In 2015 ESR was part of a joint research bid for a project investigating how 3D visualisation could change how evidence is presented and understood in court. Since then ESR has continued to advance how crime scenes and exhibits are captured and presented to Police and the courts using 3D capture.
As well as spherical photographs and 3D representations of exhibits, more recently, ESR is incorporating the use of virtual reality (VR) as a means of investigate crime scenes and take the viewer on a virtual tour of the scene. The first court case to incorporate 3D presentation and VR capability was Operation Pencarrow, a Police siege where over 40 shots were fired.
ESR is now working with a number of new partners on how this technology can be applied to other sectors, including visually preserving Maori cultural assets and capturing other complex scenes.