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2017 ARC-CSI Crash Team Boot Camp Experience

ARC-CSI Crash Team Boot Camp

Registration Type Price Method
Crash Team Boot Camp
Includes ARC-CSI Registration  

$1,799.00 early registration
$1.999.00 after 08/04/17

Please read the Conference Registration and Refund Policy prior to registering. By completing and submitting registration, you agree to the Conference Registration and Refund Policy.


  • Saturday September 16, 2017: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Sunday September 17, 2017: 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Monday September 18, 2017: 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday September 19, 2017: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday September 20, 2017: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Thursday September 21, 2017: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

This is your opportunity to see first hand what goes into planning, instrumenting and conducting a full scale crash test. The Crash Team Boot Camp Experience is limited to about 10 people on a first-come, first-serve basis. All Crash Team Boot Camp attendees receive:
  • Registration to the ARC-CSI Crash Conference (although you may miss some presentations due to owrking on crash data and you presentation)
  • Classroom instruction on testing equipment, video and photographic equipment, developing and planning a crash test and setting testing goals
  • Working directly with the ARC-CSI Crash Team and instructors to implement the plan, conduct the crash test and "crunch the data"
  • The Boot Camp Team will be given two cars to plan their test and parameters to work within and then will set about developing that plan for crash day at the Conference
  • The Team will conduct at least one live, fully instrumented crash test at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on the conference crash day
  • Using the data collected, the Team will present their findings to the Conference attendees on Crash Data Review day
  • The Team will be given the opportunity to develop an article for publishing in Collision Magazine on their test and the results
  • Each Boot Camp attendee also receives an ARC-CSI Boot Camp Crash Team track shirt

About Crash Team Boot Camp

"Crash Team Boot Camp" is a feature added to the ARC-CSI Crash Conference agenda in response to the interest expressed by those who have attended the conference in the past. Every year, we hear back from those who attend the conference that they'd like an opportunity to learn more about what goes into the crash testing conducted at the conference, the instrumentation, the video, photography, documentation and the down time! They want an opportunity to be involved in the testing directly, learn more about the instrumentation, better understand the outward appearance of "down time" between tests and then see what goes into the "data crunching" after the crash day. They have looked at the "organized chaos" and wanted to better understand what's really happening behind the scenes.

This year will mark the fourth year we have offered the Crash Team Boot Camp. The goal of the Boot Camp is to allow a small group of those interested to learn about the instrumentation available and then plan and conduct one of the tests at the ARC-CSI Crash Conference. Then the Team would be responsible for analyzing the data and presenting the crash data and their analysis on the last day of the conference.

"Crash Team Boot Camp" starts Saturday morning with classroom time learning about the various pieces of equipment we'll be using, going through the ins-and-outs of planning a test, developing the plan and testing goals lead by Bob Anderson, Billy Cox and Rusty Haight and the rest of the Conference Crash Team - veterans of literally thousands of crash tests of varying types and levels of complexity - to implement the plan, conduct the test and then "crunch the data." The "Boot Camp Team" will then present their test analysis at the end of the conference and follow that up with an article in the next issue of Collision Magazine.

ARC-CSI Crash Team Boot Camp Experience

We'll look at how the accelerometers, string pots, load cells, etc work, go over data acquisition theory, principles and practices, and we'll look at how to operate specific data collection systems commonly encountered in crash tests. Get to use camera and video systems used to document the crashes like the V-Box and Contour cameras. Get insight into the full spectrum of what makes a crash test something worthwhile:
more than simply a "demolition derby." This is a unique opportunity to get some hands on time with on the instruments, hardware and software and then go over camera and video availability and operation.

The Team will be given cars to plan their test with and parameters to work within and then set about developing that plan for crash day at the Conference on Saturday. On Sunday, they'll join the ARC-CSI Crash Crew at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to prep the area where we'll be crashing, prep their cars and do any pre-test activity their plan calls for. Monday is crash day and the Boot Camp Team will be on the track with the ARC-CSI crash crew and will conduct their test as part of the day's crash sequence. Over the next day and a half they'll see what goes into "crunch time" and will get an opportunity to crunch their own data toward developing a crash test data review presentation on their own crash for a presentation on Thursday at Conference end. Over the following weeks, they'll work together and develop an article - or two - on the experience and test for publishing in Collision Magazine.

It's a truly remarkable experience being able to peek "behind the curtain" learn more about the complexity of planning and testing and benefit from the experience of being there first hand from planning to implementation to analysis to being published and see why there's "so much downtime between tests" (or really is there by comparison?). The Crash Team Boot Camp will be limited to about 10 participants this year.

Are you up to the challenge? You can be one of the team?

Instructors: Rusty Haight, Billy Cox, Bob Anderson
September 16-21, 2017
South Point Hotel - Las Vegas, NV
Cost: $1,999.00 (includes ARC-CSI Conference registration)
Space is very limited, register today...

Message from Boot Camp Participants

ARC-CSI Boot Camp 2011

Before attending the ARC-SCI Crash Team Boot Camp, most of the participants had high expectations and were looking forward to an opportunity to work side-by-side with experienced people in the field of crash testing. Others were not sure what they had gotten themselves into and wondered if the benefit was going to justify the cost (expensive, but well worth it, read on). While the boot camp experience is not for the passive or casual member, the long hours, hard work, and active participation met participants’ high expectations and quickly erased any doubts about the benefits of the experience. The experience has delivered what we believe will be long term friendships and given us one valuable tool for our collision analysis toolbox.

This experience was a great way for the Boot Camp members to learn “hands-on” the necessary skills and equipment required for crash testing. Learning from highly skilled individuals who have already made most of the mistakes, (but not all mistakes, as evidenced by an unexpected airbag deployment Rusty Haight and Kent Boots experienced, or an “unplanned” crash of a phantom driver driven vehicle) was invaluable.

Stephen Plourd ARC-CSI Boot Camp
Stephen Plourd working on one of the test vehicles

Learning about the equipment and instrumentation the ARC-CSI Crew’s use and its abilities and limitations was an invaluable asset from this experience. The member of the Boot Camp Crash Team would overwhelmingly recommend this experience to anyone who has an in-depth interest related to crash testing, is willing to work hard, and has a hands-on attitude.

What did we learn?

We learned what goes in to planning, executing and presenting a crash test – much more effort than you would believe or understand without this experience.

We learned that while there may seem to be down time as a spectator, when you are on the track, down time does not exist. Between getting vehicles into position, getting them instrumented, crashing them, collecting data, removing instruments, and then repeating the procedure seven or eight times in one day, there is no down time. That doesn’t even begin to address dealing with all of the mechanical issues that old cars always have! In order to crash them, you have to get them to run and drive first.

Lastly, we learned that you will get out of this experience what you put into it. If you choose to stay on the sidelines and do the minimum or nothing just to be able to put this on your resume, you are wasting your time and the team’s time. If you choose to get fully involved and pitch in wherever needed, including weighing cars, pushing cars around, drilling holes or whatever else is necessary, you’ll have a great experience and learn more than you can imagine. You may gain a new respect or appreciation for team members from outside your area of expertise (for instance, on our team, some engineers gained a new appreciation and respect for law enforcement and some law enforcement officer developed a new attitude about engineers!). If you are lucky, you will also make some friends and great contacts along the way!

Much like the military recruit’s feeling of accomplishment on graduation day, the members of the inaugural Crash Team Boot Camp left the experience with a sense of accomplishment and lessons learned that will last a life time.

So, were the hours long, the work a bit dirty?    YES!

Did we each learn something from related fields that we hadn’t worked on before?    YES!

Did we enjoy each other’s company and solving problems on the fly?    YES!

But overall was it worth it? Well, was it recruit? - “Sir, yes sir!!!”

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