Quality Innovation: Video Overlay Technology May Make Cars Safer

February 1, 2004
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+
From the Olympics to the automotive industry, a new technology enters the marketplace.

The Dartfish overlay technology is being incorporated into MTS’ Safedesign Insight video analysis and validation software that overlays the results of safety test videos with CAE simulations for side-by-side comparison. Photo: MTS Systems Corp.

A technology that thrilled fans viewing the Olympics on television last winter is being marketed to the U.S. automotive industry as a way to make cars safer.

MTS Systems Corp. (Eden Prairie, MN), a global supplier of testing products has signed the exclusive rights to use patented digital video overlay technology from Dartfish USA (Atlanta) for automotive safety engineering applications. Through the agreement, Dart-fish's overlay technology will be incorporated into MTS' software products to help automobile manufacturers better calibrate virtual product designs with real-world safety tests.

Dartfish's technology is used in the sports training market and was seen by millions of viewers during several world-class sporting events. For example, it was used by broadcasters during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games to blend the performances of competing downhill skiers onto a single video clip to show subtle differences in technique and pinpoint where in the competition one skier pulled ahead of another.

Victor Bergonzoli, president for Dartfish, says that despite the differences between uses, the "evolution" of Dartfish's technology into the automotive testing market is a logical one. "The integration of our technology with their software products will have an immediate impact, as it will eliminate the subjective technique currently employed by engineers to calibrate virtual models with physical safety tests," says Bergonzoli.

Initially, MTS incorporated Dart-fish's technology into its Safedesign Insight video analysis and validation software. Safedesign Insight Software is a visual engineering and validation software package that enables users to correlate computer-aided engineering (CAE) crash models and physical test results. It gives new perspectives on modeled and physical crash results by enabling the overlay of CAE models and video images to immediately pinpoint where modeled and physical results differ. Integrating the presentation of CAE and test results in this manner accelerates the model correlation process. The Safedesign Insight software package enables users to validate occupant and structural simulations, minimize improper test setups, reduce the overall number of tests needed to run and maximize the value obtained from both CAE and test data.

"This technology allows our customers to get the most out of each test they perform, increasing productivity and reducing costs," says Doug Marinaro, vice president of MTS Software and Consult-ing. "And, most importantly, our customers' use of this application will ultimately lead to the design and development of safer vehicles."

New Software for Virtual Development

Safedesign Insight is one of two new products MTS has released that it says will "improve product development productivity by automating test setup process and synchronizing CAE models with test data. The second product is Safepass 201, which the company says was used by Ford Motor Co. to automate and eliminate delays from a FMVSS201, side impact protection certification process.

"The introduction of these new products supports MTS' new vision for the role of physical testing in virtual product development," says Marinaro. "As the power of CAE continues to accelerate, it is only limited by the accuracy of the computer-generated models engineers create. This issue can be addressed by providing tools that make it easy to calibrate models with real-world tests."

Sidebar: Quality Specs

1. The video overlay technology blends two images for comparison. Its first usage in the auto industry will be in Safedesign Insight software.

2. The software gives a new perspective on modeled and physical crash results by overlaying CAE models and video images to pinpoint where modeled and physical results differ.

3. Integrating the presentation of CAE and test results in this manner accelerates the model correlation process and provides the insight into evaluation methods for confidence in both modeled and physical test results.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Quality Magazine. 

Recent Articles by Larry Adams

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

for Chief Designer From CAE-Services (Moscow, Russia)

Valery Anpilov
April 22, 2009
for Chief Designer From CAE-Services (Moscow, Russia) Dear Colleagues, Our firm CAE-Services consolidate highly skilled specialists with a wide experience in different areas of mechanical engineering. At the moment we are looking for orders for numerical simulations outside Russia. Also, we are looking big\stable industrial company to join to one. CAE-Services Llc is pleased to make you an offer to consider possibility of establishing business relations with our firm in engineering analysis sphere (i.e. numerical modeling of various physical processes while developing new units or optimizing\enhancing existing\produced ones). Our engineers have experience with ANSYS, ABAQUS, ADINA, CFX, Fluent, Star-CD, ICEM We are offering a comprehensive service in a broad scope of applications, such as: Structural Analysis, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Electromagnetic Analysis, Acoustic, Kinematics, Meshing. See more details at http://www.cae-services.net/index.php?index=3&type=php If you can understand Russian or you would like to see more illustrations, please visit our Russian site with more than 200 papers: http://www.cae-services.ru/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=103&Itemid=129 Do not hesitate to place an order with us. Further details can be obtained on request. CAE-Services Llc, 77, Shelkovskoe shosse, Moscow Tel. (+7 495) 913-2300, 468-8175, 460-4722 E-mail: valery.anpilov@cae-services.ru URL: http://www.cae-services.net URL: http://www.cae-services.ru




 In honor of World Quality Month, we spoke to James Rooney, ASQ Past Chairman of the Board of Directors 2013, for his take on quality around the world.
For more information, read the ASQ Speaking of Quality column.
More Podcasts


Quality Magazine


2014 April

Check out the April 2014 edition of Quality Magazine for features!
Table Of Contents Subscribe

Manufacturing Process

Has/does news about a manufacturers’ recall (like the GM recall in the news now) cause you or your company to reexamine its manufacturing process?
View Results Poll Archive

Clear Seas Research

qcast_ClearSeas_logo.gifWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.



facebook_40.png twitter_40px.png  youtube_40px.pnglinkedin_40px.png