Category : construction

Design Thinking, in Practice
Posted by on July 10, 2017
Posted in: construction, legal, product, projects, transportation

Last month we wrote about “design thinking,” an old idea that has found new popularity in break rooms and board rooms of companies from many disciplines. The theory calls for the use of visual tools and prototypes to engage a broad range of stakeholders in all stages of the design process. Here are some examples […]

Continuous Phasing
Posted by on January 11, 2017
Posted in: construction, illustration, safety, transportation

Anyone familiar with our work knows we have made a lot of construction logistics diagrams. So when Stacy and Witbeck asked us to take a different approach in describing their planned phasing for the construction of a new streetcar line in Tempe, AZ, we were excited to try something new. Instead of showing five phases […]

Square Open House
Posted by on October 11, 2016
Posted in: construction, events, graphic design, projects

A lot of the work we do gets presented behind closed doors to only a few people, so it’s always exciting when we get a chance to share it with the public at large. With construction for upgrades to Pioneer Courthouse Square slated to begin early next year, Portland Parks & Recreation was looking for […]

Some Assembly (Diagrams) Required
Posted by on August 5, 2016
Posted in: animation, architecture, construction, DetailViz, illustration, legal, projects

When a legal dispute involves complicated information, technical jargon and/or unique physical assemblies, visual thinking tools can help lawyers better understand the facts of the case and better communicate their arguments to an audience. Buildings, structures and mechanisms can all find themselves at the center of a dispute. Understanding how the parts of the assembly […]

greenscreen Case Study
Posted by on June 9, 2016
Posted in: architecture, construction, product, projects

For manufacturers of architectural products, SketchUp’s 3d Warehouse has become a robust platform for getting accurate 3d components into the hands of designers. You can now find featured catalogs from manufacturers such as Delta plumbing fixtures, NanaWall folding glass walls, and Satori Japanese wall finishes, among others. The challenge in creating useful SketchUp models for […]

Lilypad Tiny House
Posted by on May 9, 2016
Posted in: architecture, built projects, construction, projects

The tiny house movement is, in fact, not so tiny, with millions of people either living in less than 400 sf or actively dreaming about doing so. Besides being adorable, what are the benefits of a tiny house? A tiny house allows you to live more simply, cheaply and have a lower environmental impact. There […]

CLT construction
Posted by on November 12, 2015
Posted in: architecture, construction, DetailViz, inspiration

Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) is an innovative and forward-thinking construction system that has made headlines in Portland recently. Originally developed in Central Europe in the mid-1990s as an alternative to stone, masonry and concrete construction, it uses manufactured wood panels (made up of smaller, and therefore more rapidly-renewable trees) to create buildings up to twelve stories […]

Balcony Fall
Posted by on August 17, 2015
Posted in: animation, construction, DetailViz, legal, projects

I’ve made a lot of graphics for use in court, but until recently I had never seen them in action. Last month, I traveled to Newport to provide trial support for a case involving a man who fell from a third-story balcony on a rainy, windy night. This was my first time in court, and […]

Construction Phasing

Demolition. Excavation. Shoring. Hoisting. There’s a lot going on at a construction site and careful planning is required to keep a project running on budget and on schedule, without compromising safety. Since 2005, Fat Pencil Studio has helped construction companies analyze options for site logistics and phasing using accurate 3d models. Now, thanks to the folks at […]

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 […]