Monthly Archives: July 2013

AR Bike Parking
Posted by on July 31, 2013
Posted in: geomodeling, imaging, mobile, photomatch, software

A month ago, we were making party prizes appear on a desk. Now we are making bikes appear in the streets. Continuing our exploration of augmented reality software, we have been experimenting with ways to visualize what new bike corrals would look like around our office. With a printed marker, a SketchUp model, and an iPhone […]

Aquafarm Control
Posted by on July 29, 2013
Posted in: environment, inspiration, projects

My morning commute takes me past a blue Subaru Outback emblazoned with a “don’t eat farmed fish” bumper sticker. This being Portland, Oregon, I’m guessing the driver is more concerned about sustainability than keeping a job as a commercial fisherman. Why the concern? Turns out that farmed salmon consume a lot of feedstock made from […]

N'hood Development
Posted by on July 23, 2013
Posted in: geomodeling, graphic design, mapping, projects

My first project as an intern at Fat Pencil Studio was to develop some visualizations for possible growth scenarios in the east-side neighborhoods of Portland. In the process I learned how to tag a geographic location in a SketchUp model and then view the new model in the context of existing buildings in Google Earth. […]

Bridge Box
Posted by on July 19, 2013
Posted in: projects

We have created a cardboard box to keep our new 3D printed model safe! A tight-fitting enclosure was needed to protect the delicate model and allow for easy transport. The first step was to brainstorm the form: What are appropriate materials which don’t distract from the model? Do we want hardware? What are cost-effective options? Can […]

Book Review
Posted by on July 17, 2013
Posted in: creative community, inspiration, software, tips and tricks

At Fat Pencil Studio we try to keep up to date with SketchUp developments. This week we provide a review of Architectural Design with SketchUp, a 2013 publication by the versatile engineer, script-developer and educator Alexander C. Schreyer. The book retails for $49.95 and can be found on the author’s website. Primarily focusing on plugins, rendering and ruby scripting, this is […]

PMLR Bridge
Posted by on July 16, 2013
Posted in: construction, geomodeling, mapping, transportation

The Portland Milwaukie Light Rail project will create many changes in Portland, but the most visible and exciting is the addition of a new bridge across the Willamette River. Notably, this will be Portland’s first bridge across the Willamette that excludes cars. The bridge is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in September […]