FORENSIC ENGINEERING SURVEYS WITH UAV PHOTOGRAMMETRY AND LASER SCANNING TECHNIQUES
Keywords: UAV Photogrammetry, Terrestrial Laser Scanning, Forensic Engineering, Industrial Accidents Survey, 3D Imaging, Forensic Photography
Abstract. This work aims at presenting the use of new technologies in the field of forensic engineering. In particular, the use of UAV photogrammetry and laser scanning is compared with the traditional methods of surveying an accident site. In this framework, surveys must be carried out promptly, executed in a short time and performed so that the greatest possible amount of information is collected with sufficient accuracy to avoid the possibility of neglecting details once that the scene is no longer preserved. The combination of modern surveying techniques such UAV photogrammetry and laser scanning can properly fulfill these requirements. An experimental test has been arranged and instruments, procedures, settings, practical limits and results have been evaluated and compared with respect to the usual way of performing the survey for forensic purposes. In particular, both qualitative and quantitative considerations are given, assessing the completeness of the reconstructed model, the statistical evaluation of the errors and the accuracy achieved.