Crane Engineering is available to present to your law firm, insurance company or professional association on a number of topics. There is an option to have us apply for CLE credits for legal professionals in advance of presentations in the state of Minnesota. Review the topic list below and click on one of the presenters to contact him to set up a presentation to your organization.

Presentation: Minor Vehicles Crash and Injury Analysis

Presenter: André Loyd, Ph.D.

This presentation covers the accident reconstruction of minor car accidents (delta-V <10mph) and how to assess the risk of bodily injury from minor car accidents. For the accident reconstruction, the presentation defines minor car accidents and shows various techniques for finding the Delta-V of the vehicles. For the injury analysis, the delta-V will be related to forces and accelerations on the human body and risk of injury. Geared towards lawyers, the presentation will show the information needed for a complete analysis and provide four case studies to show how the analysis is done.

Presentation: Large Loss Incidents in Industrial Settings

Presenter: Chris Brand, P.E. & Hernán Mercado-Corujo, P.E., CFEI, CVFI

Overview of accident site management, with case studies to demonstrate the latest tools and techniques used in accident site data collection and analysis. Discussion on determining the root cause of an accident from the MACRO to the micro-level details.

Presentation: Managing Slippery Slopes: Recent Developments in Measurement of Walkway Slip Resistance

Presenter: Chris Brand, P.E

Estimated costs of slip, trip and fall incidents are in the tens of billions of dollars annually. Several factors contribute but the condition of the walkway is a common and preventable cause. This presentation will focus on recent advancements in standards and measurement of walkway slip resistance

Presentation: Site and Incident Management

Presenter: Curtis Beloy, P.E. Jim Panko, P.E., & Luis Flores, P.E., ACTAR

When accidents happen, be it on a small scale such as a low-speed collision or on a larger scale such as an explosion, the amount of liability left in the wake of a mishap can be astronomical. A crucial aspect of forensic engineering is being able to properly manage and document an incident site. Site and Incident Management focuses on the latest technology and techniques to properly conduct site documentation and collateral damage assessments.

Presentation: Forensic Engineering Investigations /Applications and Case Studies

Presenter: Hernán Mercado-Corujo, P.E., CFEI, CVFI & Luis Flores, P.E., ACTAR

Forensic Engineering Applications and Investigations covers how we utilize the scientific method to find the root cause of a problem. From accident reconstruction, to mechanical inspections, to powertrain analysis, and vehicle fire origin and cause determination, we discuss Crane’s multi-disciplinary approach to the investigation of land-based vehicles and machinery, such as passenger cars, motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, farming equipment, etc.

Presentation: Vehicle Technology Trends That Will Make a Difference: A Forensic Engineering Perspective

Presenter: Hernán Mercado-Corujo, P.E., CFEI, CVFI & Luis Flores, P.E., ACTAR

Vehicle Technology Trends that Will Make a Difference deals with basic accident reconstruction case studies as well as an overview of event data recorders, human-machine interaction, active control systems, and turbo-diesel engines. Achieving a balance between safety and functionality is often the goal of vehicle manufacturers when designing the interior’s interface. Also, with the advent of semi-autonomous vehicles come several passive and active systems such as lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control. This new technology must be understood when investigating an accident involving a newer vehicle.

Presentation: Critical Data

Presenter: Matt Jeske, G.C.F.E.

Understand the sensitivity of your organization’s data. Learn about the tools and methods used by data forensics experts to collect data. Learn how to strategize across all aspects of your business—pulling together and preparing an incident response plan (IRP) and team. Discuss the details of how data forensics can serve a key role in traditional and unique cases in the event of loss.

Presentation: Data Forensics: Present and Future

Presenter: Matt Jeske, G.C.F.E.

Overview of data forensics, providing details on the key services a data forensics expert can perform and when you should consider consulting with an outside firm. A discussion on the impacts of cloud services and the Internet of Things (IoT) and what it means to your business, your clients and your personal life.

Presentation: Latest Attacks and Counters

Presenter: Matt Jeske, G.C.F.E.

This presentation offers a deeper dive into the more technical issues confronted during a cyber-attack, including a discussion on the most recent cyber-attacks methods, targets, sources and the current countermeasures being used to identify and defend the attackers.

Presentation: Overview on Data Forensics

Presenter: Matt Jeske, G.C.F.E.

What are the capabilities of data forensics today? Things to consider when you’re handling a legal matter that involves an incident of digital records. I will discuss the tools used and how they are critical in handling data to ensure that spoliation does not take place—why not just any geek off the street can do the job right. Discuss how to protect your organization’s data and your personally identifiable information (PII).

Presentation: Solutions for Legal: The Good and Bad of BYOD

Presenter: Matt Jeske, G.C.F.E.

Discussing the pros and cons of BYOD in the workplace—the risks and rewards, the impacts on internal IT departments and the need to advise legal counsel in the decision making process. Further discussion of similar aspects of choosing cloud service providers.

Presentation: Forensic Engineering and Occupational Injuries

Presenter: Steve Hamilton, P.E., CFEI André Loyd, Ph.D.

Crane Engineering often investigates accidents that result in employee injuries in the workplace. The first part of this presentation defines forensic engineering and shows how the scientific method is applied in forensic analysis. The second part shows case studies of forensic investigations of workplace injuries and identifies the human factors involved in the incidents. The case studies range from falls, electrocutions and vehicular accidents. This presentation will give insight into the factors involved in workplace injuries that occur using real world examples.

Presentation: Magnetic Interference from Light Rail

Presenter: Steve Hamilton, P.E., CFEI

Light Rail transit creates small but measureable electro-magnetic interference (EMI) that can impact sensitive medical and research equipment operation. This presentation describes light rail, how it creates EMI and what can be practically done to mitigate it.

Presentation: Thawing Frozen Water Services with Electricity

Presenter: Steve Hamilton, P.E., CFEI

Every few decades the upper mid-west experiences a winter with prolonged sub-zero temperatures. During these rare events residential water lines are prone to freezing. For more than 100 years these lines have often been thawed by applying large amounts of electrical current through the pipes thereby heating them. Although effective, this technique can result in disaster. This presentation will explore the benefits and risks in this method of pipe thawing.

Presentation: Changes to the Minnesota Building & Commercial Energy Code

Presenter: Andy Thielen, P.E. & Steve Hamilton, P.E., CFEI

The latest edition of the Minnesota building code has numerous changes that effect designers and contractors who are building or modifying commercial facilities. This informational presentation will highlight some of the major changes to be aware of.

Presentation: The Role of the Power Company in Fire Investigations

Presenter: Lee McCarthy, P.E., IAAI-CFI, CFEI

Provides a brief overview of the basics of fire investigation and includes the general steps involved in a typical civil liability fire investigation. Explains the role of the expert, attorney, and utilities representative during those steps. Focuses on what the power company should be aware of and consider prior to determining what they may or may not want to do during a fire investigation.

Presentation: Fire Forensics & Electric Utilities

Presenter: Scott Dillon, P.E., IAAI-CFI, CFEI, CVFI

  • The presentation covers the basics of Fire Investigation with an emphasis on electric utilities:
  • Typical methodology.
  • What will be going on.
  • What the utility should and should not do.

Presentation: Investigating Failures of Fire Sprinkler Systems: Guidelines for Successfully Determining the Root Cause of Failures

Presenter: Scott Dillon, P.E., IAAI-CFI, CFEI, CVFI

  • This discussion will include:
  • Types of sprinkler system failures.
  • Legal considerations for conducting a forensic investigation.
  • Typical phases of a forensic investigation.
  • The role of the sprinkler system designer, installer and ITM provider in the investigation process.
  • The impact of performing system repairs prior to an investigation.

Presentation: Highlights of Fire Science and Fire Investigation

Presenter: Scott Dillon, P.E., IAAI-CFI, CFEI, CVFI

  • This presentation will delve into the following areas:
  • Fire investigation basics.
  • Typical phases of a forensic investigation
  • The role of the fire suppression system designer, installer, ITM firm, etc.
  • The impact of performing system repairs prior to an investigation

Presentation: Fire Dynamics

Presenter: Scott Dillon, P.E., IAAI-CFI, CFEI, CVFI

Discussion of the basics of fire dynamics.

Presentation: Fire Suppression Systems

Presenter: Scott Dillon, P.E., IAAI-CFI, CFEI, CVFI

This presentation will discuss the basics of fire protection systems and sprinkler system design/sprinkler layout.

Presentation: Electrical Origin Fires

Presenter: Steve Hamilton, P.E., CFEI

A look at several unusual sources of electrical fires including counterfeit parts, inappropriate wire terminations, electrolytic capacitor life span and battery/charger mismatch. These four areas are supplemented with case studies and best practices on preventing fires from these incidents.

Presentation:  How a Biomechanical Engineer Can Help You in Your Criminal Case

Presenter:  André Loyd, Ph.D.

This presentation covers how to use biomechanics to defend your clients.  Included is a quick overview of the definition of a biomechanic, followed by a discussion of how a biomechanic can identify the cause of injuries and how to distinguish between an intentional injury and an accidental injury.  The presentation shows what cases a biomechanic can be helpful for and exactly what questions can be answered by a biomechanic.  The presentation concludes with real life examples of how biomechanics have helped with cases.  

Presentation:  Electrical Substations and Transformers

Presenter:  Steve Hamilton, P.E., CFEI

Substations and transformers are used in electrical distribution from the utility to the end user.  This presentation takes a high level look at the components found in a substation, common failure modes of the equipment and some preventative measures.

Conservation of Energy and Momentum Applications

Presenter:  Luis C. Flores, P.E., ACTAR, CFEI

"Conservation of Energy and Momentum Applications” depicts the influence of Isaac Newton’s laws of motion on crash reconstruction through the use of various case studies.

More Than Just a "Pretty Picture":  Use of Finite Element Analysis in Failure Analysis

Presenter:  Christopher J. Brand, P.E.

Finite Element Analysis has been historically used primarily in the front end of product development. A new design concept is modeled, detailed and then expect loads are simulated virtually prior to a prototype being made. The expectation being that problems with the design can be mitigated prior to prototypes and final production parts being produced. However, the same analysis tools can be used on the failure analysis side to gain insight into how a component failed and assist the prevention of future failures. This presentation will present some basic concepts in FEA as well as several failure analysis case studies using FEA.

How to Work with Scientific and Engineering Experts

Presenter:  Scott E. Dillon, P.E., IAAI-CFI, CFEI, CVFI

An overview on how to work with scientific and engineering experts to assist in the investigation and litigation of claims. Various aspects of the litigation process from the initial notice letter through trial are covered. Mr. Dillon’s work typically involves accidents involving fires and explosions as well as fire protection systems. Topics will include:

  • Types of scientific and engineering experts.
  • Deciding when you need an expert and what type.
  • Evaluating appropriateness and qualifications of experts.
  • Understanding what an expert can and cannot do for your case.
  • Budget expectations.
  • Communicating with experts.
  • Coordinating litigation strategy with experts.
  • Preparation of expert reports.
  • Deposition and trial preparation.
  • Summary of top Dos and Don’ts when working with an expert.