Position: Senior Forensic Engineer
Expertise: Accident Reconstruction, Incident Analysis, Insurance Fraud, Industrial / Workplace Incidents, Fire / Explosion Analysis, Vehicle Crash Data Retrieval, Research
Qualifications: BE(Civil Engineering), Fire Investigations (GradCert), GradIEAust, SAE-AM
Andreas Sandvik joined Delta-V Experts (DVE) in 2009 and has graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering. His final year major project conducted an investigation into available technologies being used to increase road safety and reduce the road toll in Australia. The project investigated the use of Vision Zero principals and interface design between motor vehicles and the road environment, the use of Rollover Protection Structures (ROPS) and the dangers associated with vehicle rollovers, and the use of Black Box Data recorders in vehicles. The project also analysed current trends and the available data to compare the road toll with available international data, comparing the methods and technologies in use internationally, and the local methods and technologies. Andreas has basic knowledge of CAD packages such as MicroStation V8 and AutoCAD.
Andreas’s work at DVE has involved active investigation, review, research and contribution to the preparation of over 800 personal injury, industrial machinery related injury, insurance assessments, rollover collision and light vehicle collision reports. Andreas has provided assistance in the following areas: measuring the coefficient of friction using the Pendulum Friction Test Machine and Tortus, analysing the design, maintenance and construction of staircases, walkways and platforms, injuries involving confined spaces, manual handling injuries, falls from heights, occupational health and safety and workplace safety, analysis of road design, line of sight, visibility of pedestrians and objects, destructive/non-destructive testing, fire causation analysis, analysis of vehicle collisions, motorcycles and pedestrian impacts, and conducting site surveys of vehicle collision and rollover sites. Many of these cases involved traumatic and serious injuries and fatalities. Andreas has also given evidence in the County Court of Victoria, Magistrates Court of Victoria and the Magistrates Court of Tasmania as an expert witness.
Andreas has attended and documented the scenes of various incidents and collisions including large scale mining incidents, various workplace and industrial incidents, heavy vehicle collision scenes and WorkSafe Victoria incident scenes.
Andreas has attended over 700 site inspections. The sites were inspected, photographed and measured. Many of these inspections involved the conduction of friction tests using the Pendulum Friction Test Machine and Tortus III, light level measurements, site surveys, mapping this information in 3-dimensional space and producing and presenting the results as clear, concise, scaled and accurate drawings by using “Bentley Microstation” software package. Andreas has modelled in excess of 15,000 simulations in PC Crash and designed multi-body models for simulations.
Andreas has conducted a numerous assessments for fraudulent insurance claims, which include hail damage claims, staged collision claims and assessments of vehicle damage. Andreas has inspected over 100 vehicles for hail damage and over 1,400 vehicles for collision damage and mechanical assessments. Andreas has also inspected numerous repair shops specialising in structural vehicle repairs and minor vehicle repairs, identifying repair methods, assessing methods and the quality of repairs being conducted. Andreas has analysed the damage assessment methods used in repair shops which included the determination of what repairs are to be conducted and what methods are to be used. Assessments of the practices and methods used in the repairs of vehicles were identified, including assessments of panel beating methods (traditional and various types of dent removal), vehicle finish (paint) methods and methods of assessing vehicle damage. Andreas has worked with various repair technicians, vehicle assessors and vehicle painters in establishing a benchmark repair standard, evaluating various products and methods and conducting quality checks. Andreas is a member of IAATI Australasia.
Andreas developed and wrote the standard for repair shops for Suncorp Insurance, “Development and Implementation of the Suncorp Vehicle Repairer Standard for the Australian Smash Repair Industry”. This paper and standard won the Highly Commended Award at the 2013 SAE-A Engineering Excellence Awards.
In addition to this, Andreas has actively assisted and contributed to DVE’s major projects carried out for Ergon Energy, Victoria WorkCover Authority, and BHP Billiton. Andreas along with colleagues at Delta-V Experts has developed a performance specification for protecting roadside utility poles (such as power and traffic light poles).
In October 2011, Andreas completed the course known as “ARAS 360 Advanced 3D Computer Diagramming for Crash Reconstruction”. The course included the following topics of study: Total Station data integration with aerial images to generate a 3D model of the incident scene, 3D diagramming tools, 3D animations and simulations, Momentum analysis, Rotational analysis, Monte Carlo Analysis, Multi variable simultaneous ranging and the Utilization of Integrated vehicle specifications within the program.
In November 2011, Andreas completed the “Crash Data Specialists LLC 48 Hour Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) Operators, and Analysis and Applications” Course for ASPACI. The course included an advanced accident reconstruction component including momentum, restitution and applications of Event Data Recorder crash data, Crash Data Retrieval from vehicles, the removal of Event Data Recorders from vehicles, the storage of Event Data Recorders and analysis of data retrieved from Event Data Records in accident reconstruction. Andreas is certified to download, remove, and analyse crash data contained within vehicles, with particular attention paid to GM (Holden), Ford, Toyota (including Lexus), Mazda, Nissan and Chrysler vehicles. Andreas has removed and downloaded Crash Data from a number of vehicles, including Holden, Jeeps, Mazda, Ford, and Toyota.
In November 2012 Andreas organised and conducted a series of crash tests at the 2012 National AILA Conference in Hobart, Tasmania. Andreas was involved in the organisation, planning and execution of the crash tests of 5 vehicles which included pedestrian runover tests, bicycle impact tests, skid tests, yaw tests, low speed impact tests between two vehicles and higher speed crash tests between two vehicles. Andreas conducted a presentation to the AILA attendees on the physical evidence at collision scenes and vehicle documentation, including hot shock of light bulbs, CDR downloads, skid marks and yaw marks, damage identification and documentation PDOF, seatbelt loading marks and airbag deployments. Andreas also documented and deployed three airbags as a demonstration to the attendees. The results of the crash testing conducted and subsequent analysis performed have been published in peer review journals.
Andreas been involved in vehicle handling tests, which involve dynamic handling assessments of a variety of vehicles, including police vehicles, 4WD vehicles, motorcycles and heavy vehicles. The objective of the methodology enables clients to quantitatively assess vehicle handling as part of a procurement process. Several Australian Federal Government Departments, Australian Police Forces, State Government Departments and Ergon Energy, these organisations have and are utilising this methodology to objectively quantify their vehicle procurements, evaluate suspension options and evaluate their risk exposure. The methodology is also able to evaluate and quantify the effectiveness of electronic stability control systems and to assess vehicles in various loading configurations. Andreas has also conducted in excess of 200 skid tests on various surfaces in both wet and dry conditions. Andreas has assisted in the development of Delta-V Experts Steering Robot which is used to further evaluate vehicle control systems.
Andreas along with colleagues at Delta-V Experts has developed a performance specification for protecting roadside utility poles (such as power and traffic light poles).
Andreas is a member of the Institution of Engineers Australia, a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers Australasia, a member of the International Network of Collision Reconstructionists, a board member of the Forensic Engineers Society of Australia.
As part of DVE’s ongoing commitment to offering the highest quality of service, Andreas regularly attends technical seminars and courses. Andreas also assists with the professional development of undergraduate students from various engineering fields.
Andreas mentors and assists students from Melbourne University conducting their Final Year Projects in a mathematical analysis of hail damage to vehicles including the assessment of the properties of various panels and methodologies for assessing pedestrian impact speeds using head impacts to vehicle windshields. Andreas also mentors students from RMIT University conducting assessments of vehicle and pedestrian impacts using PC Crash.
Andreas possesses a broad interest range and varied skill set, including fluency in Swedish. He is motivated to learn and excel in the field of Forensic Engineering.
Andreas has completed a Graduate Diploma in Fire and Arson investigation.