November 8-12, 2021
EDC will be hosting the EDC Reconstruction Course as a virtual class in 2021. Please click on the link below for the registration form to sign up for the course.
The EDC Reconstruction course is designed specifically for accident reconstructionists who analyze vehicle damage and crash scene data to determine how an accident occurred. With the information obtained from their inspections, the reconstructionist can use EDCRASH to determine impact speeds and crash severity (delta-V)
This one week course covers the key concepts of how the physics calculation routines in EDCRASH work, how to apply it to your real-world cases and how to present and defend your results. You will learn how to properly collect the input data, run the program and understand the diagnostic messages and results produced by EDCRASH.
To provide a comfortable learning environment and to promote active participation, class sizes are limited to only 20 students. All necessary course materials, including a handbook and training manual, software and temporary licenses will be provided. Bring your own laptop computer, as lectures are combined with hands-on computer exercises using real-world examples to enhance your learning experience.
Note: times are Mountain Time
|8:30-9:30||EDCRASH Program Description||Manual|
|9:30-10:30||Earth-fixed and Vehicle-fixed Coordinate Systems||Notebook|
|10:30-12:00||CDC, PDOF & Damage Measurements||Notebook|
|1:00-2:30||HVE Execution Environment||Notebook|
|2:30-5:00||EDCRASH Program: Input, Output & Graphics||Manual|
|Tuesday||8:00-9:30||EDCRASH Flow Diagram||Manual|
|9:30-10:00||Discussion of Collision Types||Manual|
|10:00-10:30||Main Calculation Flow Chart||Manual|
|10:30-12:00||EDCRASH Calculation Procedures, Common Velocity Check,
Trajectory Simulation and Linear Momentum
|2:30-5:00||Lab Exercise #1||Notebook|
|Wednesday||8:00-12:00||EDCRASH-Calculation Procedures, DAMAGE analysis||Manual|
|1:00-5:00||Lab Exercise #2||Notebook|
|Thursday||8:00-11:50||EDCRASH Calculation Procedures, Separation Velocities||Manual|
|1:00-5:00||Lab Exercise #3 and Review||Notebook|
|Friday||8:00-9:30||Presenting Your Results||-|
|9:45-11:00||Open Book Examination||-|
|11:00-12:00||Post Examination Review and Course Closing||Notebook|
NOTE: This course focuses on the physics of EDCRASH, not on the HVE, HVE-2D and HVE-CSI user environments. For a list of excellent workshops that focus on the HVE, HVE-2D and HVE-CSI user environments, see HVE Forum.
Who Should Attend
Successful participation in this course requires a number of prerequisite skills, including:
- Basic familiarity with either HVE, HVE-2D or HVE-CSI. (This is NOT a course on the HVE user interface.)
- An understanding of vehicle dynamics and the laws of motion.
- Ability to solve algebraic and trigonometric equations.
- At least 6 months experience as an accident investigator.
- Classifying vehicle damage and determining thrust direction.
- A strong desire to improve accident investigation skills.
If you use or are thinking about using EDCRASH, you should attend this course!
About the Instructor
Mr. Terry D. Day, P.E., President of Engineering Dynamics Corporation received his Masters Degree from the University of Michigan and studied under researchers at the Highway Safety Research Institute. He is the author of numerous technical papers focused on the use of computers in accident investigation.
As an engineering consultant, Mr. Day has been actively involved in motor vehicle safety for over 30 years. He has also been a guest instructor for over 15 years at Northwestern University's Traffic Institute. Mr. Day designed EDCRASH and is directly involved in the development of all EDC reconstruction and simulation software.
Certificates and Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Students who attend the course and receive a passing grade on the Final Exam will receive a Cerficate of Completion indicating their accomplishment and also the number of contact hours of instruction for PDH requirements. For those who are certified with the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstructionists (ACTAR) and wish to receive credit for continuing education, this course has been approved for 30 ACTAR CEUs.
Engineering Dynamics Company, LLC