Elevated Train

Client Houlihan Law
[2013] Create 3d model and simulated photos for an eminent domain case to determine the visual impact of a proposed elevated light rail structure.
“The simulated photo was a powerful piece of evidence for explaining and visualizing the proposed structure. It was the first thing we showed the jury during opening statement, and we used it again with great effect during cross examination of their key witness. After delivering a favorable verdict, several jury members cited Fat Pencil’s 3d model and renderings as critical in helping them understand the case, and see the logic behind our arguments.”
— John Houlihan, founder of Houlihan Law
Here are some views from the model we created:

Digital model / aerial view

View of hotel rooms closest to elevated tracks

Detail of gap between building and elevated rail structure


We used the model to make these before/after photo simulations:

BEFORE: View from hotel room

Visual Impact

BEFORE: Hotel entrance

AFTER: Hotel entrance

These images show the shading impact of the elevated rail structure on the Fall equinox:

Shading study: 9/21, 9am

Shading study: 9/21, 1pm

Shading study: 9/21, 5pm