Tag Archives: 3D Animation

3D Animation: Difficulties in Transport

3D Courtroom Animation

Hugh Borbidge, BSME, Director of Engineering Animations ::::

At the request of our client, DJS Associates was asked to demonstrate the spatial relationships between a worker and a vehicle. Specifically, DJS Associates was asked to show, to-scale and in 3D, how a telehandler (vehicle) came into contact with a tagline worker who was part of a two-man crew helping to transport a 40-foot steel column.

In this case, the telehandler vehicle had to stop quickly which resulted in added forward motion to the 40-foot column being transported. As a result of the added forward motion to the transported column, the rear tagline worker was pulled forward into the path of the telehandler vehicle. The to-scale, 3D demonstrative exhibit demonstrated that as the telehandler vehicle resumed its forward motion, the front right tire contacted the tagline worker before he had a chance to clear the hazard area.

For additional information on DJS Engineering Animations, please contact Hugh Borbidge, BSME, Director of Engineering Animations at experts@forensicDJS.com or via phone at 215-659-2010.

Understanding Train Accidents Through Engineering Animations


Hugh B. Borbidge, BSME, Director of Engineering Animations ::::

Lately, it seems that the news has reported on an increase in train accidents. They can be classified into two main categories; operator avoidance and train speed. Operator avoidance deals with the train operator being able to recognize hazards ahead of him and being able to react in enough time to slow to avoid. Train speed can contribute to driver reaction time and the distance needed to slow to avoid. Train speed also contributes to train derailments. Trains have a maximum speed, not to exceed, for every curve. Derailments occur when this speed is exceeded, and the train is unable to stay on the tracks.

DJS approaches train involved accidents in much the same way as vehicle involved accidents. Every accident has 3 factors; operator, train, and rail surface. Many times, there is surveillance video of the train operator, as well as video looking forward of the train. Typically, an analysis of these videos will be conducted to ascertain when the driver reacted to a hazard as well as the train’s view of the approaching hazard. On-board data recordings of train speeds are also utilized.

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Applying Photography, Video, 3D and other Expertise to Forensic Analysis

3D Camera Matching in Engineering Animations

Laurence R. Penn, 3D Animations/Technical Assistant ::::

At DJS Associates, we are often called upon to analyze surveillance videos to make a region of interest easier to identify or to re-create the recorded scenario entirely. What may seem like a simple task actually relies on thorough review and consideration of many factors within the footage. Often these factors are subtle and only an experienced technician can identify the clues provided in the images.

With 3D camera matching, evidence and surveillance imagery can be digitally processed and spatially analyzed to reconstruct a scene.

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Engineering Animation: Watch How Workers Could Have Come in Direct Contact With A Moving Trailer

Laser scans of the environment and vehicles were utilized to demonstrate how workers could have come in direct contact with a moving trailer. The laser scan of the environment included important information such as the curvature of the roadway, and the curb-to-curb width of the street. Laser scans of construction vehicles allowed DJS to properly place the vehicles on the roadway. With the remaining space, DJS prepared a to-scale pickup and trailer and had it move, according to the laws of physics, and witness testimony. To-scale workers were also placed according to witness testimony. Once all contributing factors to the accident were in place, DJS was able to illustrate, with a reasonable degree of engineering certainty, how the off-tracking movement of the trailer could have contacted the workers, standing nearby.

For additional information on DJS Associates’ engineering animations, please contact Hugh Borbidge, BSME or Laurence Penn at experts@forensicDJS.com or via phone at 215-659-2010.

Engineering Animation: Water Infiltrates Concrete Slabs and Deteriorates Structural Steel

Can you see grass grow? Not by watching for a few minutes but you know it does because it’s higher after a week. It would be tricky to explain this slow occurring event to a jury. A good method to demonstrate it is through time lapse video. But what if it’s something that can’t be filmed?

DJS Associates was recently retained to visually illustrate how water infiltrates concrete slabs and deteriorates structural steel below the surface in an apartment building. DJS utilized photographs and structural drawings to build a to-scale section of the apartment building. Then, through an engineering based animation, DJS demonstrated how water droplets can migrate along a slabs surface, find an entrance, and make its way to unprotected post tensioned cables. Over time, the water can cause the cable to rust. Rust increases the diameter of the cable, putting more stress on the surrounding concrete and often causes the concrete to “pop” or become dislodged near the surface. If left unrepaired long enough, the rust can cause the cable to fail which would compromise the integrity of the concrete slab.

For additional information on DJS Associates’ engineering animations, please contact Hugh Borbidge, BSME or Laurence Penn at experts@forensicDJS.com or via phone at 215-659-2010.

3D Animation: Man Struck by Carrier While Opening His Driver Side Door

Hugh Borbidge, Senior Mechanical Engineer ::::

Are you a good judge of distance? Sometimes not being able to estimate how much room you have can lead to disaster.

In the following case, a man simply walked to his double parked truck and opened his driver side door to get in. At the same time a car carrier was traveling down the street towards the man. Did the man have enough room to open his door with a truck passing by? The whole thing was caught on tape but it was hard to tell how much space was available.

DJS was hired to recreate the scene so we could accurately measure what happened. We collected laser scan data, modeled vehicles and pedestrians and recreated the movement and spatial relationships based on the surveillance video. We were able to determine that had the man waited for the truck to pass, he would have been able to safely open his door and get in.

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