Product Liability

July 14, 2020 at 11AM EST (60 min)

We expect the products that we purchase and use day-to-day to work as designed, however, that sometimes might not be the case. Products can fail and there are a number of reasons this can happen. In this webinar we go over the leading causes of failures in motor vehicles and non-motor vehicle products and explore how evidence preservation and forensic engineering cause provide insight into the reason(s).

***For legal professionals in Ontario, this program is eligible for up to 1 substantive hour***

Infotainment Systems

July 28, 2020 at 11AM EST (60 min)

Now more than ever, digital data such as cell phone use (text, calls, etc), GPS track logs, and various recorded vehicle events can shed light on an incident – particularly when you have a suspicious or a tort claim on your hands. The most cutting edge forensic automotive technology can now give claims and legal professionals more information that historically was not recorded by EDR/black boxes or diagnostic trouble codes. In this webinar you will learn about infotainment system downloads – the emerging technology, what it is, how it has evolved, and how forensic experts can acquire the data. We will also go through case examples of how infotainment system data can be utilized for MVAs, alleged thefts and recoveries, vandalism, etc. Infotainment systems’ limitations will also be discussed.

***For legal professionals in Ontario, this program is eligible for up to 1 substantive hour***

Analyzing Staged Crashes

August 11, 2020 at 11AM EST (60 min)

When the validity of a claim is under scrutiny, you need answers to questions such as: Did these vehicles really collide? Did they collide as reported? Does everything lineup?  This webinar will discuss how we investigate potentially fraudulent incidents and how we examine the matter scientifically, and deploy our full arsenal of tools to thoroughly assess all the available physical and digital evident. The webinar will focus on the application of human factors/driver behaviour research in questionable claims, and will discuss the recent trends and patterns.

***For legal professionals in Ontario, this program is eligible for up to 1 substantive hour***

Reconstructionator Mini: Under the hood of crash reconstruction physics and application

August 25, 2020 at 11AM EST (60 min)

This webinar is a “mini” version of our ACTAR-Accredited advanced Reconstructionator course, intended for professionals working with Crash Reconstruction Experts. In the “mini” we run through integrating vehicle specs, EDR data, momentum calculations, energy analysis, and monte carlo statistical methods to present ranges and improve certainty. Participants will learn about our holistic reconstruction toolkit.

***For legal professionals in Ontario, this program is eligible for up to 1 substantive hour***

Forensic Structural Engineering

September 8, 2020 at 11AM EST (60 min)

Forensic structural engineering involves the technical assessment of buildings and or structures that have failed (or failed to function as designed) and resulted in property damage and/or personal injury in order to determine the primary and any contributory causes. This webinar gives attendees a deeper perspective on how a forensic structural engineering expert assesses issues such as building code violations, foundation and framing issues, water damage, wind damage, soil/earth/geotechnical issues, design flaws, and losses from construction claims.

***For legal professionals in Ontario, this program is eligible for up to 1 substantive hour***

Municipal & Roadway Variables in Collision Reconstruction

September 22, 2020 at 11AM EST (60 min)

This webinar focuses on how roadway design, signage, visibility, maintenance, and roadside safety affect crashes: Does the roadway meet the standards? Is a sign required? Did the environment contribute to the loss of control? Finding the answers to these questions allows attendees to learn to identify the roadway variables that are or are not relevant to a crash. This webinar also illustrates several court-tested case studies with an emphasis on roadway issues.

***For legal professionals in Ontario, this program is eligible for up to 1 substantive hour***

Forensic Experts Presenting

Sam Kodsi, P.Eng

President & Consulting Professional Engineer

Shady Attalla, P.Eng

Vice President Engineering

Karla Cassidy, M.A.Sc., P.Eng

Biomechanist & Crash Reconstructionist

Richard Robertson, P.Eng

Crash Reconstructionist & Computer Specialist

Sami Shaker, B.Sc.

Physicist & Client Relations Manager

Avery Chakravarty, M.A.Sc.


Cheryl Fookes, B.A.Sc.

Structural/Civil Engineering Specialist



Holistic Vehicle Forensics

April 14, 2020 at 11AM EST (90 min)

In this webinar we will explore the vast amount of evidence that can be gathered by experts who are investigating a claim. We will begin by discussing Electronic Data Recorders (EDRs) or “Black boxes”, which are now installed in almost all new cars. We will go over their purpose, what they record, and a few case examples that helped to shed light on how a collision occurred. Next, we will go beyond the black box into the topic of infotainment systems and how they contain data that is traditionally not recorded by “black boxes”, such as cell phone call logs, text messages, GPS track logs, and more. Finally, we will look at vehicle fires. With a focus on case studies, this seminar goes over the chemical, electrical, and mechanical clues that an automotive forensic vehicle fire investigator looks for. Other topics covered include forensic testing of substances, and special evidence considerations and limitations in vehicle fire claims.


Human Factors & Driver Behaviour in MVAs

April 28, 2020 at 11AM EST (60 min)

This webinar will explore how experts investigate MVAs when liability is contested, such as pedestrian collisions, high-speed intersection collisions, etc. We answer questions such as how do we typically respond to various roadway hazards? How long does it take us to respond? What are the limitations of human factors/driver behaviour/traffic engineering research? We will also go over our own, peer-reviewed published research  that de-bunks myths about typical perception-reaction time for pedestrians, cyclists, and intersection collisions.


Forensic Injury Biomechanics of MVAs

May 12, 2020 at 11AM EST (60 min)

In this webinar we will explore how experts investigate MVAs when damages are contested. We look at how occupants move during different types of collisions, research on human injury tolerances, crash test dummies, injury probability and how they all tie into an MVA claim. We also discuss human subject testing research. Case examples will be presented as well on low/moderate speed collisions and seatbelt related issues.


Autonomous Vehicles

June 16, 2020 at 11AM EST (60 min)

This webinar will explore the revolutionary field of driverless cars from the crash reconstructionist’s perspective. Topics covered will include a brief overview of the safety concerns leading to driverless cars followed by the evolution of collision mitigation systems, how driverless cars operate, and how semi- to fully autonomous vehicles will affect the analysis of claims today and into the future (including going through examples of driverless vehicles that avoided and did not avoid a collision). Lastly, we will explore how this technology will impact various aspects of the insurance industry.


Slip, Trip and Falls

June 2, 2020 at 11AM EST (60 min)

Falls are the second leading cause of accidental death. This webinar takes a look at how we answer questions like: Does the building meet the building code? Is the floor surface too slippery? Did the environment contribute to the fall? Finding the answer to these questions allows attendees to identify the potential variables that are or are not relevant to a personal injury loss. Several court-tested personal injury case matters involving slips and trip and fall issues are presented.


Heavy Commercial Vehicle Crashes & Claims

June 30, 2020 at 11AM EST (60 min)

Commercial trucks weigh more than 40 times as much as a car and are designed and built differently, so incidents that involve these kinds of vehicles require special considerations. This webinar focuses on evidence preservation and crash reconstruction in claims related to commercial trucks. These vehicles are increasingly equipped with sensors and telematics, and offer rich, yet volatile, black box data that is important to preserve and look at in the context of all the physical evidence.  We will also go over special topics such as fire and rollovers. Lastly, we use several court-tested case studies to illustrate the topics covered.

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