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Forensic Storage and Technology Center Face Lift is Complete!


We are pleased to announce that the Forensic Storage and Technology Center (FSTC) face lift is now complete! With the expansion of the evidence storage and preservation area by over 5,000 square feet, we now have 15,000 square feet of space to meet all of your storage and inspection needs. The newly added multi-level parking lifts allow for easy access to all evidence. The inspection bay has been furnished with fully-functional work benches, state-of-the-art equipment, and tools for all types of forensic inspections. A fully stocked kitchenette and spacious conference room provide a comfortable atmosphere for large groups, lengthy inspections, and meetings.

FSTC abides by a strict chain of custody and evidence storage protocol. Client access and evidence retrieval is available twenty-four hours-a-day, seven days-a-week. We continue to provide the professional and technical assistance needed when retrieving, storing and inspecting your case evidence. Stay tuned for our virtual tour coming out in February and access our updated website here!

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Expert Witness Consulting

We’ve Expanded All Across the United States


DJS Associates’ consulting services has expanded to all across the continental United States, Puerto Rico and Alaska. Whether your case requires a structural engineer in Illinois, a recreational expert in Nevada, a bio-mechanical engineer in New Jersey, or a chemical engineer in Texas, our team is here to provide you with the most qualified consultant to meet your case needs. With professional and technical consultants across the US and beyond, we can quickly respond to collect and document scenes and render reports in a timely fashion. Click Here to see our expanding list of available areas of expertise.

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PACLE

DJS Associates Became An Accredited Provider for Continuing Education


“Education is a critical foundation for serving as an expert. Whether it’s educating the client, the judge and/or the jury, it is the expert’s responsibility to simplify potentially complex scientific scenarios so that the concepts are understandable by everyone.” – Steven M. Schorr, PE, President of DJS Associates

Over the years, our engineers at DJS have offered their expertise to help “educate” organizations and firms through complimentary informative seminars. In December of 2018, DJS Associates became an approved provider for Pennsylvania Insurance Department Continuing Education courses and an accredited provider for the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board.

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A “Measurement” in Time


 

Since 1961, the engineers and field crew at DJS Associates, Inc. have utilized the most state-of-the-art technology in our investigations. Our commitment to our clients to stay up-to-date on the latest technology for collecting, analyzing and demonstrating data continues with the purchase of two (2) Leica RTC 360 scanners and the BLK 360 scanner. The recent investments have led to a trip down memory lane, where we looked back at how the methods of collecting data have changed over the years. Stories were shared of equipment breaking, inspection bloopers, and most importantly the monumental projects taken on by our team. To commemorate the newest purchases, and the exceptional work that has been done to date, we have created a timeline of our technology over the years. Enjoy!

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3D Courtroom Animation

3D Animation: Difficulties in Transport


Hugh Borbidge, BSME, Director of Engineering Animations ::::

At the request of our client, DJS Associates was asked to demonstrate the spatial relationships between a worker and a vehicle. Specifically, DJS Associates was asked to show, to-scale and in 3D, how a telehandler (vehicle) came into contact with a tagline worker who was part of a two-man crew helping to transport a 40-foot steel column.

In this case, the telehandler vehicle had to stop quickly which resulted in added forward motion to the 40-foot column being transported. As a result of the added forward motion to the transported column, the rear tagline worker was pulled forward into the path of the telehandler vehicle. The to-scale, 3D demonstrative exhibit demonstrated that as the telehandler vehicle resumed its forward motion, the front right tire contacted the tagline worker before he had a chance to clear the hazard area.

For additional information on DJS Engineering Animations, please contact Hugh Borbidge, BSME, Director of Engineering Animations at experts@forensicDJS.com or via phone at 215-659-2010.

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Two Collision Contributors, One Code Violator


Robert T. Lynch, PE, Senior Collision Reconstruction Engineer ::::

A motorcycle traveled across the double yellow centerline into the opposite travel lane on a rural, two-lane roadway in order to pass a farm tractor. When the tractor turned left at the intersection a collision occurred. DJS Associates was retained to evaluate the matter to determine the contributing factors that led to the subject incident. The incident would have clearly been avoided if the tractor operator hadn’t turned left or if the motorcyclist decided not to pass the tractor at the intersection. So, in general, the actions of both operators could be considered as contributory. However, a review of the (Pennsylvania) state statutes indicated that the actions of the motorcyclist were in violation of the vehicle code while the tractor operator’s actions were in compliance with the vehicle code

The vehicle code requires that a left-hand turn be completed from the left-most lane available, and that the driver of a vehicle intending to turn left at an intersection yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction which is so close as to constitute a hazard. From an engineering perspective, the actions of the tractor operator to turn left at the intersection from the travel lane were in compliance with the vehicle code.

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