http://kineticorp.com Forensic Engineering and Visualization Wed, 19 Sep 2018 21:49:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 http://kineticorp.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/cropped-favicon-32x32.jpg http://kineticorp.com 32 32 Three Wheeled Motorcycle Testing http://kineticorp.com/three-wheeled-motorcycle-testing/ Wed, 19 Sep 2018 21:49:56 +0000 http://kineticorp.com/?p=9202 Nathan Rose, William Neale, Neal Carter and Martin Randolph conducted research and testing to study the similarities and differences between three wheeled and two wheeled motorcycle characteristics and dynamics. The team will analyze the data collected from this testing and publish the results through the Society of Automotive Engineers. Stay… read more →

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Nathan Rose, William Neale, Neal Carter and Martin Randolph conducted research and testing to study the similarities and differences between three wheeled and two wheeled motorcycle characteristics and dynamics. The team will analyze the data collected from this testing and publish the results through the Society of Automotive Engineers. Stay tuned for future updates regarding this research!

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Scene Mapping Techniques http://kineticorp.com/scene-mapping-techniques-post/ Wed, 29 Aug 2018 16:31:07 +0000 http://kineticorp.com/?p=9151 Documentation of accident scenes is an essential part of gathering accurate data for reconstruction. Neal Carter talks about some of the technological history of accident scene documentation from survey stations and total stations to 3D scanners and UAV/drone photogrammetry. Learn More Video Transcription Coming soon…

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Documentation of accident scenes is an essential part of gathering accurate data for reconstruction. Neal Carter talks about some of the technological history of accident scene documentation from survey stations and total stations to 3D scanners and UAV/drone photogrammetry.

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KFSRT EP18 – Tips On How To Find The Right Expert With Shawn Eady http://kineticorp.com/kfsrt-ep18-tips-on-how-to-find-the-right-expert-with-shawn-eady/ Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:51:06 +0000 http://kineticorp.com/?p=9103 Kineticorp’s Justin Holderness sits down with Attorney Shawn Eady of Montgomery Little & Soran to discuss some of the tips he has about finding the best expert for your cases. To listen to more of our podcasts, or to sign up for updates, visit our podcast page. 

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Kineticorp’s Justin Holderness sits down with Attorney Shawn Eady of Montgomery Little & Soran to discuss some of the tips he has about finding the best expert for your cases.

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KFSRT EP17 – A Discussion Of International Accident Reconstruction with Noel Lowdon http://kineticorp.com/kfsrt-ep17-a-discussion-of-international-accident-reconstruction-with-noel-lowdon/ Thu, 09 Aug 2018 21:43:34 +0000 http://kineticorp.com/?p=9100 Kineticorp’s Justin Holderness holds a discussion with Noel Lowden about the similarities and differences among accident reconstructionists in the United States and the United Kingdom. To listen to more of our podcasts, or to sign up for updates, visit our podcast page. 

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Kineticorp’s Justin Holderness holds a discussion with Noel Lowden about the similarities and differences among accident reconstructionists in the United States and the United Kingdom.

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KFSRT EP16 – Utilizing Experts In The Courtroom With Sean Olson http://kineticorp.com/utilizing-experts-in-the-courtroom/ Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:51:02 +0000 http://kineticorp.com/?p=8898 This episode of Kineticorp’s Forensic Science Round Table features guest Sean Olson, who sat down with Justin Holderness to discuss some of his principles and techniques for utilizing courtroom experts as part of trial presentations. To listen to more of our podcasts, or to sign up for updates, visit our… read more →

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This episode of Kineticorp’s Forensic Science Round Table features guest Sean Olson, who sat down with Justin Holderness to discuss some of his principles and techniques for utilizing courtroom experts as part of trial presentations.

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KFSRT EP15 – Motorcycle Event Data Recorders http://kineticorp.com/kfsrt-ep15-motorcycle-event-data-recorders/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 21:40:51 +0000 http://kineticorp.com/?p=8893 In this episode of Kineticorp’s Forensic Science Round Table Kineticorp’s Justin Holderness sits down with accident reconstructionist Lou Peck to discuss some of the nuances and techniques used when reconstructing accidents involving motorcycles and how motorcycle EDRs (event data recorders) may aid in motorcycle accident reconstruction. To listen to more… read more →

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In this episode of Kineticorp’s Forensic Science Round Table Kineticorp’s Justin Holderness sits down with accident reconstructionist Lou Peck to discuss some of the nuances and techniques used when reconstructing accidents involving motorcycles and how motorcycle EDRs (event data recorders) may aid in motorcycle accident reconstruction.

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KFSRT EP14 – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Litigation http://kineticorp.com/kfsrt-ep13-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-and-litigation/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 21:33:56 +0000 http://kineticorp.com/?p=8891 Kineticorp’s Forensic Science Round table continues to expand on litigation and accident reconstruction by diving into the psychological realm of post-traumatic stress disorder. Justin Holderness and guest, Dr. Peter Weinberg of Litigare, discuss post-traumatic stress disorder and what signs attorneys should look for when preparing new cases where PTSD may… read more →

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Kineticorp’s Forensic Science Round table continues to expand on litigation and accident reconstruction by diving into the psychological realm of post-traumatic stress disorder. Justin Holderness and guest, Dr. Peter Weinberg of Litigare, discuss post-traumatic stress disorder and what signs attorneys should look for when preparing new cases where PTSD may be a factor.

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Interactive Animations http://kineticorp.com/interactive-animations/ Wed, 20 Jun 2018 14:04:13 +0000 http://kineticorp.com/?p=8870 While animations allow viewers to understand how a crash occurs by displaying the series of events that lead up to and sometimes follow the incident, they can be limited by fixed perspectives, playback speeds, and more. By utilizing interactive animations accident reconstructionists can provide a more in-depth look at a… read more →

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While animations allow viewers to understand how a crash occurs by displaying the series of events that lead up to and sometimes follow the incident, they can be limited by fixed perspectives, playback speeds, and more. By utilizing interactive animations accident reconstructionists can provide a more in-depth look at a crash by using the freedom of motion, timing and perspective provided by 3D animation software. President and Principal Engineer, Stephen Fenton discusses three separate cases where interactive animations provide a better look at the events of a crash.

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Train Collision Case Study http://kineticorp.com/train-collision-case-study-video/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:46:58 +0000 http://kineticorp.com/?p=8799 A mechanical pick-up truck driver is struck by a train as it crosses the railroad tracks in a rural part of the Midwestern United States. A number of factors were seen as possible causes, including vehicle speeds, road conditions and visibility. Kineticorp team members, William Neale and Seth Miller, conducted… read more →

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A mechanical pick-up truck driver is struck by a train as it crosses the railroad tracks in a rural part of the Midwestern United States. A number of factors were seen as possible causes, including vehicle speeds, road conditions and visibility. Kineticorp team members, William Neale and Seth Miller, conducted on-site testing and analysis, and with the help of Neal Carter and others, produced several scenarios showing how this crash occurred and how it may have been avoided.

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[Neal Carter]: As the train approached, in this case, a pickup truck was crossing the tracks. This was an area where there wasn’t a gate; there weren’t flashing lights to indicate when a train was coming, kind of a rural area.

[William Neale]: It’s just a packed earth roadway with a slight grade to the hill and then the train tracks, of course, sit higher and go across. In this crash, there is video from the front of the train, so you can actually see the utility truck come into view. And so, you can analyze the video to determine what the relatively unarguable facts about the case. What was the visibility of the train? What was the train’s visibility of the truck? What actions, if any, did the truck driver take in avoiding the crash? And so the video was able to help answer some of those questions.

One of my colleagues, Seth Miller, and I went to the scene. We were there to obtain a couple of things. One, we needed to obtain scan data of the scene. The scan data allows us to build a computer environment of the entire area and we use that computer environment to analyze the video.

[Seth Miller]: And we thoroughly document the area, we 3D scan up and down the train tracks, we take a ton of photos, but there was a particular tree stump in question that people were saying, “this tree was there at the time of the accident.” When we go there it’s just a stump and that was kind of the question. Did this tree block this guy’s view? After further analysis we see that this stump has been a stump for years. It’s all decayed on the inside so that wasn’t the one in question.

[William Neale]: We went back to photographs that were taken by the police and you can see the same stump that we found when we were out there. It was — the police had photographed it. In fact, the other experts that were saying that the stump had been cut down had it in their photographs, too. So, clearly the stump was there prior to the crash.

One of the reasons we wanted to do deceleration testing was to figure out what a typical vehicle, or in this case, the mechanical truck — how quickly could it have stopped had it applied full brakes? We did deceleration testing at the scene where we set up both cameras and a data acquisition device called “Larry’s Lap Timer.” And it measures your position over time so you can calculate speed and then, of course, calculate change in speed over change in time, which is going to be deceleration. What we found from the testing is, this is not a concrete or an asphalt paved surface that has a bit more grip to it than the packed earth. So, it takes longer to stop on the surface, but even though it takes longer there’s still some available friction and given the speed that we know this truck was coming in in the video and the available friction that the driver had to stop, had he applied full brakes he definitely would’ve avoided the crash.

[Seth Miller]: We just wanted to see if the guy was going the speed limit and he slammed on his brakes how long would it have taken him to stop? So we did multiple runs to kind of get an average of that.

So, once we track the video and we obtain train speeds and vehicle speeds and we establish line-of-sight; when the car–the driver of the truck should’ve been able to see the train, with that information we were able to test out different scenarios.

[Neal Carter]: I took the motion of the pickup and I simulated that motion and that played a key role in this because we knew the location of the truck through time from the video, but we wanted to see, okay, is that consistent with a driver braking as he approached the tracks? And what we found was it was consistent with very light braking or no braking at all. Even just kind of coasting. It was a pretty heavy truck, so just coasting it would decelerate quite a bit, which is an indication that the driver didn’t even look to see the train coming, unfortunately.

In one scenario, we figured out when the driver of the truck could’ve seen the train and gave a 1.5 second perception-response time and braked the truck fully and we found out that the truck stopped about 18 feet short of the track. In another scenario we said, “okay maybe 1.5 seconds isn’t enough to allow him to react. So, we actually gave him a longer reaction time and full braking and found that he could still stop short of the train tracks. And the last scenario, we gave the truck driver 1.5 seconds to respond to the train and then found that he can actually still avoid the train even by lightly braking. In other words, had the driver seen the train, reacted to the train, and even lightly braked he wouldn’t have crossed the trains path and ultimately the accident wouldn’t have happened.

[William Neale]: The conclusion was, we’re not even asking this driver to maximize the braking to avoid the crash. They just have to be reasonably attentive and apply reasonable braking and they would still avoid the crash.

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KFSRT EP13 – Legal Web Marketing Today http://kineticorp.com/kfsrt-ep13-legal-web-marketing-today/ Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:50:38 +0000 http://kineticorp.com/?p=8417 Typically Kineticorp’s Forensic Science Round Table covers subjects related directly to accident reconstruction and litigation. In this episode, we take a look at something that impacts us and our clients, but isn’t directly related to accident reconstruction.   I had a chance to sit and down with my friend Dan Goldstein of… read more →

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Typically Kineticorp’s Forensic Science Round Table covers subjects related directly to accident reconstruction and litigation. In this episode, we take a look at something that impacts us and our clients, but isn’t directly related to accident reconstruction.   I had a chance to sit and down with my friend Dan Goldstein of Page 1 Solutions to discuss legal web marketing. It’s a topic outside of forensic science community, but it really has an impact on everyone’s business including attorneys. To listen to more of our podcasts, or to sign up for updates, visit our podcast page. 

 

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