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By Frank J. Hahnel III, June 12, 2015
The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 woke up many agencies to the importance of documenting our nation’s critical infrastructure, monuments and historic buildings with high-definition 3D laser scanners.
The National Park Service, for example, has completed a number of mapping projects, including Mount Rushmore. The Statue of Liberty has been mapped both pre- and post-9/11. Immediately after the terrorist attacks, I had the privilege of assisting a Leica Geosystems’ client in the scanning of the U.S. Capitol building. This important scan data now enables officials to monitor, maintain and, in the case of catastrophic loss, precisely reconstruct these structures. Continue reading
June 4, 2015
Leica Geosystems and MicroSurvey Software today announced the development of Leica Incident Mapping Suite, a comprehensive software suite created with the forensic mapping professional in mind. Built on the foundation of MapScenes Forensic CAD, the most precise desktop forensic mapping software in the world, this easy to use yet powerful and feature-rich software provides law enforcement professionals and accident reconstruction specialists with confidence that the evidence they present is precise, compelling and irrefutable. Continue reading
By Mike Cunningham, May 22, 2015
When scanning a crime or crash scene, investigators need to not only maintain the scene in as pristine a condition as possible but also work efficiently so as not to cause serious public inconvenience. These two considerations—evidence preservation and time-savings—are what make scanning without targets so attractive in public safety applications. Continue reading
By Walter Bentley, May 1, 2015
When the York Regional Police in Ontario, Canada, received approval to acquire a high-definition 3D laser scanner for its Forensic Identification Unit, Detective Brad Joice, supervisor of the 34-member unit, researched several instruments and manufacturer specifications in preparation for the tender process. He wanted to ensure that the agency’s investment would not only do what they needed but also when and where they needed to do it. Continue reading
By Michael Cunningham, April 18, 2015
With a keynote speech titled “Science at the Scene,“ Dr. Victor Weedn, president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, kicked off the program for the inaugural Leica Geosystems Regional Public Safety Conference on April 15 at the District of Columbia’s state-of-the-art Consolidated Forensic Laboratory (CFL). Continue reading
A recent report from NBC Washington highlights the Aibot X6 as a way to capture 3D 360-degree images of a crime scene without contaminating the scene. Watch the video to learn more. Continue reading
By Michael L. Selves, Certified Accident Reconstructionist, Certified Trainer and Forensic Mappist, (PSFM)
A multicar pileup occurs at 4 a.m. on a major highway leading to fatalities or devastating injuries. Gun violence erupts downtown resulting in a homicide. In each case, law enforcement officers rush to the site of the incident, ready to reconstruct the crash or crime scene. To understand what caused the crash and to help the crime investigation, you need to capture and preserve the scene as quickly and accurately as possible. It’s essential to have equipment that allows you to work efficiently and with confidence.
Frank Hahnel’s passion for technology emerged at a young age. When he was 16 years old, he learned AutoCAD computer-aided design, and when he wasn’t in school, doing homework or bagging groceries, he created as-built drawings for an electrical contractor. Continue reading
Mike Cunningham always knew he’d end up in law enforcement. The New Yorker grew up in a public-service-focused family. His father was an FDNY firefighter. His grandfather was a member of the first NYPD Emergency Service Squad where his duties included driving the bomb truck. “I had the privilege to wear the same badge that he did,” Mike says, “No. 10266.” Continue reading