14 years in Demonstrative Evidence honed my instincts
for knowing how to make highly technical information
understandable to a lay audience. Working with experts,
I had the opportunity to do everything from on-site investigations
to finished courtroom graphics, timelines and animations.
this backhoe accident case involving a tip-over and subsequent
injury to the operator, the crucial piece of evidence to
demonstrate was the center of gravity.
backhoe was modeled in AutoCad, then rendered and animated
in 3D Studio.
the case of the Oakland Hills Fire, we visited the site
of the Parkwoods Apartments while the buildings' remains
were still smoking, where we shot photos and video and
otherwise recorded the scene.
of the loss of life and the huge property damage, this
case involved multiple, overlapping lawsuits. Our mission
was to re-create the four square miles
that constituted the outer extent of the fire but to focus
on the immediate area of what was believed to be the fire's
purchased 3D topographic models of the four square miles
and with the aid of aerial photographs, were able to accurately
position the roads and buildings.
acquired television footage of the fire and were able to
synchronize times with the aid of fire and police audio.
Under the direction of fire experts, we created precision
3D physical models, 3D CAD models, timelines and courtboards.
We then rendered and animated the CAD models to show wind
vectors and fire spread throughout the large area and the
Parkwoods Apartments over a period of three days. This
one project involved a team of fire and materials experts
and demonstrative evidence specialists for a period of
over fifteen months.
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