How to use Google Earth to define your Points of Interest


Once the model area has been defined, it is time to add some features to the model.  A common feature to add is a Point of Interest (POI).  Often times we come across POIs that have not been previously mapped.  This is very easy to accomplish in Google Earth, and will aid in the design of the model tremendously.

This initial design step will help to define location of your POIs, which can later be stylized and/or labeled as you see fit.  At this stage it is more important to accurately locate the POI then it is to get the look just right in Google Earth.

After opening Google Earth, locate the “Places” menu bar on the left side of the screen.


Right Click on “My Places”, hoover over “Add”, then click “Folder”. Name your project folder.


You can then add subfolders for different categories of POIs (i.e. “Schools”, “Hospitals”, Shopping”).  It is good to keep your POIs very organized, as it will make adding style to them easier if they are in there appropriate groups.


Once you have located your subject area we can begin to add our POIs.  There are a couple of methods of locating the POI; you can search for the point in the search bar, or if you are familiar with the area you can visually locate it on screen by zooming in.


Once you have located where the POI is, click on the “Add Placemark” button located at the top of the screen (it looks like a yellow thumbtack).  You can also right click on the folder it is to be placed in,  then “Add”, then “Placemark”.


By default the thumbtack is placed at the center of the screen, and the crosshairs should be flashing.  To more accurately place the POI, click and drag the flashing placemark to its exact location.


When you click on the “Add Placemark” button, a dialog box will pop up.  This is where you can name your POI, add any description of the POI.


Once you are satisfied with the location and name of the POI, click “OK” in the dialog box.  Notice that your shape was added to the “Places” menu, under whichever folder you placed it in.  Next, right click on the project folder, or category folder, and click “Save Place As”.  Save as a KMZ, in a location easy to find.

Send the KMZ, or multiple KMZs to us here at Solid Terrain Modeling, and we will be well on our way to making your project a reality.