Introduction

 

Highlighted terminology is explained at the bottom of the page.

Forensic animation is the use of full-motion computer graphics to recreate collisions and other incidents from a variety of perspectives. We compile all the data and evidence to create a series of fixed video imagery assembled into a scientifically accurate reconstruction. Our typical forensic animations include multiple perspective/vantage points, and infographic overlays. We produce animations from full HD up to 4K UHD, as well as in spherical 360 and stereoscopic 3D.

We use a variety of software to produce the animations our clients require. We typically depict the event from two or more vantage points. For example, roadside and independent witnesses locations, within the collision-involved vehicles or from other structures and sightlines.

All forensic animations are the result of our computer simulation service, and we kindly ask that you familiarise yourself with this.

All animations start with a computer simulation analysis of the known collision dynamics. Taking the example of a motor vehicle collision, we first look at the known points of rest of the collision-involved vehicles and then reconstruct chronologically backwards by use of all the available evidence to determine their separation paths. Then from their separation paths to the point of impact and subsequently to each road user's approach path.

When instructed, we overlay and use critical factual data from digital video and independent witness evidence. Using all the evidence and sophisticated computer collision dynamic iterations, we produce a credible scientific and visual reconstruction of the collision or incident.

We ensure that our animations are an illustration of our objective analysis and expert opinion, and are only conducted by qualified forensic collision investigators to ensure the integrity of all control inputs. All animations accurately reflect both the collision environment and the real-world entities the objects model. All our animations adhere to the laws of the physics.

The quality, credibility and impactfulness of forensic animations vary depending on the complexity of the dynamics, the location of the event and the investigative methods employed. To achieve the best evidence, we strongly suggest our clients take full advantage of our 3D laser scanning service to accurately model the collision environment and collision site, UAV aerial imagery service and other associated investigative services.

To provide and deliver an objective analysis of a collision or other incident, we strongly advise all our clients to consider forensic animations when instructing our consultancy services.

Forensic Animation - HGV
Forensic Animation Works Accident
Forensic Animation - HGV
Computer Simulation from Forensic Animations

 

Animation Workflows

Where required, we produce our animation workflows to show the iterative complex computer simulations in our forensic animations.

 

 

Fees & Lead Times

Our service level agreements for fees and lead times for our forensic animation service vary due to the complexity of each case and any additional investigative services required.

This service is part of our all-inclusive investigative reconstruction package.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

 

Terminology

4K UHD – An ultra high-definition video mode characterised by 3840 pixels displayed across the screen horizontally and 2160 pixels down the screen vertically.

Approach Path – The geometric description of the course over ground of the collision-involved vehicles, objects or persons during the pre-collision phase.

Collision Dynamics – The forces and motions occurring during a collision due to the interaction and engagement of collision-involved vehicles, objects or persons.

Collision Environment - The settings, surroundings and conditions concerning a collision site at the time of a collision.

Collision Involved Vehicle – A vehicle directly related to a collision.

Collision Scenario – The circumstances of a collision.

Collision Scene Evidence – Evidence from the collision scene concerning the pre-collision and collision phases.

Collision Sequence – The chronological sequence of events involving the collision-involved vehicles, objects or persons.

Computer Simulation - The reproduction of the behaviour of a system using a computer to simulate the outcomes of a mathematical model.

Collision Site - The geographical location of a collision scene.

Full HD - 1080p is a set of HDTV high-definition video modes characterised by 1,920 pixels displayed across the screen horizontally and 1,080 pixels down the screen vertically.

Orthomosaic Imagery - Aerial images geometrically corrected such that the scale is uniform.

Point of Impact – The place and time of the initial touching of the collision-involved vehicles, objects or persons.

Point of Rest – The place and time where the collision-involved vehicles, objects or persons come to rest.

Road Scar – A mark created on a road surface or ground following damage by a collision-involved vehicle or object.

Road Users – Persons on the road including drivers, vehicle riders, pedestrians or passengers.

Separation Path – The geometric description of the course over ground of the collision-involved vehicles, objects or persons from the point of last contact to the point of rest.

Sightline – A visual axis for a normally unobstructed line of sight between an observer and a subject of interest.

Spherical 360 –  Video recordings where a view in every direction is available and at the control of the viewer. 

Stereoscopic 3D – A technique that produces an illusion of depth in a moving image by displaying two slightly different images to the right and left eye of the observer.

Travel Speed – The speed of a collision-involved vehicle before any collision-related events.

Tyre Mark – A trace mark caused by a tyre.

 

 

our Services

All Inclusive Service Collision Accident

All-Inclusive Investigation
Consultancy

Consultancy
Collision Reconstruction Collision Accident

Investigative Reconstructions
Desktop Analysis Collision Accident

Desktop Analysis
Claim Validation

Claim Validations
Vehicle Examinations Collision Accident

Vehicle Examinations
Laser Scanning Collision Accident

3D Laser Scanning
Forensic Animations Collision Accident

Forensic Animations
CCTV Digital Video Analysis Collision Accident

Digital Video Analysis
Collision Site Analysis Collision Accident

Collision Site Analysis
UAV Collision Accident

UAV Aerial Imagery
Collision Accident Computer Simulations

Computer Simulations
Collision Accident Vehicle Forensics Infortainment

Vehicle Forensics
Collision Accident Crash Data Analysis

Crash Data Analysis
Collision Accident Light Bulb Analysis

Lamp Analysis
Collision Accident Seat Belts

Seat Belt Examinations
Incident Analysis

Incident Analysis
Collision Accident Photography

Site Photography
Collision Accident Scale Plan

Scale Plans
Collision Accident Report Validation

Report Confirmations
Research

Research