This paper describes an internet-based software tool developed for the West Virginia State Police Forensics Laboratory. The software enables law enforcement agents to submit crime information to the Forensic Laboratory via a secure Internet connection. Online electronic forms were created to mirror the existing paper based forms, making the transition easier. The process of submitting case information was standardized and streamlined, there by minimizing information inconsistency. The crime information once gathered is automatically stored in a database, and can be viewed and queried by any authorized law enforcement officers. The software tool will be deployed in all counties of WV.
This paper describes a database tool for Dismantling of Obsolete Vessels (DOVE). DOVE 1.0 consists of three databases: a) The Obsolete Vessels Database (OVD), b) The Metals and Alloys Database (MAD), and c) The Cutting Technology Database (CTD). The OVD provides information on ship name, type, year built, number, status, light displacement, length, beam, changes made, dead weight, number of propellers, propulsion type, and vessel location. The MAD provides information on several metals and alloys and the CTD has information on cutting technologies, decontamination technologies, and waste processing methodologies. DOVE 1.0 runs on an IBM compatible personal computer and was implemented in Visual Basic 6.0 using Microsoft Access as the database.
This paper compares ship-dismantling processes in India and the U.S. The information for India was collected during an informal visit to the ship dismantling sites in Alang, India. The information for the U.S. was obtained from the MARAD report. For a 10,000-ton passenger ship, the Indian contractor makes a profit of about 24% compared to a loss of about 15% in the U.S. The loss in the US is primarily due to high labor costs, compliance to safety and health regulations and lack of market for used components and scrap metal.