The topic of what 3D imagery is admissible in court is especially relevant for law enforcement, insurers, large companies and others that have vested interests in finding out who was liable or responsible for a crime or tortious injury.
The Auburn-Alabama intrastate football rivalry is ranked by ESPN as one of the 10 most intense rivalries in all of sports, right up there with Frazier-Ali and Yankees-Red Sox. In fact, competition is so intense that the Iron Bowl had to be held in Birmingham (a neutral site midway between the two schools) for 40 years--and that was after a 40-year period (1908-1948) when the game was cancelled entirely.
Surveying and civil engineering firms increasingly are discovering a potentially strong new niche for client work: forensic surveying. Although not new, this market segment is growing, with a constant need for professional surveyors who can apply their experience and skills in applications involving serious accidents or crimes.
Over the last few years, surveyors have been bombarded with articles and information on laser scanning. But how much of it is hype, and how much of it is reality? After all, the traditional surveying tools still work just fine.
For many years, folding rulers, tape measures and black and white photography were the standard tools of the trade for collision reconstruction engineers. Armed with these tools, experts collected as much data as possible to evaluate a collision sequence. In those days, as it does today, the quality of the data collected directly affected the accuracy and the depth of the analysis.