Forensic Document Examiners Conference

Forensic Document Examiners Conference

The four-day Forensic Document Examiners Conference brings together some of the leading experts in forensic document analysis to explore the latest printing processes and security features being used to authenticate and replicate documents.

Work with professionals from the U.S. Secret Service, the FBI, SICPA, Foster + Freeman, Appvion, OVD Kinegram, VeriTrace, Agfa, PPG, EFI, and others to learn to properly identify a document as either genuine or counterfeit: 

  • participate in hands-on sessions using instrumentation to determine document authenticity
  • learn how to identify imaging characteristics of traditional and non-impact printing systems
  • see what printing processes look like when documents are printed on a variety of everyday items
  • learn how to evaluate the imaging process, ink, and substrate used in a document

Register by February 28, 2020

Register online or call 704.330.6841.

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About the Conference

  • Topics

    • security inks, substrate, and materials
    • optical variable devices/holograms
    • forensic devices and imaging software
    • understanding color theory and reproduction
    • overt and covert security features
    • foundations of the most common print processes
  • Who Should Attend?

    • questioned document examiners 
    • forensic document examiners 
    • forensic scientists 
    • criminologists 
    • fraud investigators 
    • anti-counterfeiting professionals 
    • government employees who work in or with crime labs
  • Location and Accommodations

    Central Piedmont Community College
    Harris Conference Center
    3216 Harris Campus Dr.
    Charlotte, NC 28208

    Free parking is available at the conference center.


    Preferred location: Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel. The Sheraton provides free shuttle services to and from the conference location. View the hotels and transportation information for a corporate code to use when booking at the Sheraton.

    About Central Piedmont Community College

    The Forensic Document Examiner’s conference has chosen Central Piedmont as its host to highlight upcoming technologies. For example, Central Piedmont's Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology program was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to offer a specialized certificate in Brand Protection and Anti-Counterfeiting Technology. This certificate provides education in awareness and prevention of counterfeiting through print technologies.

  • Cost and Registration

    $1,500 per person

    Registration fees include conference attendance, breakfast, lunch, and snacks throughout the conference. Registration fees are non-refundable. The deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.

    Register now

Tuesday, March 17 Schedule and Speakers

All speakers are subject to change without notice.

  • 9 a.m.

    Welcome and introductions from Zachery Blackburn, Central Piedmont Community College.

  • 9:15 a.m.: Building a Secure Document

    Robert Sherwood – VeriTrace, Inc.

    The most secure documents utilize multi-layered technologies to combat counterfeiting. This session will discuss what multi-layering is, how technologies are selected, providing maximum protection, authentication, and cost.

  • 9:45 a.m.: The Document Counterfeiting Landscape

    Tony Poole – Document Security Alliance

    Tony Poole has an extensive perspective on the threats of counterfeiting from a global view. Learn about the current state of counterfeiting within the United States and around the world. Poole will share what kind of problems law enforcement is commonly facing and where these problems are developing.

  • 10:15 a.m.: Security Inks and their Print Processes

    Tom Jay – SICPA Securink Corporation

    An examination of the inks and print processes used to make a physical document secure, whether it be paper based, synthetic, or an ID card substrate.

    SICPA is the leading global supplier of overt and covert security inks for printing banknotes, ID and travel credentials, vital record documents, financial documents, tax, and other stamps and brand protection applications.

  • 12:15 p.m.

    Lunch served on site.

  • 1 p.m.: Fundamentals of Digital Print Processes

    Dr. Lokendra Pal – North Carolina State University

    Dr. Pal will discuss the fundamentals of the various digital print processes. Learn about how these processes reproduce documents, such as the varieties of digital options, an overview of the process functions, and gain an understanding of how these devices reproduce color and artwork.

  • 2 p.m.: Keynote Speaker: Elaine Marshall – North Carolina Secretary of State

    Secretary Marshall will address how NC is a leader in combating counterfeiting. Gain and understanding of why our efforts are important to commerce and our economy.

  • 2:45 p.m.

    Group picture and break.

  • 3 p.m.: Synthetic Substrates and Their Applications

    Max Astor – PPG

    In this session, you will learn about the varieties of synthetic substrates. These are commonly used for a range of identification cards. You will be exposed to their composition and what they are used to create.

  • 4 p.m.: Fundamentals of Diffractive Optically Variable Devices

    Tony Poole – OVD Kinegram

    Diffractive Optically Variable Devices (DOVIDs) are commonly used to protect secure documents from data manipulation and counterfeiting. However, their effectiveness depends primarily on their design and their integration on or in the document. This presentation will show examples of how DOVID's can be designed to facilitate visual inspection by humans and enable machine verification using standard desktop readers.

Wednesday, March 18 Schedule and Speakers

All speakers are subject to change without notice.

  • 9 a.m.: The Making of Custom Security Papers

    Mike Caffrey – Appvion

    Learn about the paper properties that make a good foundation for security papers. This session will detail the design and production of mill made watermarks, embedding overt and covert technologies, security threads, and other unique identifiers.

  • 12 p.m.

    Lunch served on site.

  • 1 p.m.: Understanding Color Fundamentals

    Zachery Blackburn – Central Piedmont Community College

    In this session, we will examine the physics and science of how color reproduction works. We will cover topics like the electromagnetic spectrum, color theory, and measurement.

  • 2 p.m.: Building the Printed ID Design: What’s Your Premise?

    Randall Burgess and Cheryl Sutton – Agfa/ProImage

    Looking at risk tables, users, and fraud types, this session will discuss the printed elements of an ID and how they work together aesthetically as well as functionally. It will also discuss how to make an ID difficult to scan or forge and how to select other technologies to further layer the design and security.

  • 3:45 p.m.


  • 4 p.m.: Forensic Document Examination Equipment and Usage

    Michael Zontini – Foster/Freeman

    In this session, you will receive hands-on training using a Foster/Freeman forensic investigation device. Michael will demonstrate the wide variety of imaging tests that their state-of-the-art equipment can perform. There will be activities the attendees will take part in to better understand how to implement technology into their investigations.

Thursday, March 19 Schedule and Speakers

All speakers are subject to change without notice.

Friday, March 20 Schedule

  • 9 a.m.

    Hands-on workshop with U.S. Secret Service.

  • 12 p.m.

    Lunch served on site.

  • 1 p.m.

    Conference conclusion and presentation of certificates.