Advanced Fire and Explosion Investigation

When everything is covered in soot and blackened from fire and smoke, how can you accurately document a fire or explosion scene?

With our technology, you can quickly and safely gather crucial interpretive information to investigate and clarify the circumstances. Our solutions help maintain the safety of the response teams on scene, and completely document the steps taken at the outset of a fire investigation. Implementing standardised procedures with reliable solutions help you to gather invaluable insights into the course of events and reconstruct what has happened, even if the type and scope of your investigation may vary from case to case.



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Secure the fire scene and monitor the safety of the response teams

Rescue operations carried out after a fire are the most complicated and complex tasks performed by fire rescue units. Safety is paramount when a structure may have already collapsed or is close to collapse. When the rescue unit arrives on the scene, their first important task is a comprehensive reconnaissance.

The stability of the structure needs to be analysed, and where necessary, structural monitoring through all the operation (for example, with our Leica Geosystems total stations and GeoMoS solution) increases the safety of the response teams.


Document the fire or explosion scene in challenging conditions

The initial concern with regards to a fire incident scene is safety. A fire or explosion scene has an increased risk factor with possible hazards, including heated materials, structural collapse, damaged electricity and gas mains, debris, asbestos, dangerous combustion products and other toxic substances.

Using the BLK360 imaging laser scanner with its thermal imaging function showing heat maps on the fire site helps to reduce risks for units entering the building, rescuing the victims and documenting the scene. The extent of the structure or building and environmental factors can play a significant role.

Large or complex structures are best captured with the RTC360 laser scanner. The versatile and robust (IP54) scanner is an ideal tool for outdoor data capture in adverse weather conditions.


Preserve the fire scene, visualise the details in Virtual Reality (VR) and train your staff anytime and anywhere

Create photo-realistic virtual reality environments from UAV data, or 3D point clouds to enable re-visitable fire or explosion scenes in digital reality. Include evidence pictures, PDF reports, 2D data, or annotations, and develop truly immersive training environments with flexible virtual scenarios according to your needs. The immersion in the digital world and the interaction of the users, enhanced by haptic or audio stimuli, the ego-perspective and the feeling of “presence” complete the benefits of virtual training.

Provide your units, teams, and response personnel with a fit-for-purpose VR-learning environment for instructor-led training or remote, self-paced learning paths


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Fast, agile, and precise fire scene documentation and forensic mapping for court-ready deliverables




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Document the scene with the Leica RTC360

With the RTC360 3D laser scanner, fire or explosion scenes can be captured at up to 2 million points per second in less than two minutes directly at the scene.

The RTC360 can easily record fine details and spatial relationships with speed, comprehensiveness and millimetre accuracy, regardless of environmental conditions and site range.

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Manage data with Leica Cyclone FIELD 360 and Leica Cyclone REGISTER 360

Captured scan data is visualised and pre-registered directly in the field in real-time with the Cyclone FIELD 360 app, allowing users to perform quality control and assurance of the data.

Quickly post-process 3D environments in the office with Cyclone REGISTER 360 software.

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Deliver a wide array of reports with Leica Map360

Our forensic mapping software, Map360 can integrate collected scan data directly with, for example, CCTV footage, images, and other relevant documents into models for analysis and hypothesis. Results of the data analysis can be easily accessed from computers in the crime/fire laboratory or anywhere else, providing an easy and accessible way to revert to the details when needed, even weeks or months after the fire happened.

Map360 helps you to easily transform your 3D fire and explosion data into an accurate and compelling Forensic Digital Twin.

 

One-button indoor fire scene reality capture in 360° with thermal imaging




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Capture the scene with the Leica BLK360

The BLK360 captures the environment in 3D with full-colour panoramic images superimposed over a highly accurate point cloud. Weighing only 1 kg, the BLK360 is the smallest and lightest instrument of its kind and is easy to use thanks to its one-button operation. Anyone who can handle a tablet computer can now capture the environment with high-resolution 3D panoramic images.

The BLK360 is capable of thermal imaging thanks to its built-in thermal imaging sensor. Every scan includes a thermal image panorama, allowing you to view temperatures within the scan with a colour scale and capturing energy units for a fire or explosion scene.

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Manage and deliver the data with Leica Cyclone FIELD 360 and Leica Cyclone REGISTER 360 (BLK Edition)

Using Cyclone FIELD 360 mobile-device app, the BLK360 streams image and point cloud data to an iPad or final project data to Cyclone REGISTER 360 or Cyclone REGISTER 360 (BLK Edition) via Wi-Fi. With on-the-fly image and point cloud processing in the field and auto-registration office workflows in both software offerings, the BLK360 plus the software solution of your choice dramatically streamlines the reality capture process – thereby opening this technology to everyone.

 

Structural monitoring for automated safety and rescue operations on a fire scene




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Monitor movements with Leica Geosystems total stations and a dedicated app

With a Leica Geosystems total station and an on-board App, movements of structures can be automatically and precisely monitored day or night to ensure the safety of incident response teams and the victims.

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Continuously monitor movements with Leica GeoMoS software and Leica Geosystems total stations

For structures that need to be monitored for a longer period of time, an automated monitoring system can be established. Comprising of a Leica total station and Leica GeoMoS controlling software at the scene, any movement in the structure will be detected 24/7. Notifications of movement are automatically sent to inform stakeholders to ensure safety.

 

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Fire scene investigation with the Leica RTC360 laser scanner

Discover why the RTC360 has proven to be the best tool used in scene documentation and analysis for forensic engineers at the Dubai Police, improving procedures for fire and explosion investigation.
Discover why the RTC360 has proven to be the best tool used in scene documentation and analysis for forensic engineers at the Dubai Police, improving procedures for fire and explosion investigation.

Transforming reality into photorealistic Virtual Reality with laser scanning

Using the RTC360, VR developer RiVR was able to develop life-like virtual environments where the fire and police officers of the future can be trained.
Using the RTC360, VR developer RiVR was able to develop life-like virtual environments where the fire and police officers of the future can be trained.

Post-fire deformation monitoring with Leica Geosystems total stations in the Polish Fire Service.

Rescue operations on fire- or explosion scenes and during construction disasters are the most complicated, complex, and dangerous tasks.
Rescue operations on fire- or explosion scenes and during construction disasters are the most complicated, complex, and dangerous tasks.

Why choose us

Peer-to-peer advice, consultancy and practical assistance. We are a partner trusted by public and private sector organisations, offering the broadest portfolio of geospatial tools, reliable service, and expertise.
Peer-to-peer advice, consultancy and practical assistance. We are a partner trusted by public and private sector organisations, offering the broadest portfolio of geospatial tools, reliable service, and expertise.

Applications

Our know-how serves Public Safety professionals worldwide and redefines the way law enforcement personnel manage incident and scene investigation, evidence gathering, and forensic mapping.
Our know-how serves Public Safety professionals worldwide and redefines the way law enforcement personnel manage incident and scene investigation, evidence gathering, and forensic mapping.

Solutions

Our solutions for reality capture, scene investigation or reconstruction, precise positioning and location intelligence give you the edge in creating your Forensic Digital Twin.
Our solutions for reality capture, scene investigation or reconstruction, precise positioning and location intelligence give you the edge in creating your Forensic Digital Twin.

Learning centre

Whether looking to move beyond traditional documentation methods or master your technology, our training resources support you in every step of your day-to-day job.
Whether looking to move beyond traditional documentation methods or master your technology, our training resources support you in every step of your day-to-day job.