October 2016

Advanced Google Earth Techniques

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Date: Thursday, October 6, 2016
Time: 12:30 PM-1:00 PM: Registration and Lunch
1:00 PM-4:00 PM: Advanced Google Earth Techniques
Location: Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre 711 West Broadway Vancouver, BC V5Z 3Y2
Presenter: Mr. Patrick Teti, M.Sc., P.Geo.
Credit: 3 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $225.00 + GST = $236.25 until Sept 22, 2016

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $265.00 + GST = $278.25

Non-Member Price: $265.00 + GST = $278.25

Student Member Price: $132.50 + GST = $139.13
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by September 22, 2016 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
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Advanced Google Earth Techniques - Using Your Field Photos More Effectively Seminar. In this seminar, you will learn how to unlock the full potential of Google Earth for organizing and visualizing all types of geographic data and images, both for your own record-keeping and for creating professional-looking content. This seminar focuses on advanced authoring techniques and will include an introduction to the creation and placement of 3D models using Trimble SketchUp. Features of Google Earth Pro (now free) will also be discussed.

Google Earth vector and bitmap objects (covered in the Intermediate Techniques seminar) can be linked to an unlimited amount of information by the use of popup windows (Balloons). Techniques for taking advantage of these features with the built-in editor and by editing HTML and KML will be demonstrated. Files will be provided which you can use later as templates or as starting points for advanced editing. The instructor will also describe how to convert tables of x,y,z point data and georeferenced photo collections into Placemarks.

The Google Earth Photo Overlay is a unique authoring tool, allowing a bitmap to be superimposed on an arbitrary 3D perspective view of the earth. This means, for example, that an oblique aerial photo can be overlain on a matching GE view, providing unique visualization opportunities. However, this tool is as confusing as it is powerful, so a step-by-step approach to learning it will be described.

It is recommended that attendees first attend Intermediate Google Earth Techniques or screen themselves based on this seminar description.



  • Georeferencing oblique photos as Photo Overlays
  • Controlling the content and layout of Balloons
  • Adding legends and titles with Screen Overlays  
  • Importing point data from a spreadsheet
  • Editing KML files – why and how
  • Creating 3d models for GE with SketchUp

Intended Audience

Anyone wanting to create professional quality content for viewing in Google Earth, especially content containing documentary photographs.

Industry examples:

  • Construction site and municipal facility supervision and monitoring;
  • Linear corridor monitoring;
  • Mine site and reclamation planning and monitoring;
  • Reservoir planning and visualization;
  • Terrain stability and hydrogeomorphic event assessment;
  • River and highway inspection;
  • Geomatics.


Mr. Patrick Teti, P.Geo.

Mr. Patrick Teti, P.Geo., (B.Sc. Geology WVU, 1971, M.Sc. Physical Geography, UBC, 1979) has a background in hydrometeorological monitoring, watershed restoration, and forest hydrology. He was a research hydrologist with the BC government for 18 years where he was an early adopter of Google Earth for planning field work, organizing data, and as a publishing platform. Since retiring from the public service in 2010, he has given 26 full-day Google Earth seminars in BC, Alberta, Washington, and Idaho. He also uses Google Earth to plan walking tours.

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