Air Law Summer Lecture

20 June 2017

No.4 Hamilton Place, London


18:00 - 19:00

This lecture is entitled "Animation vs Simulation"

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a courtroom animation is worth a million words.

In a courtroom, technology is used to show the jury and judge how a patented device works, how an accident happened  or biochemistry in action to help see that side of the case to provide a persuasive argument.

Animations to recreate cases inside courtrooms (e.g. PowerPoint animation, 2-D animation and 3-D animation) have become an important part of litigations, particularly in the U.S. The big problem (or perhaps advantage) of these visual graphics is that they do not have to obey the laws of physics; they are cartoons. As opposed to these visual representations, a simulation is an analytical solution of equations that are based in physics.  Some of these visual models look so good that it is difficult to see that they actually are violating the laws of physics. In this presentation, several examples of good and bad animations as well as animated simulations will be discussed and explained.

All RAeS Lectures are free to attend for both members and non-members.


This lecture will be followed by the Air Law Reception

Speaker Details

Robert Winn FRAeS, Principal Director-Aviation, Engineering Systems Inc

Robert has over 22 years as officer in U.S. Air Force as engineer and instructor pilot in four Air Force aircraft and over 15 years on faculty of Air Force Academy and Colorado Technical University teaching aeronautical and mechanical engineering. h is a Fellow and Board Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and has published more than 70 technical papers, reports, and articles. He specialises in automotive and aviation accident reconstruction, aircraft flight path reconstruction, analysis of flight data recorder (FDR), cockpit voice recorder (CVR), and radar data, heat transfer, fluid dynamics, and modeling of dynamic systems.


No.4 Hamilton Place, London

Royal Aeronautical Society Headquarters

No.4 Hamilton Place