Live Event - Virtual Class - Forensic Science Village - 10.20.22 1pm Eastern
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It all began at the fire academy Revinge, Sweden, in 2019, between the Danish National Police (NKC) and the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee in Scotland. We undertook a pilot study to explore the use of Virtual Reality as a tool. The scenes that we captured enabled us to build a robust and comprehensive on-line training experience for European fire investigators in 2020 when in person training was not possible. In total, 78 participants from 24 nations, worked through 6 case studies submitting 115 reports. In 2021, NKC and Dundee are again joining forces, this time to develop a series of training scenarios, where fire scenes were digitally documented before a simulated crime, after the crime and after a fire at the scene. In this case an important factor was to explore and understand the accuracy and of the Virtual Reality simulation, providing confidence of its use as a deployable tool for training and competency testing. The audience will see examples from Udgård that can be used for broad-scale field experts/practitioners, and students. They will also get lessons learned and best practice.
Benny Thomsen started as a police officer 30 years ago and worked at the forensic science unit for 25 years. Benny is now specialized in fire investigations, and he is now professionally responsible at the national level for fire investigation within the national police. Benny was the chair of the IAAI sub chapter for the Nordic countries and a member of the steering committee of the Fire / Explosions working group of ENFSI
Eva Ljungkvist is a fire protection engineer and a fire investigator with three decades of experience in incident response, fire protection and fire investigation. Eva started in the Swedish Fire Service, and over the years, she has gained experience from working with, i.e. the investigation of Sweden’s worst serial arsonist. For the last couple of years, Eva is working with developing the forensic science unit at the Danish police and as a specialist in fire investigations. Eva is the chair of the fire/explosions working group of ENFSI.
Niamh Nic Daeid
Professor Niamh Nic Daeid is an award-winning Chartered Chemist and Authorised forensic scientist. She is a Professor of Forensic Science and Director of the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee. She has been involved in forensic science education, research and casework for over 25 years. Niamh has previously chaired the ENFSI working group for fire and explosion investigation and the INTERPOL forensic science manager’s symposium. She was vice-chair of the scientific advisory board of the International Criminal Court for six years and acted as an advisor to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
Trace Lawless - Moderator