Three-Dimensional Integrated Survey for Building Investigations

J Forensic Sci. 2015 Nov;60(6):1625-32. doi: 10.1111/1556-4029.12915. Epub 2015 Jul 29.


The study shows the results of a survey aimed to represent a building collapse and the feasibility of the modellation as a support of structure analysis. An integrated survey using topographic, photogrammetric, and terrestrial laser techniques was carried out to obtain a three-dimensional (3D) model of the building, plans and prospects, and the particulars of the collapsed area. Authors acquired, by a photogrammetric survey, information about regular parties of the structure; while using laser scanner data they reconstructed a set of more interesting architectural details and areas with higher surface curvature. Specifically, the process of texture provided a detailed 3D structure of the areas under investigation. The analysis of the data acquired resulted to be very useful both in identifying the causes of the disaster and also in helping the reconstruction of the collapsed corner showing the contribution that the integrated surveys can give in preserving architectural and historic heritage.

Keywords: data integration; feature extraction; forensic science; laser scanning; modeling; photogrammetry; topography.

Publication types

  • Case Reports