May 2017

Advanced Google Earth Techniques

Status: This seminar has been postponed. A new date is to be announced.
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Time: 12:30 PM-1:00 PM: Registration and Lunch
1:00 PM-4:00 PM: Advanced Google Earth Techniques
Location: Castlegar, BC
Presenter: Mr. Patrick Teti, M.Sc., P.Geo.
Credit: 3 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $285.00 + GST = $299.25 until May 2, 2017

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $350.00 + GST = $367.50

Non-Member Price: $350.00 + GST = $367.50

Student Member Price: $175.00 + GST = $183.75
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by May 02, 2017 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
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This seminar will show you how to make better use of your spatial data and documentary photos and to create more professional-looking Google Earth content. You will learn how to keep your data and photos more organized, accessible, and useful to yourself and your intended audience.

An unlimited amount of information can be linked to points and other geospatial objects in Google Earth with “Balloons” which appear when an object is clicked. Methods for taking advantage of these features by editing HTML and KML will be demonstrated. Attendees will be given files to use as templates. Additional techniques to be introduced are converting large datasets and photo collections into Placemarks and georeferencing oblique aerial photos using the Photo Overlay tool. In contrast with the intermediate seminar, emphasis is on the creation of more advanced content.

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


  • Georeferencing oblique photos.
  • Controlling the content and layout of Balloons.
  • Adding legends and titles with Screen Overlays. 
  • Interpolating photo locations along a GPS track.
  • 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: forest harvest planning and monitoring, silviculture, road and other linear corridor planning and maintenance, 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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