Forensic Animation

Forensic animation is a branch of forensic science in which audio-visual recreations of incidents or accidents are created to aid investigators.


Forensic animation is a rapidly expanding field in which animation is used to assist investigators in visually explaining complex ideas. This is undeniably beneficial in conveying expert opinions in a format that jurors can easily and quickly comprehend.

A forensic animation goes hand-in-hand with a simulation. A simulation is the imitation of some real thing, state of affairs or process. Our simulations are incorporated into our animations, where they are enhanced to give them a more realistic look and feel. A simulation, by itself, cannot show the details that may be important to a case, such as lighting and environment.

Whereas forensic animations are sometimes misconceived as being cartoony and unrealistic, our forensic animations are based on accurate data and expert engineering calculations. Knott Laboratory’s team of experienced forensic animators and engineers work together directly to produce scientifically accurate graphics and animations that exceed engineering and legal standards. Because of our insistence on accuracy, validity and quality, our animations consistently pass Daubert motions and are presented successfully in state and federal court.

Our animators are constantly working to develop and implement cutting-edge technology to revolutionize the field of forensic animation. Richard Ziernicki, Ph.D., P.E., highlighted the collaboration between engineering and animation in his article "Forensic Engineering Use of Computer Animations and Graphics".

Experts in the Field


Angelos G. Leiloglou, M. Arch.

Regional Manager Texas, Director of Visualization

(210) 394-6993
aleiloglou@knottlab.com

Kurt Twigg, B.Sc., B.F.A.

Senior Forensic Animator

(303) 925-1900
ktwigg@knottlab.com

Taylor D. Spiegelberg, B.F.A.

Forensic Animator

(303) 925-1900
tspiegelberg@knottlab.com

Forensic Animation


3D Scanning and Point Clouds


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Drone Investigations


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Interactive Animations


Knott Laboratory offers Interactive Animations with interactive 3D at its core, these Interactive Animations grant the presenter full control over important elements of a case, and in real-time.…

Photogrammetry


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Real-Time Simulation


Knott Laboratory’s forensic animators and engineers combine their skills to reconstruct vehicular motion during accidents using a physics-based crash simulation software program. Based on the…

Workplace Safety


Knott Laboratory investigates many cases regarding safety in the workplace each year. We have worked on cases involving a variety of equipment, such as forklifts, concrete pumpers, woodchippers,…

Virtual Reality


An immersive experience for both analysis and visualization, Virtual Reality (VR) offers a range of capabilities, from virtual site visits and detailed inspection to interaction with a customized…

Video Analysis


Our forensic experts use a methodology called matchmoving for analyzing objects (vehicles, pedestrians, etc.) visible in video captured by moving and/or zooming cameras. Matchmoving (also referred…

Motion Capture


Motion Capture (MoCap) is the process of recording the movement of people and is used in a variety of fields including forensic engineering and animation. Here is a demonstration of Knott Lab’s…