Category : slideshow

Cell Phone Data Tells a Story
Posted by on May 8, 2018
Posted in: data visualization, DataViz, legal, projects, slideshow

We recently had the opportunity to work with criminal defense counsel on a case with an interesting set of facts. It was known that three people traveled across state lines, and that illegal activities ensued. The precise nature of these activities, and the motivations of the people involved, however, were hotly disputed. The legal team had […]

The Great Pyramid's Big Void
Posted by on December 13, 2017
Posted in: architecture, built projects, imaging, SketchUp, slideshow

The Great Pyramid at Giza is the oldest of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one left largely intact. Designed by Hemiunu for the Pharaoh Khufu and located outside Cairo on the Giza plateau, it was completed sometime around 2560 B.C.E. Khufu’s Pyramid remains the world’s tallest. Recently a team of […]

The Uncanny Valley

Featured Image: Roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro and the android based on his likeness. More at If you’ve never heard of it before, the uncanny valley is a phrase used to describe the discomfort-inducing zone that an image or likeness of a human passes through on its way from abstract to representational. The term was first coined in 1970 by […]

Portland's Steel Bridge
Posted by on February 9, 2017
Posted in: architecture, imaging, slideshow, transportation

Portland, Oregon, a.k.a. “Bridgetown,” boasts twelve feats of engineering that span the Willamette River, some more majestic than others (sorry, Marquam Bridge). As part of our studio-wide fascination with these bridges, I undertook a 3d study of Portland’s most unique bridge: the Steel. The Steel Bridge was completed in 1912 as part of a massive […]

The Expertise Gap

Have you heard of Pecha Kucha? It’s a style of presentation where slides are set to auto advance every 20 seconds, so it requires some rehearsing to get the timing right. I tried this for the first time at an evening session of the Oregon Active Transportation Summit (OATS). I started by assuming the role […]

Mitigating Circumstances
Posted by on February 12, 2015
Posted in: legal, presentations, slideshow

Jury selection is under way in the trial of Dzohkhar Tsarnaev, aka the Boston Marathon Bomber. The defense strategy will likely rely heavily on the theory that he was coerced by his older brother Tamerlan who was killed a few days after the attack. But suppose Tamerlan had lived…what possible defense could be mounted for him? Last […]

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 […]

Steel Details
Posted by on November 25, 2013
Posted in: architecture, construction, DetailViz, inspiration, slideshow

The iconic skeletal structure of a steel building is normally concealed when construction is completed. I’ve made an animation of a mock steel building construction sequence to highlight the significance of different building elements. It begins with columns and beams that are further stabilized with joists and decking to form a frame. A non-load bearing […]

Wood Details
Posted by on November 12, 2013
Posted in: animation, architecture, construction, DetailViz, slideshow

The Watzek House designed by self-taught architect John Yeon in the 1930’s is now one of our local architectural landmarks and it displays very traditional and common construction methods from the region, a strong influence by the modernist movement of that time, and some Japanese and Scandinavian spatial touches. Not every wood frame building in […] in 2d!
Posted by on March 28, 2013
Posted in: legal, projects, SceneViz, slideshow

This Spring, Fat Pencil Studio is offering a new process: SceneViz 2d, a fast and effective way to present evidence in motor vehicle and other injury cases. I’ll get to the details in a moment, but first the back story: In 2010, I served as jury foreman on a misdemeanor hit-and-run case in Multnomah County, […]