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Thank you for participating in the Fire Investigation Scientific Days. Below you can find video clips from the day 1 and PowerPoint presentations from day 1 and 2. If you have any comments or questions, please, don't hesitate to contact us. 


KIm Hansen 

kih@dbigroup.dk


Giorgio Marinelli

gma@dbigroup.dk

Thank you for participating in the 'Fire Investigation Scientific Days'


ADVANCED IMAGE ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES

Absent of the testimony from reliable eyewitnesses to, or recording of the fire’s inception fire origin determination is largely a matter of fire pattern recognition and interpretation. Presently, much of this interpretation is implicit and thus largely dependent on the individual investigator’s knowledge, experience, education, training and skill. The limitation of this approach is that it is very user reliant and potentially bias.


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FROM THE EYES OF THE USERS

What is the role of a fire investigator? What should a report contain and how should it be written? What constitutes a strong conclusion?


Based on a qualitative ethnographic study, we will explore these topics through the eyes of DBI clients - from police to the insurance industry. The presentation shares insights and findings from the user study and engage in a shared discussion about the user’s needs in reporting and concluding from fire investigations.


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THE IMPACT OF THE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Technological developments and proliferation of image recording devices leads to an unprecedented and massive production of images. These new types of traces can bring significant contribution to fire investigation.


Our practice suggests that there is a certain lack of methodological frame and strategy in the way these images are searched, collected and integrated with other information during the investigation.


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Day 2

FIRE INVESTIGATION AS AN INTERFACE OF FORENSIC SCIENCE AND FIRE SAFETY


Although they are based on a common corpus of basic knowledge such as combustion science or heat transfer modes, fire safety science and the forensic reconstruction of a fire event significantly differ in their logical process and their use of this corpus of knowledge.


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FIRE SAFETY: THEORY VS. REALITY


The application of spray foam insulation and other materials that are tested (certified as) non-flammable in building and vessel construction is increasing at the same rate as the demands for energy efficiency and environmental concerns. The presence of those materials in a burned vessel or building makes traditional fire interpretation difficult and makes evidence collection harder and maybe even impossible as it often leads to destruction of forensic evidence on the scene.


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THE INFLUENCE OF IGNITION LOCATION ON PATTERNS AT THE FIRE SCENE


Horizontal flame spread is a much studied area within fire science and there are many factors that can influence how a fire spreads horizontally over a material’s surface. The point-of-ignition is one such factor that is generally known to have an influence on flame spread and heat release rates and thus fire patterns. Difference in the point-of ignition can dramatically change the fire scenario and the patterns at a fire scene. 



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LEARNING FROM FAILURE


Starting from an actual example of a fire (solar thermal collectors), we can see if fire investigation can unveil a possibility of a yet unknown outbreak of fire.


We will discuss how this information should/can be transmitted, and how this intelligence can be transformed into actionable knowledge to improve security concepts.



VIRTUAL AND AUGMENTED REALITY IN FIRE INVESTIGATION


VR and AR have shown their potential for enhancing the learning experiences and training possibilities across a range of industries. VR and AR training in fire investigation can reduce logistics, save time and provide a safe environment based on real life fires.


Instructors do not have to set buildings on fire, can observe the trainees from a distance and give more valuable feedback to the trainees using the recording of the sessions. 






NEW FRONTIERS IN ROBOTICS AND THEIR APPLICATIONS


Commercial Robots used to be confined inside the working cells of a factory. But in the last decade, robots have been steadily evolving, thanks to the progress made in perception algorithms, new sensors and increasing computing power.

Nowadays, we can find potential application for mobile robots in many fields, such as inspection, agriculture, logistic, disaster relief and even fire-fighting.


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