New technology increases accident investigations at Embry-Riddle | Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Daytona Beach Campus at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has acquired an advanced laser scanner known as the FARO Focus S70 and has opened up a whole new digital approach to accident investigation for College of Aviation (COA) students – and provided those with experience who do not offered at other schools.

“Traditional accident investigations / documentation techniques include time-consuming methods and several pieces of equipment such as measuring tapes, inclinometers, digital cameras, GPS devices and other devices,” said Anthony Brickhouse, associate professor at the Department of Applied Aviation Science. “While these methods will never be fully replaced, it is imperative that future investigators be armed with new knowledge and technology. Being able to expose Embry-Riddle students to the digital FARO system will give them an advantage over graduates from other universities. “

The FARO Focus S70 Scanner gives students the chance to recreate crash sites and then analyze them in a digital 3D environment

The FARO Focus S70 Scanner gives students the chance to recreate crash sites and then analyze them in a digital 3D environment. (Photos: Anthony Brickhouse)

Using the scanner, investigators can produce 3D reproductions of crash sites. At Embry-Riddle, virtual reality glasses will be used in the Extended Reality Lab to allow students to explore accident scenes in a completely immersive environment. Physical models of the wreck could also be made using a 3D printer.

“The power of this scanner and software is amazing,” Brickhouse said. “It is not only an excellent teaching tool. It also represents a great opportunity for research at the master’s and bachelor’s levels. “

The Embry-Riddles Prescott Campus has been using a FARO scanner since 2019, and two Prescott students have already been assigned internships at the National Transportation Safety Board based on their FARO knowledge and experience.

Paris Wyatt, an undergraduate on the Daytona Beach Campus in Aerospace and Occupational Safety, has earned her scanner certification and is confident it will help her on his way to the job market.

“Throughout my study, we’ve talked about the FARO scanner, but I was not able to get a full understanding of it until I gained practical experience,” Wyatt said. “When I continue my studies, I have the knowledge of what the scanner does and that I can work on the software and scanning really helps my understanding of how investigators work with accident investigations. “

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