Mass Disaster Scene Reconstruction

Primary Course Instructors: Dennis C. Dirkmaat, Ph.D., D-ABFA; Michael J. Hochrein (FBI, ret); Wallace Miller, Somerset Co. Coroner; and Elias Kontanis, Ph.D., National Transportation Safety Board

The goal of this course is to provide participants with a working knowledge of how to conduct the most efficient and effective processing of a large-scale disaster scene involving multiple human victims. Nationally-recognized standards (Weldon Spring and Clarence Center Protocols) developed, tested, and published by the course directors will be presented and demonstrated. The course will discuss past recovery efforts at incidents such as the USAir Flight 427, ColganAir Flight 3407, and United Flight 93 (9/11), as well as the prioritization of various types of evidence associated with these incidents and scenes. An emphasis will be placed on demonstrating and utilizing the multiple levels of scene mapping equipment including electronic total stations, high-end GPS units, 3D scanners, and mapping and documentation drones. An additional course offered on Saturday, Oct 26th, 2019, will offer participants the chance to use the skills they have learned in this course on a mock outdoor forensic scene involving a car fire with a human proxy. See the Hands-on Recovery Course description for details.

Special Offer: 10% discount if you sign up for two of our one-day courses

Oct 25, 2019


*Approved for 8 PA Coroner's continuing education credit hours*

*Approved for 8 hours for IAI Initial Crime Scene certification and recertification*

Course Location: Tripwire Operations Group facilities, Gettysburg, PA

Course Participants: Coroner’s Office personnel, Law enforcement personnel, advanced undergraduates and graduate students (limited to 20 individuals)

Check out our course syllabus!

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Dennis Dirkmaat,
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Michael Hochrein,
FBI (Ret.)

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