Tara Amenson, an S-E-A biomedical engineer and Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST), highlights the importance of evaluating installation and use, proper fit and restraint, and vehicle compatibility of child car seats when analyzing injury outcomes. She goes on to discuss NHTSA’s Ease of Use rating program and the LATCH system.
New Video puts S-E-A`s product and candle testing capabilities at front and center.
For over 45 years, S-E-A has provided forensic analyses to clients all over the world. Born out of our extensive experience searching for causes of failure, we have become quite adept at testing products and identifying potential failures. This video highlights one area of our product testing capabilities, but the associated expertise and technology applies to all kinds of products, from barbells to children`s toys and from infant car seats to ATVs.
The Worthington, Ohio Police Department and S-E-A teamed up for the “Click It or Ticket” initiative to provide an impactful vehicle crash demonstration to the public. Anthropomorphic Test Devices (crash dummies) were instrumented with a variety of sensors and placed into test vehicles, both belted and unbelted. S-E-A’s Automated Steering Controller and Brake and Throttle Robot were installed in the truck, which was then remotely guided at 40 mph into the car resulting in a head-on impact. To see a local news station’s coverage (10TV), please click the video.
S-E-A’s Fawzi Bayan and John Swanson discuss the luminance imaging photometer and 3-D laser scanner in USLAW’s Spring/Summer Magazine. These technologies enable forensic investigators and engineers to virtually document accident scenes and, when in the hands of S-E-A’s visualization experts, can be used to create lucid demonstratives in support of litigation.
USLAW, a widely recognized global network of attorneys, published a fracking article, written by S-E-A`s Jason Henthorn and Charlie Guinther, in its semi-annual magazine. Jason and Charlie, two of S-E-A`s Environmental / Occupational Health & Safety professionals, discuss the workplace safety and environmental concerns associated with directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing. The article highlights how the oil and gas extraction industry must work to control the multitude of hazards by maintaining safe workplaces and applying safe work practices and procedures.
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 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.