We often get asked questions regarding what we do and what we need. Please refer to this list which will hopefully answer some questions for you.
What is Forensic Engineering?
Forensic Engineering is the analysis and investigation of materials, components, structures and products that fail in order to identify the consequences and provide advice on the failure.
In English, we are engineers who have an interest in the analysis and reconstruction of events where an incident has occurred or something has gone wrong. This ranges from motor vehicle accidents (MVA’s) to product failures and personal injury. All of these items involve an exchange of energy which can be analysed by trained Forensic Engineers. Where there is an exchange in energy, failure of a component or injury to a person or an occupant, an analysis of the forces involved can be undertaken.
Delta-V Experts aims to employ and provide and Forensic Engineering service. We only employ Engineers as an Engineer will have a particular analytical way of thinking and can conduct an engineering analysis. We aim to differentiate ourselves from others by conducting investigations from an engineering point of view.
What is a Reconstruction?
A reconstruction conducted by us will involve inspections, assessments, audits and / or a report. The complexity and individuality of each case means that every case must be analysed and reconstructed in its own individual way. Therefore every case we receive will be individually examined and an appropriate course of action will be determined. The ultimate aim of the reconstruction is to provide an unbiased, independent reconstruction of what has occurred, how it has occurred and why it has occurred.
How much does a Reconstruction cost?
A Reconstruction can vary significantly in cost due to the complexity and variability of each case. Every case is individually assessed by our Forensic Engineers and a quote can be provided to you. All our reconstructions (Motor Vehicle, Industrial or Personal Injury) will be individually quoted depending on the specifics of what will be required. Every investigation that we undertake is specifically tailored to ensure it answers the required questions.
What information is needed?
The better the quality of information and evidence available, the more accurate the reconstruction can be. Generally, colour, digital photographs will be requested along with any other reports or information which may be available. You should consult a Lawyer or Legal Practitioner to identify what documents or information may be required.
Any evidence relating to the incident should always be kept (e.g. motor vehicle, protective equipment, machinery) so that it can be analysed and documented. This can at times be a tragic event or a difficult thing for family and friends, however often the physical evidence (car, bike, clothing, safety equipment) can be the best piece of evidence that can be kept. Again you should consult a Lawyer or Legal Practitioner to identify what documents or information may be required.
What can you assist with?
Our Forensic Engineers have a wide range of skills and specialities. We are specialists in:
- Accident reconstruction (civil and criminal)
- Insurance fraud;
- Industrial accidents;
- Mining incidents;
- Road design and road safety;
- Personal injury;
- Expert Witness;
- Safety solutions.
Can you work interstate?
Our Forensic Engineers work all around Australia, in every state and territory. We also provide a 24/7 callout service which is used Australia Wide and Internationally.
Our team is not restricted to working within Australia. Our Forensic Engineers have undertaken investigations and reconstructions around the world, including Egypt, UAE, the United States of America, South Africa, Singapore and Brunei.
What is a ‘Black Box’?
A ‘Black Box’ as it is commonly referred to is an Event Data Recorder which is fitted to most new vehicles. In the event of a collision, the Event Data Recorder can record data relating to the collision. Delta-V Experts Forensic Engineers are trained and certified in the removal and analysis of black box data for the purpose of collision reconstruction.
Can you assist me without a Lawyer?
Delta-V Experts will not undertake Expert Witness work for private persons and individuals. If you are after a Forensic Engineering Report we recommend that you contact a Lawyer or Legal Representative to ensure your legal priveleges are protected. Delta-V Experts staff cannot provide legal advice or guidance.
Please feel free to Contact Us should you have any queries.