ESi's Automotive Team brings together a diverse team of engineers, mechanics, technicians, scientists, and researchers, and equips them with technology needed to gather complex data and provide the most comprehensive analysis possible to our clients.
With members of our team stationed at each of ESi’s offices throughout the country, we are able to deploy the Automotive Practice Group to the site of any automotive accident, regardless of location. When time is of the essence, our Forensic Accident Strategic Team (FAST) can be deployed to the site of an accident within hours to begin capturing data for use by ESi or another organization.
The FAST team is often sent to the site of accidents where it is critical to the investigation to gather data quickly, but carefully, due to changing weather conditions, time-sensitive materials involved in the accident, and other factors that can alter the condition of the accident site.
ESi was asked to perform analysis regarding a vehicle support collapse. While a faulty jack stand was alleged, ESi investigated an alternate hypothesis in which misuse of a pump jack produced the movements and witness marks consistent with available evidence.
ESi was engaged to evaluate an alleged pitch-over bicycle accident that occurred on a city street. ESi used its experimental capabilities to test, and ultimately reject, the hypothesis posed by the opposing expert.
A replacement wheel bearing with signiﬁcant design diﬀerences from the original equipment manufacturer fails and causes permanent injury.
Analysis of the ECM data confirmed the driver was operating his tractor-trailer in a reasonably safe manner and, when faced with unexpected black ice, responded consistent with the methods described in the Commercial Driver Handbook.
Two vehicles collided at an intersection, causing one vehicle to flip onto its side. The front passenger was not wearing a seatbelt and sustained serious spinal cord injuries. ESi used HVE software to create simulations of the crash sequence, and imported the vehicle motion output into MADYMO to model both “belted” and “unbelted” occupant responses inside the vehicle.
A minivan was crossing a set of multiple railroad tracks after a train had backed across the crossing on the near track and was subsequently struck by a through train traveling in the opposite direction. ESi was asked to reconstruct the locations and movements of the vehicles leading up to the crash and determine the influence of the backing train on the crash.
This project involved a passenger car stopped in the roadway, while a garbage truck allegedly backed into the front of the vehicle. The driver claimed she observed the garbage truck backing up for approximately 30 seconds and that the truck was traveling at approximately 30 mph.
ESi was retained to investigate an accident of a Porsche Carrera GT.
ESi welcomes Torrence Welch, Ph.D., a new Sr. Managing Consultant in our Biomechanics and Safety practice. Dr. Welch is a highly qualified biomechanical engineer and will be based in our Atlanta, Georgia office.
ESi consultant Jon van Poppel, P.E. presented “A Parametric Study of Adaptive Load-Limiting Restraint System with Weight Sensing Considerations,” at the 26th Int'l Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles.
Join Crane Engineering (a part of ESI) March 13 for our second annual Smart Sessions: Topics and Trends That Matter—presentations providing insights on topics that impact the work you do.
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