Compendium of feature articles and case studies, along with past and present newsletters to keep our clients informed and up-to-date.
Of Abe and George
On October 7th, 2014, Steven Schorr, President of DJS Associates, Inc., a forensic consulting firm based in Abington, PA, ceremoniously added two completed projects to the “Ark” as part of the 2nd annual CyArk 500 Summit, held at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Ben and Barbara Kacyra, Founding Directors of CyArk, presented the glass project plaques to Steven, who was joined by Robin Nixon of the National Park Service (NPS), and Richard O’Connor, Chief of Heritage Documentation Programs at National Park Service (NPS). The two projects? The Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.
Diesel Engines Can Yield Important Clues During an Investigation
Modern diesel engines are sophisticated machines capable of delivering tremendous power and torque. Compared to their gasoline cousins, diesel engines are typically larger, stronger and more durable making them the engine of choice in the commercial trucking and transportation industry.
R. Scott King, BSME
A "Crash" Course on Motorcycles & Motorcycle Expertise
Motorcycles are unique vehicles that require special training and licensing to operate. They have unique handling characteristics and respond to disturbances differently than passenger vehicles.
Curtis M. Beloy, P.E.
The Need to Avoid Mismatching in Sports
During practice, a wrestler broke his wrist working out with a teammate. The wrestlers were in the same grade and were about the same height. The injured wrestler was twenty- five pounds lighter and inexperienced compared to his opponent. A lawsuit followed alleging the wrestlers were unevenly matched.
Richard P. Borkowski, Ed. D., C.M.A.A. (Recreational Safety Consultant)
Beyond Black Boxes
After a collision, you know it is important to download the data from the vehicle's computers. But are you familiar with all the available technology that might provide critical data? Data found deep within the vehicle's computers may help you create a clear image of the collision for jurors.
Steven Schorr, PE and R. Scott King. BSME
New Technology and the Forensic Expert: Have You Kept Up With the State-of-the-Art? An Engineer’s View
The signs are out there- no more analog television signal, digital only…cell phones that have more capabilities than your year-old computer…more data storage capabilities on your thumb drive than on the hard drive of your desktop computer. These and other improvements have our society evolving technologically so quickly that it is a full-time job just to try and keep up with what is occurring, and a second full-time job to understand and utilize even a fraction of the advances that might be applicable to your particular industry. However, if you don’t make the attempt to reach out into this “bold new world” you may wake up one morning and find that you, and your company, have fallen behind your colleagues and your competitors.
Steven M. Schorr, P.E.
Ten Advantages to Viewing Your Case in Three Dimensions
The world we live in is three-dimensional. However, due to limited technology and excessive costs, for the longest time we have utilized only two-dimensional images and exhibits for analysis and demonstrative purposes. Now, advances in software and the manner in which data is collected have provided engineers with the tools to create accurate, workable and affordable three-dimensional images and models. These images and models can, and are used in every facet of the case from the analysis to the final demonstrative exhibits.
Steven M. Schorr, PE
Grappling with Safety: Ways to Lower the Chance of Injury in the Sport of Wrestling
MOST IMPORTANTLY: Follow your state certified weight-control program. Avoid excessive and unhealthy weight reducing methods. Dehydration is not part of wrestling.
In 1985 the National Federation News said, Weight loss in interscholastic wrestling as well as at other amateur levels, however, continues to be a major area of concern.
It took the death of three collegiate wrestlers in 1997 to highlight this sport's major safety problem; the tradition of cutting weight to the extreme and physical detriment of the athletes.
Richard P. Borkowski, ED.D, C.M.A.A.
Sport and Recreation Safety
New Federal Rule on School Bus Safety
New Federal Rule to Make School Buses Safer, Allow Districts to Use Federal Funds to Pay for Seat Belt Installations, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters Announces...
Killer Parties - How to Keep Your Pool Parties Safe
Pools provide the perfect platform to host parties: water, spacious decks, ample chairs and tables for lounging and socializing. When it comes to parties, whether for toddlers, teens or adults, pools are cool. No wonder they’re such an important money-maker for many facilities.
New data shows that the majority of drownings happen at pool parties. Here’s why, along with seven ways to keep your parties safe.
Thomas Griffiths, Ed.D.
Featured on Aquatics International Blog
Quick Athletic Risk Management Checklist
Safety is boring. No one gives out trophies for the team with the fewest injuries in a season. Fans don’t yell “We’re number one, we’re number one – in safety!” Safety only becomes exciting when there is a problem. The following quick checklist is offered to help keep safety – boring. Pass this on to every coach and athletic director.
Richard P. Borkowski, Ed. D., C. M. A. A.
Sport and Recreation Safety Consultant
New Technology Fuels Crash Reconstruction
Accident reconstruction science has improved dramatically over the past few years. You 'll make your best case if your engineer uses the latest tools for collecting, analyzing, and presenting vehicle crash evidence.
In 1940, J. Stannard Baker published one of the first books devoted solely to vehicle collision investigations. In the Acident Investigation Manual, he describes accident reconstructions as the application of the laws of physics to physical evidence to determine how an accident occurred. More than 60 years later, the laws of physics remain the same, but the scope and accuracy of reconstructions have changed. New technology has improved exponentially an engineer's ability to collect and evaluate data and demonstrate the results of his or her analysis.
By Steven M. Schorr
Featured in TRIAL, Feb 2008 p.34
Black Box Technology in Passenger Cars - 2007 Update
It has been nearly a decade since the advent of the event data recorder (EDR) in passenger and commercial vehicles. With their aircraft-like data recording capabilities, these so-called black boxes" have provided police and engineers with a new investigative tool to aid in the reconstruction of vehicular collisions and other Incidents. Since their inception, engineering, legal, and public-interest groups have scrutinized these devices . As a result, greater information about their capability, accuracy, and social acceptance is now known . Despite this, however, vehicle manufacturers continue to conceal information regarding their use of this technology. As a result,potential users, as well as vehicle owners, inquiring whether a particular vehicle is EDR-equipped, what data might be recorded, and how to access that data, find the answers difficult to come by.
By R. Scott King
Featured in NEVADA LAWYER, Jan 2007 p.8
ABC's of Vehicular Accident Reconstruction:
26 Reminders For Even the Most Experienced Attorney - The analysis of a vehicular collision involves the application of the laws of physics to the physical evidence left as a result of a collision. This is typically completed in an effort to determine how a collision occurred. The reconstruction analysis will provide the attorney with a foundation as to what theories are reasonable when presenting or defending a case. Listed below are 26 reminders of items critical to the successful utilization of a collision reconstruction engineer in the analysis of a vehicular collision. [View Full Article]