Why Climb?

Recently, we sat down and evaluated some basic requirements for the telecom industry inside of the United States. The biggest problem we saw was that the vast majority of service providers were still doing it the way they did it in the 1990’s and not comprehending why they were being left behind by competition. 3CON, LLC has provided 3D scanning, site mapping, structural analysis data and more to the telecom industry for years, and we have noticed a (disturbing) pattern.

In any business, time is money. Adapting to change is difficult. If the old way works, keep using it. These are the statements that we have heard time and time again throughout the industry. This thinking opens the door for new, disruptive technology to come in and change the marketplace in its entirety. The not-so big news is that it’s already starting in the telecom industry.

3D scanning has taken root as the new tool for adaptive companies that want to leverage technology to their advantage. With the wide range of uses, 3D scanning can provide the telecom engineer the ability to travel from site to site without leaving their desk. From the comfort of the keyboard, they can perform complex measurements that in many cases are unattainable otherwise, review design updates, and check for possible impending failures. That’s really pretty incredible when you think that it can be done while enjoying your morning coffee.

For more information, please contact 3CON, LLC at 888-316-4399 or email contact@608design.com.

3D Scanning Turns Back The Clock

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – What if you could roll back time and step into a crime scene from ten years ago?

It’s already happening in West Michigan.

Newschannel 3 got a front row seat to astonishing 3D imagery that’s helping Michigan State Police solve cold case crimes.

Imagine being able to take a witness back to the crime scene years later and see what they did from their vantage point.

Or how about riding in a suspect’s vehicle at night to try and discover if they were telling the truth?

Michigan State Police are calling this new forensic tool priceless and its saving them years of investigative work.

They say the Jodi Parrack murder case is a prime example.

“The truth is always there. The question is, can you uncover it?

The night of November 8th, 2007, 11-year-old Jodi Parrack disappeared. Dozens were frantically searching for the little girl and some ended up driving through Constantine Cemetery.

“Were they suspects or were they witnesses?” said Det. Sgt. Shane Criger with Michigan State Police.

Detective Sergeant Shane Criger was one of the investigators dedicated to finding out.

It was this tombstone where police say Parrack’s mother discovered her body, and this silver bike was lying on the ground nearby.

“It was very hard for us to understand how they can drive so close to the body without seeing the body or the bike,” said MSP Det. Sgt. Criger.

For several years, state police went back to the cemetery on the anniversary of Parrack’s murder to try and replicate the crime scene.

But it wasn’t until 2012 Duane Redding was called in to help.

“We can put ourselves quite literally anywhere inside the cemetery,” said Redding.

Redding is the creator of Visual Litigation, his company 3CON is pioneering the use of 3D laser scanning.

He was able to accomplish in two weeks what state police tried doing for three years the old-fashioned way.

“What the data is, is what the data is. It can’t be flavored, it can’t be manipulated. If you want to go to the truth, in my opinion, this is one of the best tools forensically since DNA,” said Redding.

This is what it looks like. Its name is Faro 330.

“Basically, a laser goes out and does measurements up to a million points a second and creates a 3D reference of the environment,” said Redding.

Redding took Faro to Constantine Cemetery and after 18 scans in different locations, the laser virtually painted the environment into one model.

“With this technology we can actually extrapolate three dimensional information from it,” said Redding.

The information was then added to satellite photos and meteorological data from the night Parrack was murdered.

“So we knew what the dew point was, haze, fog, we knew how much of the moon was out that night,” said Redding.

Redding calls it a giant jigsaw puzzle in the form of a mathematical equation. State police call it invaluable.

“The biggest thing this is going to do for us, is allow us to go back to the crime scene at the day and time it happened, at any time, forever,” said MSP Det. Sgt. Criger.

At one time detectives were looking at nearly a dozen possible suspects. Each drove a different kind of vehicle and each had a different story to tell.

So Redding programmed the make and model of the vehicle’s headlights into his crime map.

“We can then determine what was the lumina factor of the lights, the typical distance, the angling,” said Redding.

Detective Criger says the information drastically whittled down the suspect list and saved massive amounts of time.

“Kind of get a different perspective now that it’s all done and over with, don’t ya?” asked Redding.

This week, we were there as Redding went back to Constantine Cemetery for the first time since helping state police years ago.

“In one night you live every nightmare a parent can possibly have,” said Redding.

With Parrack’s killer now in prison, he tells us as a father he was overcome by emotion realizing his 3D technology played a part in finding Jodi justice.

“It doesn’t change what has happened, but it can help close that chapter, that book, seems like it’s worth it,” said Redding.

The 3D scans are now being used by defense attorneys in court.

Redding says there’s a case right now in Cleveland, Ohio where scan data may exonerate a suspect.



Precast Concrete 3D Scanning

See an example of 3D scanning at the World of Concrete show in Las Vegas, NV February 1st thru 5th, 2016.
Start the year off strong at the industry’s ONLY annual international event dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries.

WOC will once again feature special product and action areas, including The Producer Center, a marketplace of materials, equipment, demos, and seminars for concrete producers; Material Handling, offering trucks, excavators and more for material delivery, distribution, concrete placement, and earth moving; Concrete Repair & Demolition, housing a display of surface preparation equipment, scarifying, grinding, sawing equipment, and other demolition products; World of Masonry, showcasing products, tools, information, and technology for masonry professionals; Technology for Construction, featuring the newest products and tools for the commercial construction industry from top information technology and systems providers; and Concrete Surfaces & Decorative showcasing the popularity of decorative concrete for both commercial and residential applications.

2015 3D Scanning Forensic training and certifications

3CON, LLC is announcing the implementation of the 2015 Public Safety Certified Law Enforcement Officers (CLEO) training agenda. As in previous years, these courses will be offered ONLY to certified law enforcement agencies and/or their counterparts in proprietorial and medical positions. The training and certification is part of the new F.I.R.S.T. initiative for 3D scanning certification on the Mantis-Vision F5 & F5 SR-1, FARO Focus3D and Trimble TX5 scanners.

3CON, LLC and Redding Forensics, Ltd. assist in Boston Strangler exhumation

Boston, MA – Redding Forensics, Ltd. was on hand to assist the crime scene members of the Boston Police Dept. in the exhumation of the suspected Boston Strangler.

The case of the Boston Strangler had remained officially opened for more than forty years, mostly due to the fact that there had previously been little or no evidence to link the main suspect, Albert Desalvo, to the crimes. That may have all changed.

The body of Albert Desalvo was exhumed by local authorities to conduct a final DNA comparative analysis which should show once and for all if he was in fact the individual responsible for the slayings that held a community in fear during the late 1960s.

Redding Forensics, Ltd. represented by Mr. Duane N. Redding and Cpl. Kris Mayer (Davenport Police Department) were in Boston conducting a training and certification for the Boston Police Crime Scene Unit on 3D scanning. The department has recently acquired an introductory grade scanner, and was finalizing their training when the announcement came that the exhumation was to take place.

“I was impressed with the care and respect shown by the Boston Police and other officials during the exhumation of Mr. Desalvo. There was great care taken to show respect to the suspect’s remains, as well as other individuals interned at the cemetery.” said Redding after the process.

When questioned by a local reported as to whether or not he believed this would finally solve the mystery, he replied “I think it’s far too early to speculate. Obviously the police have a good reason or they wouldn’t be doing this.”

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis went on the record by saying “It was a long time ago, but nobody forgets it.” Davis had devoured newspaper articles about the Boston Strangler as a grade school student in Lowell, MA.

Story: Boston Globe

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Michael Allard is a 26 year veteran of the Northampton Massachusetts Police Department where he serves as the Highway Safety Officer. Service includes collision analysis and reconstruction, latent fingerprint recovery and comparison, DNA recovery, crime scene investigation, and chief mapping officer.

Mike has taken his level of training and experience to the teaching of municipal , state, and federal law enforcement agencies. Northeast Diagramming also offers collision and crime scene consulting, forensic mapping and diagramming services, and training courses.

Mike is also an associate instructor for Forensic Consulting Associates of New England, SRR Training, and the Chief Cadzone Instructor for Threecon, LLC and Redding Forensics, Ltd., Northeast Diagramming Services is an authorized dealer for Laser Technology, CadZone, and F4 Devices. Mike is also a full member of the Professional Society of Forensic Mapping (PSFM).See

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