Hot Stuff: Using Web3D to Examine Fire from the Inside

Sandy Ressler, NIST - EPICentre Sept 2019

Highlighting work of Matt Hoehler (fire engineer)

Disclaimer: Mention of any commercial products does not imply endorsement by NIST or the author.

Ye' Ole' Agenda

  • Web
  • How to put a camera in a fire
  • Data overlay 
  • Making the burn interactive


  • It's still the web, stupid
  • Distribution
  • My kingdom for an URL

BOB - Burn Observation Bubble

Matt Hoehler

"In the Eye of the Fire"

and you think your demo is hot!

360 degree fire

Crown Fire

Matthew Hoehler/NIST

Interacting with 360 Video

  • Authoring
  • Data display
  • Interaction

Making Burn Interactive

  • Toolchain
  • VR Hardware (Oculus Rift)
  • Software WebVR/XR - a-frame
  • Development also via glitch

​​(shockingly is not a toy!)

Making Burn Interactive (2)

  • Tasks
  • Data Wrangling
  • Prototype data display
  • Synchronize data and video
    • video "currentTime" is main magic
  • ​Set up locations of temperature sensors in video (by hand using specialized tool)
  • Link locations with data (also by hand coding)
  • Added video zoom and rotation capabilities..primary user will be on desktop
  • Mouse for desktop / Controllers for VR

Desktop Burn Demo

Desktop Burn Demo VR (2)

Desktop Burn Demo VR with Controllers

PRICE fire - comparison with simulation

Kevin McGrattan and Glenn Forney /NIST FDS/Smokeview simulation

Matt Hoehler/NIST

Smithsonian Institution Preparedness and Response in Collections Emergencies (PRICE)

What do you mean the talk is supposed to be longer???

Digital Library of Mathematical Functions

in WebVR

Original Physical Book

Most cited resource in NIST's first 100 Years

M. Abramowitz and I. A. Stegun (Eds.) (1964) Handbook of Mathematical Functions with Formulas, Graphs, and Mathematical Tables. National Bureau of Standards Applied Mathematics Series, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C..

DLMF based on Handbook

nearly 20 years/world class experts

I am NOT one of those

world class experts

Updated Book

Existing DLMF Graphics

What would happen if we put all the DLMF surfaces into a VR environment?

Surround yourself with math surfaces

Dancing DLMF

music: Wes Montgomery "California Dreaming"

Towards DLMF Integration

  • Standalone surface functionality in VR


Moving towards integration with DLMF web site

Gallery of Functions -> public access to multiple file formats

Standalone video here


Single surface tool in VR

DLMF Gallery

  • Multiple file formats
  • Ability to use surfaces as graphic assets
  • Public domain with source attribution

Prototype DLMF Gallery

Speaking of Multiple Formats -> STL

3D printing

3d printed dlmf objects photo here


WebXR for the win

Science Baby


  • Matthew Hoehler (NIST fire guy)
  • Adam Lenker (NIST SURF)
  • Frankie Willard (NIST SHIP)
  • Justin Slud (NIST SURF)
  • Kevin Chen (NIST Yale)

The talk is OVER


Hot Stuff: Using Web3D to Examine Fire from the Inside

By Sandy Ressler

Hot Stuff: Using Web3D to Examine Fire from the Inside

EPICentre, Sydney Australia, Sept 2019

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