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Exponent staff have worked a number of technical projects, television/media programs, and mock trials that use sophisticated computer animation and graphics. Below is a selection of some of the projects that we have worked on over our more than 40 years of business.

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During a storm in the North Sea on March 27, 1980, the Alexander Kielland oil platform capsized, killing 123 of the 200 men aboard. Exponent investigated the capsizing, performing numerous analyses to determine the cause of the accident.   (Our Role)

This investigation involved an alleged malfunction and defect of an automatic revolving door. (Our Role)

To provide a repeatable test technique for evaluating roof-to-ground impact in a vehicle rollover event, Exponent (in conjunction with Ford Motor Co.) developed a translating and rotating vehicle drop system.

The animation created shows the insertion and deployment of multiple stents in a long coronary artery occlusion.

A Delta jet aircraft crashed when attempting to land at the Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport in August 1985. The crash and ensuing fire killed 134 people. Exponent was retained to describe the aircraft's path and altitude during the event.

This project involved a breach of contract litigation between an oil company and the manufacturer of an off-shore jackup rig. The oil company alleged the manufacturer breached its contract by delivering the giant rig with faulty equipment and three months behind schedule. (Our Role)

This animation contrasts the differences in bone remodeling between proximally coated and extensively coated implants.  (Our Role)

On July 17, 1981, during a tea dance in the vast atrium at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City, two elevated walkways collapsed onto the people celebrating in the lobby, killing 114 of them and injuring more than 200.  (Our Role)

Thirty-five years after the death of actor James Dean, Exponent was asked by the NBC Series "What Happened?" to reconstruct the automobile accident. Exponent found that Dean’s vehicle was traveling 55-60 mph at the time of the accident (not over 70 mph as reported by the police) and was killed when an oncoming driver turned left in front of him.

In July 1988, a series of violent explosions and a large fire destroyed the Piper Alpha oil platform in the North Sea. Only 62 crew members survived out of the 229 personnel on board. Exponent assisted in the investigation of the cause of the disaster. (Our Role)

On Dec. 13 1994, two massive detonations leveled portions of a Sioux City ammonium nitrate plant owned by Terra Industries. Four plant workers were killed, eighteen others suffered serious injury, and damage to the plant and surrounding community was estimated in the hundreds of millions of dollars.   (Our Role)

A 5-gallon propane tank stored on the bottom rack of a barbeque grill vented propane from the safety relief valve. The flammable vapor was ignited by the grill burners and the ensuing fireball injured three adults seated at a patio table, approximately eight feet away. (Our Role)

The MARCbot is a robot that U.S. Army soldiers are currently using to help identify improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Iraq. It was developed by Exponent for the U.S. Army’s Rapid Equipping Force to meet a critical operational need identified during combat operations as observed by Exponent employees in theater.

On August 8, 1993 Guam was struck by a magnitude 8.1 earthquake. The earthquake caused the partial collapse of the Royal Palm Resort, a new 12-story hotel and condominium complex that opened just 18 days before the earthquake.  (Our Role)

The Suzuki Samurai was alleged to be unsafe after Consumers Union (CU) released a 1988 video showing the Samurai tipping up onto its outriggers when negotiating a test course at 38 mph. The federal government was soon petitioned to order a recall.   (Our Role)

Exponent provided expert witness testimony and demonstrative evidence support for the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Litigation Mock Trial, “Litigating the Titanic: The Original and Greatest Disaster of This Century.” The mock trial illustrated some of the latest advances in direct- and cross-examination techniques and trial technology.

Exponent's Visual Communication team developed this animation to illustrate the impact of a chemical release after a collision between a train and a pickup truck.

A study was undertaken to design a suitable internal trunk release that children could use without instruction to open a locked trunk from the inside. Human factors were studied to determine the type of release mechanism young children might use.  (Our Role)

The assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 is one of the world’s greatest mysteries. Two congressional investigations have concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin, but was he? In 1992, Exponent engineers and scientists re-examined some of the evidence for the American Bar Association’s mock trial presentation: “The United States v. Lee Harvey Oswald.” We conducted biomechanics, ballastics and human factors evaluations to assess whether one gunman, or two, was responsible for the crime. 

Exponent’s Construction Consulting practice was retained to analyze contractors’ delays and impacts as they related to the life safety system installations and the concrete structure for the original tower of the Venetian Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Our Role)