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Developing an efficient method for generating facial reconstructions using photogrammetry and open source 3D/CAD software.

Hunt, Cahill (2017) Developing an efficient method for generating facial reconstructions using photogrammetry and open source 3D/CAD software. Masters by Coursework thesis, Murdoch University.

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Abstract

The identification of deceased individuals is important in society as it not only facilitates the progression of criminal investigations into suspicious deaths, but also enables the resolution of legal matters and brings closure to the families affected by the death. When a corpse is skeletonized, heavily burned, or the soft tissue has degraded to a point that other professionals cannot obtain information about the deceased, a forensic anthropologist or odontologist is often tasked with identification. A variety of methods exist that enable forensic anthropologists to achieve identification. These include: non-imaged records comparisons; craniofacial superimposition and comparative radiography. Facial reconstructions can also be utilized when no ante mortem information about the deceased individual is available or when law enforcement have no suspicions on who the deceased person is. Facial reconstructions are traditionally a manual method however with the recent advancement of photogrammetry and three-dimensional and computer-aided design modeling software, the process can be performed within a virtual space. The purpose of this literature review is to identify an efficient and low-cost method of generating facial reconstructions using photogrammetry and open-source three-dimensional and computer-aided design software.

Publication Type: Thesis (Masters by Coursework)
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
UNSD Goals: Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being
Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Supervisor: Coumbaros, John and Chapman, Brendan
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/39826
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