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  • 30 Jan 2024 16:21 | Wade Bartlett (admin) (Administrator)

    AnalyzerPro has just offered NAPARS members a 30% discount (50€ or about $54) on their 1-2 hour seminars coming up in May (3D Photogrammetry with Agisoft, offered twice) and April (Basic recon with AnalyzerPro, offered 4 times) Both courses will be held online via Zoom. https://analyzer.at/en/seminare/ AnalyzerPro is a fairly comprehensive package for crash analysis that has been around for decades, mostly in Europe. They are looking to expand in the US market. I will probably take them up on at least one of them just to stay informed of what's out there. The classes are listed in the NAPARS website event page, but registration is at their website.

  • 06 Dec 2023 13:24 | Wade Bartlett (admin) (Administrator)

    "Illuminating the Truth: A Systematic Approach to Nighttime Crash Scene Investigation"", 2 hours with Dr. Jeffrey Muttart via Zoom

    Our speaker will be Dr. Muttart, the Director of Research and Training at the Driver Research Institute, LLC, in CT, USA. Learn more at their website: https://driverresearchinstitute.com/

    DATE: Thursday, 04 January 2024
    TIME: 12 noon - 2 pm Eastern Standard Time
    COST: Free for NAPARS member;  $5 for non-members
    LOCATION: Worldwide Via Zoom

    ACTAR: This event will be submitted to ACTAR for CEU consideration.

    Registered attendees will be able to request an  attendance certificate.

    OUTLINE:

     1. Introduction

         Overview: Importance of accurate nighttime crash scene documentation

         Objective: Teach investigators to avoid biases and ensure fairness in documentation

    2. Understanding Nighttime Visibility

         The challenge of nighttime investigations

         Common misconceptions about visibility at night

         Realities of driver perception vs. pedestrian/investigator assumptions

    3. The Role of Bias in Crash Investigation

         How prior knowledge can skew perceptions

         Recognizing and mitigating investigator bias

         Case studies: Biased vs. unbiased investigation outcomes

    4. Signal Detection Theory in Crash Investigations

         Explaining the basics of signal detection theory

         Application in analyzing crash scenarios

         Contrasting results: With and without signal detection theory application

    5. The CAPLETS Approach

         Introduction to CAPLETS: Contrast, Anticipation, Pattern, Lighting, Eccentricity, Time of Exposure, Size

         How each factor influences crash scene visibility

         Applying CAPLETS for comprehensive scene analysis

    6. Hands-on Techniques for Scene Documentation

         "At-scene approach": Practical steps for on-site investigation

         Using a contrast gradient target: Ensuring image accuracy

         Effective methods for taking light meter readings

         Incorporating artificial light sources: Headlights and streetlights

    7. Developing Best Practices

         Rules of thumb for nighttime investigation

         Checklist for investigators

         Avoiding common pitfalls

    8. Concluding Thoughts

         The importance of objective, systematic investigation

         Resources for further learning and practice

    9. Workshop Activities

        Practical exercises on applying the CAPLETS approach.

        Simulated crash scene investigation

        Review and feedback session

    10. Closing Remarks

         Final Q&A Session

         Reminder of investigator’s responsibility for unbiased documentation

  • 03 Dec 2023 19:40 | Wade Bartlett (admin) (Administrator)

    The final ARJ for 2023 is Issue #198. It is on the way via email to all 1,409 NAPARS members. Yep, we broke the 1400 barrier! I have uploaded issue #197 to the Reference Library. If you download any of those PDFs, remember that they are copyrighted documents, and Victor has entrusted them to each of us. Please don't abuse that trust, thanks. Peace. -W

  • 08 Nov 2023 20:47 | Wade Bartlett (admin) (Administrator)

    NAPARS is pleased to announce that Forensic Mapping Solutions is offering a $100 discount to NAPARS Members for registering for their Pix4D class being offered in Bristol, Tn. The class is scheduled for November 28 - 30, 2023. The link for registering is, https://forensicmappingsolutions.com/pix4d-training-bristol-tn-nov-28-30/.

                                                                     

  • 30 Sep 2023 21:10 | Wade Bartlett (admin) (Administrator)

    Membership update:

    The next Accident Reconstruction Journal will be coming out in the next week. Victor will be sending ARJ #197 to 1,382 NAPARS members. Of those, 582 self-identify as "Law Enforcement" (though many were former LE). 524 list an ACTAR number.

  • 23 Aug 2023 19:50 | Wade Bartlett (admin) (Administrator)

    If you plan to attend this Friday's Zoom training, and are interested in claiming your 2 ACTAR CEUs, PLEASE READ THIS!

    Please make sure you have the latest version of the i-Attend software. In the past week the developer has added the ability to enter a alpha-numeric code as a backup. This option will be used if the QR-code fails, which has apparently suddenly become an issue. In order to minimize problems on Friday during the show, and maximize our presenter's time, please check now that when you open it up on your phone, it has a button to "SCAN QR CODE" and also a button to "ENTER PIN" (like the second screenshot below). My version apparently updated itself already - since when I checked the App-store earlier this afternoon, there was nothing for me to update, and I have this newer version already.

    Peace. -W




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  • 09 Aug 2023 10:13 | Wade Bartlett (admin) (Administrator)

    Members should watch their email in the next couple days for the July/August issue of The Accident Reconstruction Journal, issue #196. I sent Victor (the publisher) our mailing list this morning. Peace. -Wade, admin.

  • 28 Jul 2023 08:49 | Wade Bartlett (admin) (Administrator)

    The early registration deadline for the Sept.12-Sept.14 MATAI conference in Livonia MI, with 3 live crash tests and more is in 3 days! Visit www.matai.us/conferences for all the details!

    Peace. -W

  • 19 Jul 2023 20:07 | Wade Bartlett (admin) (Administrator)

    ADMIN UPDATE: This evening, I emailed the latest NAPARS News to our 1,300+ members. It is coming from our email server, so some ISPs and email systems filter it out as spam. If you are sure your membership is up to date, check there, eh? Peace. -W

  • 25 May 2023 09:51 | Wade Bartlett (admin) (Administrator)

    We are very excited to announce that we have arranged to make this June 26-30 class available by ZOOM! Costs are unchanged, but you can attend from anywhere using your computer. See the registration page to sign up. https://naopar.wildapricot.org/event-5014503

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