Forensic Mapping is the process of accurately mapping scene evidence to produce accurate scale diagrams. The data collected can often be crucial in reconstructing a variety of incidents.
Scene measurements may be obtained using a variety of methods such as a simple tape measure, or using sophisticated electronic measuring devises.
NZCI has acquired a Sokkia SET5X theodolite to map scenes and other evidence. This device is a precision electronic instrument using laser technology accurate to within a few millimetres.
Once the measuring data has been obtained, scale scene diagrams are produced using computer aided design, (CAD) software.
Our investigators have utilised forensic mapping to assist in solving all types of crashes, an accidental shooting, insurance claim in relation to a liquor store robbery, fire investigations, homicides, fraudulent burglary insurance claims, serious crimes, property damage claims and security site plans.
Updated technology has meant that vehicle engine computer modules (ECM’s) that are recording valuable crash data are being used more frequently. This data combined with crash analysis and precision scene surveying allow for the most accurate crash reconstructions currently available.
NZCI have been utilising this method of investigation on heavy motor vehicles since 2007 and have gained valuable knowledge and experience in this field.
If you require a crash or other incident to be reconstructed as accurately possible or simply require further information as to how forensic mapping might assist you or your company please contact us for more information.
Optical Services are our preferred supplier and service agent for precision measuring instruments.
Please contact us for more information our forensic mapping services.
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I sought the assistance of NZCI in a case where my client, a truck driver had slid on to on coming traffic and caused a huge accident. NZCI were instrumental in securing a win for the defence by showing the court that the accident was caused by the truck aquaplaning as opposed to any fault of the driver.Elaine, Liberty Law Barristers
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