FORENSIC ENGINEERING AND VISUALIZATION

Toby Terpstra

Senior Forensic Animator
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Toby Terpstra’s area of specialty involves creating visualization products based upon scientific data and physics. Using photogrammetry, video analysis, 3D digitization, and other analysis tools, he visually reconstructs and animates vehicular accidents, sports-related incidents, shooting incidents, industrial accidents, and product liability/component failures. Working in conjunction with medical experts, ballistic experts, accident reconstructionists, and numerous other experts, Mr. Terpstra uses physically accurate 3D animations to visually demonstrate complex interactions, event sequencing, injury causation, and visibility in a clear and concise manner. Mr. Terpstra’s experience and ongoing research has qualified him to testify as an expert in these areas.

As Senior Forensic Animator, he has published peer-reviewed research in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Accident Reconstruction Session on the topics of photogrammetry and lens distortion, and serves as a peer reviewer Page for research papers in the Occupant Protection: Accident Reconstruction Session for the SAE World Congress.

  • Excellence in Oral Presentation Award, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), 2013
  • Arch T. Colwell Merit Award, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), 2006
  • Newman Award for Acoustic Excellence (First Place Award), 2000
  • Pratt Institute Competition “Artificial Islands,” design exhibited in gallery, 1999
  • Graduate Scholarship, Washington University, 1999
  • Graduate Scholarship, Rice University, 1998
  • Van Allen Institute Competition “Pier 54,” Top 50 Design, exhibited in gallery, 1997
  • Olin Cup Finalist, Washington University, 1993

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