Seminole County using 3D technology to create virtual crime scenes

The days of sketching out a crime scene are in the past. In Seminole County, investigators are using state of the art 3D technology to map out crime scenes.

One year ago, on April 28th, 2018, our cameras were rolling as an ambulance took a suspect away after opening fire on law enforcement. All of this was captured behind the yellow tape.

But beyond that line and inside the crime scene, a 3D image shows what officers saw.

“The house was shot at multiple times, so you can see there’s some bullet holes here in the garage as well as some items of evidence,” crime scene analyst Arthur Rubart said. “Here’s some more bullet holes here on the walls. Basically scan around 360 degrees here and give you an idea of the front yard of the home.”

All of it was captured on a special 3D camera called Faro.

“It shoots out millions and millions of lasers,” Rubart said.

The camera measures the distance between all objects.

“This is basically accurate to 1/100th of a millimeter,” he said.

The technology cuts out the margin for human error.

“We used to have to do that by basically creating a sketch on the scene and measuring with a tape measure,” Rubart said.

A job, which used to take several hours, now can be done in a matter of minutes while capturing a lifelike perspective in color for daytime and black and white for night. Officials said those elements are key for analyzing, interpreting, and visualizing a crime scene, whether it’s for an investigator or a juror.

“Allow them to basically walk through the crime scene as we did,” Rubart said.

All of it is done to create a clearer case against crime.