Monthly Archives: March 2015

Construction Details
Posted by on March 20, 2015
Posted in: construction, creative community, DetailViz, projects, tips and tricks

Fat Pencil Studio’s modeling process for construction details was inspired by Dennis Fukai at insitebuilders. His books and e-pubs offer highly illustrated examples of how to organize a SketchUp model using nested groups and the Outliner window. In many cases, you can achieve similar results using carefully named layers and components. We’ve used both approaches […]

Morrison Bridge Verdict
Posted by on March 18, 2015
Posted in: animation, construction, DetailViz, legal, projects, transportation

On March 6, a jury returned a verdict in the case of the defective lift span deck that was installed on the Morrison Bridge in 2011-12. The Morrison Bridge is Portland’s busiest non-highway bridge, carrying about 50,000 cars each day. Defects in the deck became apparent within months after construction was completed in March 2012, and have worsened […]

Wine and Graphics
Posted by on March 12, 2015
Posted in: creative community, legal

Last Thursday, March 5th, I joined Eli Rosenblatt for an interactive presentation about visual thinking and digital evidence at OTLA. We covered some key issues such as “demonstrative exhibit admissibility” and “social media forensics”… fascinating stuff, but maybe not a huge draw on its own. Lucky for us, we were followed by an hour-long wine tasting curated […]

Quiet Zone
Posted by on March 10, 2015
Posted in: transportation

Chances are, if you’ve talked to us on the phone in our office, our conversation was punctuated by a train horn. That’s because until last week, trains coming through the inner east side were required to blow their horns at road crossings, and our office is within 600 feet of three such crossings! Luckily the […]