Category : transportation

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 […]

Continuous Phasing
Posted by on January 11, 2017
Posted in: construction, illustration, safety, transportation

Anyone familiar with our work knows we have made a lot of construction logistics diagrams. So when Stacy and Witbeck asked us to take a different approach in describing their planned phasing for the construction of a new streetcar line in Tempe, AZ, we were excited to try something new. Instead of showing five phases […]

Vision Zero Action
Posted by on December 6, 2016
Posted in: legal, projects, transportation

I was heartened to read last week that Portland City Council is showing signs of taking Vision Zero seriously. After adopting the philosophy last summer that all traffic deaths are preventable, they took the next step by adopting an Action Plan that outlines 32 steps to take to make Portland’s roads safe for everyone. While […]

Flight of the Bumblebee
Posted by on November 15, 2016
Posted in: creative community, illustration, inspiration, rendering, transportation

Flying cars, long a staple of science fiction, could soon become reality thanks to rapid advances in autonomous vehicle and drone technology. What will this look like? Your own personal car with folding wings? Perhaps these will become popular with pilots. But for the rest of us, a different model is more likely. Two years […]

Vision Zero
Posted by on September 7, 2016
Posted in: graphic design, safety, transportation

Will we ever see a year with zero traffic fatalities?  What’s a good goal for your city?  What’s a good goal for your family? These are the kinds of questions that city leaders and individual citizens are grappling with as we work to embrace Vision Zero policies and behavior. It’s a laudable goal, but change can […]

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 […]

More Animator for SketchUp
Posted by on July 29, 2016
Posted in: animation, creative community, safety, software, transportation

Fat Pencil Studio has been Beta testing the new Fredo6 Animator plug-in, which (as of the most recent update!) includes a tracking camera feature. Of course I wanted to check that out right away, so I set up a model of a multi-modal intersection. The concern here is that visibility issues associated with the transit […]

Driverless Traffic
Posted by on June 7, 2016
Posted in: animation, transportation, Vissim

We had the opportunity to work with our friends at PTV America again, this time to create base models for a traffic simulation involving driverless cars flowing through a signal-less intersection. Here is one of the many animations that came out of this collaboration: NBC Dateline aired some more of these animations in a segment […]

Better Naito
Posted by on May 10, 2016
Posted in: built projects, creative community, events, inspiration, safety, transportation

Last summer, our own Yelena Prusakova was part of a core group of Better Block PDX volunteers that helped pilot a new traffic pattern on Portland’s Naito Parkway. (Read Mo’ Betta Block for a recap) This Summer, #BetterNaito is back, and Yelena has just released a fantastic video that documents the process of transforming the street […]

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 […]