Fire and Arson Investigation

Leica ScanStation fire and arson investigation“In many cases, it will be desirable, if not necessary, for the investigator to obtain sufficient dimensional data to develop a 3D representation of the fire scene.”   - 2014 NFPA 921

The Leica ScanStation technology provides complex fire scene preservation in 3D with the easy extraction of dimensional data … forever. Investigators can capture highly accurate measurements of the scene remotely from a safe distance while protecting against spoliation. In many instances, fire patterns can be documented and correlated to origin and cause. With 3D point cloud processing software, millions of data points are transformed into a usable 3D virtual model of the scene exactly as it was at the time of capture. Unlike hand-drawn diagrams, laser scan data enables investigators to thoroughly explore and analyze the scene, even after the physical scene has been demolished. Computer programs can even integrate the scan data directly into fire models and FDS software for analysis and hypothesis testing.  Daubert tested and jury-friendly, the Leica ScanStation is a proven tool for cost recovery.

Follow the links below to learn more, or contact us to find out how to qualify for UASI grants.

  • Video: Users Conference Presentation by Dr. John DeHaan
    Dr. John DeHaan has over 40 years’ experience in fire- and explosion-related forensic science. He has authored six editions of Kirk’s Fire Investigation which is the most widely used textbook in the field. Its companion text “Forensic Fire Scene Reconstruction” (co-authored with David Icove and Gerald Haynes) features an extensive treatment of Leica ScanStation lasers and their value for fire scene investigation.
  • Video: Metropolitan Police Department Case Study
    Officer Grant Greenwalt of the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department describes how the ScanStation aided investigators as they determined how several firefighters were injured at a residential structure fire.