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, OpSec, 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

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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

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


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    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

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    Registration fees are non-refundable. The deadline to register is Friday, February 28, 2020.

Sessions and Speakers

All speakers are subject to change without notice.

  • Keynote

    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.

  • Printing Process Identification and Image Analysis for Forensic Document Examiners

    Scott Walters – United States Secret Service

    This course will teach you how to identify different printing processes and the steps taken to authenticate various types of documents. Instructors will share their knowledge of how counterfeiters create fraudulent documents and how these documents can be linked. Presentation of counterfeit cases in a court of law will also be discussed.

  • Genuine U.S. Currency – Print Processes, Paper, and Security Features

    Amanda Moffett – United States Secret Service

    This session will review the substrate, print processes, and public security features of genuine U.S. banknotes. We will apply what is learned in the earlier sessions and look at how the printing, paper, and features are simulated in the counterfeit banknotes.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Fundamentals of Overt Variable Devices and Security Foils

    Reina Steiner – Kurz Transfer Products

    Learn about how OVDs, holograms, and security foils add security as well as aesthetics to documents. Takeaways for this presentation include elements of a secure OVD, varieties of holographic images, and secure films/foils.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Understanding Color Fundamentals

    Zach 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.