Many technical projects, most vehicle and component testing, and all accident reconstructions, product failure analyses, and other forensic investigations, require photographic documentation. Roadway evidence disappears, tested or wrecked vehicles are repaired, disassembled, or scrapped, and components can be tested to failure. Photographs are frequently the only evidence that remains of a wreck, or the only records of subjects before or during tests. Making consistently good images during any inspection is a critical part of the evaluation process.Anyone involved in these technical pursuits must be able to create professional images regardless of the lighting or physical conditions. Photographs should not be “okay” or “close enough” any more than calculations or analysis should be. If the project is important enough for accurate calculations, it is important enough for accurate photographs.
By attending this seminar, participants will be able to:
This course is designed for individuals who must take photographs as part of their field of work. This may include accident reconstructionist, product failure analysts, forensic scientists and engineers, testing and development engineers, human factors experts, biomechanical and biomedical experts, police agencies, government agencies, and anyone needing to illustrate technical papers or books.
Individuals should have some familiarity with taking photographs within their field of work, but even first-time photographers will benefit.
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.
Tom began his engineering career as a tire development engineer at BF Goodrich and later as a consultant in tire failure analysis and vehicle accident reconstruction for SEA Limited. He continues to consult in those fields and has added forensic photography as an area of expertise.
A long-time Nikon shooter with a passion for photography, Tom became an early adopter of digital photography and promptly divested himself of all vestiges of film photography. He took every course or workshop he could find on digital capture, post-processing, and digital printing, as he mastered each part of the process and has been teaching photography and post-processing in lectures, workshops, and classes since 2004.
As a long-time professional engineering consultant, professional photographer, and photography instructor, Tom is uniquely suited to teach both the fundamentals of digital photography and the specific practical use of photography in technical projects, accidents, and forensics. He is a registered professional mechanical engineer, and has been an SAE member since 1980. Tom was Atlanta Section Chairman 1987/88, and was active throughout the life of SAE's AIRP (Accident Investigation and Reconstruction Practices) group, including a stint as the chairman of the heavy truck forum group. Tom has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland.