S-E-A's Capabilities and Facilities on Full Display

November 14, 2016

On an afternoon packed with demonstrations and presentations, Columbus Business First was on hand to document S-E-A's 1st Industry Day, and recently featured the event as the lead story in their publication. Click the link below to read Business First’s write-up, including pictures of the Durango Flambé, S-E-A’s test sled and more!

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The video to the right shows aerial footage from an S-E-A drone as the Automated Test Driver performs "Script S-E-A."

John Swanson Co-authors Article on 3D Scanning

October 25, 2016

John Swanson, the Director of Animation and Imaging Sciences in S-E-A's Baltimore office, co-authored an article with Quentin Urquhart, Jr. of Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore for DRI's magazine, For the Defense. The article discusses 3D scanning and how the technology can be used to create compelling trial exhibits.

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Gary Heydinger Featured in Columbus CEO

October 01, 2016

Columbus CEO magazine interviewed Dr. Gary Heydinger, Director of Vehicle Dynamics at S-E-A, to discuss S-E-A's product testing and failure analysis capabilities.

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S-E-A Medical Illustrator Featured in FTD Magazine

September 15, 2016

Brandon Holt, S-E-A's Medical Illustrator, was featured in DRI's For the Defense magazine where he discusses the origins of medical illustration and how it has evolved.

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Columbus Dispatch Q&A with Dr. Gary Heydinger

September 04, 2016

The Columbus Dispatch newspaper conducts a Question & Answer session with S-E-A's Director of Vehicle Dynamics.

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S-E-A Settled into New Headquarters

June 14, 2016

After years of planning, the new S-E-A Columbus and corporate campus is open for business. The impressive new facility at 7001 Buffalo Parkway sits on a 48-acre site next to the Anheuser-Busch brewery. The new four-building and testing campus boasts over 100,000 sq. ft. stretching across 13 acres. Occupying a prime sight location near I-71 and I-270, the new facility and adjacent land allow the company to better serve the legal, manufacturing and insurance industries through professional testing and analysis.

A central additive to the new facility is an array of progressive vehicle testing grounds, which include a 70,000 sq. ft. outdoor asphalt vehicle test pad, an off-road vehicle course, an earthen hill with various grades, and a rollover test pit. These new details will be used to better test a variety of vehicles and equipment on an elevated scale. Additionally, the facility houses an updated test sled facility that is considerably longer (at least 50%) than the previous version, enabling higher-speed testing and better control of the sled motion.

The campus also boasts expanded chemical and materials laboratories and candle testing facility, many exam rooms, and private bays for confidential testing on behalf of clients.

New Research Campus Will Bolster S-E-A's Onsite Automotive Testing Capabilities

July 01, 2015

Automotive Testing Technology International describes vehicle-related additions to S-E-A’s new headquarters. An asphalt vehicle test pad, off-road vehicle course, earthen hill, rollover test pits, and a longer sled facility will enable S-E-A to offer a multitude of vehicle tests from the comfort of its own property.

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Arson and NFPA 921: Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations

April 01, 2015

In an article published by In-House Defense Quarterly, Randy Watson provides a brief and candid history of the investigation of arson related cases and the impact of NFPA 921. Randy is a senior fire investigator, training coordinator, and branch manager at S-E-A, and the current chairman of the NFPA Technical Committee on Fire Investigations.

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Child Car Seat Article Published in For The Defense Magazine

February 02, 2015

Tara Amenson, an S-E-A biomedical engineer and Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST), highlights the importance of evaluating installation and use, proper fit and restraint, and vehicle compatibility of child car seats when analyzing injury outcomes.  She goes on to discuss NHTSA’s Ease of Use rating program and the LATCH system.

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S-E-A Product Testing Video

January 20, 2015

New Video puts S-E-A's product and candle testing capabilities at front and center.

For over 45 years, S-E-A has provided forensic analyses to clients all over the world.  Born out of our extensive experience searching for causes of failure, we have become quite adept at testing products and identifying potential failures.  This video highlights one area of our product testing capabilities, but the associated expertise and technology applies to all kinds of products, from barbells to children's toys and from infant car seats to ATVs.

A Retailer’s Introduction to Candles and Candle Standards

November 24, 2014

What Makes a Good Candle?

S-E-A’s Chemical and Candle Laboratory Director, Bob Moss, presented on behalf of the National Candle Association to numerous retail organizations about the basics of candle composition and associated industry standards.  The webinar (see link below) discusses various candle components and reveals how these components ultimately contribute to the fuel.  The concept of a “quality” candle is then evaluated from the point of view of the consumer, retailer and manufacturer.  Bob also reviews the current ASTM standards for candles, warning labels, containers and accessories.  He closes with a discussion on candle failures he has seen in the lab and the importance of retailer/manufacturer communication with regard to testing protocols.

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Click It or Ticket Public Demonstration

May 29, 2014

The Worthington, Ohio Police Department and S-E-A teamed up for the “Click It or Ticket” initiative to provide an impactful vehicle crash demonstration to the public.  Anthropomorphic Test Devices (crash dummies) were instrumented with a variety of sensors and placed into test vehicles, both belted and unbelted.  S-E-A’s Automated Steering Controller and Brake and Throttle Robot were installed in the truck, which was then remotely guided at 40 mph into the car resulting in a head-on impact.  To see a local news station’s coverage (10TV), please click the video.

S-E-A Pens Article on New Forensic Technologies

May 01, 2014

S-E-A’s Fawzi Bayan and John Swanson discuss the luminance imaging photometer and 3-D laser scanner in USLAW’s Spring/Summer Magazine.  These technologies enable forensic investigators and engineers to virtually document accident scenes and, when in the hands of S-E-A’s visualization experts, can be used to create lucid demonstratives in support of litigation.

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S-E-A Industrial Hygienists Discuss Fracking in Newly Published Article

November 01, 2013

USLAW, a widely recognized global network of attorneys, published a fracking article, written by S-E-A's Jason Henthorn and Charlie Guinther, in its semi-annual magazine. Jason and Charlie, two of S-E-A's Environmental / Occupational Health & Safety professionals, discuss the workplace safety and environmental concerns associated with directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing. The article highlights how the oil and gas extraction industry must work to control the multitude of hazards by maintaining safe workplaces and applying safe work practices and procedures.

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S-E-A's Randy Watson Featured in Xchanging Energy Newsletter

September 19, 2013

Xchanging, a London-based firm with offices around the world, published Randy Watson’s article describing the history, evolution and impact of "NFPA 921: Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations," in its fall newsletter, "Onstream." Randy, a fire investigator and the manager of S-E-A’s Atlanta office, serves as the Chairman of the National Fire Protection Association’s committee responsible for writing the guide. Published every three years, the 2014 edition of NFPA 921 is due out later this year. Look for an update from Randy highlighting the important changes when it is released.

In the meantime, click here to view the full article.

Derek Starr's Article, Traffic Signal Analysis, Featured in Litigation Management

September 09, 2013

Together with Beverly Mack of Huelat Mack & Kreppein P.C. of Chicago, S-E-A Electrical Engineer Derek Starr highlights how traffic signal analysis can be a useful, and many times necessary, tool in a vehicle accident reconstruction. Derek’s prior experience as a field engineer working for a major traffic signal supplier enables him to offer valuable insights. Included is a case study that demonstrates ways in which improper traffic signalization can contribute to the cause of an accident.

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How Many Employees Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb?

August 27, 2013

That’s the question posed and answered by S-E-A’s Cleveland-based electrical engineer, Aaron Butcher. The National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association published Aaron’s article, which discusses the substantial liability associated with something as simple as changing a light bulb. The article goes on to describe the various ways in which companies can limit potential hazards in the workplace.

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S-E-A Conducts 5,000th Specialized Vehicle Test

June 25, 2013

“S-E-A recently performed the 5,000th Vehicle Inertia Measurement Facility (VIMF) Test”

Testing a Wayne Taylor Racing racecar, S-E-A completed its 5,000th test on the VIMF since designing and constructing the facility in 1993. Wayne Taylor Racing later took first place in the June 1, 2013 Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200 (Round 5 of 12).

The VIMF has remained the gold standard in vehicle inertia measurement devices for nearly two decades. Currently, five of the eight largest automobile manufacturers in the world, in addition to many race car teams, utilize VIMFs for recording their vehicle inertia measurements.

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Biannual Columbus, OH Meeting of Candle Manufacturers, the CPSC and S-E-A

June 06, 2013

“S-E-A Candle Laboratory Director, Bob Moss, quoted in Happi Magazine”

S-E-A, the CPSC and national candle retailers including Bath & Body Works, Yankee and Pier 1 meet twice a year in Columbus, OH to discuss candle safety. Happi Magaine reports that “candle-related home fires have dropped 49% from a high in 2001.” This has in large part been due to the willingness of candle retailers to send candles through independent testing laboratories such as S-E-A.

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Visual Aids in Medical Device Litigation

March 03, 2013

"Biomechanical Engineer Brian Tanner details the benefits of visual aids in FDCC article."

Brian Tanner of S-E-A penned the spotlight article featured in the Winter 2013 Newsletter for the Drug, Medical Device and Biotechnology committee of the FDCC. In his article, he highlights how the use of visual aids to explain complex ideas and situations to a jury can be critical. Brian also describes the different types of demonstrative evidence available, and when one type may be preferable over another.

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Introducing the Minor Impact Simulator

January 10, 2013

"Witness the S-E-A Research Center's latest test device."

The device simulates minor impacts from a variety of angles in order to demonstrate how a person really moved in an accident.  Parameters specific to an accident may be entered and resulting forces measured to further evaluate injury mechanisms specific to a case.


S-E-A Vehicle Research Video

August 03, 2012

"New S-E-A production details Vehicle Dynamics, Research Center capabilities"

Members from the Vehicle Dynamics department and Research Center explain and demonstrate what makes S-E-A unique.  Viewers are sure to get a feel for the creativity and ingenuity that goes into crafting these unrivaled devices.

S-E-A Launches New Website

March 28, 2012

"The launch of an entirely redesigned website puts information at the fingertips of visitors."

Months in the making, S-E-A has gone live with its completely redesigned website. Among other new features, notables additions include case studies, an updated assignment submission application, and a restructured capabilities section. Additional case studies and an updated careers section are soon to come.

Today's Engineer Focuses on Forensic Engineering with the Help of S-E-A

March 12, 2012

"With the help of S-E-A Vice President, Jason Baker, Today's Engineer discusses what it takes to make it in the field of Forensic Engineering."

Together with S-E-A's Jason Baker and the National Academy of Forensic Engineers' Marvin Specter, Today's Engineer focuses on the field of forensic engineering. What does it take to become a forensic engineer? What qualities beyond technical expertise and experience are needed? What's important to know about the field? 

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S-E-A Hosts Trucking CSI Event

November 03, 2011

"S-E-A educates on a day filled with hands-on experiences."

Experts from S-E-A's Trucking Practice Group educated and entertained all in attendance during a one day "Trucking CSI" event. Attendees received a hands-on education by climbing under, on and around the on-stie tractor-trailer with S-E-A team members. Having the opportunity to sit in the driver's seat, start the engine and engage the air brakes, many walked away with an appreciation for what it feels like to sit behind the wheel.