Xchanging, a London-based firm with offices around the world, published Randy Watson’s article describing the history, evolution and impact of "NFPA 921: Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations," in its fall newsletter, "Onstream." Randy, a fire investigator and the manager of S-E-A’s Atlanta office, serves as the Chairman of the National Fire Protection Association’s committee responsible for writing the guide. Published every three years, the 2014 edition of NFPA 921 is due out later this year. Look for an update from Randy highlighting the important changes when it is released.
In the meantime, click here to view the full article.
Together with Beverly Mack of Huelat Mack & Kreppein P.C. of Chicago, S-E-A Electrical Engineer Derek Starr highlights how traffic signal analysis can be a useful, and many times necessary, tool in a vehicle accident reconstruction. Derek’s prior experience as a field engineer working for a major traffic signal supplier enables him to offer valuable insights. Included is a case study that demonstrates ways in which improper traffic signalization can contribute to the cause of an accident.
“S-E-A recently performed the 5,000th Vehicle Inertia Measurement Facility (VIMF) Test”
Testing a Wayne Taylor Racing racecar, S-E-A completed its 5,000th test on the VIMF since designing and constructing the facility in 1993. Wayne Taylor Racing later took first place in the June 1, 2013 Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200 (Round 5 of 12).
The VIMF has remained the gold standard in vehicle inertia measurement devices for nearly two decades. Currently, five of the eight largest automobile manufacturers in the world, in addition to many race car teams, utilize VIMFs for recording their vehicle inertia measurements.
“S-E-A Candle Laboratory Director, Bob Moss, quoted in Happi Magazine”
S-E-A, the CPSC and national candle retailers including Bath & Body Works, Yankee and Pier 1 meet twice a year in Columbus, OH to discuss candle safety. Happi Magaine reports that “candle-related home fires have dropped 49% from a high in 2001.” This has in large part been due to the willingness of candle retailers to send candles through independent testing laboratories such as S-E-A.
"Biomechanical Engineer Brian Tanner details the benefits of visual aids in FDCC article."
Brian Tanner of S-E-A penned the spotlight article featured in the Winter 2013 Newsletter for the Drug, Medical Device and Biotechnology committee of the FDCC. In his article, he highlights how the use of visual aids to explain complex ideas and situations to a jury can be critical. Brian also describes the different types of demonstrative evidence available, and when one type may be preferable over another.
"Witness the S-E-A Research Center`s latest test device."
The device simulates minor impacts from a variety of angles in order to demonstrate how a person really moved in an accident. Parameters specific to an accident may be entered and resulting forces measured to further evaluate injury mechanisms specific to a case.
“S-E-A’s Roll Simulator Facility brings quick, accurate and repeatable testing to an industry desperately in need.”
The Roll Simulator Facility at S-E-A combines Anthropomorphic Test Devices, high-speed video cameras, a motion capture system and a lot of science to evaluate occupant restraint performance during roll-over events. In his article, Doug describes the evolution of restraint testing and the unique delivery method of the S-E-A Roll Simulator.
“Article zeros in on the challenges of recreating vehicle accidents occurring at night.”
S-E-A’s Fawzi Bayan, mechanical engineer and conspicuity specialist, describes the difference between detection and perception on the road. Determining what could have been seen and recognized during a nighttime accident requires an elaborate recreation of the scene. Factors such as the phase of the moon, weather conditions, presence/absence of reflective tape, age of driver, etc. must be taken into account to determine whether an accident should have been avoided. Click on the brochure link below to learn more about conspicuity and vehicle accident reconstruction.
"New S-E-A production details Vehicle Dynamics, Research Center capabilities"
Members from the Vehicle Dynamics department and Research Center explain and demonstrate what makes S-E-A unique. Viewers are sure to get a feel for the creativity and ingenuity that goes into crafting these unrivaled devices.