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Staged Collisions Project

  1. 1. NASBLA Staged Collisions Project
  2. 2. NASBLA Staged Collisions Project by CAPT. James E. Getz Illinois Conservation Police (Ret.) Project Coordinator Presented at the annual NASBLA conference September 9, 2008
  3. 3. The primary purpose for this project is to answer that age-old question…
  4. 5. NASBLA Boating Accident Investigation Training <ul><li>1987: U.L. introduces “Intermediate” course </li></ul><ul><li>1989: UL conducts staged collisions </li></ul><ul><li>1997: UL introduces “Advanced” course </li></ul><ul><li>1999: UL conducts staged collisions </li></ul><ul><li>2000: NASBLA re-engineers the program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Comprehensive: all facets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced: primarily collision reconstruction </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2007: NASBLA conducts staged collisions.. </li></ul>
  5. 6. 1989 & 1999 Staged Collisions <ul><li>One moving vessel & one stationary vessel </li></ul><ul><li>Photographic & video documentation </li></ul><ul><li>Collision vessels used in training law enforcement officers </li></ul><ul><li>G-force data acquisition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1999 collisions only </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Analysis not funded.. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. NASBLA Staged Collisions Project <ul><li>Two moving vessels </li></ul><ul><li>Photographic & video documentation </li></ul><ul><li>GPS & ECU documentation </li></ul><ul><li>Collision vessels to be used in training law enforcement officers </li></ul><ul><li>G-force data acquisition & analysis.. </li></ul>
  7. 8. NASBLA Staged Collisions Continuing Project Partners <ul><li>USCG </li></ul><ul><li>VA DGIF </li></ul><ul><li>MSWP </li></ul><ul><li>TN WRA </li></ul><ul><li>Boat-US </li></ul><ul><li>Miles Beam </li></ul><ul><li>Todd & Assoc. </li></ul><ul><li>DRE, Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>NSWCCD </li></ul><ul><li>U VA / CAB.. </li></ul>
  8. 9. Boat Donations Were Solicited <ul><li>New and used boats </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Engines must be in good running condition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trailers must be road-worthy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Requests for donation went out to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NASBLA member agencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bombardier, Brunswick, Genmar, & Yamaha </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Boat-US Foundation for Boating Safety </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mercury Marine offered outboard engines.. </li></ul>
  9. 10. Donated Boats <ul><li>Industry – 1 boat and 2 engines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Triumph Boats – New center console </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mercury Marine - Test engines </li></ul></ul><ul><li>U.S. Coast Guard – 3 boats </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2 test boats </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 new boat </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NASBLA members – 5 boats </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Used patrol boats (FL, VA, DC) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Boat-US members – 12 boats </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Really used boats </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dick Snyder – 1 boat.. </li></ul>
  10. 11. All boats are outfitted with remote controlled steering & throttle.
  11. 12. Photo documentation of existing damage precedes each collision.
  12. 13. Each Vessel is Identified <ul><li>Collision date </li></ul><ul><li>Vessel # </li></ul><ul><li>Collision # </li></ul><ul><li>Vessel Description </li></ul>
  13. 14. and photographed…extensively
  14. 15. Existing damage was documented,
  15. 16. and documented.
  16. 17. Longitudinal CG is determined
  17. 18. GPS instrumentation is installed on each vessel 1 – MaxQGPS (5 Hz) 2 – Garmin GPS (1 Hz)
  18. 19. Data instrumentation is installed on the deck of each boat to measure… <ul><li>Roll </li></ul><ul><li>Pitch </li></ul><ul><li>Yaw </li></ul><ul><li>G-forces </li></ul><ul><li>at the boat’s CG. </li></ul>
  19. 20. We experimented with camcorders on some of the boats.
  20. 21. We attempted to provide adequate protection for our boat operators, but that didn’t work.
  21. 22. So, other volunteers were solicited as boat operators.
  22. 23. The daily routine starts.
  23. 24. Final preparations are made for a day on the water.
  24. 25. Everyone had specific assignments <ul><li>Chris Moore was in charge of drinks </li></ul><ul><li>He was a good provider! </li></ul>
  25. 26. The still and movie cameras are ready, and the high speed cameras are ready.
  26. 27. Test runs are conducted… and the boats are staged.
  27. 28. We aim for the mark… and marvel at the results.
  28. 29. After the collision… instrumentation is removed,
  29. 30. On-site photos are taken, and the boats are towed back to the trailers for transport.
  30. 31. Back on shore, the collision damage is documented…
  31. 32. and documented…
  32. 33. and documented… and documented.
  33. 34. At the end of each day, a final review is conducted by the forensic team…
  34. 35. And our boat operators rest for their next assignment.
  35. 36. The End NOT! The second round of staged collisions is scheduled for this fall. This is only the beginning!
  36. 37. Next, we are going to test some long-standing theories Such as one of the most perplexing questions…
  37. 38. What happens when you swallow bubble gum?
  38. 39. Questions?