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Class descriptions:

Processing and Mapping the Crash Scene

This class will cover the following topics

  • Fundamentals of Mapping and Drawing
  • Evidence collection
  • Creating scaled diagrams
  • Using the drawing template
  • Creating a Scale Drawing of your Crash Scene
  • Using baseline offset and triangulation methods to create diagrams
  • Creating, modifying and placing symbols
  • Creating separate layers for illustration
  • Measuring and cataloguing evidence
  • Creating time and distance illustrations
  • Using basic photogrametry
  • Creating scale bars, title and legend boxes
  • Importing and exporting various file types
  • Practical Exercises
  • Preparing your Illustration for Presentation

Students will need to bring a notebook, drawing and writing materials, Traffic Accident Template (BlueBlitz, etc..) scientific calculator, and tape measure or measuring wheel.

 

Reconstructing the Pedestrian Collision

This class will cover the following topics:

  • Pedestrian crash problems
  • Pedestrian crash mathematics
  • Computer applications for the pedestrian collision
  • Pedestrian impact dynamics
  • Collection of data
  • Pedestrian conspicuity
  • Reaction time/human factors
  • Reconstruction techniques
  • Hit and run investigation techniques
  • Research Papers and Published Studies
  • Daytime Pedestrian Reconstruction problems vs. nighttime Case Preparation
  • Medicolegal autopsies forensic examination of deaths
  • Factors affecting driving performance, such as age, alcohol/drug use, fatigue, etc
  • Human vision and other senses in the driving environment
  • Driver perception and reaction
  • Simple versus complex perception-reaction times
  • Incorporating perception and reaction into time-distance analysis
  • The value and reliability of eyewitness evidence
  • Eyewitness evidence versus physical evidence
  • The nature of human perception and memory

Students will need to bring a notebook, drawing and writing materials, Traffic Accident Template (BlueBlitz, etc..) scientific calculator, and tape measure or measuring wheel.

 

Traffic Accident Reconstruction Mathematics Refresher

This class will cover the following topics:

  • Mathematical principles and equations
  • Understanding the importance of the Square Root
  • Skid marks and vehicle speeds
  • Speed estimates from kinetic energy, skidmarks, scuffmarks
  • Time, distance, and motion equations
  • Conservation of momentum equations
  • Center of mass calculation
  • Vector sum analysis
  • Derivation and origin of the commonly used speed formulas
  • Speed of vehicles at impact using conservation of linear momentum
  • Newton’s three laws of motion
  • Reaction time/human factors
  • Reconstruction techniques
  • Practical Exercises
  • Case Preparation
  • Math and the Courtroom

Students will need to bring a notebook, drawing and writing materials, Traffic Accident Template (BlueBlitz, etc..) and a scientific calculator.