When disaster strikes in the form of a fire or explosion, unraveling the truth behind its cause and origin becomes paramount. In such scenarios, modern technology is crucial as it offers unprecedented insights through techniques like forensic LIDAR scanning and drone photogrammetry.
Forensic LIDAR Scanning
In the aftermath of a fire or explosion visibility is commonly compromised by debris and smoke. This is where Forensic LIDAR (Laser) scanning steps in. LIDAR employs laser beams to create detailed 3D maps of the affected area. By capturing millions of data points, it generates a highly accurate representation of the scene, including structural details and the distribution of physical evidence.
This technology proves invaluable when traditional methods fall short. It allows investigators to virtually revisit the scene, analyze patterns, and reconstruct events, all without disturbing crucial evidence. The result is a precise visualization that aids in pinpointing the fire’s origin and understanding the sequence of events leading to the explosion.
Equally remarkable is the role of drone photogrammetry in fire and explosion investigations. Drones equipped with high-resolution cameras can capture thousands of images from various angles, providing a comprehensive view of the scene. These images are then processed using specialized software to create detailed scaled 3D models.
One of the significant advantages of drone photogrammetry is its ability to access hard-to-reach or hazardous areas, which is often the case in fire-damaged structures. This data-rich approach enhances investigators’ ability to analyze the scene remotely and collaborate effectively. Furthermore, the accurate measurements and visualizations obtained through drone photogrammetry contribute to informed decision-making during the investigative process.
Using Both Technologies to Maximize Insights
When combined, forensic LIDAR scanning and drone photogrammetry offer a synergy that can significantly enhance fire and explosion investigations. The high-resolution data from drones complements the broader view provided by LIDAR, resulting in a more comprehensive understanding of the incident. This comprehensive approach aids experts in not only determining the cause and origin but also in identifying potential contributing factors that might have otherwise gone unnoticed.
The Future of Fire and Explosion Investigations
As technology continues to evolve, the field of fire and explosion investigations is undergoing a transformation. Forensic LIDAR scanning and drone photogrammetry stand as testament to the power of innovation in deciphering complex events. With their ability to provide accurate, visual, and data-driven insights, these tools are revolutionizing the way experts uncover the truth behind disasters.
IFO Group LIDAR Scanning & Drone Photogrammetry Services
IFO Group offers various scanning and mapping services using state of the art equipment including Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual drones with integrated FLIR thermal capabilities and FARO Focus laser scanners that create accurate and complete 3D images of any environment or object. We use up-to-date software, including FARO SCENE and FARO Zone to analyze and deliver point cloud data in the way you need it, from raw point cloud data to detailed models.
Additionally, we offer high-definition 3D LIDAR (laser) scanning and drone photogrammetry for accurately capturing 3-dimensional data in a wide variety of settings, regardless of size and surface features, including large-scale structures and incidents, indoors and outdoors, in bright light or darkness, and during various weather conditions.
IFO Group brings expertise in many areas, including incident investigation, fire and explosion investigation, industrial hygiene (i.e., noise and light mapping), mechanical integrity, and litigation support. Having this combination of knowledge is integral to providing you the best LIDAR (laser) scanning and drone photogrammetry and deliverables that will save you time and money. IFO has experienced 3D laser scanning professionals and licensed drone pilots providing service to North America.