KML Design Course

Hands-On Introduction to Google Earth and Keyhole Markup Language Design

We are pleased to offer a comprehensive 2-day introduction to Google Earth and KML Design course. This course is normally taught at the customer’s facility and is open to up to 30 students for a single class.  For price and schedule information, please contact us directly.  

With over 350 million downloads, Google Earth (GE) is the dominant consumer ‘virtual globe’ application in use today.  As a client application, it offers significant benefits over web-based mapping applications in terms of performance, features, and suitability for complex, dynamic, multi-media geospatial datasets. Its companion layer language, Keyhole Markup Language (KML) enables 3rd party developers a powerful toolbox to provision their own data into Google Earth for consumption.

The EarthNC Introduction to Google Earth and Keyhole Markup Design course provides a comprehensive overview of Google Earth and KML design principles via a combination of lecture, case studies of KML design for various types of source data, and hands-on exercises in a workshop style teaching environment over two days. 

The course is divided into two major sections:

1.      Google Earth and KML Overview with Examples (8 hours)

2.      Hands-on KML Project (8 hours)

Students may bring their own sample datasets to use during the hands-on KML project or use sample data provided by EarthNC.  The final 2 hours is used to review student projects and address specific advanced topics of interest raised during the course. 

An optional 1-day PHP and mySQL introduction course can be taught prior to the Google Earth class for those needing a scripting refresher.  A special focus is made on processing common text, spreadsheet, and spatial data formats for use in Google Earth.

The Instructor:  Virgil Zetterlind, co-Founder and Chief Architect for Earth, Inc, will present this course.  Mr. Zetterlind holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering and has been actively designing for Google Earth for over 4 years.  His Google Earth design credits include the EarthNC Google Earth nautical charts, EarthNC’s large library of static and realtime weather and point-of-interest layers, one of the 1st interactive ‘quizes’ for Google Earth developed for the National Geographic Society, and the innovative ‘’ Google Maps and Google Earth export to GPS application.  Prior to founding EarthNC, Mr. Zetterlind worked as a Developmental Engineer and Program Manager on active duty for the U.S. Air Force and then in a similar capacity with the MITRE Corporation with an emphasis on remote sensing data exploitation.  


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