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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. [web site]
Jun 6 2002:
Chris Thorne releases an update to his Rez utility, with an elevation combiner, JPEG heightmap output, and GTOPO30 output tiler. [web site]
May 6 2002:
Ryan Koehnen publishes his GeoVRML page with content developed as part of his senior project on GeoVRML. [web site]
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. [web site]
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 converter. [web site]
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 Java3D.
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. [list archice]
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. [home page]
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. [list archive]
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. [Go To Examples]
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. [PDF]
Jul 15, 2001:
Version 1.3 of the GeoTransform package released. Includes datum support added by Jesus Diaz. Available from http://www.ai.sri.com/geotransform/.
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 http://www.tsmApi.com/.
Jan 5, 2001:
Parallel Graphics announces native support for GeoVRML 1.0 nodes in their Cortona VRML browser. Read Mr Parker's announcement at: http://www.geovrml.org/archive/msg00994.html. Download Cortona from http://www.parallelgraphics.com/.
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: http://www.geovrml.org/1.0/examples/.
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: http://www.my3d.com/ShapeViz.htm/.
Aug 29, 2000:
Araya san of the Fukuoka Institute of Technology announces a Japanese translation of the GeoVRML 1.0 specification at http://www.fit.ac.jp/~araya/GeoVRML1.0/doc/.
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. http://www.web3droundup.org/.
Jul 26, 2000:
At the SIGGRAPH 2000 Carto BOF, Don Brutzman, Chris Thorne, and Martin Reddy give presentations on GeoVRML content and directions.
Carto Project: http://www.siggraph.org/~rhyne/carto/.
Martin's slides: http://www.ai.sri.com/~reddy/talks/carto2000/.
Chris's slides: http://trapdoor.surak.com.au/~chris/CartoPresentation.html.
Jun 22, 2000:
GeoVRML 1.0 is accepted for inclusion in the Internet Product Watch service, available at http://ipw.internet.com/development/rich_media/960998154.html.
Jun 5, 2000:
GeoVRML 1.0 is officially accepted as a Web3D Consortium recommended Practice. Read the press release.
May, 2000:
Don Brutzman completes the DTD for the X3D GeoVRML Profile. This is included in the X3D-Edit Distribution.
Apr 26, 2000:
The 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 at the Web3D/VRML 2000 Symposium. The authors were Martin Reddy, Lee Iverson, and Yvan Leclerc of SRI International.
Feb 9, 2000:
Chris Thorne announces hist summary of techniques for dealing with tile seams on multiresolution grids, called Unseamly Techniques.
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 course announced for 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:
GeoVRML 1.0 draft available and announced to mailing list.
Sep 19, 1999:
Martin Reddy releases the DEM2GeoEG 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 release. slides.
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 list archive.
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 list archive.
Sep 9, 1998:
The GeoVRML Working Group issues a proposal that the Next Generation VRML provide support double-precision floating point values.
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.

Martin Reddy / Lee Iverson


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