This final article of the Forensic Laboratory 2030 series will explore important workplace trends, work/life drivers, a vision for FL2030, and challenges for the future.
The Forensic Laboratory 2030 research findings indicate the need to accommodate change in the laboratory environment is on a parallel track with unprecedented advancements in technology. The challenge will be to maintain critical adaptability measures to meet the space needs of the future.
I would like to better inform the forensic community just how important international forensic science facility projects are and how they can help grow the international forensic community.
Advice from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences on implementing a system.
This second installment of the Forensic Laboratory 2030 series will focus the microscope of prognostication on laboratory investigations and the activities surrounding them.
Combating cybercrime is the purview of the digital forensics laboratory—a relative newcomer on the forensic scene. What are the requirements for designing laboratory spaces that best support this ever changing section?
What will constitute a modern forensic laboratory in 2030? From its physical manifestation to its legal and scientific mandates, the vision for the ideal forensic laboratory in 2030 will likely be dramatically different from the model of today.
Utility systems that support forensic science need to hit the mark and be, as Goldilocks said, just right. Skip the energy conserving features and you’ll spend more on utility bills indefinitely.
Green. Welcoming. Collaborative. Open. Educational. Bright. Sexy. Current economic factors for construction along with smart and fresh design have brought these adjectives into reach for every forensic facility.
Washington, D.C., has put all its forensic tools in one basket—the Consolidated Forensic Laboratory—to create faster, more efficient service to the District.
What options exist to better store items that not only provide more storage but also provide an economy of space? Depending on what is being stored there are a number of products to help facilitate that need.
The purpose of this article is to provide laboratories with an overview of a logical sequence towards, and identify the prerequisites required for, accreditation.
One of the most difficult and time consuming portions of the construction of a new laboratory is preparing and orchestrating a move. With some organization and forethought you can make the best of an inevitable situation.
Banishing backlogs and budget cuts with “Foresight”
Medicolegal autopsy facilities represent a particularly challenging set of criteria for project design teams. The facilities generally require core spaces developed for subsections of analysis and must support a specimen processing flow.
We’d like to challenge each one of you to define what your greatest forensic facility challenge is today. Here are some issues that we often hear about.
This article will discuss some of the pros and cons of leasing laboratory space and will ask some questions which can help you determine if it will work for you.
We were asked to evaluate a proposed forensic laboratory site in Morocco, develop a program for the agency, test-fit the program into the building’s floor plans, and make a recommendation as to the potential use of the proposed building as a crime lab.
We were asked to prepare a facility needs assessment for Lagos, Nigeria as part of the country’s focused effort to improve the use of forensic science to support law enforcement, criminal investigation, and the judicial system of Lagos State.
The following recommendations have been culled from years of dealing with IEQ complaints. Often the fix is very simple and costs almost nothing.
The International Criminal Investigation Training Assistance Program of the United States Department of Justice, through Military Professional Resources, Inc. contracted us to conduct an on-site review of a recently partially remodeled lab in South America. The following issues were identified and documented.
Smart facilities, including laboratories, can save space and energy (and therefore money) compared to traditional facilities. One area in which facilities are becoming increasingly smart is user identification.
An equipment survey of existing instrumentation in the laboratory is a valuable tool that will be referenced countless times by the project team during the planning and design of a renovation project or new forensic facility.
The swing into the digital era has changed the face of photography and consequently the need for an updated perspective when planning facilities for a photography section.
A fully equipped digital forensics laboratory contains numerous specialty spaces, each with its own unique and specific architectural/engineering design issues that must be addressed.