SWGTREAD's Response to RDT&E

The Research, Development, Training and Education (RDT&E) Interagency Working Group (IWG) was tasked by the Subcommittee on Forensic Science to identify current and future plans for research, development, testing and evaluation related to forensic science and conduct gap analysis in the forensic science disciplines. As a result, the IWG requested SWGTREAD present information highlighting the scientific basis of shoeprint and tire tread analysis and how the discipline meets Daubert criteria. This presentation was made on May 11, 2011.

Based on the information presented, 15 questions were generated by the IWG to assist them with their mission. On August 22, 2011, the IWG contacted SWGTREAD to provide the opportunity to submit the appropriate literature references for each question. The IWG stated that this information will generate a better understanding of the existing research related to shoeprint and tire tread analysis.

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Call for Papers - Impression and Pattern Evidence

Submission Deadline: January 15, 2012

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Office of Justice Programs and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Laboratory Division are co-sponsoring the Impression and Pattern Evidence Symposium (IPES), to be held August 6-9, 2012, in Clearwater Beach, Florida.

This year's theme is Recognize, Develop, and Implement: Building on our Foundations.

They are now soliciting abstracts for posters, platform presentations, and workshops from all impression and pattern evidence disciplines, including the following:

  • Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
  • Fingerprint / Friction Ridges
  • Firearms and Toolmarks
  • Footwear and Tire Impressions
  • Questioned Documents
  • Other Impression and Pattern Evidence

Travel and lodging support will be provided for the primary presenter or accepted abstracts, invited guests, and committee members within the United States. Registration for the symposium will open in April 2012. For registration information about the symposium and to submit your abstract online, please visit the website at Symposium materials will be available 1 week prior to the event date.

Footwear Manufacturing Videos

The SWGTREAD Board met in Boston, Massachusetts in September 2010. The primary purpose of this meeting was to learn more about the current practices in footwear manufacturing. The Quabag Corporation (the manufacturer of Vibram outsoles) and New Balance agreed to host the SWGTREAD Board at their factories.

The Board spent one day at each company. New Balance provided in-depth lectures on the current practices of footwear manufacturing in the morning and then led the group through their factory in the afternoon. Most of the time at Quabag was spent touring their facility. The companies allowed the Board to shoot photos and roll video along the tours. The Board members took advantage of this opportunity and captured valuable footage of the footwear-making process - from rubber entering the Banbury Mixer at Quabag to molding outsoles directly to shoe uppers at New Balance.

The videos and photos obtained during the factory tours have been produced into three educational videos documenting three different processes. These videos are available online via the Training Videos link under the Resources menu.

  1. Compression molding at Quabag
  2. Direct attach injection molding at New Balance
  3. Open pour polyurethane molding at New Balance

These videos are a great resource for examiner trainees or those examiners who have not had the opportunity to tour a shoe factory.

Footwear Manufacturing Videos

Two new videos have been produced demonstrating footwear manufacturing processes. These videos are available online via the Manufacturing link under Videos in the Resources menu.

  1. Danner Factory Tour
  2. Chemical Acid Etch Texturing

These videos are a great resource for examiner trainees or those examiners who have not had the opportunity to tour a shoe factory.