Within a very short time after a crime, urgent steps must be taken to avoid deterioration of the scene and loss of evidence. The FARO® Laser Scanner can mitigate the risk by quickly scanning a scene to record a detailed 3D point cloud overlaid with color images. This 3D forensic documentation captures the entire scene before the site is compromised. With this digital evidence, forensic scientists can examine the scene at a later date for lines of sight, a bullet trajectory or a blood spatter analysis. 3D scanning turns crime scene sketches into a digital forensic tool.

Accident investigations also benefit from this development in digital forensics – using data from 3D laser scans can create a fully digital accident reconstruction through 3D simulations of the event. With the FARO 3D laser scanner, forensic tools have made the leap from 2D to 3D.

Modern-day Sherlock Holmes — Where 3D Scanning Technology Meets Forensic Science

Public Safety: Southern Medical University
Established in 2005, the Center of Forensic Science at Southern Medical University in China is a state-approved, large-scale forensic science institution set up by the Guangdong Province Department of Justice. The center’s Research Institute of Forensic Science Technologies for Traffic Accidents has been using 3D scanning technology in the investigation of traffic accidents, and has established itself as the country’s leading authority through its continuous extensive exploration of the subject matter.

FARO Partners Tongji University in Accident Reconstruction Studies

Education/Research: Tongji University
Accident reconstructionist generally agree that four factors are at play when analyzing any given collision: human, vehicle, road and environment. The availability of precise, comprehensive data is fundamental to the accurate analysis of the accident.

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