls for navigating Google Earth are in the upper right corner. 
    • To zoom in and out, use the vertical slider bar.
    • To tilt the terrain up and down (to view the buildings in perspective view or at eye level), use the horizontal slider bar.
    • Spin the wheel to rotate your Google Earth view.
    • Use the arrows and the analog stick to fly across the campus.
    • Click the “N” on the wheel to return north to the top of the view.

Troubleshooting for the model

The loading time of the buildings in Google Earth can be quick or relatively slow depending on the capabilities of your computer.  The minimum system requirements of Google Earth are listed here, but we recommend a better configuration in addition to a good video card to reduce the load time and be able to interact with all of campus at once.

Also, you may want to expand the cache in Google Earth to try and reduce the loading time.  From Google Earth’s Tools pull-down menu, choose Options… then select the Cache tab.  You may find it necessary to increase the disk cache size or the memory cache size. 

If the building colors look strange in Google Earth, you may want to change some of your options in Google Earth.  These are available under Google Earth’s Tools pull-down menu, then select Options… then selecting the 3D View tab.  You may want to use of the following suggestions:
  • Changing your graphics mode from Open GL to Direct X (or vice versa – if colors look strange, try the other option).
  • Selecting True Color (32 bit) for texture colors.
  • Not checking the “Compress” box under texture colors.
Other references about the model

For more information about the early development of the YSU 3D Campus Model, please refer to the following article:

  • Shellito, Bradley, Roben Carter, Paul Gromen and Jaime Webber.  2006. “Applying GIS and 3D Visualization to a University Campus Layout.”  Papers of the Applied Geography Conferences 29: 150-159. 
Other articles are currently in preparation.  References to them will be posted here when they’re completed.Presentations about the development, features, design, etc regarding the YSU 3D Campus Model were made by Dr. Bradley Shellito at the following professional venues:
  • Applied Geography Conference.  Tampa, FL.  October 11-14, 2006.  “Applying GIS and 3D Visualization to a University Campus Layout.” 
  • Association of American Geographers Conference. San Francisco, CA.  April 17-21, 2007.  “Using 3D Visualization, Google Earth, and GIS for University Planning.” 
  • Association of American Geographers Conference.  Chicago, IL.  March 7-11, 2006.  “Building a Better Campus – GIS and 3D Visualization For University Planning.”
  • Graduate Colloquium, Geography Department, Kent State University.  Kent, OH.  January 26, 2007.  “Building a Better Campus: Applying 3D Visualization and GIS to Campus Planning.”

 

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