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DigTrace is an integrated software solution for the capture and analysis of 3D data whether in a forensic context (footwear evidence) or in the study of vertebrate tracks and footprints. It caters for everything from the study of dinosaur footprints to the analysis of footwear evidence at a crime scene.

Developed from a decade of research at Bournemouth University on fossil footprints, the freeware provides a bespoke solution to the analysis of such evidence. The project was funded by a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Innovation Grant (NE/M021459/1) with project partners from the UK’s National Crime Agency, Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology and Liverpool John Moores University.

Three work benches – create, measure and compare – allow you to create 3D models via photogrammetry, visualise those models and make a range of measurements, before computing mean tracks and/or comparing directly individual tracks or track populations.

There are two versions of the freeware currently available an academic version (DigTrace Academic) that is aimed at the study of vertebrate tracks and a version designed specifically for forensic use (DigTrace Pro).