Saturday, February 28, 2015

Think Rugby. Go Irish!

The club hosted their annual Black Tie Casino Night at The Gryphon in February. It was a fun-filled evening with games, hors d'oeuvres, and great prizes including flying lessons, a booze cruise on the Potomac, ACT Brumbies Rugby Kit, Solidcore lessons, a North Carolina house rental and more! Oak Grove’s Director of Marketing, Kate McLean, attended to show Oak Grove's continued support of the Irish. ...
Tuesday, February 28, 2015

Special Operations Train At OGTC

Two Special Forces teams practiced a number of drills on our 50m x 50m small arms range. Upon arrival, the teams confirmed zero ? on their weapons systems and practiced transition drills that were all timed and included shooting while moving, multiple target indexing, and shooting and moving ?from behind barriers; these drills consisted of the individual alternating between shooting paper targets with a rifle and ste...

Saturday, January 31, 2015

In This Season Of Giving, Let’s Remember Those Who Give So Much.

It’s also a time of giving and thinking of others. At Oak Grove Technologies, those thoughts turn to our country’s brave and dedicated troops overseas. They risk their lives every day to protect our freedom, and they give up the precious time they could be spending with their families so we can enjoy time with ours. We can never thank them enough.So with that in mind, here are a few ways to give back to t...

Wednesday, January 31, 2015

PNW Arms Conducts Product Testing At OGTC

Last month, December 9-12,  leased the the range complex at the Oak Grove Training Center for use in testing out a few of their products (guns and ammunition); they even invited approximately 50 guests from the military and other personnel to do the testing themselves. PNW Arms puts much research and skill into their products design and development, and has seemingly coined the term "weapons science&qu...
Friday, November 30, 2014

Wake County Sheriffs Train At OGTC

This is one of many sentiments expressed by members of the Wake County Sheriff's Department who took part in some training at the Oak Grove Training Center earlier this month. From Nov. 3 - 6 members of the Wake County Sheriff's Department practiced various simulated events utilizing the Oak Grove Training Center's shoot house, range (where they incorporated practice in a bear cat), and obs...

Monday, November 30, 2014

Helicopter Landing Zone In Use

Training November 4, 2014  The Oak Grove Training Center's helicopter landing zone (HLZ) was recently surveyed and approved,  Here's a video of the very first Black Hawk to use the HLZ.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Mobile Learning

So posits Inc. in an article titled “” (Sep 25, 2012). The author claims that “mobile has the power to reshape entire industries and these changes will be swift.” A new eLearning contract we won recently bears witness to this. It includes options to develop for myriad mobile devices.Clinicians, equipment maintainers, mechanics, retailers, and the military are migrating to tablets and smartphon...

Monday, February 29, 2012

Thinking Outside The Bun!!!

A popular chain of fast-food restaurants in South Africa is serving hamburgers with words in Braille baked right in!Wimpy, a UK-based company with restaurants throughout Europe and Asia has taken a huge leap forward in courting visually impaired diners by serving hamburgers with words in Braille formed with sesame seeds! So far, this ingenious idea is limited to South Africa but I doubt it will be long before the ide...

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Understanding Client Expectations—editing

The word edit is an umbrella for myriad tasks. When it’s applied to text, edit can range from simple proofreading to ensuring that the final assessment questions meet the objectives which, in turn, are supported by the content. It’s elementary to conclude that the resources for this spectrum differ greatly from one end to the other.By default, you should always include a basic proofread...

Monday, September 30, 2011

Websites For Mobile, Optimize!

The good thing is you have options.Both options have pros and cons. Option 1 allows you to have one site that is accessible to all users regardless of device. Option 2 allows you to target your content to your audience. You have to decide what will work best for your budget and your message.Oak Grove faced this challenge recently when tasked with conversion of a traditional site to mobile. is a caree...

Thursday, August 31, 2011

Making Marketing Magic

I was faced with that question before the National Veteran Small Business Conference (NVSBC)  in New Orleans this year.  Oak Grove had been to the NVSBC several times.  We knew that the conference attendees were familiar with some aspects of our work, but we wanted to make sure that we could showcase capabilities—such as our multimedia work—that many attendees might not expect from us....

Tuesday, April 30, 2011

Engaging The User

Whether you are designing for teens, Gen X, or the baby boomer’s really all about connecting with your audience.

Monday, March 31, 2011

Optimizing Web Content For Mobile Use

Since the mid to late 1990s the “browser wars” have kept web designers and developers on their toes.  A number of companies exist (and have since been born and died) creating and promoting their desktop (and mobile) web browser as the web presentation tool of choice for users worldwide.  The dilemma for a web designer or developer is to learn the quirks for how each of those browsers presented w...

Monday, March 31, 2011

3D Max Baked Shadows And Random Rainbow Speckles

All models were attached to form one editable poly. Render texture was applied, creating a complete map. The new texture, “teapot checker.tga” was rendered. A new material was made with “teapot checker.tga” as the diffuse map. The material was applied to the scene and rendered. [Image 2]So, where did the rainbow speckles come from? I have no idea. It seems that Max is baking random color infor...

Monday, March 31, 2011

Training Videos

I pursued a career in the entertainment industry after graduation, with video production as my chief aspiration. I wrote screenplays, helped produce shorts, and got busy running small production houses. After nearly two years living and working in Los Angeles, California, I was offered a job with a marketing company in the Washington, D.C. area as their video expert for a series of videos. I realized that&n...
Friday, March 31, 2011

CSS Reset – A Handy Tool

This is especially true when we are required to conform with the older but still widely-used and popular Internet Explorer (IE) browser version 6 and 7.  Today, IE 7 is the standard browser used by most US government institutions.An ideal website design should provide a somewhat consistent feel and look when viewed from different browsers. There are numerous other increasingly popular web browsers that peop...

Wednesday, March 31, 2011

Equal Accessibility

Time after time, I see separate but equal opportunities. There’s the “click here for a text transcript” of a video where learning relies on observing body movement or techniques. A video clip of a physician requiring a patient to “do this” or “walk across the room like this” doesn’t get the message over to an individual who is blind.Consider preparing the video script w...

Monday, February 28, 2011

Cinematography As A Communication Tool

I remember my first video shoot. I was quite young running through a field with my cousin and my dog fleeing from the pursuit of an imaginary prehistoric elephant with at VHS camcorder on my shoulder. Eat your heart out “Blair Witch”! I was shooting handheld in 1989!Jump-cut to today and hundreds of client projects later: dramas, documentaries, comedies, commercials, learning videos, instructional materia...

Monday, February 28, 2011

Writing Right: Part One

Large or small, typos serve as a painful reminder of our inability to edit already published works.Many of us do not appreciate the gravity of the typo. For the record, just because everyone does it, does not make it ok. For even the most seasoned writers, when a typo is caused by nothing more than ‘fat-finger syndrome,' – when a finger accidentally hits two adjacent keys on the keyboard in a single k...