Taking photos from windows of not-yet-existing buildings

After receiving an interesting request for drone usage from Japan, we decided to share it with you.

Oftentimes even before starting the construction of a building, the company needs to make the idea gain interest and acquire orders from potential customers. While the inside view of the apartments can be rendered in CAD, to illustrate the view from windows it makes a lot more sense to actually take the pictures instead of rendering them.

To take photos of the view from windows / balcony of apartments of buildings which are yet to be built, a drone with an automatic camera trigger can be used. 

The first image of the post is the sketch of the idea by Keitaro Sugiyama.

This idea can be easily brought to life by using UgCS ground station for flight planning. This is how the flight plan would look in UgCS:

The creation of this route took only about 30 minutes using the distance measurement tool in UgCS and calculating all the exact locations and placing the waypoints along with camera trigger actions. However, after a 5 minute flight you will get excellent and accurate marketing material for potential clients.

Get UgCS here: www.ugcs.com

Safe flights,
UgCS Team


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Comment by Darius Jack on March 28, 2016 at 2:46pm


do you mean virtual drone to take shots from windows of not-yet-existing buildings ?

If you mean virtual camera, such feature is already supported by Autocad, Archicad, Autodesk, since you can move 3D view and take screenshots.

I designed 3D buildings  in Sketchup and geolocated them in Google Earth.

In Sketchup you can apply real building image textures to make your designed buildings to look real.

Flying a real drone close to a real building can be dangerous due to shading and GPS signal lost.

You need high accuracy RTK GPS.

Could you explain what do you mean by


Taking photos from windows of not-yet-existing buildings


Comment by Kristaps Brass on March 28, 2016 at 3:01pm

Hi, Darius,

The idea is - flying a real drone in a place where a building will be built to take pictures of the views the apartments will have.

Comment by RPM on March 28, 2016 at 3:03pm


Comment by Olivier on March 28, 2016 at 3:03pm

Great idea!

@Darius>  Flying a real drone close to a real building can be dangerous due to shading and GPS signal lost.

That's not what they are doing. As pointed out in the post, the idea is  to take real photos of what the view would be like from different spots of the building,  *before* construction. Much better than renders done with CAD.

Comment by Darius Jack on March 28, 2016 at 3:23pm


I am not retarded but could you clarify what do you plan to shot if the building is still virtual ?

How can you make real drone to shot virtual building ?

Virtual camera is already supported by Archicad, Autodesk and others,

so no need for real or virtual drones.

To learn more virtual cameras you can visit virtual CNN studio at SecondLife.


The first image of the post is the sketch of the idea by Keitaro Sugiyama.


I exactly designed buildings in Sketchup and geolocated in Google Earth 10 years ago,

as described above.

Comment by Darius Jack on March 28, 2016 at 3:30pm

ok,. ok

got it finally,

I am not retarded ;)

You need to shot 3D panoramas for every window since otherwise you can only get 

balcony view in a single direction.

I would like to write a script to support geolocated balcony view from virtual buildings, geolocated with Google Earth.

For many geolocations you can get high resolution, natural landscape view, based on Google Earth's imaginery.

got it got it, finally  ;))))

Comment by benbojangles on March 28, 2016 at 3:36pm

:) Good work Darius, keep learning. Looking forward to some scripts if you can manage it. Best wishes.

Comment by Darius Jack on March 28, 2016 at 3:55pm


Camera scripts are available from this place


Unfortunately, use of API has been limited




Announcing deprecation of the Google Earth API

Posted: Friday, December 12, 2014     

Over six years ago we introduced the Google Earth API, enabling developers to build rich 3D mapping applications in the browser, using JavaScript. And over the years, developers have built quite a number of fascinating applications.

However, the Earth API is built on a technology called the NPAPI plugin framework, and recently, for security reasons, both Chrome and Firefox have announced they’re removing support for this framework. These security reasons, combined with dwindling cross-platform support (particularly on mobile devices), had made building applications that leverage the Earth API untenable for developers.

Therefore, after careful consideration, we have decided to retire the Google Earth API. Per our deprecation policy, the API will be supported until one year from today and will be turned off on December 12, 2015.

For the duration of the deprecation period, the set of supported browsers is as follows. Because of the recent Chrome and Firefox announcements, support on those browsers extends only to the latest browser version that supports NPAPI. 

Microsoft Windows (XP, Vista, 7, and 8)

Google Chrome 5.0-39.0 (32-bit)

Internet Explorer 7-9, and 10-11 with Compatibility View (32-bit) (Note that the Windows 8 browsing mode with Internet Explorer does not support plugins.)

Firefox 11.0-34.0

Apple Mac OS X 10.6 or later (any Intel Mac)

Google Chrome 5.0-39.0 (32-bit)

Safari 3.1+

Firefox 11.0-34

Google Earth has a proud legacy, which continues with the new Google Earth for Android, powered by a brand new renderer. 3D is in our blood, and while we can’t announce anything just now, we look forward to sharing more exciting product news in the future.

Posted by Ken Hoetmer, Product Manager, Google Maps APIs


Comment by Darius Jack on March 28, 2016 at 4:09pm

follow up

Google Earth API script examples

Camera script


Camera move


more script examples


more script examples 2



In 2008 or 2009 I developed remote controller to work with Google Earth

to let you select lat, long, alt, zoom in/ pan remotely

Good Google Earth API by Google

Could you recall me the name of another 3D Earth mapping system offered by ESA, promoted at DIYDrones ?

Comment by MarioSpeedwagon on March 28, 2016 at 4:10pm

I love seeing new, niche flight modes for specific commercial purposes. Thanks for sharing. 


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