Category : transportation

Operator Training Videos
Posted by on March 6, 2018
Posted in: animation, projects, safety, SketchUp, transportation

Every year, Portland Streetcar has to re-certify more than 50 operators on three routes (the A loop, B loop, and N-S line). With three different train types, sixteen miles of track and a tight schedule, that’s no small undertaking. So they reached out to us a couple of years ago to produce a series of […]

Video Analytics and Vision Zero
Posted by on February 5, 2018
Posted in: activism, data visualization, safety, transportation, urban design

It’s been a couple of years since we’ve written about Vision Zero (1, 2), but hardly a week goes by that we aren’t reminded of the importance of it. As Portland’s streets get busier, they also get more deadly. Last year, 50 people lost their lives in traffic incidents. (For some reason, PBOT’s Vision Zero […]

Portland Streetcar How to Ride
Posted by on October 30, 2017
Posted in: creative community, projects, transportation

Last summer we had the pleasure of working with the fine folks at Portland Streetcar on a number of videos, one of which covers the specifics of “How to Ride” the streetcar. Production of this video was a blast (I hope you’ll see why), and we’re pleased to be able to share it with you […]

Oregon's Transportation Package

Feature Photo Credit: Oregon Department of Transportation Last month, Oregon’s legislature passed a $5.3-billion transportation bill in an effort to keep up with a growing population and increasingly inadequate infrastructure. As Portland continues to rise on the list of most infuriating cities to drive in, efforts to make our roadways more efficient have sparked intense […]

Morrison Bridge Update
Posted by on August 17, 2017
Posted in: built projects, construction, events, legal, transportation

Last night I walked down two flights of stairs into “the pit” of the Morrison Bridge. As part of a tour organized by WTS Portland, I got to see the current state of construction first hand, including the counterweight mechanism below the bridge. It’s not the first time I’ve been “down below”. Back in 2014, […]

Design Thinking, in Practice
Posted by on July 10, 2017
Posted in: construction, legal, product, projects, transportation

Last month we wrote about “design thinking,” an old idea that has found new popularity in break rooms and board rooms of companies from many disciplines. The theory calls for the use of visual tools and prototypes to engage a broad range of stakeholders in all stages of the design process. Here are some examples […]

The Threshold of Detectability

Recently our studio got a copy of Eyal Weizman’s book, Forensic Architecture: Violence at the Threshold of Detectability. Weizman is the founder of Forensic Architecture, a research agency based in London and founded in 2011. They use a combination of forensic and architectural methods to investigate war crimes, assassinations, and other human rights abuses where there have been attempts […]

Out and About 2017
Posted by on June 8, 2017
Posted in: conferences, legal, presentations, transportation

Fat Pencil Studio started attending summer conventions with the Oregon Trial Lawyers (OTLA) in 2011 and the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers (OCDLA) in 2012. Besides being a good excuse to visit central Oregon, these meetings are a great way to show off what we do in person. If you are planning to attend one of […]

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. […]

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 […]