HDS University in October Advances Incident Mapping and Forensic Scanning Proficiency

As public safety professionals become more proactive about preparing for OSAC forensic standards, there is an increasing need for education that will help professionals develop the technical competency required for accreditation. HDS University, a new three-day laser scanning educational program offered at the Leica Geosystems NAFTA headquarters in Norcross, Ga., October 25-27, helps to fill this need by providing high-value courses in forensic scanning, incident mapping and point cloud processing workflows.


Following are two courses of note:   

Using the IMS Map360 by Leica Geosystems Software for Public Safety

There are a variety of technologies that can be used by public safety professionals while on a scene, including a total station, a GPS rover, or even laser scanning. IMS Map360 is the first software that can readily accept data from all major sensors. Furthermore, IMS can operate in a super easy ‘sketch mode’ all the way to an advanced user interface for the seasoned veteran. This course will provide an overview of the software as well as training on productivity tools, using the drafting wizard, witness viewpoint analysis, imagery integration, drafting with point clouds and importing symbols.

Forensic Scanning

This course will provide important updated forensic workflow methodologies and is designed for both new or highly experienced forensic scanning investigators. The course additionally provides scanning professionals technical updates in preparation for proficiency exams now recommended for forensic service providers. Students will learn how to prepare for federally recommended scanning methodologies; practice on-scene measurement uncertainty/quality assurance workflows built into the firmware for Leica C10 and P-Series ScanStations; learn tactical scanning practices and equipment to assist in reducing on scene scanning capture times; learn data validation techniques to validate integrity of scan data or a released discovery copy; review technical scanning and post production workflows for ballistic trajectories; and learn workflow options for the rapid distribution of a multimedia enriched TruView that provides the investigation team secure mobile access to forensic evidence recovered in the crime scene.

Both courses are taught by Ken Jones, who served as a criminalist in the Forensic Evidence Division of the Portland Police Bureau for more than 20 years before retiring in 2015. Additional courses cover ScanStation workflows, point cloud processing and point cloud registration. One-on-one sessions are also offered for more in-depth training or consultation.

To learn more or register, visit http://hdsuniversity.com.