The Leverhulme Research Centre for forensic science (LRCFS) at the University of Dundee has had several ongoing projects (collectively known by the project name Bruin) in the area of digital documentation of simulated crime scenes, particularly focusing on the 'art of the possible' using Virtual Reality as technology tools for facilitating this.
LRCFS and NKC always welcome collaborations and look forward to positive discussions on working partnerships in this emerging area. Our collaboration led to the documentation of (training) fire scenes during the spring of 2019, exploring how we could create virtual reality representations of those scenes.
Those early results developed our understanding of the level of refinement of photography required to capture these challenging scenes exhaustively to produce accurate virtual reality render.
LRCFS developed a standard operating procedure for scene capture (known as the Dundee GT protocol, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scijus.2023.01.001 which backed the collection of the Udgård data. The Udgård project also enabled a range of other photographic and scanning techniques to capture the same scenes across three phases; Alpha (before crime scene staging), Beta (pre-fire crime scene) and Gamma (post-fire crime scene). The scenes were full-scale residential properties labelled Elle, Lage and Huge.
The data were updated on 2022_08_30 as follows. Added computer samples recovered from NKC at the scene. Added BLK2GO Checksums. Duplicates removed. Described in ReadMe version 1.02 and made available 2022_09_01. The ReadMe file was updated on 2022_03_16, and changes were tracked in the changelog.
The collaboration between LRCFS and NKC has successfully generated virtual reality representations of the photographed scenes, aimed to be exploited for investigative and training purposes.
LRCFS and NKC have agreed to share these co-created training and the research materials produced during the crime scene exercises and live burns. Both organisations will use the outcomes for education and training, including revenue-generating courses and the generation of outputs by both organisations that may have exploitable commercialisation potential.
All Udgård partners can access a downloadable database with the results from Udgård, such as LIDAR, Matterport, still photographs, videos, 360 photographs and outcomes from measurements.
Every organisation that accepted a copy of the Udgård database agreed to:
• refer to the Udgård project and use its DOI each time they use the database;
• attend the follow-up meeting in September 2022 and share with the rest of the group:
▪ experience and reflections.
▪ examples of how the Udgård database had been used.
▪ perspectives and spin-off projects that have developed from the Udgård experience.
Keywords: Forensic Science, Virtual Reality, Crime Scene Investigation, Blood Pattern, Homicide, Fire, Fire Arms.
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|Date made available||Nov 2021|
|Publisher||University of Dundee|
|Date of data production||5 Sept 2021 - 10 Sept 2021|
- Forensic Science
- Virtual reality
- Crime scene investigation
- Blood pattern
- Fire arms