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Arc Mapping: Down to the Wire

April 20, 2022

In the past 25 years, fire investigation has evolved from an art-based field into a science-based discipline. Investigators rely on their knowledge and experience, technology, and methodology to determine the origin and the cause of a fire. By utilizing all four methods for origin determination, we can determine the correct point of origin and conclude on the cause of a fire. One of the four methods for origin determination is arc mapping.

When fire attacks energized wiring in a house, appliance or vehicle it can leave behind evidence of arcing in the form of small divots and beads of copper on the wires. Locating and documenting the position of these arcing sites can help investigators trace the progression of the fire and assist in the determination of the origin.

In this webinar we will be discussing:

  • The Scientific Method
  • Investigation Methodology
  • Arc Mapping
  • Case studies

Recommended for:

  • Insurance adjusters
  • Lawyers

Accredited in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba


Vladimir Chlistovsky, B.A.Sc., CFEI, CVFI, P. Eng.

With more than 30 years of professional experience, Vladimir’s career has encompassed a number of industries and roles: Insurance appraiser of commercial and industrial machinery, equipment and buildings; quality, production and design engineer and forensic engineer. Vladimir has completed over 1,000 forensic cases, investigating fires and explosions, product failures and other types of losses. Vladimir graduated with an Industrial Engineering degree from the University of Toronto. He is an Internationally Certified Fire and Explosions Investigator and serves as a board member and training chair of the Canadian Association of Fire Investigators (CAFI), having served in the past as the national president. Vladimir also assists the Standard Council of Canada (SCC) as a designated expert in their Certifying Body (CB) and Laboratory Accreditation programs.

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