Basic Collision Scene Investigation Course (Level 2)

Fees

The cost of the 2-week Basic Collision Scene Investigation Course is:

Pretoria – R7 000.00 (Excluding VAT)

Basic Collision Scene Investigation Course

What’s included in the course fee

  • Course attendance
  • Basic Collision Investigation Manual
  • Drawing of two plans to scale
  • Day and Night photography
  • Presentations
  • Coffee/Tea and luncheons

Objectives

Attendees are prepared to be able to:

  • Collect and accurately record the evidence and information on the collision scene
  • Communicate the information in an effective manner, so that the court will be able to properly understand this information
  • Placed in position to identify the contributing factors relevant to the incident
  • Identify critical factors that should be 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

Introduction to collision investigation

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

Relevant sections of the criminal procedure act

  • Exhibits,
  • Search and seizure
  • Experts
  • Intoxicated driving

Collision scene photography

  • Introduction to light and photography
  • Cameras, functions and use
  • Basic photography techniques and procedures

Introduction to Expert Investigation

  • Vehicle (Including vehicle components and systems, brakes, steering, etc.)
  • Scene
  • Tyre marks
  • Lamps
  • Introduction to Tyre analysis
  • Introduction to Failure analysis

Collision scene measuring and drawing of plan

  • The rough sketch
  • Sketch plans and Plans

Investigation Procedure

  • Safeguard procedures
  • Protecting the scene and exhibits
  • Collection of exhibits
  • Packaging
  • Handing in for analysis

Introduction to Speed Calculations

  • Energy and momentum
  • Speed from straight skids
  • Speed from yaw marks

Investigation – heavy/articulated vehicles (trucks & buses)

Outcomes

  • Safeguard the collision scene, himself and other road users according to set safety standards
  • Made aware of incidents involving Dangerous Goods
  • Know and understand the applicable sections of the Criminal Procedure Act and the Road Traffic Act
  • Follow the correct procedures during the investigation of the collision scene
  • Follow the correct procedures during the investigation of vehicles involved
  • Follow the correct procedure during the arrest of the driver suspected of driving under the influence
  • Know and understand and convey(describe) the influencing and contributing factors in a collision situation (Tyre marks, scratches and gouges, vehicle factors, lights of vehicles, component failure, simple speed calculation, visibility, rain, sight angles, road markings, signage and other relevant factors)
  • Photograph the complete collision scene and exhibits during all reigning light conditions
  • Draw a rough sketch, sketch plan and an accurate plan of the collision scene to scale
  • Correct procedure to collect the relevant exhibits for further investigation
  • Complete the AR (correctly)
  • Open and Register criminal case docket
  • Interview witnesses and take statements
  • Prepare an A1 statement for the case docket
  • Compile a photo album, scale plan and key to photo album and plan

Prerequisites for Entry

As prerequisite to the Basic Course, the candidates must:

  • Be in possession of a Grade 12 certificate or equivalent certificate

This course is a prerequisite to the Advanced Collision Scene Investigation and Analysis Course (Level 3)

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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