Date of Award

May 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Digital Production Arts

Committee Member

Jerry Tessendorf

Committee Member

Eric Patterson

Committee Member

Victor Zordan


An art tool is presented that utilizes a method for simulating the motion of ships in response to hydrostatic forces on the hull from a height-field representation of an ocean surface. Other forces modeled as a PID controller aid to steer the ship and stabilize the motion. The algorithms described can be applied to 3D models of arbitrary shapes composed of polygons "floating" on height fields generated from a myriad of additional spectra. The performance of the method is demonstrated in simple and complex ships, and ocean surfaces of at, medium, and large waveheights.



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