An Evening with Christy Spangler – Forensic Animator NTSB – March 27

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An Evening with Christy Spangler – Forensic Animator NTSB

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM


US Patent & Trademark Office Headquarters – Remsen Building

600 Dulany Street

Alexandria, VA (map)




Price: $5.00/per person for non-members


On Thursday, March 27th, DC_SIGGRAPH will hear a presentation from Christy Spangler. Christy is an animator for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). She will be talking about the 3D animations she has created for the National Transportation Safety Board.


The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent 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 system. 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.



This presentation will highlight some of the animations developed for aviation and rail, 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.


Additionally, an example of an educational style of animation describing bridge structure that was produced in 2008 will be shown. Finally, Christy will discuss what’s next in 2014.



Speaker Bio:

Since 1986, Christy Spangler has worked in the creative field holding a variety of positions in digital media, graphic design, freelance art and prepress production. Employed at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in 2002, Mrs. Spangler was designing engineering, promotional and multimedia graphics. In 2004, she was involved in the development of the Animation Lab and currently serves as an Engineering Graphics Specialist responsible for developing accident reconstruction animations. Mrs. Spangler has specialized training and experience in traditional fine arts, photography, graphic design, 3D computer animation including scientific, medical and character, 2D motion graphics, multimedia design, and digital video production.


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Meeting Highlights for Feb. 6, 2014

by on 2月.14, 2014, under News

DC ACM SIGGRAPH Meeting – February 6, 2014


DC ACM SIGGRAPH would like to thank Akin Bilgic for being the featured presenter at the most recent meeting. Akin discussed his background in the area of 3D modeling and rendering along with insights into the challenges of being a freelance artist. He also presented work from his portfolio then discussed how he approached modeling challenges. We look forward to Akin being a featured presenter again in the future.


Chapter elections were conducted during the meeting. The following is a list of the board members and their positions:


Chair – Roberto Ortiz

Vice Chair – Chris Rahaim

Secretary – Mark Jette

Treasurer – Holly Bloom


Congratulations to Onyx Lee who was chosen as the winner for the LightWave 3D giveaway.

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An Evening with Akin Bilgic(Freelance Artist and ZBrush Modeler) – Feb. 6

by on 2月.05, 2014, under Events

An Evening with Akin Bilgic (Freelance Artist and ZBrush Modeler)

WHEN: Thursday, February 6, 2014 from  7 – 9pm

WHERE: US Patents & Trademarks Office – Jefferson Building

600 Dulany Street

Alexandria, VA 22314



RSVP to RobertoOrtiz1@yahoo.com


Happy New Year!  DC SIGGRAPH has an exciting year lined up!  But first we must elect our officers! Since we did not have a quorum at our last meeting, we will have elections at this one. If you are interested in holding an office please come to the meeting!

DC_SIGGRAPH invites you to another round of informal Q&A and VFX workflow demonstration with our very own Akin Bilgic, who is in town visiting from San Francisco, CA.  Akin is freelance Modeler / Generalist TD who has since gone on to work for a variety of studios including Moonbot, Laika, and Walt Disney Animation.

You can view some of Akin’s work at his site: CGGallery.com

Akin will give live workflow demonstrations and help answer questions on topics including Modeling, Texturing/Shading, Lighting/Rendering, and Compositing for Animation and VFX pipelines.

He’ll also share his experiences working in the industry and being a freelance artist. The presentation will be left open and fluid – with an emphasis on addressing audience questions.

And as a New Year gift – one lucky member will receive a FREE copy of Lightwave 3D animation software!

Please Note we will be charging $5.00 for non-members. (See policy change announcement below.)

We hope you will join us for this informal gathering.

RSVP to RobertoOrtiz1@yahoo.com (continue reading…)

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(English) Holiday Networking Event and Elections – December 19, 2013

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(English) Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH: Intro to Unity 3D (Redux)

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(English) DC ACM SIGGRAPH Potluck and 2013 Keynote Thursday, Oct. 24

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(English) Computer Animation Festival screening September 26, 2013

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(English) SIGGRAPH Re-cap and Social Event

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(English) Next Meeting June 6 – Demo Reel/Portfolio Night

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UNITY PRESENTATION by Taro Omiya on April 25

by on 4月.12, 2013, under Events

When: Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 7:00 pm to 9:30pm

(7:00-7:30 social networking,  7:30-9:30pm guest speaker – Taro Omiya)

Where: US Patent and Trademark Office, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 – (Jefferson Building)


Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH would like to invite you hear Taro Omiya present an introduction to Unity 3D.  Unity is a game development software with a powerful rendering engine. It is fully integrated with a complete set of tools to create interactive 3D content and multiplatform publishing. Taro will present an overview of the software.


Taro Omiya is an indie game developer that works for e4 Software and his own studio, Omiya Games.  He has been developing games with Unity 3D since 2010.  His latest games are SWARM! (available on iPad and Amazon App Store) and Touch Yoga (available on Google Play).


Attendees are welcome to load Unity on their laptop and bring it as well to follow along with Taro’s presentation.  You can download a Free Full Version for Windows with Unity Pro and Android trials from here: http://unity3d.com/unity/download/.


DC_SIGGRAPH is also giving away to one lucky person – a free copy of Lightwave!  If you plan to attend, please RSVP to  robertoortiz1@yahoo.com.  We look forward to seeing you there!


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