Help Me H1-H4V, You Are My Only Hope


Laurence R. Penn, 3D Animations/Technical Assistant ::::
Just like in Star Wars, you will soon be able to see a 3D holographic Leia and even hold her in your hand. Well, not quite. Leia is actually the technology embedded in the new smartphone already released to preorders and soon to be released to consumers in November. The smartphone is called the Hydrogen One (H1), built by Red Cinema who are known for their high-quality digital cinematography cameras; many of the latest movies or TV shows you have seen are likely filmed on Red cameras. What’s unique about this camera is the Diffractive Lightfield Backlighting (DLB) which turns a 2D display into an immersive 3D experience. I have yet to experience one in person but imagine the phone being like a window, revealing a deep world inside of it. The phone will also be modular, allowing it to be combined with other Red Cinema components such as lens adapters (think Nikon, Canon) and other camera bodies (an 8K 3D camera is in the works!) . It won’t just be photos and videos that are displayed in 3D with the new H4V file-type, but Apps will also utilize the technology for a completely new way to interact with games, social media and our digital universe. I for one am very excited about this game-changing device, considering I still have my old but trusty iPhone 5 (6 years, really!?!) and can’t wait to test it out with some of the 3D content we generate here at DJS. Continue reading “Help Me H1-H4V, You Are My Only Hope”

Preparing for the next generation (AR/VR)

Jon W. Adams, is the Director of Architectural and Heritage Services ::::
DJS Associates strives to stay on the forefront of technology, both in how we collect our data, and how we present the results to our clients.
DJS Associates continues to research various new and exciting ways in which we can demonstrate the results of engineering analysis and documentation efforts. As we look to the future, we observe that technology continues to develop rapidly, with each generation possessing increased knowledge on how to interact with complex gadgets. Of particular interest are gadgets that allow for interactions with data, within our “reality”. Below are two of the “reality” technologies DJS Associates is exploring.
Augmented reality (AR) is a technology in which real-world environments/objects are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.1 With this technology, users can point their “smart “ electronic devices at real-world objects, and interact with virtual data in the real-world.
AR can possibly be used by engineers in the field, overlaying information captured on the day of an incident. AR has the potential to aid in understanding the events which led up to the incident.
In the AEC world, AR can be utilized to help stakeholders envision a new design over existing features/structures.
Historical objects/structures can be seen alongside current day conditions, adding to the interactivity of visitor tours. Continue reading “Preparing for the next generation (AR/VR)”

Part One: What’s In Our (Data Collection) Toolbox?


Jon W. Adams, Director of Architectural and Heritage Services ::::
At DJS, we utilize a number of different tools to collect important data. Whether we are working on a forensic case, capturing as-built measurements for AEC documentation, or digitally preserving important historic landmarks, it is always important to have the right tool for the job.

DSLR cameras/video recording systems

Although DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras and video recording systems are common items utilized by millions of consumers in their everyday lives, they are still essential tools in every DJS case/project.
Video recording systems are utilized to analyze signal timing patterns at intersections of interest, and also to provide a visual record of inspection procedures.
DSLR cameras are used by DJS technicians to capture photographs during accident site investigations/vehicle inspections, providing additional context for measurement data that is captured, and also supplementing details relating to conditions present at the time of the inspection. Continue reading “Part One: What’s In Our (Data Collection) Toolbox?”