2013 NOVA documentary COLD CASE JFK followed a group of experts who re-examined the Kennedy assassination using modern scientific technology. Michael Haag, a private consultant and forensic scientist, employed a 3D laser scanner as part of the reconstruction process. “When I want to look at some new hypothesis or some new conspiracy theory about what happened, I don’t have to go back to the scene; I can just go to my computer and start clicking… read more →
48 HOURS interviews Canadian 3D Forensic Reconstructionist Eugene Liscio of A12-3D Forensics (Toronto, Ontario). In 2013, Mr. Liscio gave testimony in the high-profile murder trial of David Camm case in the US based on analysis using laser scan data and computer animations. He was able to bring the laser scan data into the courtroom and give jurors a live 3D demonstration of his analysis. Link to CBS News video. More information HERE.
United States Magistrate Judge Gregory Wormuth, presiding over the U.S District Court For The District Of New Mexico, issued an order on Sept. 30, 2013, granting a Daubert motion to affirmatively admit Leica Geosystems ScanStation evidence and related expert testimony in the case of Stephan Cordova v. City of Albuquerque, et al. In an Albuquerque civil hearing a federal court ruled that 3D laser scanning data was admissible evidence. The judge noted that the plaintiff’s… read more →
US Attorneys Console and Hollawell are making the most of advanced digital imaging technology. The Future of Crash Evidence: Digital Imaging Technology and Car Accident Claims Computer simulations based on the data collected by laser scanners can show investigators how a collision occurred, and ultimately, which driver may be responsible for causing it. The implications of such mockups are, in my mind, twofold: 1. Compelling Crash Evidence: a picture isn’t worth as many words as… read more →
The Albany Police Department implemented 3D laser scanning in January of 2013. Detective Victor Pizzola of the Forensic Investigations Unit discusses how laser scanning helps determine veracity of witness testimony. “Since eyewitness testimony plays a key role in the outcome of a case, it is critical to establish whether witnesses, who are subject to fallibility and deceit, are providing reliable and accurate information. While this may not always be possible, in some cases, laser scan… read more →
Watch this informative BBC video about government-funded adoption of laser scanners for traffic accident documentation in the UK.
Had a chance to do an early morning scan of the Sam Kee building and surrounding area on the edge of Chinatown. Lots of character in that neighbourhood, even at the crack of dawn! Fly-through animation to follow – here’s a side-by-side comparison of a photograph with the point cloud. This eastward-facing photo was taken by the scanner’s on-board camera which provides the color values for the point cloud.
Heads up commuters, here are the Top 10 Crash Intersections in the Lower Mainland: Source: ICBC May 2013 Statistics Report
Here’s a quick look at some of our road gear. The star of the show is the Trimble TX-5 3D Laser Scanner (formerly the Faro Focus 3D). Weighing in at only 5 kg, it’s incredibly lightweight for such a powerful piece of equipment. Big thanks to Cansel in Burnaby, BC – can’t recommend them enough for all their help. We have a wide variety of tripods that we travel with, mostly Manfrotto. The scanner is… read more →