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Forensic Scene Mapping Using Lasers  

This course will teach you how to use any laser mapping equipment, including speed lasers and total stations, to determine scene dimensions for later renderings in scale diagrams.

You will learn about coordinate geometry and the various methods for conducting accurate scene measurements, from tape measuring to the latest laser mapping systems. You will be shown the proper procedures for setting-up, testing, and operating the laser mapping devices and how to download the resulting data. And you will take part in a number of “hands-on” exercises which involve locating and measuring evidence in a variety of field conditions using the laser mapping equipment.

You will also receive an introduction on computer diagramming software and how to render a scale drawing of a scene.

To successfully complete this course, you will be required to pass a written exam and successfully map a scene.

Topics Include

  • Overview of laser measuring
  • Coordinate geometry and measuring
  • Introduction to laser mapping equipment
  • Proper methods of at-scene measuring
  • Relocating systems while measuring
  • Introduction to computer diagramming
  • Downloading data and rendering a scale diagram


Law enforcement and private crash investigators and reconstructionists, crime scene investigators

Course Length

40 hours


Previous training in traffic crash or crime scene investigations is helpful but not mandatory.

What to Bring

  • The laser mapping system currently owned by you or your agency
  • Laptop computer with administrative privileges

ACTAR Information

IPTM's Forensic Scene Mapping Using Lasers course is eligible for 40 ACTAR CEUs.


This course is available by contract only. For more information, contact us at (904) 620-4786 or by e-mail at