28 Oct 2011

October 2011

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In October, Rick, Patrick, Joe and Chip were at the National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction Specialists (NAPARS), Maryland Association of Traffic Accident Investigators (MATAI), National Association of Traffic Accident Reconstructionists and Investigators (NATARI), New Jersey Association of Accident Reconstructionists (NJAAR), New York Statewide Traffic Accident Reconstructionists (NYSTARS), Annual Joint Conference in Harrisburg, PA, receiving presentations on:  The Anatomy and Analysis of a Typical Pedestrian or Bicycle Crash Event; Pedestrian Collision Testing Conducted by The Tulsa Consortium; Pedestrian and Cyclist Impacts – A Look at Injuries; 360-Momentum a Single Equation Approach; Overall Throw Distance Formulas on Low Friction Services; and Analysis of Collision Test Results as it Relates to Pedestrian and Bicycle Collisions.

In September, Gary traveled to Bloomington, IL to attend the annual Illinois Association of Technical Accident Investigators (IATAI) Conference which provided presentations on:  Reflectivity and Today’s Headlights; Crash Data Retrieval and Federal Mandates; GPS Navigation; Air Brake Timing and Testing; Cable Rail and Barrier Devices; Latest Vehicle Technologies-Driving-Testing and Demonstrations; New Technology Issues in Physics Based Reconstruction Analysis; ECM Technology Update; and Motorcycle and Vehicle Test Skidding with and without ABS Crash Tests.

 Rick spoke at the MMTA/APTA Transportation Safety Conference in Rockport, Me. during September.  The conference was sponsored by the Maine Motor Transport Association in conjunction with the Atlantic Province Trucking Association.  The conference attendees were trucking companies from Maine and Atlantic Provinces in Canada, and several insurance companies.  Rick presented information regarding heavy commercial truck Electronic Control Module (ECM) downloads, procedures for maintaining the integrity of the data, what information is available, and the advantages of the data being downloaded by a forensic expert rather than a truck technician.  Other presenters of related information were Attorney Thomas Marjerison with a discussion of evidence spoliation and how it relates to truck ECM data.  Also, Jack Van Steenburg and Steve Piwowarski of FMCSA, Abby Swaine of the Environmental Protection Agency, Lt. Thomas Kelly of the Maine State Police, Scott West of Great West Casualty, and Paul Sighinolfi of Maine Worker’s Compensation.

Pat attended a seminar on Reconstructing a Nighttime Path Intrusion Crash Utilizing Human Factors Research, hosted by the New York State Traffic Accident Reconstruction Society (NYSTARS) at the IBM Watson Research Center in Hawthorne, NY, in September.

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