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Presenting the planet-earth project

planet-earth is a way into the GeoWeb - a new, enriched Web experience where space and time become meaningful again, through an immersive 3D model of the planet.

If you've ever wanted to:

  • find out more about your local area, or someone else's
  • know the opening hours of the closest bookshop in a new city
  • read reviews of every cafe in a three-block radius from your location
  • explore the history and culture of any place on earth
  • see what new developments & infrastructure are planned for your city
  • find local providers of a product or service
  • tell the world about your own local area, or your own products and services

Then you need planet-earth.

3map - the Free Geospace Engine

The planet-earth project is powered by 3map, a Free Software project being built with the support of the Telstra Broadband Fund that provides the client and server capabilities to deliver the Web Augmented Virtual Earth.

3map's rich media experience requires a computer with a 3D acceleration card and a broadband internet connection.

3map can be deployed on Linux or other Unix servers, and will provide your organisation the capability to publish to the GeoWeb. 3map is based on international standards from the OpenGIS and Web3D consortia. All of our code is open source; there is no licence fee. Contact Ping for more information, and for integration services and support.

you may email us

or phone +61.2.9500 6222

< about 3map >


Zooming in from orbit into Australia, and then down to Sydney to the forecourt of the Museum of Contemporary Art.


4th April 2004
Milestone 8
Source Code Release

1st February 2004
Milestone 7
planet-earth 1.0 released

1st December 2003
Version 1.0 Demo released

1st November 2003
Milestone 6
Public Beta

1st September 2003
Milestone 5
Alpha version 2

6th August 2003
ping wins award, acclaim at SIGGRAPH 2003 Web3D Showcase

1st August 2003
3D Interactive Map of the World Depends on Open Standards
OGC User

1st July 2003
Milestone 4
Alpha ready for public demo

1st June 2003
Milestone 3
J2EE spatial database & metadata specification

20th May 2003
He's got the whole world in his browser
Sydney Morning Herald/Melbourne Age
[detailed version of accompanying graph]

1st May 2003
Milestone 2
Interaction design specification document

18th March 2003
Milestone 1
3D terrain management tool (Rez)

18th February 2003
ping receives funding to develop 3map from the Telstra Broadband Fund
Telstra press release

15th May 2001
Web 3D to map the whole world
Sydney Morning Herald


For more information, please phone +61.2.9500 6222 or email