News & Milestones
- Jul 15 2002:
GeoVRML 1.1 is released! This includes all of the updates that were made
to the GeoVRML specification during its ISO standardization path. GeoVRML
1.1 is therefore equivalent to the support in the VRML97 Amendment 1.
- Jun 6 2002:
Chris Thorne releases an update to his Rez utility, with an elevation
combiner, JPEG heightmap output, and GTOPO30 output tiler.
- May 6 2002:
Ryan Koehnen publishes his GeoVRML page with content developed as
part of his senior project on GeoVRML.
- Mar 12 2002:
A new version of the GeoVRML 1.0 installer is released with improved
cross-browser support and initial releases of the GeoTransform and
GeoProximitySensor nodes from Mike McCann.
- Mar 6 2002:
The M4 release of the Xj3D project is announced. This open source
VRML/X3D browser now includes support for GeoVRML via
the Java-based EXTERNPROTO nodes.
- Mar 4 2002:
Version 1.3 of DEM2GeoEG is released. This contains updates to allow
the DEM to GeoVRML converter to work on DEMs produced by the STDS2DEM
- Feb 17 2002:
Justin Couch and Alan Hudson announce early progress in getting the GeoVRML
nodes working within Xj3D: an open source VRML/X3D browser based upon
- Feb 16 2002:
Chris Thorne releases an update to the Rez utility. This includes
new interfaces to the various tiler and output functions and some
new sample plugins.
- Jan 23 2002:
GeoTransform 1.4 is released. This includes updates from Jesus Diaz
to support more coordinate systems: Mercator, Lambert Conformal Conic,
and OSGB; as well as over 200 datums.
- Nov 12 2001:
- Chris Thorne releases an update to his Rez utility, including
fixes to GeoVRML output, reworking of the binary tree VRML output,
and repackaging of all the code.
- Nov 6 2001:
- Mike McCann of MBARI releases a number of GeoVRML bathymetric
survery models along with updated tsmApi sources to add new
functionality to the GeoVRML generation features.
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- Oct 30 2001:
- The Web3D Consortium membership voted to forward the VRML97
Amendment 1 to ISO. This includes the GeoVRML nodes as an optional
component. A further round of reviews within ISO will take place
before final standardization.
- Aug 15, 2001:
- GeoVRML progress is reported at the SIGGRAPH 2001 CartoBOF.
Theresa-Marie Rhyne summarized the efforts of the Carto Project's
collaboration with the International Cartographic Association's
Commission on Visualization and Virtual Environments, David Colleen
showed Planet9's site models for DC and NYC, Mike McCann showed the dive
visualization work at MBARI, Martin Reddy gave an update on GeoVRML
standardization activities, and Don Brutzman showed the creation of
GeoVRML profiles in X3D.
- Aug 7 2001:
- Martin Reddy presented a paper on GeoVRML at the International
Cartographic Conference (ICC 2001) in Beijing. The title was
GeoVRML: Open Web-based 3D Cartography.
- Jul 15, 2001:
- Version 1.3 of the GeoTransform package released. Includes
datum support added by Jesus Diaz.
- Jan 11, 2001:
- SRI announce the release of version 2.1 of their Open Source tsmApi
(Tile Set Manager API) library. This release includes support for
creating multiresolution GeoVRML 1.0 terrain models from a large
number of mapping and image file formats. Available from
- Jan 5, 2001:
- Parallel Graphics announces native support for GeoVRML 1.0
nodes in their Cortona VRML browser.
Read Mr Parker's announcement at:
Download Cortona from
- Dec 15, 2000:
- ESRI publish a couple of GeoVRML 1.0 models created using
the new GeoVRML export function of their soon to be released 3D
Analyst Extension to ArcView/ArcInfo 8.1 (official release
date is Q1 2001). These are available at:
- Sep 5, 2000:
- Bashir Research release ShapeViz 1.2 which lets users view
ESRI Shape files. Version 1.2 includes export support to GeoVRML 1.0.
ShapeViz is written by Matt Fadoul of Bashir Research and can be
downloaded for free from:
- Aug 29, 2000:
- Araya san of the Fukuoka Institute of Technology
announces a Japanese translation of
the GeoVRML 1.0 specification at
- Jul 26, 2000:
- At the SIGGRAPH 2000 Web3D Roundup, Martin Reddy demonstrates
SRI International's TerraVision browser flying around a terrain model
with GeoVRML building models.
- Jul 26, 2000:
- At the SIGGRAPH 2000 Carto BOF, Don Brutzman, Chris Thorne, and
Martin Reddy give presentations on GeoVRML content and directions.
- Jun 22, 2000:
- GeoVRML 1.0 is accepted for inclusion in the Internet Product
Watch service, available at
- Jun 5, 2000:
- GeoVRML 1.0 is officially accepted as a Web3D Consortium
recommended Practice. Read the
- May, 2000:
- Don Brutzman completes the DTD for the X3D GeoVRML Profile.
This is included in the
- Apr 26, 2000:
GeoVRML 1.0 license is sent to the Open Source Initiative
for consideration as an OSI branded Open Source license.
- Feb 23, 2000:
- The paper
Under the Hood of GeoVRML 1.0 is presented
Web3D/VRML 2000 Symposium.
The authors were Martin Reddy, Lee Iverson, and Yvan Leclerc of
- Feb 9, 2000:
- Chris Thorne announces hist summary of techniques for dealing
with tile seams on multiresolution grids, called
- Jan 18, 2000:
- Chris Thorne announces updates and renaming of
new mutiresolution terrain tool (Rez) and image slicer tool.
- Jan 5, 2000:
- The GeoVRML 1.0 Recommended Practice document and implementation
are submitted to the Web3D Consortium for official approval.
- Nov 26, 1999:
- GeoVRML meeting and
Web3D/VRML 2000 Symposium
from February 21 to 24, 2000 in Monterey California.
The course is currently scheduled for the afternoon of February 22.
- Nov 21, 1999:
draft available and
announced to mailing list.
- Sep 19, 1999:
Martin Reddy releases the
open source utility that converts USGS DEMs into GeoElevationGrids.
- Aug 11, 1999:
- GeoVRML progress reported at the SIGGRAPH CartoBOF, including
the group's plan to move towards a GeoVRML 1.0 Recommended Practice
- Nov 24, 1998:
- SRI announce the release of the GeoTransform Java package.
This offers efficient and accurate conversion between a number
of geographic coordinate systems and is based upon the SEDRIS
Conversions API. You can
read the announcement in the
- Nov 16, 1998:
- SRI announce the release of their tsmApi (Tile Set Manager API)
library. This library provides support for generating large, rich,
multi-resolution, tiled terrain data in VRML97. You can read the
announcement in the
- Sep 9, 1998:
The GeoVRML Working Group issues a proposal that
the Next Generation VRML provide support double-precision floating
- Jul 22, 1998:
The GeoVRML Working Group report on their current status at the
Carto BOF and the VRML Tech SIG at SIGGRAPH 98.
- Jul 21, 1998:
Release of Version 1 of the GeoVRML RFC 1: Coordinate
Systems, a proposal for a means of managing georeferenced data
using standard geographical coordinate systems.
- April 23, 1998:
Martin Reddy releases some initial experiments in producing new VRML nodes
for geographic applications. These were the QuadLOD node and
VisibilityInline node (later to become the GeoLOD and GeoInline nodes
of GeoVRML 1.0).
- Feb 27, 1998:
GeoVRML is an official Working Group of the VRML Consortium.
- Feb 16, 1998:
A Workshop called "The Representation of Geographical Information in
VRML", organized by Lee Iverson, met at the VRML98 conference in
Monetery, CA. There were over forty attendees, even though
it was first thing Monday morning, and a holiday to boot. Lee
prepared a short report on the workshop.
- Aug 6, 1997:
The ACM SIGGRAPH Carto Project holds a Birds of a Feather meeting at
SIGGRAPH97 in Los Angeles, CA; organized by Theresa-Marie Rhyne and
Dave Taylor. VRML is identified as a good medium to disseminate 3D
geographic models, but various problems and limitations are identified.