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A new method is proposed for the extraction of three-dimensional (3-D) building structures for simulating radio waves propagation in urban environments. The procedure is based on obtaining readily available high-resolution 2-D images (satellite and/or aerial photos) and images on the Internet (e.g., the google earth); and building accurate 3-D models of structures through a process of coordinates and dimensions matching. The new method provides an efficient and economic way for 3-D structure extraction. Combined with the computationally efficient ray-tracing algorithms recently developed by our group and reported in the literature, it is now possible to carry out radio wave propagation predictions for many outdoor urban areas efficiently and accurately.