Reconstructive Simulation

Come and Join Animator Christy Spangler of the  National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), at the Fort Lauderdale ACM SIGGRAPH April 16th ,2013  at 7:00 p.m.

This presentation will cover some of the animations and graphics they have developed for the transportation modes they investigate which include aviation, rail, highway, and marine and discuss the different styles and methods used to present the accident data so that the audience can visualize and better understand the events leading up to the accident, the probable cause and the identification of safety issues.

Christy Spangler is an interdisciplinary 2D and 3D Visual Communicator who specializes in Technical and Engineering subject matter.

NTSB's Christy Spangler, Engineering Graphics Specialist
Christy Spangler takes measurements of components from an undamaged copy of a battery similar to the one involved in the Japan Airlines 787 fire in Boston's Logan Airport currently under investigation.

Employed at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in 2002, Ms. Spangler is responsible for designing engineering, promotional and multimedia graphics. In 2004, she was involved in the development of the NTSB Animation Laboratory and currently serves as an Engineering Graphics Specialist responsible for developing accident reconstruction animations. Ms. Spangler has presented her work at the ACM SIGGRAPH Conference in the Dailies! (2010); and the Poster Presentation (2008, 2004).Ms. Spangler attended Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL and earned a BFA degree in Visual Communications (1991) and later attended East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN and earned a MS degree in Engineering Design Graphics (2001).

Building on her foundation of fine arts and photography, her experience and career has expanded to encompass graphic design, motion graphics, 3D animation and video production. Ms. Spangler has worked in the print industry, for non-profits, a medical college and the federal government. With her diverse background, she has been able to design,produce and deliver visual packages that range from animation and motion graphics to graphic design, website development, posters and handouts for public and private events and purposes. Ms. Spangler enjoys creative projects that allow her to experiment and expand her knowledge in techniques and media.

We will be accepting new members at this meeting.

We are using the FAU Downtown Campus Computer Graphics Laboratory Studio ( also known as the former Center for Electronic Communication). Given that this is in the heart of downtown’s entertainment district we might as well take advantage of nearby venues for social networking after the show.

Bring your Business Cards and see you there!

WHEN: 16th April 2013 from 7-9PM
WHERE: Florida Atlantic University 220 S.E. 2nd Avenue, Suite 921 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Click here for directions

Parking is available along meters or in the City Parking facility across the street, slightly north.
// This is also the last time we will hold an event at this venue after over 20 years  of meetings for this chapter due to relocation of the Facility.  Don’t miss it!  As we reflect and say good bye to the Studio one last time.//

——–backround on

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal government agency charged with determining the probable cause of transportation accidents and promoting transportation safety. The improvement of safety to the nation’s transportation system requires prompt, thorough, and valid investigations of accidents, incidents, and other anomalies in order to identify issues, determine the probable cause and recommend improvements. A large volume of highly complex and diverse data can frequently obscure the relationships between vehicle performance, human operator inputs, and the traffic systems. Investigators must piece together and integrate these data to understand the causes and contributing factors of the accident and then explain these facts to policy makers and the general public to promote the safety recommendations in order to improve transportation safety.
The NTSB will often integrate the accident data into 3D animations to reconstruct and illustrate accident sequences so that the audience can visualize and better understand the events leading up to the accident, the probable cause and the identification of safety issues. These animations factually and faithfully present the accident sequence based on measured, recorded, and calculated data.

 

For more information about the NTSB, please visit

http://www.ntsb.gov/index.html

To view NTSB animations, please visit

http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/animations.htmlCome and Join Animator Christy Spangler of the  National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), at the Fort Lauderdale ACM SIGGRAPH April 16th ,2013  at 7:00 p.m.

This presentation will cover some of the animations and graphics they have developed for the transportation modes they investigate which include aviation, rail, highway, and marine and discuss the different styles and methods used to present the accident data so that the audience can visualize and better understand the events leading up to the accident, the probable cause and the identification of safety issues.

Christy Spangler is an interdisciplinary 2D and 3D Visual Communicator who specializes in Technical and Engineering subject matter.

 

NTSB's Christy Spangler, Engineering Graphics Specialist
Christy Spangler takes measurements of components from an undamaged copy of a battery similar to the one involved in the Japan Airlines 787 fire in Boston’s Logan Airport currently under investigation.

Employed at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in 2002, Ms. Spangler is responsible for designing engineering, promotional and multimedia graphics. In 2004, she was involved in the development of the NTSB Animation Laboratory and currently serves as an Engineering Graphics Specialist responsible for developing accident reconstruction animations. Ms. Spangler has presented her work at the ACM SIGGRAPH Conference in the Dailies! (2010); and the Poster Presentation (2008, 2004).Ms. Spangler attended Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL and earned a BFA degree in Visual Communications (1991) and later attended East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN and earned a MS degree in Engineering Design Graphics (2001).

Building on her foundation of fine arts and photography, her experience and career has expanded to encompass graphic design, motion graphics, 3D animation and video production. Ms. Spangler has worked in the print industry, for non-profits, a medical college and the federal government. With her diverse background, she has been able to design,produce and deliver visual packages that range from animation and motion graphics to graphic design, website development, posters and handouts for public and private events and purposes. Ms. Spangler enjoys creative projects that allow her to experiment and expand her knowledge in techniques and media.

We will be accepting new members at this meeting.

We are using the FAU Downtown Campus Computer Graphics Laboratory Studio ( also known as the former Center for Electronic Communication). Given that this is in the heart of downtown’s entertainment district we might as well take advantage of nearby venues for social networking after the show.

Bring your Business Cards and see you there!

WHEN: 16th April 2013 from 7-9PM
WHERE: Florida Atlantic University 220 S.E. 2nd Avenue, Suite 921 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Click here for directions

Parking is available along meters or in the City Parking facility across the street, slightly north.
// This is also the last time we will hold an event at this venue after over 20 years  of meetings for this chapter due to relocation of the Facility.  Don’t miss it!  As we reflect and say good bye to the Studio one last time.//

——–backround on

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal government agency charged with determining the probable cause of transportation accidents and promoting transportation safety. The improvement of safety to the nation’s transportation system requires prompt, thorough, and valid investigations of accidents, incidents, and other anomalies in order to identify issues, determine the probable cause and recommend improvements. A large volume of highly complex and diverse data can frequently obscure the relationships between vehicle performance, human operator inputs, and the traffic systems. Investigators must piece together and integrate these data to understand the causes and contributing factors of the accident and then explain these facts to policy makers and the general public to promote the safety recommendations in order to improve transportation safety.
The NTSB will often integrate the accident data into 3D animations to reconstruct and illustrate accident sequences so that the audience can visualize and better understand the events leading up to the accident, the probable cause and the identification of safety issues. These animations factually and faithfully present the accident sequence based on measured, recorded, and calculated data.

For more information about the NTSB, please visit

http://www.ntsb.gov/index.html

To view NTSB animations, please visit

http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/animations.htmlCome and Join Animator Christy Spangler of the  National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), at the Fort Lauderdale ACM SIGGRAPH April 16th ,2013  at 7:00 p.m.

This presentation will cover some of the animations and graphics they have developed for the transportation modes they investigate which include aviation, rail, highway, and marine and discuss the different styles and methods used to present the accident data so that the audience can visualize and better understand the events leading up to the accident, the probable cause and the identification of safety issues.

Christy Spangler is an interdisciplinary 2D and 3D Visual Communicator who specializes in Technical and Engineering subject matter.

NTSB's Christy Spangler, Engineering Graphics Specialist
Christy Spangler takes measurements of components from an undamaged copy of a battery similar to the one involved in the Japan Airlines 787 fire in Boston's Logan Airport currently under investigation.

Employed at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in 2002, Ms. Spangler is responsible for designing engineering, promotional and multimedia graphics. In 2004, she was involved in the development of the NTSB Animation Laboratory and currently serves as an Engineering Graphics Specialist responsible for developing accident reconstruction animations. Ms. Spangler has presented her work at the ACM SIGGRAPH Conference in the Dailies! (2010); and the Poster Presentation (2008, 2004).Ms. Spangler attended Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL and earned a BFA degree in Visual Communications (1991) and later attended East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN and earned a MS degree in Engineering Design Graphics (2001).

Building on her foundation of fine arts and photography, her experience and career has expanded to encompass graphic design, motion graphics, 3D animation and video production. Ms. Spangler has worked in the print industry, for non-profits, a medical college and the federal government. With her diverse background, she has been able to design,produce and deliver visual packages that range from animation and motion graphics to graphic design, website development, posters and handouts for public and private events and purposes. Ms. Spangler enjoys creative projects that allow her to experiment and expand her knowledge in techniques and media.

We will be accepting new members at this meeting.

We are using the FAU Downtown Campus Computer Graphics Laboratory Studio ( also known as the former Center for Electronic Communication). Given that this is in the heart of downtown’s entertainment district we might as well take advantage of nearby venues for social networking after the show.

Bring your Business Cards and see you there!

WHEN: 16th April 2013 from 7-9PM
WHERE: Florida Atlantic University 220 S.E. 2nd Avenue, Suite 921 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Click here for directions

Parking is available along meters or in the City Parking facility across the street, slightly north.
// This is also the last time we will hold an event at this venue after over 20 years  of meetings for this chapter due to relocation of the Facility.  Don’t miss it!  As we reflect and say good bye to the Studio one last time.//

——–backround on

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal government agency charged with determining the probable cause of transportation accidents and promoting transportation safety. The improvement of safety to the nation’s transportation system requires prompt, thorough, and valid investigations of accidents, incidents, and other anomalies in order to identify issues, determine the probable cause and recommend improvements. A large volume of highly complex and diverse data can frequently obscure the relationships between vehicle performance, human operator inputs, and the traffic systems. Investigators must piece together and integrate these data to understand the causes and contributing factors of the accident and then explain these facts to policy makers and the general public to promote the safety recommendations in order to improve transportation safety.
The NTSB will often integrate the accident data into 3D animations to reconstruct and illustrate accident sequences so that the audience can visualize and better understand the events leading up to the accident, the probable cause and the identification of safety issues. These animations factually and faithfully present the accident sequence based on measured, recorded, and calculated data.

 

For more information about the NTSB, please visit

http://www.ntsb.gov/index.html

To view NTSB animations, please visit

http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/animations.html

Data Visualization: The Computer Graphics Job of the Future

Come and Join Data Visualization Expert Chris Carter as he presents this exciting topic at the Fort Lauderdale ACM SIGGRAPH March 20th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

//This is a dual event Day, it kicks off at 4 p.m. with a meeting for High School Students and Educators. Special Film Marker -Event” with Visual Effects Supervisor, Dean Lyon.  Dean has worked on dozens of blockbusters including Armageddon, Boogeyman, Doctor Dolittle, Spooked and many, many more.” Click HERE For More Information//

As a Data Visualization Expert, Computer Graphics Artist, Army Intelligence Warrant Officer and Published Author, Chris brings an extraordinary approach to publishing and visual storytelling.

Born in suburban Chicago, Chris Carter was raised in a working class atmosphere. His mother was manager of a Health Food store and his father was a builder and artist.  Prior to 911, Chris Carter had an extensive career as a computer graphics artist.  Starting at JBTV in Chicago, a cutting edge music video program that was carried on WGN’s Super Station and aired throughout the US. Chris then journeyed to Florida, to work for NiteLight Studios in Pompano Beach before moving to LA and making the rounds at some of the most prominent VFX studios in Hollywood. Chris then found himself working as a computer graphics artist in the Washington, DC area on 911.  For 33 years he has been in the U.S. Army. With 20 in the Reserves, 10 active duty and still going today. As a Defense Contractor and soldier he’s been to the Middle East 5 times since 911 and is working on several books and a screenplay to tell his stories.

In his provocative book “Locked Out”, inspired by Ray Kurzwiel, Chris Carter tells us to forget about Artificial Intelligence, computers do not have to be smarter than us. All they have to do is wait until we are dependent on them. Then lock us out! His new book “How To Predict The Future” combines health psychology with data visualization analysis and shows you how life boils down to numbers. Big numbers. Less than a dozen exabytes could contain every word ever written since the beginning of time. When you can visualize these numbers, you can begin to predict your future. This is a unique common thread through all of Chris Carter’s works.

With his producer friend, Gary Halpin, he published his first book, The Difference between Democrats and Republicans.” Chris was invited to Capitol Hill to present the book to Texas Congressman (R) Ron Paul. Ron bought two extra copies for his fellow Presidential candidates, John McCain and Barrack Obama.

WHEN: 20th March 2013 from 7-9PM
WHERE: Bienes Center for the Performing Arts 2812 SW 12th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Directions Map to Bienes Center for the Performing Arts

After the Meeting we might as well take advantage of one of the nearby venues for social networking after the show. Bring your Business Cards and see you there!