Category : mapping

Navigating Avalanche Terrain
Posted by on May 8, 2017
Posted in: mapping, tips and tricks, transportation, Uncategorized

This winter I decided to prepare for my backcountry ski trips by finding routes that are lowest in avalanche danger. CalTopo was recommended to me by a volunteer with the Mount Saint Helens Institute because its MapBuilder option can show slope shading, and slopes between 34 and 45 degrees are known to be prone to avalanche. […]

Total Station and SketchUp

For anyone who hasn’t gotten the memo yet, electronic measuring devices are the gold standard for collecting precision measurements for both construction surveys and crime scene reconstructions. Points in space are recorded by the device and logged either in a text file or with its own proprietary software. From there it’s just a matter of having the know-how to interpret and […]

Placemaker Extension
Posted by on March 2, 2017
Posted in: creative community, geomodeling, mapping, photomatch, software, tips and tricks

Last month I had the honor of beta-testing Placemaker, a smart plugin that automatically integrates infrastructure data into 3D using the SketchUp geo-location feature. The full version has just been released (congratulations to mind.sight.studios!), and we are excited to continue integrating it into our workflow. Here’s a rough idea of how Placemaker works: the general […]

All About Aerials
Posted by on November 15, 2016
Posted in: environment, imaging, legal, mapping, real estate, tips and tricks

Investigating a motor vehicle crash or crime? Planning a trip? Shopping for a new home? For these, and countless other activities, aerial photography is a valuable source of information. You probably already know how to get it: Google Maps, right? That’s a great place to start, but dig a bit deeper, and you stand to […]

Vintage Infographics
Posted by on June 28, 2016
Posted in: data visualization, graphic design, inspiration, mapping

(Above) Color-linked pie and bar charts illustrate the causes of death in Switzerland from 1890-1894 (Swiss Statistical Office). Looking back into history many infographic styles originated from detail-oriented professionals such as lawyers, meteorologists, surveyors, and nurses. Often a single graphic represented the culmination of a life’s work of research and involved extensive personal commitment to produce. […]

Holiday Poster Sale!
Posted by on December 7, 2015
Posted in: graphic design, mapping, projects

Now until the end of the year, our Bridges of Portland posters are on sale for just $24! Order one for yourself or a loved one by clicking here.

Portlandness
Posted by on December 4, 2015
Posted in: creative community, data visualization, mapping

If you’ve ever visited Fat Pencil Studio (or seen my SketchUp profile video) you know about all the maps and infographics that decorate our walls. They serve as inspiration for our work, and are pretty darn interesting to stare at from time to time. After reading an article about Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas, I knew […]

Poster Sale!
Posted by on December 5, 2014
Posted in: creative community, graphic design, mapping, transportation

Now until the end of the year, our Bridges of Portland posters are on sale for just $24! Order one for yourself or a loved one by clicking here.

New in the Portfolio
Posted by on December 4, 2014
Posted in: animation, legal, mapping, projects, SceneViz, slideshow

There’s been a recent burst of activity in the portfolio! New projects include three court cases, all of which show the value of having an accurate 3d model that clearly shows how an incident occurred. Click on the links below to learn more about each one. Vehicle Entry (shown above), a case involving a head […]

Bridges of Portland Poster
Posted by on September 15, 2014
Posted in: creative community, mapping, projects, transportation

Exciting news! We have just finished producing a gorgeous and informative poster of the Bridges of Portland—including the new Tilikum Crossing and Sellwood Bridge. Check it out now at bridgesofport.land or read on for more info. For the past couple of years, we have watched the cabled silhouette of Tilikum Crossing take form near our […]