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GBB is now working alongside the Nuffield Placement Scheme in helping young students to experience a professional research environment.

Using work placements, students will be invited to GBB to undertake research projects in Physics and/or Engineering. Whilst here, they will shadow experts at inspections, assist in current research ventures and carry out their own project.

The Nuffield Placement Scheme is a charitable trust established in 1943 by William Morris, Lord Nuffield, the founder of Morris motors. The scheme helps over 1000 students each year with the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians (STEM).

Work placements are being given the go-ahead after Dr David Ward, manager of the scheme, visited GBB and thought it was a “fantastic company” and was eager for us to get involved.

With our commitment to STEM education, our involvement with the scheme is a great way for GBB to impart knowledge, lend support, and enhance students’ Personal Development Plans.

GBB currently has a student on work placement who is undertaking a mathematical project in vehicle collisions, which will be presented at a national Nuffield event later in the year. It is hoped that the student’s work at GBB will lead to a CREST award. Run by The British Association for the Advancement of Science, ‘CREST’ is a well-known and nationally recognised reward which helps bridge the gap between science in the classroom and the ‘real’ world.

GBB expert Russell Danton has been asked to be a guest speaker at the forthcoming IFIG quarterly meeting at the Raddison Blu Hotel in Liverpool on Wednesday 6th March 2013.

The event, sponsored by Weightmans LLP will see Russell present a talk detailing his developing role as a forensic collision investigator within the GBB team and the use of GBB’s ongoing research in supporting his professional opinion.

This event kicks off a busy schedule of seminar attendances by the GBB team with more details posted on-line soon.

Research at GBB finished 2012 in full force with a range of exciting new projects geared towards increased understanding of vehicle collisions and their effects.

Published Work

The year 2012 was culminated by the publication of the GBB peer reviewed research “A study and comparison of the effects of low speed change vehicle collisions on the human body”.

Co-authored by Philip Hoyes and Brian Henderson the paper compares the accelerations produced by low speed collisions with those produced in everyday activity, such as sitting into a chair.

The research is available in the March 2013 edition of Accident Analysis and Prevention published by Elsevier and available through SciVerse Science Direct.

Bumper Cars

GBB carried out collision testing using bumper cars in Spring 2012.  Philip Hoyes, project organiser, explains:  [blockquote align=”center” cite=”Phil Hoyes”]Occupant kinematics research using bumper cars isn’t new; published research already exists through the Society of Automotive Engineers. However, no such study appears to have been done in the UK. Using bumper cars allows us to expand our collision test dataset but it also provides a comparison with something that is more familiar or comprehendible for people when discussing the effects of low speed car collisions[/blockquote]

Mike Hall, previous university lecturer in vehicle dynamics and recent prodigal son of the research department, is closely involved with the bumper car research. [blockquote align=”center” cite=”Mike Hall”]Though bumper cars do not behave exactly the same as normal cars, the effects remain similar – and the unrestricted view allows an unimpeded assessment of occupant movement. Using accelerometers we can measure, record, analyse and compare the relative motions of the head/neck/chest system[/blockquote]

Vehicle Pitching Under Braking

Mike is also involved with a separate project which explores the effects of changing ride heights of vehicles due to braking.

[blockquote align=”center”]When a vehicle brakes the front profile lowers and the rear profile rises. By quantifying the change of heights for a range of vehicles, we can look at how much we might expect a car’s height at to change under certain conditions,” says Mike. “We can then use this information to comment with improved confidence on the mechanism of any collision. This is particularly pertinent where a ‘slam-on’ or induced collision has been reported[/blockquote]

The GBB research on bumper car testing and vehicle dive prediction will be published later in 2013.

GBB will feature on the BBC televisions Claimed and Shamed, a documentary series that casts a covert eye over the ever-growing problem of insurance fraud.

GBB were asked to contribute after they examined a BMW that had been deliberately set on fire.

Claimed and Shamed will air on BBC 1 each weekday for a fortnight from 15th October 2012.

GBB Managing Director Brian Henderson has been awarded a Master of Science Degree (MSc) in the field of forensic science.

Brian’s thesis, entitled A Retrospective Study in understanding ‘Low Speed Change’ Vehicle Collisions, Occupant Movement and Likelihood of Injury is a synthesis of many years of investigation and original research all of which has been self-funded. The award of an MSc to Brian from a University that has a world-wide reputation in the field of Forensic Science asserts GBB’s credibility as a company that is at the forefront of collision investigation and research.

Low speed collisions and in particular whiplash associated disorder continue to be a major talking point in the UK with the Government and the insurance industry actively looking to tackle the issue. 

The most recent ABI statistics in relation to whiplash claims (published in 2008) state:-

  • 430,000+ people claimed for whiplash in 2007, up by 1/4 in the last five years. Cost nearly £2 billion a year in compensation.
  • Whiplash injuries now cost the NHS approximately £8 million a year in consultation fees.
  • UK is the whiplash capital of Europe: 75% of motor personal injury claims for whiplash, compared to an average of 40% throughout the rest of Europe.
  • Many drivers and passengers are at risk: 75% of drivers are unaware how head restraints should be correctly positioned.

At GBB, we believe that first-hand research is essential for knowledge and understanding of all aspects of road traffic accident investigation and further investment in research and joint projects with academic institutions are planned in the near future.


This weekend(1st and 2nd October 2011) sees the 2011 ITAI International Conference take place at The Queens Hotel, Leeds.

Keynote speakers at the conference include:-

Jim Horne – Loughborough Sleep Research Centre.
Paul L Olson – Human Factors in Transportation Safety
Ralf‑Roland Schmidt-Cotta – Continental Automotive GmbH; Operation Veronica and EDR future in Europe
Martin Coyne – Technical Director of the Rotterdam Police, heads the EU CrashCube vehicle data retrieval project.

GBB will have a presence at the conference with directors Phil Hoyes and Paul Fidler being in attendance.

If you are attending the conference and see Paul or Phil, please introduce yourself.