DC SIGGRAPH Meeting Thursday, September 22, 2005 (Forensic Animation Presentation)


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Thursday, September 22, 2005

Forensic Animation Presentation

It is human nature to remember more of what we see than what we hear.
Forensic animation is the computer-generated recreation of accidents or
concepts for display to a jury or arbitration panel. The objective is
to use the “picture-is-worth-a-thousand-words” approach, and walk the
jurors through what happened, what could have happened, or how a system
or product operates.

Other uses of animations may be to help illustrate complex concepts.
Imagine a patent infringement case involving highly technical
terminology and concepts that, when explained only verbally, are far beyond the
grasp of most people’s comprehension. Another instance might be a
medical malpractice case requiring that a detailed surgical procedure be
understood by the jury.

Join us on Thursday, September 22 from 7 to 9 pm as BAE Systems
welcomes our guest speaker, Jonathan Anderson, as he discusses the field of
forensic animation and future job opportunities at SEA Limited. SEA
Limited is a multidisciplinary, full service, professional firm providing
through research, analysis and testing.

Jon is an experienced litigation animator in the field of accident
reconstruction, product liability and patent dispute since 1996. His work
ranges from 2D illustration to 3D animation and compositing. Case
studies have included the Texas A&M Bonfire collapse as well as major
manufacturers involved in litigation such as KIA, Suzuki and NEC.

BAE is located at 8201 Greensboro Drive, Suite 1200, McLean, VA
22102. Directions to BAE Systems can be found at:
http://www.esi.na.baesystems.com/wat.nsf/0/59740E6B8636519A85256CD900696987
If you are interested in attending this event, please email us at
dc_siggraph@mail.com. Please RSVP if you will be attending so we can
plan the seating arrangements and refreshments.

Outline:

• DVD demo reel

• Explain the field in general, the type of work available,
opportunities for full time animator and freelancers.

• Case presentation to understand the scope of work and 2d and 3d tools
to create the visuals

• Briefly discuss Niche markets other than games and entertainment.

• Talk about possible future internship, freelance and full time
opportunities with SEA Limited.

DC_SIGGRAPH is the Washington D.C. Professional Chapter of ACM
SIGGRAPH. ACM SIGGRAPH is dedicated to the generation and dissemination of
information on computer graphics and interactive techniques. We are a
membership organization that values passion, integrity, excellence,
volunteerism, and cross-disciplinary interaction in all of our activities.

For more information on ACM SIGGRAPH go to: http://www.siggraph.org.
For more information on the local Washington D.C Chapter, go to
http://washington-dc.siggraph.org. The information regarding this
meeting is also posted on our website.

If, for any reason, Jon is unable to present at this event, our meeting
will NOT be cancelled. Instead, we will show one of the SIGGRAPH 2005
Animation Screening Room DVDs. We will, however, try to give as much
advance notice if there is a change in venue.


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