Animating technologies and worker safety
One viewing of a 3rd Dimension Media animation offers a viewer an easy-to-understand visualization of an otherwise mind-boggling technical device or topic. That’s the goal of Brett Gauthier’s Lafayette-based startup, which specializes in creating 3-D industrial and technical animations that can be used for safety and training purposes and as sales and marketing tools.
One animation, for example, illustrates how a worker can safely retrieve a dropped tool from a wellbore without stopping production using a device designed to catch and hold metallic objects that may fall into the well. Another animation makes the daily activities of a petrochemical refinery come alive in a minute-long time-lapsed video. Other animations closely illustrate the inner-workings of technical devices used in drilling.
Gauthier, who has a background in digital media, drafting, and architectural computer-aided design, said his service is a cost-effective solution for demonstrating how technical tools in oil and gas production processes work for both operators and potential buyers. “You can’t really show a tool working 10,000 feet underneath the ground because there’s low visibility, it’s dark and it’s hard to see everything,” Gauthier explained. “Also, a lot of the tools and services are provided in offshore and hazardous terrain, so animation is a safe bet and a low-cost solution to demonstrate what they’re going to do.” “On the training side, these animations help eliminate mistakes in the field,” he said. “I’d much rather take someone and show them an animation before I put them in the shop or out in the field working on that product.”Read More