Introduction to Crash Investigation and Reconstruction

  • 10 Jul 2017
  • 9:00 AM (UTC+10:00)
  • 14 Jul 2017
  • 5:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
  • 9 Springbank St, Tullamarine VIC 3043
  • 8


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This 5 day training course is fully catered and includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. It will cover the following:

DAY ONE   9:30am – 5:00pm

  • Introduction to Collision Reconstruction
  • Inspection of Scene
  • Vehicle Condition & Inspection; Thrust Diagrams
  • Lights & Glass
  • Debris, Tyre Marks & Gouges
  • Friction & Friction Measuring Devices
  • Resultant Drag Factor – Effective Factor

DAY TWO    9:00am – 5:00pm

  • Measurements & Diagrams, Geodimeter Total
  • Survey Station
  • Photographs
  • Speed from Skid, Yaw, Flips & Vaults
  • Trucks, Articulated Vehicles, Tachographs & Trip Computers

DAY THREE    9:00am – 5:00pm

  • Pedestrian Collision Reconstruction – Vehicle Speed Estimate Formulae
  • Motorcycle Reconstruction
  • Dynamics, Time, Distance, Acceleration

DAY FOUR    9:00am – 5:00pm

  • Energy, Damage, Vehicle Stiffness
  • Conservation of Momentum, Rear End, Head On, Intersection Collisions, Examination Review

DAY FIVE   9:00am – 3:00pm

  • Involves case studies, written examinations
  • This module comprises learning assessments, certificate presentations and course close


Dr Shane Richardson has been investigating vehicle collisions (and industrial incidents) since 1996, initially for the Australian Department of Defence (Army) with the Engineering Design Establishment, then as part of his PhD research and finally for Delta-V Experts.

Shane holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Master of Science in Military Vehicle Technology and a PhD relating to vehicle rollover. He leads a team of seven engineers at Delta-V Experts who investigate vehicle collisions (and industrial incidents) on a daily basis, and has published and presented at national and international conferences.

Shane has provided expert evidence across Australia in Coroner and all court levels, including Supreme courts, and regularly travels all over the world to provide technical crash and investigation services.


At the end of the course, successful candidates will be able to:

  • Examine the physical evidence of a collision scene.
  • Identify different types of tyre marks and other markings associated with the collision and determine from which object they came and how they were caused.
  • Prepare an accurate photographic and survey record of all physical evidence and road features relevant to a collision under investigation.
  • Prepare a clear and accurate scale plan of the collision scene, including damage profiles of the vehicles involved.
  • Conduct friction tests and other necessary experiments at a collision scene.
  • Determine directions of travel of vehicles and persons involved in a collision, using physical evidence and the laws of physics.
  • Calculate speeds of vehicles involved in a collision.
  • Have the training to reconstruct a motor vehicle collision and nominate probable contributions of the human, vehicle and environment factors associated with the collision.


The course will involve presentation of theory, as well as case study discussion and interactive workshop sessions. 

A great chance to learn from one of the best in the industry!


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