SAMAC News for 2017

SAMAC Joins Envista Forensics

We are pleased to announce that SAMAC has signed a binding agreement to join with Envista Forensics.  This is a very exciting event for both companies, as well as our employees and clients.  We are now part of a worldwide organization with Canadian offices in Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto. We hold similar values and philosophies […] Read more…

RIMS Canada Conference September 24-27, 2017

Steve MacInnis (President), Gilles Amirault (Director – Property) and David Coates (Sr Metallugist) manned the SAMAC exhibitor booth at the RIMS Canada Conference in Toronto, Ontario.  This conference is the second largest annual risk management conference in the world. Held annually, the conference attracts over 1,000 risk managers and the vendor community from all across […] Read more…

SAMAC’s Steve MacInnis and Ian Read Discuss Digital Forensics in Insurance People Magazine – November 2017

In-car navigation and communication systems are becoming more sophisticated all the time. As they integrate with our mobile devices and interact with the outside world in different ways, they also gather data about the systems within the vehicle — where it’s been, how quickly it travels, and who may have occupied it. Most of that […] Read more…

SAMAC Team Building Day 2017

Staff Team Building Day On 30 August 2017, SAMAC staff and consultants participated in a fun team building event that was held at Escape Capers (escape room) in Calgary.  The event was a great way for everyone to interact in a manner that we don’t usually get to at work.  Our office has a wide […] Read more…

Baja SAE Competition 2017

Against a backdrop of Caterpillar heavy equipment, the University of Calgary Schulich Off-Road team competed at the 2017 Baja SAE 07-11 June 2017.  Vladimir Panlilio, who has been volunteering as faculty advisor, accompanied the U of C engineering students to the Caterpillar Edwards Demonstration & Learning Center in Peoria, Illinois. Started in 1976, the present […] Read more…

RIMS Canada Conference 2017

Please come see us at RIMS Canada Conference in Toronto 24-27 September 2017 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre – North Building 255 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 2W6. Manning our booth # 308 will be Steve MacInnis (President), Gilles Amirault (Director Property) and David Coates PhD (Senior Metallurgist). Stop by and visit.  With […] Read more…

2017 EDR Summit

Steve MacInnis, Tyler Dyck and Tyler Haladuick attended a 3 day training summit in Houston Texas from 06 to 08 March 2017.  The summit put on by Collision Publishing, brought together industry experts for presentations focused on Event Data Recorders (EDR’s) found in light trucks, passenger cars, SUVs, and commercial vehicles. An introduction and summary of […] Read more…

RIMS Draw Prize Winners 2016

Congratulations to our draw prize winners Brian King and Nelcia De Melo. Thank you to all who dropped by our booth at the RIMS Calgary Conference, it was a pleasure meeting everyone.   Read more…

Alberta Insurance Council Approved Seminars, 2016

SAMAC has 4 additional seminars approved by the Alberta Insurance Council for client Lunch & Learns, as follows: Failure Analysis, or Figuring Out What Went Wrong & Why, 1.5 hrs credit Introduction to Injury Biomechanics, 1.5 hrs credit Vehicle Collision Reconstruction, 1.5 hrs credit Electrical Forensic Investigation Basics, 1 hr credit Please contact us for […] Read more…

Analysis and Prevention of Mechanical and Structural Failures, Calgary, 2016

Masoud Mashkournia and Parm Sangha attended a 2 day course on the Analysis and Prevention of Mechanical and Structural Failures in Calgary.  Topics included the strength and failure of materials, static failure of structural components, mechanical vibrations, and failure prevention. Read more…

World Reconstruction Exposition (WREX), Orlando, 2016

Steve McInnis, Tyler Dick and Tyler Haladuick attended the 5 day World Reconstruction Exposition (WREX) in Orlando (see video below). This technical accident reconstruction conference (850 attendees) included 4 days of presentations from leading experts on topics such as human factors, injury analysis, tire failures, rollovers, motorcycle and heavy vehicle collisions, video analysis, epidemiology, autonomous driving, and event data recorders.  Research included 15+ different full scale crash tests with tractor-trailers, cars, SUVs, and motorcycles. Read more…

2016 NFPA Conference and Exposition, Las Vegas, 2016

Ian Read attended the 3 day 2016 NFPA Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas which had a large focus on electrical safety.  NFPA’s Conference & Expo is widely regarded as the most comprehensive industry event for countless professionals; from architects, engineers, contractors, and building managers to public and private fire service, enforcement agencies, insurers, and […] Read more…

SAMAC Grows Again, 2016

Three new staff were added in 2016: Metallurgical – David Coates PhD PE, brings to SAMAC over 35 years of failure analysis experience.  David comes from California as a metallurgical expert with extensive trial experience in Los Angeles and across the U.S.  David also regularly teaches a course called Metallurgy for Non-Metallurgists.  He now lives […] Read more…

New Lab Equipment, 2016

We continue to expand our laboratory with quality destructive/non-destructive tools and instruments, including the recent additions of a Buehler Microhardness Tester and Krautkramer Ultrasonic Thickness Gauge.  We are also equipped with various Durometers for determination of plastic and rubber material properties (ASTM D2240) and will soon be equipped with a portable hardness tester with both […] Read more…

New Staff, 2015

Administrative – Shannon Canty joined the SAMAC team in the fall of 2015.  Shannon brings with her a plethora of knowledge and has completed Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Sociology with a concentration in Crime and Deviance.  She has quickly settled in and become an asset to our administrative team. Read more…

Office Expansion, 2015

The fall of 2015 brought big changes to SAMAC’s Calgary facility.  Completion of the second floor buildout added six new offices and an additional meeting room.  Along with the interior changes, the exterior facade of the building was completely rebuilt. Read more…

Accreditations, Seminars, Training and Conferences, 2015

Four SAMAC engineers attended a writing course sponsored by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) called “Strategic Business Writing: Effective Communications.” A course providing strategies and methods for effective writing in a variety of settings.  Topics included: analysis of audience, analysis of purpose, direct and indirect method of writing, choosing the […] Read more…

Advanced CDR Applications (Rick Ruth, PE), Calgary, 2014

A Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) workshop that focused on advanced CDR applications, and provided an update on the most recent vehicle Event Data Recorders (EDRs).  Topics covered in the 3 day workshop included: recording methods, accuracy, accelerometer capabilities, special circumstances, and recently added manufacturers. Read more…

PC-Crash Workshops, MEA, Vancouver, 2014

Online workshops focusing on the use of PC-Crash 10, a computer simulation program, by MEA Forensic Engineers & Scientists.  Two were taken in 2014: Theory Behind the Collision Models (Theory – 1/2 day) Multibody Model (Theory – 1/2 day) Read more…

Metallurgical Lab

As part of our expansion process we have set up a wide range of metallurgical and analytical equipment and our laboratory has been fully operational for some time. We are continually using our analytical laboratory equipment and tools for new files as well as for various in house research projects. Over a short period of […] Read more…

Human Factors in Collisions Workshop Sept 8-10, 2014

Steve MacInnis, Tyler Dyck, Tyler Haladuick, Ted Semeniuk attended Patrick Robins Human Factors in Collisions, a workshop on driver perception-reaction times, and the human factors involved in collision reconstruction including vision, night-time visibility, driver expectancy, driver behaviour, etc.  Vehicle and roadway/environmental factors were also covered in this 3 day workshop. Read more…

New Electrical Engineer – Ian Read PEng

Ian Read PEng joined our electrical team in July 2014. Ian graduated with a Biomedical Engineering Technology diploma from BCIT in 1989 and with a B.Eng (Electrical) from UVic in 1996. For the last 17 years his main focus has been in product and systems development and reliability analysis (see Experts). Read more…

New Mechanical Engineer – Tyler Haladuick MSc

Tyler Haladuick MSc joined our vehicle accident reconstruction group in June 2014.  Tyler graduated Master of Applied Science, Mechanical Engineering at University of Waterloo in 2014 (see Experts). Read more…

New Metallurgical Technologist – Parm Sangha CET

We've completed the expansion of our laboratory to include a full suite of metallurgical equipment for metallurgical sample preparation and analysis. Read more…

ASME B31.3 Process Piping Design, 4 days, Nashville, 2014

Gilles Amirault attended this oilfield design course from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Read more…

Courtroom Testimony for Expert Witnesses, Calgary, 2013

A course in Courtroom Testimony for Expert Witnesses was taken by 4 of our engineers (Tyler Dyck, Dave Hines, Masoud Mashkournia and Eric Brehm). Read more…

Supporting Alberta Musicians

SAMAC has been supporting Alberta musicians for several years. Read more…

New Mechanical Engineer – Masoud Mashkournia MSc

Masoud Mashkournia MSc joined our vehicle accident reconstruction group in September 2012 after his graduation from the University of Alberta in mechanical engineering. Read more…

Forensic Photography, 3 days, Phoenix 2013, Arc Flash / Short Circuits, 2 days, Calgary 2013, Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator Course (CFEI), 5 days, Toronto 2013

Dave Hines took several courses over the last year to further his technical knowledge. Read more…

Advanced Pedestrian-Bicycle Crash Investigation, Calgary, 2013

Both Tyler Dyck and Masoud Mashkournia attended a week long course on the available techniques used to reconstruct collisions involving pedestrians or bicycles.. Read more…

ARC-CSI Crash Team, 5 days, Las Vegas, 2013

Tyler Dyck attended this course to design and conduct a live, fully instrumented, two vehicle crash test at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Read more…

Preserving and Analyzing Information from Heavy Vehicle EDRs, 5 days, Northwestern University, 2013

Tyler Dyck attended this course in Chicago on the proper methodologies for obtaining the various types of data stored in electronic control modules (ECMs) on large trucks. Read more…

CDR Data Analyst Course, 4 days, Las Vegas, 2013, CDR Data Technician Course, 1 day, Calgary, 2013

Masoud Mashkounia has taken 2 courses related to analyzing event data recorders from passenger vehicles using specialized equipment. Read more…

PC-Crash Workshops, MEA, Vancouver, 2013

Five (5) half-day online technical workshops focusing on the use of PC Crash 9.1. Read more…

References

We asked some of our clients to provide a short statement about why they continue to use us. Read more…

Major Website Changes

As part of their 20th anniversary, SAMAC has significantly revised their website. Read more…

Blue Goose

Steve MacInnis was one of the organizers for the annual conference of the Honorable Order of the Blue Goose. Read more…

Lakeland Mill Fire

Chris deRosenroll CCFI was recently retained by the British Columbia Safety Authority. Read more…

RCMP Training – Crush Energy Analysis, 2012

Vladimir Panlilio and Tyler Dyck were invited speakers at the 2012 Joint Annual Training Conference. Read more…

Baja Vehicle Competition

Vladimir Panlilio is the faculty advisor to the University of Calgary (U of C) Schulich Off-Road Team. The team competed this past May at the Baja SAE in Portland Oregon and has significantly improved its ranking from past years. Read more…

Burns Lake Mill Fire

Chris deRosenroll CFI, SAMAC's lead fire investigator, has been contracted by the British Columbia Safety Authority to assist their investigators in identifying possible fire origin and cause concerns. Read more…

Oil & Gas Expertise

SAMAC's oil and gas expertise has been significantly broadened with the addition of both Chris Pierce and John Gray to our team. Read more…

Open House

SAMAC's open house and wine tasting in the fall of 2011 showcased our great new facilities in southeast Calgary for our clients. If you missed it, please drop in and visit (the wine is gone, unfortunately!). Read more…

Property – Advanced Fire Investigation

Dave Hines attended a one day training seminar by Dr. John Dehaan, author of Kirk's Fire Investigations, in Lethbridge. Read more…

Property – Finite Element Method

As part of his MEng in Materials, Gilles Amirault completed a finite element course at the University of Calgary focusing on the analysis of structures and failure causation. Read more…

Property – Non-Destructive Testing

Tyler Dyck completed a one week course on Materials and Processes for NDT as part of our ongoing staff training. Read more…

Vehicle – 2 day CDR Update

Tyler Dyck, Steve MacInnis, and Vladimir Panlilio completed a 2 day update on vehicle event data recorders, with an emphasis on downloading and interpreting the new information from Toyota vehicles. Read more…

Vehicle – Global Tire Expo

In November, Steve MacInnis attended the Global Tire Expo in Las Vegas for the latest in tire and wheel design & manufacturing. He also attended meetings of the SAE Wheel and Tire Council, of which he is a member. Read more…

Vehicle – CPS Testing

Tyler Dyck participated in vehicle testing carried out by the Calgary Police Service, including skid tests, pedestrian collisions, and affect of tire size on high speed control maneuvers. Read more…

Toyota Event Data Recorders

SAMAC now has the equipment and training to download many Toyota vehicles, as well as those from Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. Read more…

Fire Engineering Training – Fire Dynamics II

As part of his Masters in Fire Protection, Dave Hines completed the above course from Carleton University in Ottawa. Read more…

Teaching – RCMP

Vladimir Panlilio was the lecturer for the Physics Module of the RCMP Level III Collision Analyst course held at the Pacific Region Training Center in Chilliwack, British Columbia in June 2011. Read more…

Mechanical Engineering Training – Bolt Design

In May 2011, Gilles Amirault was in San Francisco for a 5 day ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) course on bolted joint design, assembly and troubleshooting as well as gasket issues and design. Read more…

Fire Training – Back to Basics

Dave Hines attended a three day FIAA training seminar covering topics on the investigative process, fire pattern basics and analysis, vehicle fires, and explosions. Read more…

Mechanical Engineering Training – Pipeline Corrosion

As part of his MEng in Mechanical Engineering, Gilles Amirault completed a course at the University of Calgary on the types, causes, and prevention of corrosion in pipelines, with an emphasis on oil and gas lines. Read more…

SAE Baja Competition

Vladimir Panlilio was the faculty advisor to the University of Calgary Baja SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) team who successfully competed in Peoria, Illinois on 08 to 11 June 2011. Read more…