Category : photomatch

Judge throws out 3d model
Posted by on June 12, 2018
Posted in: legal, photomatch, SceneViz

When I saw the headline in Monday’s Oregonian, “Judge throws out 3d model,” I was nervous. The case in question, USA vs Joseph Astarita, has generated tremendous media interest because it is related to the shooting death of Robert “LeVoy” Finicum, a spokesman for the group of armed protestors that took over Oregon’s Malheur National […]

Las Vegas Tour Bus Sideswipes Bicyclist
Posted by on June 1, 2018
Posted in: legal, photomatch, SceneViz, transportation

When a person dies in a motor vehicle collision, it can be a challenge to figure out who was at fault. One of the key witnesses (the victim) is dead, and those that remain at the scene can be traumatized or biased. In an ideal world, investigators would have the time and resources to identify […]

SWAT Team
Posted by on April 13, 2018
Posted in: legal, photomatch

SWAT stands for Special Weapons and Tactics. Most urban police departments have a team trained in the use of military tactics and equipment including assault rifles, armored vehicles, and night vision cameras. These have become important tools in responding to crisis such as terrorist attacks. But bringing all that firepower into dense urban neighborhoods carries […]

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 […]