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Three-dimensional measurement system for crime scene documentation
Author(s): Marcin Adamczyk; Elwira Hołowko; Krzysztof Lech; Jakub Michoński; Grzegorz Mączkowski; Paweł Bolewicki; Kamil Januszkiewicz; Robert Sitnik
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Paper Abstract

Three dimensional measurements (such as photogrammetry, Time of Flight, Structure from Motion or Structured Light techniques) are becoming a standard in the crime scene documentation process. The usage of 3D measurement techniques provide an opportunity to prepare more insightful investigation and helps to show every trace in the context of the entire crime scene. In this paper we would like to present a hierarchical, three-dimensional measurement system that is designed for crime scenes documentation process. Our system reflects the actual standards in crime scene documentation process – it is designed to perform measurement in two stages. First stage of documentation, the most general, is prepared with a scanner with relatively low spatial resolution but also big measuring volume – it is used for the whole scene documentation. Second stage is much more detailed: high resolution but smaller size of measuring volume for areas that required more detailed approach. The documentation process is supervised by a specialised application CrimeView3D, that is a software platform for measurements management (connecting with scanners and carrying out measurements, automatic or semi-automatic data registration in the real time) and data visualisation (3D visualisation of documented scenes). It also provides a series of useful tools for forensic technicians: virtual measuring tape, searching for sources of blood spatter, virtual walk on the crime scene and many others. In this paper we present our measuring system and the developed software. We also provide an outcome from research on metrological validation of scanners that was performed according to VDI/VDE standard. We present a CrimeView3D – a software-platform that was developed to manage the crime scene documentation process. We also present an outcome from measurement sessions that were conducted on real crime scenes with cooperation with Technicians from Central Forensic Laboratory of Police.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 October 2017
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 10441, Counterterrorism, Crime Fighting, Forensics, and Surveillance Technologies, 104410A (5 October 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2278489
Show Author Affiliations
Marcin Adamczyk, Warsaw Univ. of Technology (Poland)
Elwira Hołowko, Warsaw Univ. of Technology (Poland)
Krzysztof Lech, Warsaw Univ. of Technology (Poland)
Jakub Michoński, Warsaw Univ. of Technology (Poland)
Grzegorz Mączkowski, Warsaw Univ. of Technology (Poland)
Paweł Bolewicki, Warsaw Univ. of Technology (Poland)
Kamil Januszkiewicz, Ctrl. Forensic Lab. of the Police Research Institute (Poland)
Robert Sitnik, Warsaw Univ. of Technology (Poland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10441:
Counterterrorism, Crime Fighting, Forensics, and Surveillance Technologies
Henri Bouma; Felicity Carlysle-Davies; Robert James Stokes; Yitzhak Yitzhaky, Editor(s)

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