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11 Stress-Reducing SketchUp Plugins

We here at Fat Pencil Studio use SketchUp, like, A WHOLE LOT. Part of what makes it so great is the plugins, (or, as SketchUp calls them “extensions”): not only are there just tons of them, but there are always new ones to keep an eye out for. If there’s something you wish SketchUp could […]

Operator Training Videos
Posted by on March 6, 2018
Posted in: animation, projects, safety, SketchUp, transportation

Every year, Portland Streetcar has to re-certify more than 50 operators on three routes (the A loop, B loop, and N-S line). With three different train types, sixteen miles of track and a tight schedule, that’s no small undertaking. So they reached out to us a couple of years ago to produce a series of […]

BBPDX's First Birthday
Posted by on February 14, 2018
Posted in: activism, creative community, events

Business for a Better Portland—BBPDX for short—is a community-building organization focused on mobilizing local business owners toward positive change. When it was founded about a year ago, Fat Pencil Studio was one of the first businesses to join. Recently, BBPDX celebrated its first birthday with a party for its members, cake and all. The last […]

The Great Pyramid's Big Void
Posted by on December 13, 2017
Posted in: architecture, built projects, imaging, SketchUp, slideshow

The Great Pyramid at Giza is the oldest of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one left largely intact. Designed by Hemiunu for the Pharaoh Khufu and located outside Cairo on the Giza plateau, it was completed sometime around 2560 B.C.E. Khufu’s Pyramid remains the world’s tallest. Recently a team of […]

Quantify AR

Above: QuantifyAR: a full-fledged cost estimate for a construction project. Recently I had the chance to beta test QuantifyAR, an iOS app that uses augmented reality to take on-site measurements for construction projects. It then translates them into quantity take-offs and cost estimates. QuantifyAR promises to take what would undoubtedly be some hours’ worth of […]

Assembling the Story

Featured image credit: Forensic Architecture, Drone Strike Investigation Case #3; MSNBC Back in July, I wrote a post called Threshold of Detectability, inspired by Eyal Weizman’s book Forensic Architecture. In the piece I discussed the inherent power structure that exists within the data technology industry by way of restricted access to information, often with the […]

Oregon's Transportation Package

Feature Photo Credit: Oregon Department of Transportation Last month, Oregon’s legislature passed a $5.3-billion transportation bill in an effort to keep up with a growing population and increasingly inadequate infrastructure. As Portland continues to rise on the list of most infuriating cities to drive in, efforts to make our roadways more efficient have sparked intense […]

Mock Jury at FORTE
Posted by on August 16, 2017
Posted in: events, legal, tips and tricks, Uncategorized

Recently I had the chance to participate in a mock jury exercise at FORTE. Trial attorneys from all over the country came to hone their opening statement presentation skills. FORTE focuses on non-verbal communication (our fave), and workshops, while designed for attorneys, include tips that are generally helpful to everyone in attendance. The subject matter for […]

Mapillary Action

Recently I heard about Mapillary, an open-source app that lets anyone with a camera and an internet connection contribute to a database of street view images from around the world. We use Google’s street view all the time to create 3D models of remote locations, so I was curious to see what Mapillary has to offer. […]

The Threshold of Detectability

Recently our studio got a copy of Eyal Weizman’s book, Forensic Architecture: Violence at the Threshold of Detectability. Weizman is the founder of Forensic Architecture, a research agency based in London and founded in 2011. They use a combination of forensic and architectural methods to investigate war crimes, assassinations, and other human rights abuses where there have been attempts […]