3-Dimensional mapping tools are not a new technology. In fact, many other professions, outside of forensic science, have been utilizing similar technology for decades.
Being able to utilize a 3-D scanner in the classroom and during mock scenes will help students feel more comfortable in their profession.
The Washburn Forensic Investigation Program has two different scanning machines. They both work very similarly, and produce a similar product.
Having access to different generations of technology allows the user the ability to be better prepared for whatever they might encounter in the field as well as builds a robust understanding of where technology has been and where it is headed.
Say goodbye to:
- Sketches that are not to scale.
- Sketches that are hand drawn with a ruler and pen.
- Sketches that take hours of dedicated time to create on scene and in the office.
- Sketches that are not appropriate for publishing to the case file because not every crime scene investigator is an artist!
Say Hello to:
- 3-D immersive scene mapping tools.
- To-scale drawings from any angle!
- As-needed post-processing scene measurements (for those measurements that got lost in the hustle and bustle).
- More accurate, more efficient, and easier to understand crime scene layout.
- Reliable reconstructive analysis information for movements of individuals through the scene.
The Washburn University Forensic Investigations Program offers a class that gives students the opportunity to get hands-on experience with 3-D scanners AND utilizing and getting comfortable with the mapping software.
Students will learn how to properly measure and sketch a scene by hand because learning the fundamentals of mapping is important to understanding the basic theory and method behind using a machine to map a scene.
Students will learn about the different types of scanning/mapping technology and software because there are a variety of options out there and not every agency uses the same resources. Students will get one-on-one experience with using the mapping software that compliments our equipment.
Lastly, students will learn the most effective ways that their final scene sketches can be utilized to assist with a case investigation.
Created with images by geralt - "police crime scene blue light" • 3844328 - "architecture blueprint floor plan" • Shutterbug75 - "camera aperture digital camera"