CAL FIRE Law Enforcement Deploys ScanStation 2

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<p><strong>Norcross, Ga. &mdash; Aug. 6</strong><br />The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has selected the Leica ScanStation 2 laser scanner from Leica Geosystems to support fire investigations on its more than 31 million acres of responsibility. </p><p>Developed for versatility and productivity, the Leica ScanStation 2 provides investigators with a powerful tool for fire scene reconstruction by enabling the rapid collection of millions of high-accuracy measurements at the scene. </p><p>The 3-D scan data can then be used to analyze the pre-fire spatial relationships and geometry between trees, branches, terrain, structures and nearby utilities. <br /><br />The ScanStation 2 is a highly mobile laser scanner platform that is suited to the speed, accuracy and mobility requirements of a fire services organization. </p><p>The introduction of the Leica ScanStation 2, this month, brings exponential increases in scan speeds up to 50,000 points per second.<br /><br />CAL FIRE&#39;s first introduction to the benefits of 3-D laser scanning emerged in the aftermath of a fire several years ago that started when a dead tree fell on a power line. </p><p>When questions arose as to how the fire started, CAL FIRE called in a local laser scanning consultant to map the area. </p><p>Using data from a Leica Geosystems laser scanner, the agency was able to show that because of insufficient forest maintenance in the vicinity of power lines, a utility company was responsible for the subsequent fire. </p><p>The detailed fire scene reconstruction, enabled by the Leica Geosystems&#39; laser scanner, was instrumental in helping CAL FIRE recover more than $10 million in fire-suppression costs. </p><p>Since this first application, CAL FIRE has used laser scanning technology to investigate many fire scenes throughout California.<br /><br />&quot;We&#39;re very excited about having this tool readily available to our investigators and law enforcement personnel,&quot; said Tom Hoffman, CAL FIRE chief of law enforcement. &quot;Our goal is to find the truth by determining a reliable and accurate representation of the actual events. Laser scanning can help us do that. </p><p>&quot;Ideally suited to fire investigation, it&#39;s quick, very mobile, highly accurate and, most important, provides clarity of evidence in a visually friendly way.&quot;<br /><br />Once the 3-D scan data is collected, fire investigators can virtually revisit the scene at any time to make additional measurements as the scope of their investigation changes. </p><p>The digital data can also be imported into CAD or specialized software to create a physical model, rendering or even virtual animations.<br /><br />&quot;Fire scene reconstruction is a growing application area for our scanners as both attorneys and insurance companies come to realize the compelling nature of scan data collected by fire investigators,&quot; said Tony Grissim, Leica Geosystems public safety and forensic account manager. &quot;The findings from investigations like these can mean the difference between millions of dollars in payouts or, in some cases, people going to prison.&quot;</p>

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