Category : DetailViz

3D Printed Evidence
Posted by on September 21, 2017
Posted in: DetailViz, legal, SceneViz

In January 2015, the show NCIS: LA featured 3D printing in its episode “In the Line of Duty”. The storyline followed the team as they investigated an attempt on the life of the American ambassador to Tunisia. The Tunisian crime scene was still “hot” and unsafe (and was 6000+ miles away), so the team instead […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Construction Defect

This Fall, I had the opportunity to speak at the 19th Annual Oregon Construction Law Seminar in Portland. I shared the stage with Guy Randles of Stoel Rives, to discuss a few of the cases we’ve worked on together. One of these is just now making its debut in our portfolio, though it’s a few […]

Caliper Brake

A few weeks ago, my car developed a grinding squeakiness. Too stubborn to drain my coveted savings at the mechanic shop, I spent one early Saturday morning Skyping with my automotively adept dad, who talked me through replacing my brake pads. Cars have lots of parts, so it is easy to be intimidated into ignorance. […]

X-ray Vision
Posted by on March 4, 2014
Posted in: construction, DetailViz, illustration

Ever wished you could look inside of a wall? In theory, you could come close, if you just had access to the right construction photo. With the advent of cloud-based data storage, it should be possible to point a phone or tablet device at the assembly in question (wall, floor, ceiling, etc.) and call up photos […]