Brad Muir

Consultant, Collision Reconstruction

Our Associates perform on-site investigations to determine origin and cause of complex losses. Their process: examine and collect evidence, take on-site photos, interview witnesses, conduct testing in our lab and analyze data to produce technical reports that are clear and concise.

 

expert summary

Mr. Muir is a consultant with the Collision Reconstruction Group at -30- Forensic Engineering. He has worked in the capacity of Collision Reconstructionist, Case Manager or lead Technical Collision Investigator on in excess of 1000 serious personal injury or fatal motor vehicle collision investigations.

SPECIALIZED PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES

  • Roadway Evidence identification and interpretation
  • Drag Factor determination (Coefficient of Friction)
  • Tire and Lamp examination
  • Vehicle Damage Analysis
  • Vehicle Dynamics including Roll-overs
  • Occupant Kinematics / Pedestrian and Bicycle Collision Dynamics
  • Speed Determination including: Slide to Stop (Skid), Yaw / Critical Curve Speed, Vault / Fall / Flip, Speed determination from Pedestrian Impact, and Conservation of Linear Momentum
  • Forensic Mapping and Scene Diagramming—Sokkia Total Station / MapScenes Evidence Recorder and MapScenes CAD Diagramming
  • Bosch Crash Data Retrieval System—Event Data Recorder Systems on passenger vehicles and light duty trucks - data analysis and interpretation / accuracy and reliability of recorded data
  • Heavy vehicle (commercial vehicle) Event Data Recorder / Engine Control Module data analysis and interpretation

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Intermediate Constable Course, Ontario Police College, 1991
Basic Constable Course, Ontario Police College, 1988
Part-time Studies, Criminology, University of Toronto, 1986 – 1988
Full and Part-time Studies, General Arts, York University, 1984 – 1986

ADDITIONAL COURSES

  • Aeryon SkyRanger Unmanned Aerial System, Train-the-Trainer Course, Cambridge, Ontario, January 2016
  • Commercial Motor Vehicle Forensic Examination Class (3-day), Stopper and Associates, Barrie, Ontario, October 2014
  • Preserving and Analyzing Data from Heavy Vehicle Event Data Recorders Training, Commonwealth Transportation Consultants/Messerschmidt Safety Consultants, Barrie, Ontario, March 2014
  • Australasian & South Pacific Association of Collision Investigators (ASPACI) CDR Event—Update Class/Intro to Advanced Analysis, Penrith, NSW, Australia, October 2013
  • Ontario Major Case Management Course, Ontario Police College, November 2013
  • General Investigation Training Course, Ontario Police College, June 2013
  • Aeryon Scout Unmanned Aerial System Train-the-Trainer Course, Cambridge, Ontario, June 2013
  • Aeryon Scout Unmanned Aerial System Pilot Training, Cambridge, Ontario, October 2012
  • Microsoft Excel for use in Collision Reconstruction, Accident Analysis and Reconstructions, New South Wales, Australia, August 2012
  • Commercial Vehicle Event Data Recorders/Engine Control Module Data, 3-Axis Engineering, Brantford, Ontario, March 2012
  • HVE-CSI (Crash Simulation computer program), Engineering Dynamics Corp.—hosted and attended 3-day course from TC Recon, December 2011
  • Human Factors for Traffic Accident Investigation—hosted course from Accident Dynamics Research Center, Instructor: Jeff Muttart, November 2011
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Collision Reconstruction—Accident Analysis and Reconstruction, Ontario Police College, June 2010
  • Human Factors for Traffic Accident Investigation—hosted course from Accident Dynamics Research Center, Instructor: Jeff Muttart, February 2009
  • Advanced Reconstruction using Excel Applications, Accident Analysis and Reconstruction Inc., December 2008
  • Investigation of Motorcycle Crashes, Institute of Police Technology and Management, hosted by Halton Regional Police Service, September 2006
  • Commercial Vehicle Event Data Recorders—Detroit Diesel ECM Download Course, Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia, Ontario; Instructor: Tim Reust of Accident Science, November 2005
  • Annual Reconstruction Seminar, Ontario Provincial Police—Damage and Energy Applications for the Collision Reconstructionist, Collision Safety Institute – Rusty Haight/Greg Russell, September 2005
  • Analysis of Low Speed Collisions, Collision Safety Institute—hosted by OPP Greater Toronto Region, March 2004
  • MapScenes Trainers Certification Course—Microsurvey, Kelowna B.C., October 2003
  • Commercial Vehicle Reconstruction Seminar, Ontario Provincial Police Annual Reconstructionist Seminar, September 2003
  • CATAIR – Ontario Chapter Fall Seminar—Estimating Driver Perception and Response—Day Time and Night Time Solutions, Accident Dynamics Research Centre, Instructor: Jeff Muttart, December 2002
  • Crash Data Retrieval System – Bosch Certification Course, Collision Safety Institute—hosted by CATAIR, Ontario Chapter, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, June 2002
  • Damage and Energy Applications for Collision Reconstruction, Collision Safety Institute—hosted by the Michigan State Police, MSP Lansing Michigan Training Academy, February 2002
  • CATAIR Ontario Chapter Fall Seminar: Light and Visibility—Applications In Accident Investigation, “Seeing Things in a New Light”; James Sobek, Wolf Technical Services, October 2001
  • WinCrash for Windows by Arsoftware, taught by program author Dr. Gordon Bigg—held at Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, July 2001
  • Crash Data Retrieval System, Bosch Certification Course—hosted by the Michigan State Police, Lansing Michigan Training Academy, December 2000
  • Advanced Collision Reconstruction, C.O. Bick College, Metro Toronto Police, June 2000
  • Special Problems in Collision Reconstruction, Institute of Police Technology and Management, University of North Florida, May 2000
  • Vericom VC2000 and VC2000PC Accelerometer / Profile for Windows Training, Vericom Computers—held at London Police Service, London, Ontario; Instructor: Rick Jobe, April 2000
  • Fundamentals of Applied Physics for the Traffic Accident Investigator, Institute of Police Technology and Management, University of North Florida—held at Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, June 1999
  • Velocity Formulae and Negative Drag Factor Workshop, C.O. Bick College, Metro Toronto Police, March 1999
  • Texas Association of Accident Reconstructionists—Winter Mini-Seminar: downloading of air bag SDM Module—GM vehicles; hydraulic brake inspections in collision investigation; internet reconstruction resources—TAARS, Houston, Texas, January 1999
  • Advanced Collision Reconstruction, C.O. Bick College, Metro Toronto Police, April 1998
  • Collision Reconstructionist Update Training, Ontario Provincial Police Academy, March 1998
  • Collision Reconstructionist Designation, C.O. Bick College, Metro Toronto Police, March 1998
  • Effective Presentations, C.O. Bick College, Metro Toronto Police, January 1998
  • Pedestrian Collision Reconstruction Course hosted by Waterloo Regional Police Service; Instructors: E. Brewer and A. Strickland of the R.C.M.P.
  • Level IV, Module I Collision Reconstruction Course, C.O. Bick College, Metro Toronto Police, March 1997
  • ‘S’ Cam Air Brake Adjustment Training Course, Ontario Trucking Association, October 1996
  • Highway Drug Interdiction, Ontario Provincial Police Academy, October 1996
  • Hours of Work Legislation and Regulation Course—Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver’s Logbook, Ontario Trucking Association, April 1996
  • Commercial Vehicle Drug Interdiction Techniques, United States D.O.T., Buffalo, New York, February 1996
  • Total Station—Theory and Operation, SOKKIA, held at OPP RHQ, Aurora, Ontario, June 1995
  • AutoSketch for Windows Course, C.O. Bick College, Metro Toronto Police, June 1995
  • Metro Toronto Police Traffic Seminar, Ontario Police College, June 1995
  • Technical Traffic Accident Investigation Level III, C.O. Bick College, Metro Toronto Police, April 1995
  • Technical Traffic Accident Investigation Level II, C.O. Bick College, Metro Toronto Police, October 1994
  • Metro Toronto Police Traffic Seminar, Ontario Police College, June 1994
  • Technical Traffic Accident Investigation Level I, C.O. Bick College, Metro Toronto Police, February 1994
  • Breathalyser—Basic Theory and Operation (Breathalyser Technician) Course, Ontario Provincial Police Academy, June 1991academic background

EMPLOYMENT BACKGROUND

-30- Forensic Engineering
Consultant—Collision Reconstruction Group
July 2016 – Present, Toronto, ON

Crash Data Specialists LLC 
Partner
February 2011 – Present, Ajax, ON, CA, and Webster, NY, USA

  • Provide CDR training extensively world-wide, specifically throughout Canada, USA, Australia, United Kingdom and Germany.
  • Instructor—Bosch Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) System Operators and Analysis and Applications
  • Instructor—Advanced Reconstruction with CDR Analysis
  • Provide support and analysis of vehicle Event Data Recorder information
  • Design and prepare class materials with input from CDR Supported Automakers and other stakeholders
  • Act as a Crash Test Coordinator
    • Regularly participate in the planning and execution of staged motor vehicle collisions and staged roll-overs. Collect, compile and present the resulting data at various Collision Reconstruction conferences and seminars. I have been involved in excess of 300 such crash tests.
    • Majority of staged crashes with vehicles equipped with some EDR capability and covered by the Bosch CDR System.

• Data Collection, analysis and presentation using:

  • Vericom Accelerometers
  • Instrument Sensor Technologies (IST) Accelerometers
  • V-Box GPS Data Collection Systems
  • Bosch Crash Data Retrieval System
  • MapScenes CAD drawings
  • MapScenes Evidence Recorder
  • Scene Mapping with Various types of Total Stations
  • Crash Video Recording/Editing
  • Digital Photography

Collision Safety Institute (CSI)
Instructor
2003 – February 2011, San Diego, CA, USA

  • Instructor – Bosch Crash Data Retrieval Users Certification Course / CDR Technician Trainer / CDR Analyst Trainer (One of two instructors approved by Bosch and supported OEM Automakers to train users of the CDR System)
  • Act as a Crash Test Data Coordinator
  • Data Collection, analysis and presentation

Ontario Provincial Police

Area Traffic Sergeant—Traffic Support Unit, Highway Safety Division
February 2008 – April 2016

Senior Collision Reconstructionist of the Highway Rangers, Highway Safety Division
July 1995 – February 2008, Aurora, ON

General Traffic Patrol and Enforcement
July 1992 – July 1995, Aurora, ON

General Law Enforcement and Patrol
June 1991 – July 1992, Alliston, ON

General Law Enforcement and Patrol
February 1990 – June 1991, Shelbourne, ON

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction, ACTAR #1596

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Traffic Safety Lifetime Achievement Award, Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, June 2015
  • Runner-Up, International Chiefs of Police Weber-Seavey Award—Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems in Collision Scene Mapping, October 2014
  • Ovation Award—Outstanding Achievement, Ontario Ministry of Safety and Correctional Services, 2014
  • Honourable Mention, National Police Award For Traffic Safety, Canadian Safety Council, 1996

PRESENTATIONS, TEACHING AND RESEARCH

  • Presentation—Event Data Recorder: Re-programming and Survivability; 2nd Annual European CDR Summit, Kottenheim, Germany, June 2015
  • “Time – Distance in Event Data Recorder Use”—Special Problems in Traffic Crash Reconstruction; Institute of Police Technology and Management, University of North Florida, May 2015
  • Presentation—Crash Data Retrieval Update; SCARS Conference, Charleston, South Carolina, July 2014
  • Presentation—Event Data Recorder Survivability Issues; 1st Annual European CDR Summit, Opel Test Center Dudenhofen, Germany, May 2014
  • “Unmanned Aerial System Use in Collision Reconstruction”—Special Problems in Traffic Crash Reconstruction; Institute of Police Technology and Management, University of North Florida, May 2014
  • Presentation—Crash Data Retrieval Update; SCARS Conference, Charleston, South Carolina, July 2013, July 2012, July 2010
  • Presentation—Crash Data Retrieval Update; Ontario Provincial Police Annual Reconstruction Seminar, November 2011
  • Research Team—Advanced Collision Analysis Educational Program, Transport Canada Motor Vehicle Safety, University of Western Ontario, October 2011
  • Presentation—Crash Data Retrieval: Toyota CDR Coverage; Pennsylvania State Police Annual Reconstruction Conference, State College, Pennsylvania, September 2011
  • Presentation—Crash Data Retrieval: Toyota CDR Coverage; SCARS Conference, Charleston, South Carolina, July 2011
  • Presentation—Toyota EDR Cases; Crash Data Retrieval System Users Conference, Houston, Texas, January 2011
  • Conference Crash Test Team; ARC-CSI Crash Reconstruction Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, May 2010, June 2009, June 2008
  • Presentation—GM Coverage Update: Advanced Data Collection Techniques; Crash Data Retrieval System Users Conference, Houston, Texas, January 2009
  • Presentation—Real Cases involving Ford and GM Vehicles; Crash Data Retrieval System Users Conference, Houston, Texas, January 2008
  • Presentation—Using Scan Tools in Crash Investigations; NHTSA/SAE Symposium on Event Data Recorders, September 2007
  • Presentation—Reprogramming Engine Modules and Effect on CDR Investigations; ARC-CSI Crash Reconstruction Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 2007
  • Presentation—Real World Applications of CDR Data; Bosch Crash Data Retrieval System Users Course, Ontario Provincial Police Annual Reconstruction Seminar, November 2006
  • Presentation—Real World CDR Cases; CDR Update, Illinois Association of Traffic Accident Investigators, September 2006
  • Presentation—Using Closing Speed with CDR; Data Roll-over/Momentum Analysis Seminar, Nebraska State Patrol, August 2006
  • Instructor—Introduction to Crash Data Retrieval System and Crash Test Data; Crash test series with Collision Safety Institute for OPC Reconstruction Course, Ontario Police College, April 2006
  • Presentation—Using CAN Bus/GMLAN vehicles CDR data; Crash Data Retrieval users Conference, Dallas, Texas, January 2006
  • Presentation—Using CDR Data in Real World Collision; IATAI Conference, Crash Test series with Collision Safety Institute, Springfield, Illinois, September 2005
  • Instructor—Introduction to Crash Data Retrieval System and Crash Test Data Presentation; Ontario Police College, April 2005
  • Ongoing CDR research and testing—crash test series with Collision Safety Institute and General Motors US/Canada—EDR equipped vehicles covered by the Bosch CDR System used in tests; Ontario Police College, December 2004
  • Presentation—MapScenes and Evidence Recorder; SCARS/SeARS/IAARS Combined Conference, July 2004
  • Presentation—Crash Data Recorders: The Police Reconstructionist Perspective; National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)/Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Highway Vehicle Event Data Recorder Symposium, June 2004
  • Presenter—Introduction to the Bosch Crash Data Retrieval System; Mid-West Association of Traffic Accident Investigators (MwATAI), Annual General Meeting, Rock Island Illinois, May 2004
  • EDR/CDR Crash Test Data Coordinator; Canadian Association of Technical Collision Investigators and Reconstructionists, Annual General Meeting and Conference, August 2003
  • Presenter—Digital Photography and Digital Video; 5th Annual South-East Collision Conference (SCARS/SeARS Conference), hosted by South Carolina Highway Patrol, July 2003
  • EDR/CDR Crash Test Data Coordinator; ARC-CSI Conference—Airborne Events, Low Speed Collisions, Biomechanics, Commercial Vehicle Data Recorders, Las Vegas Nevada, June 2003
  • Presenter – Analysis of Guard Rail Related Fatal Collisions/Co-presenter—Introduction to the Crash Data Retrieval System; Canadian Police College Reconstruction Symposium, March 2003
  • Presentation—Event Data Recorders: Application to Real World Crashes; National Association of Professional Accident Reconstructionists (NAPARS), Joint Annual Conference, Ocean City, Maryland, September 2002
  • Presentation—Event Data Recorders: Application to Real World Crashes; 1st Annual ARC/CSI Conference, Seattle, Washington, August 2002
  • Hosted/Facilitated Course—Crash Data Retrieval System—Bosch Certification Course; hosted by the Ontario Provincial Police, Greater Toronto Region, July 2001
  • Presentation—Event Data Recorders and Data summary of crash tests from OPP Reconstruction Seminar of August 2000; Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP), Ontario Traffic Conference (OTC) Reconstruction Workshop, April 2001
  • Presentation—Data Summary of Crash Tests from OPP Reconstruction Seminar of August 2000; Michigan Association Of Technical Accident Investigators, Fall Training Session, Okemos, Michigan, October 2000
  • Coordinator and Instructor of One Week Seminar—“Testing Tomorrow’s Technology”; Ontario Provincial Police, Reconstruction Update, including ‘live’ human subject crash testing of 1997, 1999 and 2000 model year GM Vehicles to test Event Data Recorder technology, Anti-Lock Brake systems/Stabilitrak Systems and their effect on yaw speed analysis; Ontario Police College, Aylmer Ontario, August 2000
  • Instructor—Technical Collision Investigation, Measurement of Roadway Evidence, classroom and practical, Practical Testing of Formulae and Principles of Technical Collision Investigation, Scene Diagramming with AutoSketch; Ontario Provincial Police Academy, June 1998
  • Instructor—Collision Reconstruction Update, Forensic Mapping with SOKKIA Total Station, Scene Diagramming with AutoSketch; Ontario Provincial Police Academy, March 1998
  • Instructor—AutoSketch for Windows; C.O. Bick College, Metro Toronto Police, January 1998, February 1997, September 1997
  • Co-Facilitator—Collision Reconstruction Course (2 out of 3 weeks); C.O. Bick College, Metro Toronto Police, November 1997
  • Instructor—Roadway Evidence and Tire Marks at Scene Investigation Course; C.O. Bick College, Metro Toronto Police, April 1997

COURT EXPERIENCE

Provincial Court:

  • R vs. Mack—Newmarket
  • R vs. MacDonald—Newmarket
  • R vs. Ladoucer—Newmarket
  • R vs. McMichael—Sarnia

Provincial Offences Court:

  • R vs. Wilkinson—Brampton
  • R vs. Tremblay—Hamilton
  • R vs. Hanson—Mississauga
  • R vs. Singh—Newmarket
  • R vs. Rogers—Newmarket
  • R vs. Robinson—Toronto, East Mall
  • R vs. Trigianni—Toronto, East Mall
  • R vs. LeMay—Whitby
  • R vs. Tyo—Whitby

Superior Court:

  • R vs. Nadeau—Brampton
  • R vs. Hazard—Brampton
  • R vs. Wood—Hamilton
  • R vs. Topp—Hamilton
  • R vs. Feliciano—Milton
  • R vs. Bhullar—Milton
  • R vs. DeCosta—Orangeville
  • R vs. Quinn—Coburg
  • R vs. Ahmad—Toronto
  • R vs. Police—Toronto
  • R vs. Buksar—Chatham
  • R vs. Huynh—St. Catherines
  • R vs. Lo—Brampton
  • R vs. Yun—Brampton
  • R vs. Summers—Brockville

CDR Related Cases:

  • People vs. Otuwa Otuwa—Douglas County (Georgia) Superior Court State; called as expert regarding accuracy and reliability of CDR/EDR data
  • People vs. Nick Joseph—Supreme Court of Monroe County, New York State; called as expert regarding accuracy and reliability of CDR/EDR data
  • R vs. Buksar—Chatham; reference to CDR/EDR data in momentum analysis of speed of accused vehicle
  • R vs. Yun—Brampton; CDR/EDR data from accused vehicle used to calculate impact speed from closing velocity/momentum analysis
  • R vs. Quinn—Cobourg; CDR data was used to establish speed of accused vehicle at impact—pre-crash enabled vehicle
  • R vs. Summers—Brockville Superior Court; CDR data used to establish speed of accused vehicle at impact—pre-crash enabled vehicle. Accuracy/reliability issues.
  • R vs. Currie—Brockville Superior Court; CDR Data used to establish speed of accused vehicle at impact—pre-crash enabled vehicle. Accuracy/reliability issues.
 

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