SAMAC News

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 best method of communication, and tone of writing.

Our electrical team, Dave Hines and Ian Read, attended several IEEE local chapter seminars which covered Storage Batteries & Chargers, SCADA Systems, and Lightning Protection, Hazardous Locations pertaining to recent CSA 2015 electrical code changes, and Partial Discharge in Electrical Insulation.

Ian Read, our electronics/electrical systems engineer, completed a 3 month Master Electrician (Canadian Electrical) Code and Theory course at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.  He also completed a 3 day National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) course focussed on fire, arson and explosions.  Ian has also passed their final exam and now is NAFI certified as a Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI).

Dave Hines, our electrical lead, was awarded with Volunteer of the Year for 2015 by IEEE Alberta.  Dave also attended a 4 day training course on fire dynamics and arc mapping.

Tyler Haladuick was very busy in 2015, and completed several courses including:

  • CDR Technician Level 1 and 2 – 1 day, Calgary,
  • Pedestrian Vehicle Crash Reconstruction – 3 days, Chicago,
  • Heavy Vehicle Crash Reconstruction – 5 days, Chicago, and
  • Tire Forensics – 2 days, Calgary.

Tyler Haladuick was the primary author on a peer reviewed paper titled “Event Data Recorder use in Canadian Criminal and Civil Collision Reconstruction”  Steve MacInnis presented this paper at the European Vehicle conference in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Tyler Haladuick and Ian Read attended a 3 day Expert Witness Testimony course instructed by Jonathan Hak (Senior Crown Prosecutor) in Calgary.  A course outlining the structure of court proceedings and the role of an expert witness.  Topics included the preparation for court, purpose of an expert report, trial proceedings, being an effective expert witness, understanding the goals of the involved parties as well as potential issues.  Training included numerous moot courts.

Tyler Dyck completed the following courses:

  • CDR Technician Level 1 and 2, 1 day, Calgary
  • Basic Tire Mechanics, 1 day, Calgary, and
  • Tire Forensics, 2 days, Calgary.

Tyler Dyck also attended a 2-1/2 day CDR User’s Summit in Houston, TX.  A comprehensive training summit that included 2.5 days of technical presentations and 3 crash tests.  Leading CDR/EDR experts from around the world discussed new technologies, applications, case studies, legal issues, legislation, and future developments of the CDR system and EDR data collection and analysis.

Masoud Mashkournia attended 2 courses:

  • Air conditioning and Boiler Workshop, 4 days, Calgary, and
  • 2015 Banff Pipeline Workshop, 4 days, Banff.