Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Bing Maps Silverlight with 3D Buildings

I have been working on how to get 3D Buildings only the Bing Maps Silverlight control.

Many people believe this to be impossible (or at least not possible for many years)

I have now worked out how this can be achieved. Have a look at the image below.

This is from the University of Otago iMap Campus map http://www.propserv.otago.ac.nz/iMap/

To access this view leave the "Bing Maps View" radio button selected and ckick on "Dunedin" in the menu

There is also a pitch control up the top right

When you mouse over the centre you will get up and down arrows

Click these to adjust the pitch.

Please let me know what you think


Shannon said...

Is this possible with the new bing maps interface? Since silverlight is now integrated and not a seperate plugin. Also, can the photos from bing be projected on to the 3D geometry?

Pretty cool stuff.

Duncan McGregor said...

Hi Shannon,

This 3D overlay of buildings on Bing Maps is not part of the current Bing Maps for Silverlight API or the extended modes beta.

We have developed the 3D overlay in-house since there was nothing available as of yet. And we had already created a library to display our 3D models.

I assume when you say "Can the photos from Bing ber projected onto the 3D geometry" you are meanign can the building models be "skined" with images.
This may be possible but we have not looked at this.

Thank you for your comment and interest.