Hey, Spike! gets into HD 3D world with ex-patrollers
March 20, 2015
Welcome to Mountain Graphix in Dillon, the company a local ski patrol veteran started in 2006 to provide key insights into ski accidents. It's now expanding to other uses with the aid of computerized video recreations.
Brian Brill is the founder; he's assisted by Darrell Dingerson. Both are former ski patrollers and incident investigators — Brian at Keystone Resort and Darrell at Copper Mountain Resort.
"At Keystone, Brian led a team of accident investigators charged with investigating serious incidents on the mountain, who needed more accurate methods of documenting the accident scenes," says Darrell.
Brian has a master's degree in geographic information systems.
"As director of the unit, he moved the team into digital documentation and started using survey-grade GPS to accurately record topographic information," adds Darrell, who also has earned his master's, but in computer science and media arts.
Their skill levels combine for colorful, detailed and accurate recreations of accident scenes.
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"With 22 years of experience in scene investigation, Brian's expertise has caught the attention of Homeland Security, NASA and other government agencies. Work has taken Brian traveling all across North America," says Darrell, the firm's modeler and animator.
"Mountain Graphix grew out of the need to acquire accurate geospatial information from ski incidents and intuitively present the complex data," they explain. "Bringing the geographic information system data into the 3D environment opened us to the spectacular power of 3D animations."
"We work with bio-mechanical engineers to create precise high-definition 3D reproductions for slip-and-falls, automotive accidents, medical malpractice, construction defect and product liability and many other fields of litigation," Brian emphasizes.
Admittedly, Brian is fascinated with computers, technology and "all things nerdy."
And granted, much of the contracted Mountain Graphix effort is in the legal arena.
"Because our work is to display foundationally accurate information, there have been many times where both sides of a legal argument have used our work to describe an incident or the resultant damages. We have been retained by both defense and plaintiff sides of cases," Brian says.
"Fortunately, we tend to be retained in the defense of ski areas before we are asked to represent those who are filing suit against them," Darrell adds.
"Attorneys on both sides are quickly realizing that people learn by viewing," states Brian, adding, "If a picture is worth a thousand words then one of our 40-second animations is over a million."
Not all of Brian's and Darrell's work is post-incident — many firms and agencies use the talents of Mountain Graphix for accident prevention and product marketing, education and training purposes.
Mountain Graphix has produced educational safety animations for the Frisco Adventure Park, Frisco Bay Marina, Colorado River Outfitters Association and Winter Park Ski Area. It has also produced animations for the Watersport Industry Association's safety videos covering parasail, watercraft, cable park and towables.
The Mountain Graphix results are viewable on websites, YouTube, Facebook, iPhones and iPads.
Here's the Mountain Graphix link:
Spike! wishes Bob Haussman the best as he celebrates his 80th birthday.
We joined a multitude of family and friends on St. Patrick's Day at Silverheels to honor the retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who also has been a successful businessman in Frisco for decades.
Those present included Joanne Stolen, Kim Orr and Sonia Cabrera Berny, Lynne Orr, Sandy Sheffield and Dan Pins, Sharil Caffery, Anne Clark, Amy Krause, Ray and Pooh Bishop, Alisha and Peter Dunn, Ann McCrerey, John and Dede Tuso, Rick and Judi Amico, Fred Sprouse, Gerry and Kat Huttrer, Chris Eby, Tom DeVault, Mark McCrerey, BJ McCarthy, Rob Philippe, and Melanie Frye.
The Haussman clan included: Bob and Roseann, daughter Ashley of Paris and son Mike of Rome, daughter Christine and Stewart Voutour and kids Maddie and Ben of Frisco; Bob's sister Marsha Haussman, sister in-law Connie Haussman, niece Denise and husband Chuck Conlan, and nephews Nick and Doug Haussman from Indiana.
Making everyone welcome with a very accommodating level of service were Silverheels' staffers Kaileen Pickett-Heaps, Suzanne Ripp and Chris Miller.
Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed "Spike," a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to email@example.com.
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