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Title: The use of laser scanning and 3D modelling in accident investigations
Author: Eyre, Matthew
Awarding Body: University of Exeter
Current Institution: University of Exeter
Date of Award: 2015
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In order to prevent accidents we need to understand them, this is achieved through effective accident investigation. Accident investigation is a complex process of gathering and evaluating information to determine factors that may have implications on the final event. One of the fundamental aspects in the investigation process is to capture geospatial data of the incident, to document the scene in its current condition, providing the investigation team with a record for future reference. The production of plans have conventionally remained the same, with a surveyor tasked to illustrate a 3D scene with 2D representations. Recent developments in instrumentation have provided the geospatial industry with the means to capture vast amounts of 3D data directly using laser scanning. In addition, there have been considerable advancements in software applications which can be used to process the surveyed datasets. This research evaluates the use of the latest technology in respect of accident investigation applying the methodology to fire related incidents, industrial accidents and mining incidents. This is achieved by using a number of case studies that have been undertaken throughout the timeline of the project and whilst working with industry professionals in the field.
Supervisor: Foster, Patrick; Coggan, John Sponsor: European Social Fund
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Laser Scanning ; Accident Investigation