Improving Situational Awareness and Incident Management
June 09, 2023


In times of crisis, every second counts. The ability to swiftly assess the situation, gather accurate information, and make informed decisions is crucial for effective emergency response. Traditional methods of data collection and incident management often fall short in providing real-time and comprehensive insights. However, with the advent of reality capture technologies, such as 3D scanning, and photogrammetry, emergency responders now have a powerful tool at their disposal.

In this blog post, we will explore how reality capture is transforming emergency response, enhancing situational awareness, and revolutionizing incident management.

Enhancing Situational Awareness

One of the primary benefits of reality capture in emergency response is its ability to enhance situational awareness. By capturing high-definition 3D data of the incident scene, responders can virtually immerse themselves in the environment before arriving on-site. This immersive experience allows for a more thorough understanding of the terrain, building layouts, and potential hazards. With this valuable insight, responders can develop more effective strategies and deploy resources with precision.

Improved Incident Management

Reality capture enables responders to create accurate 3D models of the incident scene, providing a detailed representation of the affected area. These models can be utilized for comprehensive pre-planning, allowing responders to identify potential risks, establish evacuation routes, and determine the most efficient allocation of resources. During the incident, the real-time data obtained through reality capture can be shared across various command centers, enabling better coordination, collaboration, and decision-making. This streamlined incident management process reduces response times and improves overall outcomes.

Case Study: Dubai Police

Reality capture technology revolutionizes the documentation of fire or explosion scenes, offering a safer, more efficient, and highly accurate approach. Instead of relying on traditional methods involving sketches, photographs, and tape measures, investigators can now utilize advanced devices like the Leica RTC360 3D laser scanner and the Leica BLK360 imaging laser scanner. These tools enable swift capture of post-fire environments, creating precise 3D digital twins of the entire scene. Investigators can revisit and analyze the information throughout the investigation, while the 3D data serves as compelling digital evidence in court, providing enhanced visualization and accurate reconstruction. Ensuring data integrity, the RTC360 laser scanner employs a digital signature protocol, meeting the highest verification requirements.

Dubai Police adopted this technology to overcome the challenges of manually collecting evidence and capturing every crucial detail in hazardous environments. With the RTC360 scanner, they preserved evidence effectively, even in smoky conditions and extreme temperatures, while benefiting from advanced features like the Visual Inertial System (VIS), which ensures consistent and accurate measurements, significantly reducing on-scene time compared to previous-generation tools.


Reality capture technology is revolutionizing emergency response and incident management, providing invaluable tools for enhanced situational awareness and streamlined operations. By leveraging advanced devices like the Leica RTC360 3D laser scanner and the Leica BLK360 imaging laser scanner, responders can capture precise 3D digital twins of incident scenes, enabling thorough analysis and accurate reconstruction.

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