21st October 5.20pm FESA Zoom Meeting

  • 21 Oct 2021
  • 5:20 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Zoom ID 633 966 2006


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21st October 5.20pm FESA AGM & then 5.30pm FESA presentations - Zoom Meeting. PLEASE attend the AGM if you are a member - we need a quorum & AGM is a mandated duty for FESA via Consumer Affairs! 

FESA  CONTINUES  IN  2021 - alternating between pub & Zoom meetings

Registration Now Open - via FESA website  (fesa.org.au)  This Zoom meeting is available at no charge but please still register so that FESA has a record of attendance.

Given the success of our Zoom meetings during 2020 (noting our growth & involvement from non-Melbourne attendees) your FESA Committee has decided that for 2021 we will alternate monthly between dinner meetings (back at the Auburn Hotel, with the presentation available to all later via the website), and live Zoom presentation meetings. Due to ongoing COVID restrictions in Victoria we must persist with Zoom meetings (but we anticipate / hope to return to our planned dinner meeting in December).

Date: 21 October 2021 5:20 PM (AEDT)

Recording Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Cci74Bb28rsKBq0hdUnmjjwiBSt9jze8/view?usp=sharing

Following our “short AGM” we will have three eclectic presentations - two short cases and one interactive unsolved MYSTERY!


“Tapping your head and rubbing your stomach -  the complexities behind ‘simple’ biomechanics”.  Presenter: Bill Contoyannis

Bill will present some case examples

Bio:- Bill is a biomedical engineer who has specialised in the use of rehabilitation and assistive technology for most of his career.

At one stage he managed an Australia wide investigation service for incidents involving people with disabilities and how they interacted with their technology. This required forensic skills matched with complex ergonomics, biomechanics and engineering.


Fifth wheel failure and serious truck accident.  Which came first? Presenter: David Padfield

Bio:- David Padfield is a Senior Materials and Testing Engineer with ATTAR.  He has been in with ATTAR for almost 20 years conducting materials failure analysis and non-destructive testing.  With a background in materials engineering, the ability to look at the material detail and properties allows the determination of the cause of failure.


Poltergeist or Science? Presenter: Grant Gatland (our newest committee member!)

Grant will present details of an interesting and intriguing (and as yet unsolved) matter concerning failure of collections of equipment on several occasions under unusual circumstances. Equipment such as AV presentation equipment, cameras, iPads etc (all contain electronics of some sort). After all known details are presented, we will invite attendees to give some suggestions or hypotheses on potential causes of failure. There is a curious baffling twist in the circumstances that will be revealed during the brief presentation which is sure to result in some creative or analytical thinking.

Bio:- Grant is a Senior Technical Consultant with Envista Forensics based in Sydney. Grant’s career various investigations stems from involvement with large industrial fires and explosions (and other insurance related disaster events) throughout South East Asia from the mid 90’s, then the US in early 2000’s and more recently in Oceania since 2015. Most engagements involve insurance or legal related matters, and occasionally include investigations concerning product design liability issues.

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