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Advanced Paint Analysis: Fundamentals, Interpretation, and the RCMP Paint Data Query - Workshop

21 Feb 2023 7:11 AM | Brian Clemons (Administrator)

This course has been developed for forensic practitioners with expertise in the analysis of paint. Course content will include discussion of the different paint formulations used for a variety of coatings applications, data analysis, and interpretation as well as report writing. Included in this 4.5 day class is a 2 day session on the use of the Paint Data Query (PDQ) database for sourcing OEM automotive paint. Access to PDQ will be provided for the workshop and practical exercises will be discussed to better familiarize attendees with the use of the database. There will also be practical exercises designed to provide examples of different paint systems for microscopical examination. The Advanced PDQ Workshop is recommended for forensic scientists with automotive paint experience and should be familiar with both the RCMP PDQi software and Wiley (formerly Bio -Rad) KnowItAllâ„¢ Software. This course will include spectral interpretation of common binders/resins as well as recognition of peak patterns/combinations, Layer System Query Searches, Fill-In-The-Blank Searches, KnowItAll searches (including the multi-layer search function), best practices for searching. Participants will be completing PDQ exercises and are welcome to bring their own unknown case.

Computer Requirements: 

A laptop with Windows XP or newer is required. Participants must have the PDQ program as well as the KnowItAll search software installed on their computer. Administrative rights are recommended. Anyone without current access to the PDQ program is asked to contact the PDQ Team ( ) prior to registering for the workshop. 

This Workshop can only accommodate 20 students.  A waitlist will be available for those who cannot get on the initial list.

Dates: June 5, 2023 - June 9, 2023

Pricing: Spring Workshop Pass (member-$400.00) (non-member-$500.00)

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