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Forensic Mapping with Total Stations and CSI Mobile   

This course will teach you how to properly use a total station to create three dimensional maps of crash and crime scenes. Topics will range from the basic principles of surveying and the concepts of measurement to problem solving techniques needed to correct field errors. We will also show you how to download data from CSI Mobile to a computer and the basics of computer diagramming.

You will learn different methods of creating scaled drawings by means of triangulation, base line and radial measurements. We will explain how to locate points on the Cartesian coordinate system by ordered pairs and discuss the mathematical definition of points on a plane, lines, circles, and triangles. The distance formula for points on a coordinate plane using Pythagorean’s Theorem and measuring elevations will be introduced.

We’ll instruct you on the use of the total station, including the instrument, tripod, prism, rods and data collectors. The set up and assembly of each will be covered as well as the leveling and site selection for the tripod. Basic care, calibration and maintenance will be addressed. The CSI Mobile software – including the main menu, general user interface and the options available to you – will be explained and displayed.

You will work in teams to measure a minimum of 6 crash or crime scenes using a total station and CSI Mobile software. Proper setup, leveling and new job creation will be emphasized and you will be shown the practical uses of reference points and backsite concepts. Simultaneous linework creation will be utilized throughout the exercises. You will learn methods to move the total station around within the scene in order to become familiar with both resection and traverse functionality. We will also introduce the point and line offset functions within CSI Mobile.

Finally, you will be shown the process for downloading jobs from the data collectors to a USB drive. Additional functionality, including Stake Point options to relocate measured data in the field, adding notes to the data, and Point to Point measurements, will be illustrated. The different file types that are downloadable will be explained and viewed.

Topics Include

  • Concepts of total station measurements
  • Coordinate geometry
  • Total station nomenclature
  • CSI Mobile software overview
  • Skid marks and vehicle speeds
  • Scene creation
  • Total station movement
  • Advanced functions and downloading


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

Course Length

40 hours


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

What to Bring


  • The laser mapping system currently owned by you or your agency
  • A traffic vest for use during field work on active traffic ways
  • Laptop computer with administrative privileges

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



Schedule Changes

This schedule is subject to change without notice. If you have not received an official confirmation email prior to the first day of class, please contact us at (904) 620-4786 or before traveling or making airline reservations.

Registration and Fees

Full payment must accompany all registrations. You may register online and pay with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card, or you may download a Registration Form and mail it to IPTM with a check.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Complete the Cancellation Request Form and return it to IPTM. No telephone cancellations will be accepted. A 20% administrative fee will be assessed to all refunds if the cancellation request is received within 14 days of the course start date. In lieu of a refund, student substitutions can be made or a credit can be issued for a future course. No refunds will be given for no-shows. If materials for an online course were sent to the student, the appropriate materials and shipping costs will be deducted from the refund amount. Materials may be returned to IPTM in their original condition at the student's expense. Once IPTM has received and inspected them, the refund will be processed.

Due to the automated format of online independent study courses and Videos on Demand (VoDs), no refunds or substitutions can be made after registration.

Course Confirmations

A minimum number of registrations must be received for an in-person class to run as scheduled. When the minimum criterion has been met, written confirmation will be emailed to you. Please do not travel or make airline reservations until you receive written notification confirming that the course will run as scheduled.

Transportation and Lodging

Most locations are served by several major airlines. Transportation, food and lodging are the responsibility of the student. For information on training locations, please visit our Locations page or call us at (904) 620-4786. For courses in Jacksonville, the University of North Florida maintains a list of area hotels on the Campus Travel Management page.

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