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19-20 Sep 16 Presented two-day Witness Video Analysis Course in East Peoria, IL as part of their 30th Annual Traffic Crash Reconstruction Conference.  More information can be found on the website at Conference brochure can be found at

May 16 Presented "Video Analysis of Traffic and Witness Cameras" at WREX 2016 World Reconstruction Exposition in Orlando, Florida.  Crashed vehicles from IFT were captured in 2-4 minutes using an iPhone 5s and selfie stick.  Images were merged into 3D models and can be viewed at, and

Jun 15 Presented “Vehicle Velocity Extraction from Witness Video” at 2015 ARC-CSI Crash Conference

May 15 Video analysis laboratory completed

Apr 15 Instructed Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems and conducted practical exercise for third time at University of Southern California (USC)

Feb 15 Aircraft video analysis velocity and position/motion techniques applied to ground vehicles for traffic accident reconstructionists

May 14 First course on Safety Management for Remotely Piloted Aircraft held at Viterbi University of Southern California (USC)

"This Safety Management for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) course is intended for students whodesire to integrate RPA operations into a safety management system. Experts from the fields of RPA Human Factors, RPA Safety Management Systems, and RPA Piloting introduce students to the theory and application unique to unmanned aircraft. By addressing the characteristics that differ between manned and unmanned air vehicles, the course applies the latest approaches to accident investigation and software safety & systems as well. Students come away with a working knowledge of the safety field pertaining to Remotely Piloted Aircraft which they can apply to their own organization’s operations and future planning."

Jun 14 First complete course on Modern Aircraft Accident Photography held in UAE for GCAA

Modern Aircraft Accident Photography (MAAP)

Course Description:

An investigator must know three things before going out to an accident site: how to use their digital camera effectively, how and what to take pictures of at the accident site, and how photos/video can be analyzed for the accident investigation. Technology has provided amazing tools for the accident investigator. A modern cell phone in the hands of a trained investigator can be used to make surveys, 3D models and panoramic images of a crash site. The same tools in the hands of a witness can capture critical video of an aircraft incident, which can be analyzed to calculate flight parameters. Knowledge of digital photography and analysis can help an investigator take better pictures, collect better evidence, and ultimately produce more findings.

This course covers all aspects of modern aircraft accident photography, from taking photos and video at a crash site for subsequent analysis and measurement, to analysis of cockpit or witnesses video footage in order to derive an aircraft’s flight path. Best practices for the use of modern technology such as smart phones, tablets, and unmanned aerial vehicles, are presented. Course members are provided with the software tools and instruction to carry out analysis during the course and after course completion.

Objectives: To provide the aircraft accident investigator with the tools and knowledge to effectively document a crash site.

Who Should Attend: This course is for investigators who want to learn how to effectively capture photographic evidence at a crash site with modern tools such as the digital camera, cell phone, and unmanned aerial vehicle, and analyze these photos using accessible programs to produce site surveys and 3D models. The course also provides an introduction to analysis of video collected from witnesses and the aircraft cockpit, to extrapolate aircraft flight information.

Course Outline

1. Digital photography

2. UAV fundamentals

3. UAV safety & investigation

4. UAV practical training

5. Aircraft accident photography

6. Photogrammetry and aerial photography

7. Accident site survey

8. Panoramic site photos

9. Witness video analysis

10. Cockpit video analysis

11. 3D Models

12. Visualization & simulation

13. Practical accident site exercise

Course Duration: 3.5 Days