Advanced Collision Scene Investigation Course (Level 3)

Fees

What’s included in the course fee

Advanced Collision Scene Investigation Course
  • Course attendance
  • Course material / Advanced Collision Investigation Manual
  • Reference material
  • Presentations
  • Coffee/Tea and luncheons

Objectives

Attendees are prepared to be able to:

  • Exposed to proper analysis techniques in order to accurately analyze the events that led to the incident.
  • Placed in position to critically analyze the contributing factors relevant to the incident.
  • Effectively use the information in the formulation of findings.
  • Interpret and supply the relevant information to the court.
  • Communicate the information in an effective manner, so that the court will be able to properly understand this information.
  • Identify critical factors that should be further analysed by an expert

Target Audience

This basic course is designed for:

  • Law enforcement officers (SAPS, Metro police, Traffic, Military)
  • Risk managers and risk assessors
  • Assessors / Loss Adjusters / Insurance companies
  • Legal firms, Road Accident Fund
  • Emergency services
  • Vehicle manufacturers
  • Road engineers / consultants

Scope of the Course

Revision of Basics

  • Information from road
  • Information from vehicles
  • Information from people
 

Expert Investigation

  • Vehicle (Including vehicle components and systems, brakes, steering, etc.)
  • Interpretation of Scene
  • Interpretation of Tyre marks
  • Interpretation of Lamps as evidence
  • Basic Tyre analysis
  • Basic Failure analysis
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents

Revision of Collision Scene Photography

Revision of Collision Scene Measuring and Drawing of Plans

Revision of Investigation Procedure

Revision of Investigation – Heavy/Articulated Vehicles (Trucks & Buses)

The Driver

  • The driving task
  • Reaction and perception

Speed Calculations

  • Energy
  • Mmomentum
  • Speed from straight skids
  • Speed from yaw marks
  • Projectile movements
  • Collision analysis for calculation purposes

Introduction to Road Safety Audits

Combining scene and vehicle analysis for findings

Outcomes

  • Achieve the outcomes of the Basic Collision Investigation Course
  • Know, analyse and interpret the different types of tyre marks
  • Correctly analyse and interpret the damage caused to vehicles
  • Know, understand and interpret vehicle contributing factors:
    • Engine
    • Gearbox
    • Suspension
    • Chassis
    • Body
    • Fuel system
    • Tyre condition
    • Electrical system
  • Do an initial interpretation of the following failures"
    • Lights
    • Tyres
    • Other mechanical components
  • Determine which exhibits should be collected for further analysis
  • Write a follow-up report for the criminal case docket
  • Do all basic speed calculations

Prerequisites for Entry

As prerequisite to the Basic Course, the candidates must:

  • Be in possession of a Grade 12 certificate or equivalent certificate
  • Have experience in plan drawing and photography
  • Have basic experience in principles of investigation and procedures
  • Be in possession of a LEVEL 2 Accident Investigation certificate, preferably with an average of 80% and must have at least one (1) year applicable experience in the field of Accident Investigation

OR

  • Provide evidence of 5 years relevant experience in the field

OR

  • Be a member of a Traffic Department or the South African Police Services for a period of 5 years with a minimum of 2 years experience in accident investigation

OR

  • Be in possession of a technical tertiary qualification.

Course Presenters

Konrad Walter Lötter Konrad Walter Lötter
Managing Director: Du Métier (PTY) Ltd.
B.Eng.(Mech.) UP
Konrad worked in SAPS from 1992-12-01 to 1999-07-31 as Forensic Engineer. As Managing Director, he started his own forensic engineering company in 1999, namely Du Métier (PTY) LTD. His work includes the investigation and analysis of collisions (road traffic collisions and industrial accidents).
He has been an expert witness in various criminal and civil matters. He is a member of the Forensic Engineering Standards Generating Group (SGG) at the Engineering Council of South Africa. Konrad has presented a number of courses, including SAPS Vehicle Examiners Course, Basic Collision investigation, Advanced Collision investigation, Collision Reconstruction. Over the years, Konrad provided training to a number of Provincial Traffic authorities, the SAPS Forensic Science Laboratory and SAPS collision units. He also assisted the Department of Transport in road safety planning.
 
Paul Nicholas Blackburn Paul Nicholas Blackburn
Director, Du Métier (PTY) Ltd.
National Certificate: Police Administration
Paul started his career in the South African Police Services in 1986. In 1994, he became the Commander of the Accident Unit at SAPS Pretoria Central, a position he held until 1999, before joining Du Métier (PTY) LTD in 2000.
His work includes the investigation and analysis of collisions (road traffic collisions) and fires (mechanical). He has been an expert witness in various criminal and civil matters. Paul has presented a number of courses, including Basic Collision investigation, Advanced Collision Investigation, Collision Reconstruction. Over the years, Paul provided training to a number of Provincial Traffic authorities, the SAPS Forensic Science Laboratory and SAPS collision units. He also assisted the Department of Transport in road safety planning.

Contact Information

For course information:   For technical information and prerequisite enquiries:

Rika Botha
CSIR-Built Environment Nyenda Skills Development Centre
P.O. Box 395,
Pretoria,
South Africa,
0001
Tel: +27 12 841-4408

Konrad Lötter
Du Métier Technical Investigations and Consultants (PTY) LTD
P.O. Box 15199,
Lyttelton,
South Africa,
0140
Tel: +27 12 664-2480/1

 
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