SDK For Custom User Applications

Render Large Point Clouds

Large Scale Delaunay Triangulated Terrain

3D buildings from OpenStreetMap in OpenWebGlobe

The bachelor thesis of Manuel Dätwyler and Kevin Hürbi (FHNW – University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, Geomatics Engineering) is about OpenStreetMap and OpenWebGlobe:

3D-buildings are generated from the OpenStreetMap database and displayed in OpenWebGlobe. The correct altitude on the virtual globe is retrieved from the ASTER GDEM v2 dataset. All components used, such as OpenStreetMap, OpenWebGlobe and the Elevation data are freely available. The Web Service is implemented as a node.js application.



A demo will be available online soon and the full source code will be released soon on GitHub.

A few more impressions: New York and Beijing:



OpenWebGlobe in Internet Explorer 11

OpenWebGlobe runs in Internet Explorer Version 11 (in Windows 8.1 Preview). Thanks to Microsoft for supporting WebGL in their future browsers!

OpenWebGlobe runs smooth, there are only a few glitches which will be adapted for the IE11 browser soon.

It runs in tile screen and desktop mode:





New OpenWebGlobe Server Architecture

We have a new server setup for OpenWebGlobe. Using our enhanced version of MapCache (
All OpenWebGlobe tiles are cached in Amazon S3. If a tile is not yet available it is retrieved from our high performance server located in Muttenz, Switzerland. We can have many instances running in the Amazon cloud to speed up delivery of our data.


With this architecture it is very easy to add/update massive new data.
A demo will be available very soon, it includes worldwide elevation and image data. It also includes OpenStreetMap data with transparent background suitable for overlays.