Research & Professional Services (RPS) produces 3D graphics for scientific visualizations, illustrations, design, and fine art. Our favorite tools include Electric Image, FormZ, Bryce, After Effects, and an assortment of special effects software.
Tornadoes in Oklahoma and Kansas on May 3, 1999, killed at least 40 people and caused over 500 million dollars in damages. One of the tornadoes was an F-5, the largest and most powerful classification. Although no direct measurement of windspeed is possible in such powerful storms, winds in an F-5 tornado are capable of topping 300 miles per hour. These images of the storm were aquired from the GOES archive at NASA GSFC, and animated using Adobe After Effects. (single high resolution image)
Hurricane Bonnie crashed ashore in North Carolina on August 26, 1998. It was one of the first Atlantic hurricanes viewed by the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM). This satellite is capable of viewing rainfall in three dimensions around the Earth's equatorial belt. For more information about TRMM's observations of Bonnie, see the NASA press release. The image above was created in Photoshop and Bryce 3D. TRMM Visible and Infrared Scanner (VIRS) data was used for the cloud structure, along with Precipitation Radar (PR) data for rainfall (shown underneath the transparent clouds).
These images are preliminary studies for the interface of an upcoming NASA web site. They were modeled in FormZ (with the exception of the green banker's lamp, from Apple Japan) and rendered in Electric Image (book, lamp, and microphone) and Bryce 3D (telescope and laboratory glassware.)
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