8 things you didn’t know about Chris Little

Chris Little

Chris Little is a Griffith University PhD Candidate and Technical Officer. Here are 8 things you may not have know about Chris:

1. Chris completed work experience at an architectural firm during High School
His work experience was at a time when CAD (Computer Aided Design) was just being introduced to replace drafting boards. Chris recalls: ‘I knew this was something I wanted to be involved with. It wasn’t architecture – it was more about using computer technology for design and how it enabled me to communicate my ideas in amazing ways to make them become a reality. This is when I decided I wanted to be a designer and I’m still doing that today’.

2. His research involves scanning the only remaining German tank from WW1
Mephisto is the only remaining German tank from the First World War. Chris aims to create a complete and accurate 3D data set of Mephisto, developing an interactive virtual display, while also using advanced forensic software to create a ballistic analysis and locate the tank back in its original position in Villers-Bretonneux.Chris hopes to ‘develop forensic analysis tools to examine 3D scan data of the battle damage that can be found around the tank. More than 300 bullet and shell fragment scars have been identified on the tanks armour and I want to see if these forensic analysis tools will provide answers some of the questions surrounding Mephisto’ he said.

3. Chris will be presenting at the World Science Festival this month
The inaugural World Science Festival Brisbane will bring some of the world’s greatest thought leaders to Queensland, showcase local scientists and performers from around the Asia Pacific region, and host the brightest and the best from previous events in New York.

At the World Science Festival, Chris will share the latest developments in advanced 3D scanning technology to create an accurate three-dimensional model of the Mephisto tank. Join Chris at the Queensland Museum on 10 March 2016 to learn about the last days of this historic tank.

4. Chris has worked with NSW Police to laser scan crime scenes
Chris has used 3D data to help Crime Scene and Crash Investigators determine what actually happened at a crime scene. He explains: ‘Laser scanning is a great way to gather information from a crime scene because it’s fast, accurate, non-contact and a laser scanner doesn’t lie,’ he said.  ‘I was able to use a lot of my scanning and software experience for crime scene analysis. I’d never heard of someone using Solidworks and AutoCAD for blood spatter analysis before’.

5. All he wants to do is dance
‘Ha ha – no one knows that my wife and I were once the Queensland rock ‘n’ roll dancing champs’ said Chris.

6. People are his key source of information
‘Talking to people is my best resource’ said Chris. ‘Curators at the Queensland Museum know Mephisto very well.  Queensland Police are experts in ballistics and explosives and I have some very smart software developers helping with things behind the scenes’.

7. The last book Chris read was about Mephisto (surprise, surprise!)
Chris last read Mephisto by Mark Whitmore and German Tanks in World War 1 by Wolfgang Schneider and Rainer Strasheim.

8. It’s not a good idea to ask Chris for directions
He can’t live without his sat-nav. ‘I suck at directions,’ admits Chris.

German tank, Mephisto, at the Exhibition Building in Brisbane. Photo courtesy of the State Library of Queensland.

German tank, Mephisto, at the Exhibition Building in Brisbane. Photo courtesy of the State Library of Queensland.

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