Vacuum Metal Deposition (VMD) - Latent Fingerprint Development


Tuesday, January 26, 2021


11:00 AM America/New_York

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This Webinar is a great chance to learn more about the powerful Forensic VMD latent print development technique.

Live demonstrations will highlight just how quick and simple it is to develop fingermarks on items such as paper, fabrics, plastics, currency and fired ammunition.

Topics will include:

  • Introduction to VMD
  • Dr Steve Bleay - A Brief History of the Evolution of VMD 
  • Demonstration of the New Auto VMD560
  • A Year of using VMD Operationally
  • VMD Processing & Imaging; Fabrics, Thermal Paper, Plastics and Fired Ammunition
  • Q&A

Dr Steve Bleay

Steve is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science at London South Bank University. He joined the university in 2019 after nearly 25 years in the scientific civil service, firstly at the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, and then spent 16 years at the UK Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology where he became Senior Technical Specialist, primarily working within the Fingerprint Research Group. He has a BSc and PhD in Materials Science, both from the University of Bath, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and a Member of the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining.

Steve is an invited member of the International Fingerprint Research group and through collaborative networks formed from that membership has co-authored over 50 forensic science-related publications in peer-reviewed journals, is one of the principal authors of the world recognised Home Office Fingermark Visualisation Manual, and recently authored the text book ‘Fingerprint Development Techniques – Theory and Application’ published in 2018. He also acts as a Forensic Advisor to the Defence Science & Technology Laboratory, and as an ISO17025 Technical Assessor.

Mr James Price

James is the Division Manager of West Technology Forensics. He joined in 2016 having previously worked internationally in the Forensic industry for the past 10 years. In his current position, James is responsible for overseeing international operations and training. He is also involved in VMD research projects and the continual innovation of the VMD range, utilising his background in Aerospace Engineering

UK based West Technology Forensics, is the leading manufacturer of Vacuum Metal Deposition Systems for latent fingerprint development on non and porous exhibits. Their VMD systems are the standard system used by UK forensic laboratories and are widely used by Government Agencies and Police Departments worldwide.