ARC-CSI Crash Conference

September 18-21, 2017
Las Vegas, Nevada | South Point Hotel


Countdown to Crash Day!








2017 ARC-CSI Crash Conference Schedule

We are currently in the process of finalizing and gathering the topics and speakers for the 2017 ARC-CSI Crash Conference. We should have this page completed in the next couple weeks.

ARC-CSI Early Registration

September 17, 2017
5:00 – 6:30 PM  – Conference Registration Desk by Ballrooms, South Point Hotel

For those arriving for the conference on Sunday, please stop by and collect your registation package.

ARC-CSI Crash Day (Day One)

Monday – September 18, 2017

8:00-8:30 AM: Meet in front of South Point Hotel for charter bus to Las Vegas Motor Speedway if providing your own transportation7000 Las Vegas Blvd. N., Las Vegas, NV 89115 – NASCAR BUILDING
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Live Crash Testing and Presentations

Presentations will be given between crash tests throughout the day. The following are scheduled for a presentation:

  • Laser Technology
  • Microsurvey Software / Leica
  • Riegl USA
  • Crashtest-Service

To kick off the 2017 ARC-CSI Crash Conference, we will be transporting all attendees on a fleet of coach style buses to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway NASCAR track for a full day of live, fully instrumented crash testing (you can alternatively provide your own transportation). Attendees are welcome to video tape, photograph and inspect the crashes. Crash tests for the 2017 ARC-CSI Crash Conference will be held on the infield of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway NASCAR track. Attendees will have use of the NASCAR Media Center building including free WiFi in an air conditioned room with optional presentations during the down time between crashes.

The crash test plan for the 2017 ARC-CSI Crash Conference is sure to be another unique and exciting combination of tests with a variety of focus areas. No other annual conference in the world offers the number or variety of tests not to mention the use of relevant and recent vintage test vehicles whether the subject is crash data, dynamics or anything else.

The ARC-CSI Crash Team uses the most advanced and reliable crash test equipment to document each crash, then complies all of the collected data which is distributed to all attendees on a data DVD at the close of the conference.

Crash testing for the conference will be conducted by teams of highly qualified experts that are proven leaders in the field collision reconstruction, forensic mapping, human subject crash testing, videography, and photography. Together, the ARC-CSI Crash Team have set the standard in conducting conference crash tests, data collection and data distribution. The ARC-CSI Crash Team consists of the following companies:

  • Collision Safety Institute
  • Biomechanical Research & Testing
  • Biomechanics Analysis
  • Dynamic Safety LLC
  • Billy Cox Group
  • RSR Engineering


Day Two

Sept. 19, 2017
Tuesday  – Room: Sonoma A & B

Day Two starts Tuesday. Be sure to arrive early and enjoy the complimentary breakfast buffet and visit with the conference exhibitors before the start of the presentations.

This schedule is tentative and subject to change without notice.

7:00 – 8:00 AM: Breakfast & Vendor area open
8:00 – 8:30 AM:
“Opening Remarks” – Scott Baker, Rusty Haight
8:30 – 9:30 AM:
“Crashes in the Courtroom: Engaging the jury and surviving motions to strike” – Brian Caplan
** BREAK & Vendor Area Open
9:45 – 10:45 AM:
“Reconstruction from Body Worn Cameras” – Bobby Mullinax
** BREAK & Vendor Area Open
11:00 – 12:00 PM:
“Gap Acceptance: How Far Away Must an Approaching Vehicle Be Before a Driver Will Pull Out?” – Teena Garrison
Catered LUNCH & Vendor Area Open
1:00 – 2:00 PM:
“NTSB Highway Crash Investigations, Recent Cases and Issues” – Thomas Barth
** BREAK & Vendor Area Open
2:15 – 3:15 PM:
“Reconstruction and Injury Analysis in Low-Speed Inline Collisions” – Rudy Limpert
** BREAK & Vendor Area Open
3:30 – 5:00 PM:
“Pedestrian and Nighttime Recognition” – Jeff Muttart

Hospitality Suite: 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM located in Suite 1400 – Sponsored by Laser Technology

Click the next tab to view the schedule for Day Three.


Day Three

Sept. 20, 2017
Wednesday  – Room: Sonoma A & B

Day Three starts Wednesday. 

This schedule is tentative and subject to change without notice.

7:00 – 8:00 AM: Breakfast, Networking & Vendor Area
8:00 – 9:00AM:
“Going Airborne: Deploying Drones” – Iain Lopata
9:00 – 10:00 AM:  “Collision Scene Mapping using UAS Technology, a Field to Finish Approach” – Andy Klane
** BREAK & Vendor Area Open
10:15 – 11:00 AM: “Unmanned Aviation: A Profession with a Profession” – Drew Jurkofsky
11:00-12:00 PM: “Quantitative Study of Passenger Veh. Braking Performance During Emergency Application” – Tim Reust
Catered LUNCH & Vendor Area Open
1:00-2:00 PM:
“Overheating of Heavy Duty Truck Brakes: Discs vs. Drums” – Terry Day
** BREAK & Vendor Area Open
2:15 – 3:15 PM:
“Pedestrian Walking Speeds- What numbers to use?” – Swaroop Dinakar
** BREAK & Vendor Area Open
3:30 -5:00 PM:
“Pedestrian Crash Reconstruction Methodologies” – Mike DiTallo

Hospitality Suite: 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM located in Suite 1400 – Sponsored by FARO

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Day Four

Sept. 21, 2017
Thursday  – Room: Sonoma A & B

This is the last day of the conference. The ARC-CSI Crash Crew has been working non-stop to collect, analyze and organize all the crash data collected on crash day to be distrubted by noon today! Most of the presentations today will be focused on the crash test data analysis and review. Be sure to arrive early and enjoy the complimentary breakfast buffet and visit with the conference exhibitors before the start of the presentations.

This schedule is tentative and subject to change without notice.

7:00-8:00 AM: Breakfast, Networking & Vendor Area
8:00-9:00 AM: “
Boot Camp Team Data Review” – Ped Research Team
9:00-10:00 AM: “Crash Test Data Review” – ARC-CSI Boot Camp Team
** BREAK & Vendor Area Open on Breaks
10:15-11:45 AM: “
Crash Test Data Review” – ARC-CSI Crash Crew
11:45-12:00 PM: “
Conference conclusion and conference data distribution”

ARC-CSI Boot Camp Experience

September 16-21, 2017
Check-in Starts at 8:00 AM
(requires separate registration).

The ARC-CSI Boot Camp Experience begins on Saturday September 16, 2017. This is a specialized, optional experience offered only at the ARC-CSI conference. Be sure to arrive on time as we will get everyone registered, hand out your Boot Camp shirt and begin class.

The goal of the Boot Camp is to allow a small group of those interested to learn about the instrumentation available and then plan and conduct one of the tests at the ARC-CSI Crash Conference. Then the Team would be responsible for analyzing the data and presenting the crash data and their analysis on the last day of the conference.

“Crash Team Boot Camp” starts Saturday morning with classroom time learning about the various pieces of equipment we’ll be using, going through the ins-and-outs of planning a test, developing the plan and testing goals lead by Bob Anderson, Billy Cox and Rusty Haight and the rest of the Conference Crash Team – veterans of literally thousands of crash tests of varying types and levels of complexity – to implement the plan, conduct the test and then “crunch the data.” The “Boot Camp Team” will then present their test analysis at the end of the conference and follow that up with an article in the next issue of Collision Magazine.

ARC-CSI Boot Camp Experience

Speakers and Topics

Following is a list of the presenters for the 2017 ARC-CSI Crash Conference. you may download a PDF copy of the schedule. Please note the order and times of presentations may change without notice.

Brian Caplan

Brian Caplan

The Sawaya Law Firm

Crashes in the Courtroom: Engaging the jury and surviving motions to strike

A practicing attorney with experience in both criminal and civil law, Mr. Caplan brings a wealth of knowledge to a topic often requested by ARC-CSI attendees: how to do a better job in authoring a report and testifying before a jury. This presentation is designed for two purposes; 1) to help you avoid potential flaws and weaknesses in underlying reconstruction and biomechanical / biomedical reports;  and 2) to help you engage a jury and be a better witness on the stand.  A better report will almost certainly lead to a better deposition or trial testimony, and reduce the likelihood of your opinions or even YOU being excluded when it comes time to testify.  Mr. Caplan will share insight and recommendations from the legal perspective for both criminal and civil applications in this important “can’t miss” presentation.

Bobby Mullinax

Bobby Mullinax

South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy

Reconstruction from Body Worn Cameras

In this presentation attendees will learn how to complete a reconstruction of a collision in which the scene was not documented or was compromised, using a body worn camera video of the initial collision investigation.

Teena Garrison

Teena Garrison

Crash Safety Research Center, LLC

Gap Acceptance: How Far Away Must an Approaching Vehicle Be Before a Driver Will Pull Out?

The short answer to the question posed in the title is, “It depends.” This presentation will introduce the many different factors in gap acceptance, including characteristics related to the type of turn, the driver, and roadway environment.

Thomas Barth

Thomas Barth

National Transportation Safety Board

NTSB Highway Crash Investigations, Recent Cases and Issues

The NTSB conducts investigations of several major crash events and safety issue areas each year. The selection criteria include severity, relevance to current technology and regulations, and safety issues. The presentation will provide a background of the NTSB process and an overview of recently completed crash investigations with the associated safety recommendations. An update of current investigations will also be provided.

Rudy Limpert, Ph.D. & Franco Gamero, M.S. ME

Rudy Limpert, Ph.D. & Franco Gamero, M.S. ME

Reconstruction and Injury Analysis in Low-Speed Inline Collisions

The mathematical formulation of low impact speed calculation is well established.  However, the accurate input data such as coefficient of restitution, stiffness (lb/ft) and crush energy (energy equivalent speed (ft/sec) are difficult to obtain since they are strongly dependent where on the vehicles the impact occurred.  Low speed crash tests are discussed and analyzed to obtain valid input data. Several actual low-speed accidents are reviewed.  In one particular low speed case, the NASS CDS database was queried to determine what specific driver hand/wrist injuries occurred in a low speed (delta V 10 mph) collisions.

Jeffrey Muttart, Ph.D.

Jeffrey Muttart, Ph.D.

Crash Safety Research Center

Pedestrian and Nighttime Recognition

How information content influences a driver’s ability to see a pedestrian at night.  More specifically, common recognition distances of pedestrians on unlit roads and exploring how nighttime recognition changes with different targets other than pedestrians.

Iain Lopata

Iain Lopata

Aerial Metrics Inc

Going Airborne: Deploying Drones

After two years using small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) and aerial photogrammetry for crash investigation, we will share real world experience working with both public safety agencies and private consultants to transform the processes for forensic measurement and documentation development. We will review results from day and night scenes, locations with extreme weather conditions, rural and suburban environments, open interstate highways and more. We will offer practical advice on how to adopt sUAS and aerial photogrammetry to open roads more quickly and deliver improved results in your crash investigation operations.

Andrew Klane

Andrew Klane

Massachusetts State Police, Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section (C.A.R.S.)

Collision Scene Mapping using UAS Technology, a Field to Finish Approach

This presentation will highlight the use of UAS technology to forensically map collision scenes to a survey grade accuracy. This presentation will include purchasing the correct UAS for this application, FAA Part 107 regulations, use of Pix4D photogrammetry software, as well as importing the created point cloud and orthomosaic photograph into Leica IMS360 or other CAD software to prepare accurate collision scene diagrams.This presentation will include several case projects to demonstrate this technology.

Drew Jurkofsky

Drew Jurkofsky

Petauro Systems

Unmanned Aviation: A Profession within a Profession

Organizations across the country are recognizing the value of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) for collecting imagery and video, reducing costs and increasing safety.  Given the unique requirements and challenges of unmanned aviation, a sUAS program should be viewed as a profession within the organization.  While the use cases and finished products from sUAS flights are enticing, successful programs must consider operational guidelines, certifications, data management and public engagement issues.  Drawing from the experience of building programs in the public and private sectors, this presentation will address these issues by sharing lessons learned and what the future may hold.

Tim Reust

Tim Reust

Accident Science, Inc.

Quantitative Study of Passenger Vehicle Braking Performance During Emergency Application

A detailed study of vehicles during emergency braking to measure speed loss, travel distance, deceleration build-up, time durations and much more during the initial phase of brake application. Traditional method of calculating braking distance will underestimate the true distance. A more accurate method to calculate braking distance will be presented. The study includes ABS vehicles with and without the brake assist feature and also vehicles with factory high performance brakes.

Terry Day

Terry Day

Engineering Dynamics Corporation

Overheating of Heavy Duty Truck Brakes: Discs vs. Drums

A loaded truck on a long, down-hill grade is used to illustrate how temperature increases over time can cause brake fade and result in a runaway condition. A virtual truck, fitted with both traditional drum and newly introduced disc brakes, is used to illustrate differences in failure modes for the two brake types.

Swaroop Dinakar

Swaroop Dinakar

Crash Safety Research Center, LLC

Pedestrian Walking Speeds- What numbers to use?

The speed at which pedestrians move can vary based on different scenarios. What is the difference in walking speed when we compare someone crossing mid-block vs at the intersection, a two-lane road vs a four-lane road, or in adverse weather? The talk will address a meta-analysis of a range of studies addressing walking speeds and how to apply them to your analysis.

Michael DiTallo

Michael DiTallo

Dynamic Safety LLC, Northwestern University

Pedestrian Crash Reconstruction Methodologies

Michael DiTallo and Matthew Brach will review Pedestrian Crash Reconstruction Methodologies. Case studies examples will be used as a part of their presentation.

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