I Have Pictures!

In earlier postings I created Google Earth maps with pushpins showing where there are (or will be) wind turbines.  To take that one step further I have now created a 3-D model of a wind turbine that reflects how it will actually look.  Below are some screen shots of sample viewpoints.

For those who can run Google Earth you are in for a treat (in an obscene sort of way).  I’m in the process of creating KMZ files for each project which can be opened by GE and allow you to fly around the projects and see what they will actually look like from different vantage points.  To see which KMZ files are available, go to my reference materials page, scroll down to the kmz’s and download at your pleasure.  Initially I’ve got Amherst Island, Ostrander Point and White Pines, and I’ll be adding more as time permits.  If you have a project that you want displayed quicker than my random rate, please let me know.

To use the KMZ files, here’s a general step-by-step:

  1. Download the kmz file(s) from my reference materials.
  2. If you want you may be able to open the file directly from GE.
  3. Remember where you saved them!
  4. Open up Google Earth.
  5. Wait until the opening globe stabilizes.
  6. Upper left corner, “file” – “open”.
  7. Navigate to where you saved the kmz file.
  8. Open the file(s) you want. Magic then occurs.

I’ve found it easiest to zoom into about 3000 feet then tilting, using the upper circle in the upper right corner. It does take some practice learning to fly around, but after a few minutes it starts to become easier. Have fun! If you can…

These are screen shots of what it looks like.  Click to enlarge.


9 thoughts on “I Have Pictures!”

  1. Wow, what a job Wayne – awesome. HWC would greatly appreciate having this for our area. We have approx 184 IWT’s being proposed. Just can’t believe the destruction this will cause. We are fighting every step of the way.
    Keep up the good work.

  2. Brilliant!……every pilot in Ontario should be equipped with copies of these maps so they don’t kill themselves when flying over these areas!………too bad birds and bats could “google” their flight paths as they get minced on their way back to their “homes” this spring!

  3. had just figured out how to place model in to g.e. so am none too pleased, happily downloaded your .kmz’s and am now flying. admire your balanced tech tone. thank you i can now visualize what it could be like in the neighborhood.

  4. Hi Wayne,
    This is fantastic work. Thank you so much for all the effort you put into it. We in Prince Edward County appreciate the time it must have taken. Now we can view WPD’s project in 3D horror. I am sending the link on to everyone I know.


  5. This is an amazing resource. Thanks for putting this together. It must have taken a lot of hard work. Just curious, when I look at the IWTs in the Samsung-1.kml file in Google Earth I measured one to be just 479 meters from our home. Just wondering how accurate the locations are and if they reflect the final positioning.

  6. The accuracy depends mostly on the source of the coordinates. I have 5 levels.

    General area: Just a guess, based on the general location. Not accurate at all.
    Project area: Usually spread out evenly over the project area supplied by the developer. Not accurate.
    Project picture: Taken from a picture supplied by the developer. Maybe 50 m accuracy.
    Project coordinates: Usually taken from the noise study, supplied by the developer. Very accurate, to a few meters.
    Physical: Taken from Google Earth pictures and manually mapped. Accurate, but may be missing more recent turbines.

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