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The SCARS organization has hosted several major conferences in order to learn about accident reconstruction and to present live tests.

Some of the locations of previous conferences include, Myrtle Beach, SC Charelston, SC and Biloxi, MS

Selected Previous Conference Summary

 

The Annual SCARS/Southeastern Conference - 2016

SCARS, SeARS, and IAARS were participants in the WREX2016 conference held in Orlando, Florida, May 2-6, 2016.

WREX2016 was an "all hands evolution" and participation in that conference was judged to be a better allocation of funds and effort than trying to hold our own separate conference in 2016.

Look for the 2017 conference to return to South Carolina in July 2017.

 

The Annual SCARS/Southeastern Conference - 2015

July 26-31, 2015 in the Charleston/Mt Pleasant South Carolina area

 The speakers for the conference:

  • Don Floyd - CDR Technology
  • Chris Sanchez - Prosecution of a Texting Killer - Part 2
  • Carmen Daecher - TBD
  • Brad Muir - CDR Update / 2013 Crash Testing Data Summary
  • Nathan Shigemura - TBD
  • Jeff Muttart - Acceleration

 

The Annual SCARS/Southeastern Conference - 2014

July 20-25, 2014 in the Charleston/Mt Pleasant South Carolina area

 The speakers for the conference:

  • Vlad Bortchevsky - Comparison of Drag Factor Determination Methods
  • Ralph Cunningham - CDR Data in Real Life Situations
  • Carmen Daecher - A Day in the Life of an Expert
  • Brad Muir - CDR Update / 2013 Crash Testing Data Summary
  • Pete Murphy - Work Zone Collision Investigation
  • Jeff Muttart - Pedestrians
  • Jon Northrup - Digital Camera Photography in Accident Reconstruction
  • Nathan Shigemura - Solving for Multiple Events

 

The Annual SCARS/Southeastern Conference - 2013

July 20-26, 2013 in the Charleston/Mt Pleasant South Carolina area

*~ Crash Test Day - Photos and Video ~*

 The speakers for the conference:

  • Carmen Daecher - Punitive Damages Litigation from Z to A
  • Steve St. Amand - Momentum Solutions
  • Ralph Cunningham - Tire Nomenclature/Failure
  • Ronnie Crosby - Tire Failures
  • Don Floyd - Seatbelt Use Documentation
  • Don Floyd - Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Considerations
  • Allen Powers - EDR
  • Greg Russell - Excel in Accident Reconstruction - Narrowing Too Much into Something Useful
  • Jon Northrup - Photography
  • Vlad Bortchevsky - Yaw vs. Spin Analysis
  • Daniel Vomhof III - Crush Measurement & Use of the Force Balance Tool as a "Analysis Chaeck"
  • Nathan Shigemura - Friction and Determining Deceleration Factors
  • Brad Muir - CDR Update / 2013 Crash Testing Data Summary

 

The Annual SCARS/Southeastern Conference - 2012

July 22-27, 2012  in the Charleston/Mt Pleasant South Carolina area

*~ Crash Test Day - Photos and Video ~*

 The speakers for the conference:

  • Carmen Daecher - CMV Regulation Updates
  • Keith Rodaway -  Garmin GPS units in Reconstruction
  • Billy Patterson - Report Writing Considerations
  • Gary Johnson - Underride Methodology
  • Lee Cope, Esq - Roadway Defects
  • William Barnes, Esq. - Product Defects
  • Greg Russell - Accident Reconstruction - Use What You Have
  • Brad Muir - CDR Update / 2012 Crash Testing Data Summary

 

The Annual SCARS/Southeastern Conference - 2011

July 24-29, 2011 in the Charleston/Mt Pleasant South Carolina area

*~ Crash Test Day - Photos and Video ~*

 The speakers for the conference:

  • Jeff Muttart - Human Factors
  • Ralph Cunningham - Crash Reconstruction Physics
  • Billy Patterson - Rule 26 Issues
  • Tommy Sturdivan - Commercial Vehicle Inspection
  • Carmen Daecher - Liability Issues
  • Greg Russell - Crash Reconstruction using CDR
  • Brad Muir - CDR Update / 2011 Crash testing data summary

 

The Annual SCARS/Southeastern Conference - 2010

July 25-29, 2010 in the Charleston/Mt Pleasant South Carolina area

 The speakers for the conference:

  • Bruno Schmidt - PDOF and delta-v
  • Brad Muir - CDR
  • Jeff Muttart - Human Factors issues "As much as can be packed into a half day"
  • Tommy Sturdivan - Spin Analysis: Speed Determination with Rotating Vehicles
  • Ralph Cunningham - Basic Physics, Linear Momentum, Critical Speed Yaw,  and Circular Motion
  • Daniel Vomhof III - Manual Stiffness Coefficient Research and Calculation

 

The Annual SCARS/Southeastern Conference - 2008

July 20-24, 2008 at the Sheraton Gateway Atlanta Airport Hotel.

 The speakers for the conference:

  • Rusty Haight - Crash Testing
  • Jeff Muttart - Human Factors
  • Bill Messerschmidt - Commercial vehicle ECM's
  • Ward Holton - Spin Analysis
  • Chris Stewart - Rollover Crash Analysis
  • Joe DiGregorio - Motorcycle Collision Investigation
  • Tommy Sturdivan - Reconstructing PIT manuvers
  • Lee DeChant - Close-Range Photogrammetry
  • Mickey Zimbalis - Tire Failure Analysis

 

The Annual SCARS Conference - 2007

July 22 - 26, 2007 at the Ramada, North Charleston.   

The speakers for the conference:

  • Rusty Haight - Crash test data summary, mini CDR update (maybe), plus other interesting information topics
  • Bruno Schmidt, Ph.D. - Post impact trajectories and other important items to consider in speed calculations
  • Dave Stopper - Calculating speeds for ABS and ABS/conventional combination airbarked commercial motor vehicles
  • Daniel Vomhof, Ph.D. - Human factors considerations
  • Rick Tyrell, Ph.D. - Pedestrian conspicuity
  • Fred Rice - Drag Sled vs. Skid Testing

 

The Annual SCARS Conference - 2005

July 24 - 28, 2005 at the Clarion, North Charleston.

The speakers for the conference:

  • Rusty Haight for crash testing
  • Jeff Muttart for human factors
  • Mike Reade for pedestrian crashes
  • John Daily for narrow object impacts
  • John Meserve for insurance fraud investigations
  • Steve Breland and David Hill for conducting mechanical examinations.

 

Here are some photographs and downloadable video clips from our previous conferences.

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2001 Conference


2002 Conference


2003 Conference


2004 Conference


 

 

 

 

 

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