The Southwestern Association of Technical Accident Investigators, Inc. (SATAI).

The goal of this website is to keep its members and other interested parties aware of current activities of the group. Additional information has been made available which we hope will assist you in your field of work.

Current SATAI members may enter a secured portion of the site where they will find the SATAI roster, documents from past SATAI meetings, and other useful information. If you have any comments regarding the website, or would like to see new topics added, send an email to satai.website@gmail.com




Fellow SATAI Members,

My term as SATAI president began at the 2022 Spring Conference . I look forward to serving the members over the next two years and continuing to build on SATAI's reputation of offering excellent training opportunities and a top-notch crash test program at our spring conferences. I have asked Ted Yoder of the Glendale Police Department to serve as my vice president.

I would like to thank Dave Carr for his service as president over the past two years and all of the efforts that he has brought to bear for our group. Dave has kindly offered to stay on in leadership as Secretary, as George Ripsom has retired from our organization. I also want to thank George for his long tenured service as well. We wish him the best.

The photos, video, and data from the crash tests are now available to the membership through the Members Only area of the SATAI.com website. The presentations have also been uploaded at this time. If you would like to review any of those materials, log in to the members area and the landing page should direct you to the information that you are looking for.

With all of the shuffling occurring in SATAI leadership, it is necessary that we make an open call for volunteers to serve on the board. There is currently a vacancy on the board that needs to be filled. One member of SATAI expressed interest in serving on the board at the last conference. If you are interested in volunteering to serve on the board please email me (jbalasa@mecanicacorp.com) before May 15, 2022. After that time we will hold an online election to confirm the new position on the board.

One of my goals is to return the organization to a schedule of two conferences a year, with the crash conference occurring in the spring at the Glendale facility and a fall conference in an alternate location, either closer to or within California. The board is currently searching for a similar law enforcement training facility in California that we can partner with going forward. If anyone in the membership has a contact or a suggestion, please reach out to me or someone else on the board.

Thanks for your continued support of SATAI. Please contact me with any questions or ideas you have for conference locations, presenters, or presentation topics.

Jon Balasa

SATAI President




Reconstruction Websites

ACTAR - Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction

ARC Network - Accident Reconstruction Network

CSI - Collision Safety Institute

IPTM - Institute of Police Technology management

Kinetic Energy Press - Reconstruction Reference Material

Lawyers & Judges Publishing - Reconstruction Reference Manual

NAPARS - National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction Specialists

NUCPS - Northwestern University Center for Public Safety 

Software Used in Accident Reconstruction

3D CAD Browser - Buy/Exchange 3D Models

4N6XPRT Services - Expert AutoStats

AR Software - WinCRASH, WinSMAC

EDC - HVE, Simon, et at.

Lightpoint Data - Exemplar data for Photogrammetry

MacInnis Engineering - PC-Crash

Madymo - Simulation of Crash Test Dummies or Humans

McHenry Software - M-SMAC

MicroSurvey Software, Inc. - MapScenes Systems

PC-Crash - MEA Forensic 

REC-TEC - REC-TEC Software

Rules, Regulations, Testing & Other Sites

Arizona Revised Statues - Arizona Transportation Laws (Title 28)

California Vehicle Code 

Colorado Revised Statues

Nevada Revised Statues

New Mexico Vehicle Code

Utah Motor Vehicle Code

CAS - Center for Automative Safety

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS)

Ford Recalls - Search for recalls on a Ford product by VIN

IIHS - Insurance Institute of Highway Safety Vehicle Ratings

NASS-CDS - National Automotive Sampling System (NASS)

Neptune Engineering - Source for vehicle data

NHTSA Crash Viewer - Crash Investigation Sampling System

NHTSA - R&D Main Page - NHTSA Research & Development's Home Page

NHTSA - Vehicle Safety Research - Databases for vehicle, biomechanics, components, and EDR Reports

NHTSA - ODI - Search for Recalls or Investigations on Vehicles

NHTSA - Rollover Work - NHTSA site for rollovers. Includes papers

NHTSA - Test Database - Search NHTSA for Crash Test Reports

Ruth Consulting - EDR Information

SAE Mobilus Paper Search - Search for Mobility Engineering Resources

TintCenter - State laws regarding window tinting

Tire Information - Technical information related to tires