Using Virtual Vessels for Settlement and Trial
Most maritime cases involve massive structures of one kind or another and, all too often, juries, judges and mediators have little experience with maritime working environments. Accordingly, it becomes important to bring into a courtroom or mediation hearing, tools that give an accurate and favorable presentation of the facts at hand.
In many, if not most cases, the best way to accomplish this goal is found in the use of sophisticated computer modeling and animation techniques to create a three-dimensional scene that can be viewed from any angle or perspective. Whether the case involves an expanse of harbor waterfront or a commercial vessel, computer modeling can generate a virtual environment that can be navigated in real time.
Photos of most large commercial vessels can be obtained from various sources on the Internet.
When available, blueprints or diagrams can be very useful in creating an accurate computer model.
Animated views of the wire-frame and shaded versions of the computer model.