How do we use 3D scanning?

During our evidence preservation process, our engineers inspect the accident site, vehicles and any other evidence involved in the case. The goal of our inspections is to preserve the evidence to be used later in our analyses and for presentation purposes. Preserving the appearance, dimensions and shape of evidence traditionally consists of individual measurements and photographs, which can be a tedious process, especially when attempting to preserve complex shapes. With our 3D scanners, our engineers can preserve the precise dimensions of crashed vehicles, accident sites and other evidence to be post processed and analyzed at our office.


Once evidence has been 3D scanned, we can reference the digital model, take measurements from the model and compare the model to other 3D scans. Therefore, even if the evidence is disposed of, we retain a digital version of the evidence for analysis and presenting.


Our scans can be used to present the evidence as digital animations, providing a 360-degree view of the scanned objects; or utilizing 3D printing technologies, we can use the 3D scans to create scale, hand-held versions of the evidence. Both are powerful exhibits when providing expert testimony in court.

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What is 3D laser scanning?

Three dimensional scanning is the process of capturing the dimensions, shape, and appearance of real world objects to produce a digital version of the object. The 3D laser scanner produces digital models of the objects in the form of point clouds, consisting of millions of precisely measured and colorized points. The combination of 360 degree measurements and 360 degree photographs results in a photorealistic digital model of the object being scanned.

3D scans are particularly powerful presentation tools, helping our engineers convey information in a three dimensional format, rather than being limited by photographs alone. Courtroom exhibits can be produced using the 3D scans to aide in the presentation process during trial.