Category : photomatch

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 […]

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 […]

Zoom and Enhance
Posted by on October 13, 2016
Posted in: interactive, legal, photomatch

Last week I watched dash cam and body cam footage of a fatal police shooting in Charlotte, NC. It was both awful and frustrating. Awful because this is just the latest in a long line of racially charged police violence. Frustrating because the video is too blurry to make out important details. “If only we […]

Sullivan's Crossing
Posted by on September 1, 2016
Posted in: geomodeling, photomatch, rendering, transportation

It’s become a tradition for summer interns at Fat Pencil Studio to create a SketchUp model for one of Portland’s 12 Willamette River bridges. But what happens when all the existing bridges have been modeled? We look to the future! After briefly considering the I-405 Flanders Street pedestrian bridge, we set our sights on a […]

Photo Sleuthing
Posted by on July 19, 2016
Posted in: creative community, photomatch, rendering

Yesterday this tweet caught my eye: Well, Mr. Gerrond, I think I can. I thought it was weird that Mike Pence’s daughter’s reflection doesn’t show up in the mirror, too. It sure looks like she should be there, but photos can be deceiving. Since Scooby and the Gang are on summer vacation, Fat Pencil Studio […]

SceneViz 101
Posted by on February 23, 2016
Posted in: conferences, legal, photomatch, SceneViz

I’m a big believer in using 3d models to visualize crime scenes. The practice dates back to the 1940s (see Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death) when detailed physical models were used to train detectives. New technology has made it possible to create accurate digital models quickly enough to be used in active cases. Fat Pencil […]

Blind Spot
Posted by on December 18, 2015
Posted in: legal, photomatch, projects, transportation

Last week I flew to Philadelphia to present Fat Pencil Studio’s work in court. The story in this case was all-too-familiar: a city bus takes a left turn and collides with a person walking in the crosswalk. The driver never saw him, but a security camera did. We worked on a similar case two years ago, and […]

Match Photo
Posted by on April 24, 2014
Posted in: illustration, photomatch, software, tips and tricks

During the past week I have been practicing methods for merging a model, an idea, a concept, or a prototype, into a photograph of a real scenario or context. In our practice we use a SketchUp plug-in called Advanced Camera Tools that allows us to input very detailed information about a photograph like distance to […]

Visual Impact
Posted by on December 11, 2013
Posted in: construction, legal, photomatch, projects, transportation

For the second time in as many years, I’ve been asked to testify as an expert witness in a condemnation trial. Thankfully, no one is being sentenced to death. In this case, condemnation refers to Eminent Domain, the power of a government agency to compel private property owners to sell land or easements that are […]

TriMet Case Settles
Posted by on September 9, 2013
Posted in: animation, legal, photomatch, projects, SceneViz

A few weeks ago, TriMet and its bus manufacturer New Flyer settled a major lawsuit involving “the worst tragedy in Trimet’s history” for $4 million. The case stemmed from a high-profile April 2010 crash in downtown Portland. Five pedestrians were struck by a Trimet bus, killing two young women. The remaining three survived with moderate to severe injuries. Fat Pencil […]