Damage analysis


Damage analysis is part of De Montfort University CertHE in forensic collision investigation.

Measuring damage to find the change in speed has been used in collision investigation since the early 1990's.This 6 week module (first 4 days in the classroom/workshop) looks at the method of measuring the damage profile of vehicles involved in collisions.  AiDamage is the only UK produced software to calculate speed and this is our preferred software for this module.

What you will study

You will learn how to measure the crush damage caused by a collision, how to enter the data into the programme and extract results. There is some theory into how the programme works and what the results mean.

Entry requirements

We assume that you hold a UCPD, City & Guilds or equivalent in forensic road collision investigation. We recommend you have studied Applied maths to get the most from this module.

Pre-course study

Some of the maths will not have been covered at UCPD level but will have been covered in Applied maths. There are no per-reads for this module.

Study method

6 weeks distance learning the first 4 days being classroom based.

What you will need

Your joining instructions list any specific requirements.  General tools include a scientific calculator.  We recommend any Casio with a 'Natural Display'.  A computer is required for this course with access to plan drawing software.


The first four days are spent in the classroom getting used to using the software and learning how to measure damaged vehicles. The second part is putting the theory into practice. Your course tutor will help you with your studies during this module.


There are two assessments, the first is a phase test at the end of the residential section of the module. The second is a piece of coursework which will necessitate access to a vehicle or vehicles involved in a collision (where this poses a difficulty we can usually arrange access for you). Your tutor will mark and comment on your phase test and coursework.

Whats the qualification

This module is part of De Montfort university's CertHE in forensic road collision investigation and part of the 15 credit module, Collision investigation technologies (ENGS1015), the other part being CCTV Analysis

How to register

The CertHE starts in September of each year. Apply through AiTS. If you wish to take this module without registering with the university you may do so however no university accreditation will be give. To take as a standalone check the course calendar for the next presentation and contact AiTS.

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The course at a glance

Code: Part of ENGS1015
Credits: 15 when ENGS1015 is completed
Level: 4
Duration: 6 weeks
Type: 4 days classroom + distance learning

Links to CertHE modules

Applied maths
Damage analysis
CCTV Analysis
Accelerometers in collision investigation
Driver and the environment


AiTS have been training collision investigators in the UK and overseas since 1996. We are also the UK's main provider of Roads Policing, Prohibitions and Tachograph training in the UK and Ireland.

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