3D laser Scanning at the Crime Scene

3D laser scanning might change how evidence is recorded

There is a new head detective in town, and his name is 3D laser scanning.  He is about to make some changes. When it comes to crime scenes “Do it right the first time” is the only game plan.  There are no second chances. Once the murder has taken place. Crimes scene detectives need to be there recording crime scene data before any changes can take place to the surroundings.  Once crime scene is vacated and people are allowed access to the scene, data collecting is over, since changes occur to the scene. For this reason, a crime scene needs methods and devices that can do quick, accurate, and thorough work on data collection before the scene is compromised,  That’s why police departments bringing in a new guy. His name is Mr. 3D laser scanning.

3d laser scanning captures evidence exactly

In the crime fighting business, detectives don’t just change game plans for a change of scenery.  When changes take place, it is so that they can stay on top of their game. The detectives are not those who decide guilt or innocence; that’s for the judge. But judges make decisions based on evidence. And depending how well that evidence is collected and presented, it can influence whether a court’s declares guilt or innocent.

A 3D scanning service built into the police department for crime scene investigation is going to have some really big advantages.  First of all, 3D laser scanning is going to remove the tedious and not so effective methods of trying to take a photograph of every square inch of the scene.  Photographs are better than nothing, but they don’t give the courtroom the real “on the scene” feel as does a 3D walk around. It’s not going to be some rough blocky image.  By using 3D scanning services, they can scan by the millimeter. This means that investigators can zoom in it to look things minute detail. This is going to help the investigation immensely.

courtroom animation

Now imagine a bunch of people sitting in rows with Oculus Rift goggles on their heads.  Where do you imagine they are? Well, imagine if they are part of the jury in a criminal court case.  Each jury member has a chance to take a personal walk-around looking at the crime scene just 30 minutes after the murder took place. Think how much better their understanding of the crime scene will be than if they were only given pictures drawn on a white paper with a marker. The fact is, it could change the final decision of any of them because they now have a better feeling for distance an angle between objects and any other factor that need be considered in determining someone’s guilt or innocence.  

One Los Angeles company, Courtroom Animation, uses 3D scanning data to help their clients present accurate data together for cases. They create animations of confusing events or scenarios to help tell people’s stories to the courtroom. Courtroom Animation’s success speaks for itself. They boast $450 million in favorable verdicts and settlements. Overall, their clients enjoy a 95% success rate and 97% of their cases won.

 

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"We create scientifically-accurate 3D trial animations and trial graphics to be used as demonstrative exhibits or evidence during mediation and trial."

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justice is served!

Thanks to 3D laser scanning technology, that ability is a present reality and ready to be put in to action.  Court rooms across the nation will likely start viewing 3D virtual crimes scenes, and this is going to change lives. The innocent, who with less evidence, my have been been charged as guilty, will go free.  The guilty, who might have easily been let off the hook for lack of good evidence, will now be put in the slammer!

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