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Steel Structures Damage Analysis
DAM12

Course format: Live instruction with posttest
I-CAR Credit Hours: 3 hours
Estimated Duration: 4 hours

This course helps satisfy ProLevel training requirements for the following roles:
Estimator
Auto Physical Damage Appraiser

This course is an Annual Training option for the following roles:
Estimator
Auto Physical Damage Appraiser

DAM12
Did you know I-CAR offers this course in convenient, online delivery? You may satisfy this requirement by completing the Online course DAM12e.

Content in this course replaces content found in Frontal Impact Damage Analysis (DAM02) and Restraints, Interior, Glass, Side and Rear Impact Analysis (DAM04). If you have already taken DAM02 and DAM04 these training requirements have already been fulfilled.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the different types of vehicle designs
  • Explain how unitized structures are designed to collapse
  • Understand how different impact angles transfer collision energy and create different types of damage
  • Comprehend how to make point-to-point measurements and computerized three-dimensional measuring results and identify structural damage
  • Identify general repair considerations for vehicle structures, including front, side, and rear
  • Identify structural parts and common techniques for analyzing damage

Module 1 - Vehicle Structures
The course opens with a description of how a vehicle is designed and how it collapses under collision forces, which is a critical step in identifying structural damage during the damage analysis process. Students will also learn about different vehicle body types and their characteristics, which supports the importance of building an accurate repair plan that will not compromise the integrity of the vehicle from its original design. The student will gain an understanding of the different types of damage and how they are created, the various types of vehicle damage conditions, and how to use visual indicators to identify the type of damage. This module concludes with information on how to take quick measurements to verify potential structural problems and understand threedimensional computerized measuring results.

Module 2 – Structural Damage Analysis
The second module of the course introduces students to specific criteria needed for determining if a structural part should be repaired or replaced, as well as repair considerations, such as whether heat can be used, or if a part can be partially replaced. The course continues with a detailed look at which parts make up the front, rear, and side structures and provides damage analysis considerations for each of these sections. The multiple roles of stationary glass are examined with emphasis on how glass adds to the integrity of the vehicle structure. Damage analysis procedures and repair considerations for stationary glass, in addition to analysis of full-frame structures and repair and replace considerations are discussed.


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