Too Hot to Handle: Web3D for Fire Data Exploration

Sandy Ressler, NIST - SIGGRAPH Asia 2019

November 2019

Highlighting work of Matt Hoehler (fire engineer)

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

BOB - Burn Observation Bubble

Matt Hoehler

"In the Eye of the 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

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)

The End

 I'm Tired


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

Too Hot to Handle: Web3D for Fire Data Exploration

By Sandy Ressler

Too Hot to Handle: Web3D for Fire Data Exploration

SIGGRAPH ASIA 2019, Brisbane, Australia, Nov 2019

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