Courses

Please see below our current list of courses. Click on a course for detailed information. For timetables and booking please see our course schedule page.

Course No. Course Duration
FA000 Cell Site Analysis Basics 0.5 days
FA001 Cell Site Analysis Overview 2 days
FA002 Advanced Cell Site Analysis 3 days
FA004 CSAS Bootcamp 1 day
FA005 CSAS Advanced User Training 3 days
FA014 Radio Frequency Propagation Survey Training 5 days
FA015 CDR Processing and Interpretation 3 days

Course FA000 – Cell Site Analysis Basics

Duration: 0.5 days

Intended Audience: all levels of participant

Maximum Participants per Delivery: 25

Course description:

This course has been designed to provide a non-technical overview of the architecture, technologies and techniques employed by cellular mobile networks. It also provides a general overview of cell site analysis and the activities undertaken to complete a forensic mobile investigation.

This course is usually offered as free-of-charge input to a customer’s existing training or induction programmes.

We will provide free copies of our Cell Site Analysis: A Guide for Investigators booklet at each event.

Depending upon the delivery location we may be required to charge a fee to cover our expenses, but the training content will be delivered for free.

Pre-requisites: none

Course Objectives: provide participants with basic details of how cellular networks work and of the basic ideas of cell site analysis

Course Content:

  • Cellular Technologies
  • Generic Cellular Network Architecture
  • Cellular Generations
  • Cell Site Analysis
  • CDR (Call Detail Records)
  • Forensic Radio Surveys
  • Survey Types & Techniques
  • Cell Site Analysis Limitations & Benefits

Free copies of our Cell Site Analysis: A Guide for Investigators are also available by emailing cellsiteguide@forensicanalytics.co.uk

Course FA001 – Cell Site Analysis Overview

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Duration: 2 days

Intended Audience: all levels of participant

Maximum Participants per Delivery: 10

Course description:

This course has been designed to provide a non-technical overview of the architecture, technologies and techniques employed by cellular mobile networks. It also provides a general overview of cell site analysis and the activities undertaken to complete a forensic mobile investigation.

Pre-requisites: none

Course Objectives: provide participants with basic details of how cellular networks work and of the basic ideas of cell site analysis

Course Content:

  • Radio Principles
  • Cellular Technologies
  • Generic Cellular Network Architecture
  • Generic Base Station Site Configurations
  • Cellular Generations
  • Cell IDs & Cell Discrimination – ARFCN & BSIC, Scrambling Codes, PCI
  • RF & Cellular Measurements
  • Cell Site Analysis
  • Analysing and understanding network CDR (Call Detail Records)
  • Extracting useful information related to surveys from network CDRs
  • Forensic Radio Surveys
  • Survey Types & Techniques
  • Cell Site Analysis Reports

Course FA002 – Advanced Cell Site Analysis

Duration: 3 days

Intended Audience: advanced participants only

Maximum Participants per Delivery: 10

Course description:

This course builds on the basic level of information provide in Course 1 and offers more in depth information related to the technical operation of cellular networks. It has been designed to provide a detailed technical introduction to the architecture, technologies and techniques and protocols employed by 2G, 3G and 4G mobile networks and also presents a detailed explanation of cell site analysis, report writing and forensic radio surveying.

Pre-requisites: existing cellular knowledge or attendance on Course FA001

Course Objectives: to provide participants with advanced details of cellular operation and cell site analysis objectives and techniques

Course Content:

  • Radio Frequency concepts
  • Spectrum, channels and radio bands
  • Cellular Theory
  • 2G, 3G, 4G Radio Technologies
  • Specific Cellular Network Architectures
  • Radio Access Networks
  • Site Types & Coverage Options
  • Frequency Bands & Channel Numbering
  • Cell IDs & Physical Layer Identifiers
  • 2G Cell Discrimination – ARFCN & BSIC
  • 3G Cell Discrimination – UARFCN & PSC
  • 4G Cell Discrimination – EARFCN & PCI
  • Single & Multi-Frequency Networks
  • Multi-Band Operation
  • National & Regional Frequency and Channel Allocations (customised for each customer/country)
  • RF & Cellular Measurements
  • Cell Site Analysis
  • Analysing and understanding network CDR (Call Detail Records)
  • Processing CDRs manually and using CSAS (customised for each customer/country)
  • Extracting useful information related to surveys from network CDRs
  • Forensic Radio Surveys
  • Live Cell Site – Covert Techniques
  • Survey Types & Techniques
  • Cell Site Analysis Reports
  • Call Tables & Mapping Presentations
  • Presenting Cell Site Evidence in Court

Course FA004 – CSAS Bootcamp

Duration: 1 day

Intended Audience: all CSAS users

Maximum Participants per Delivery: 10

Course description:

This course has been designed to provide an overview of the basic, every day functions and features of CSAS and will educate the participant to the level where they can process call data and generate output call tables.

Pre-requisites: attendance on at least Course FA001

Course Objectives: to provide basic users with enough training and experience to allow them to use CSAS Pro Standard to perform everyday tasks

Course Content:

  • Introduction to CSAS features
  • Aspects of cell site analysis that can be automated using CSAS
  • CSAS layout & navigation
  • Case structure & basic controls
  • Creating a Client
  • Creating a Case
  • Importing & Loading CDRs
  • The CDR Browser & basic filter creation
  • Managing Phones – assigning colours & attribution details
  • Managing Cell Details & Loading additional cell details
  • Creating Outputs – call tables
  • Creating Outputs – mapping lists & map labels
  • CSAS Reports – audit & continuity
  • Basic troubleshooting
  • Getting help – the CSAS website and tech support
  • Questions & Answers

Course FA005 – CSAS Advanced User Training

Duration: 3 days

Intended Audience: advanced CSAS users, CSAS trainers, CSAS administrators

Maximum Participants per Delivery: 10

Course description:

This course has been designed to provide a detailed technical presentation of all aspects of CSAS beyond the level of user information provided in the basic course. Advanced CSAS users will be able to operate all modules of the software and will be provided with enough detailed knowledge to enable them to administer networks of CSAS users, provide training and also local support services to their colleagues.

Pre-requisites: attendance on at least Course FA001 and Course FA004

Course Objectives: to provide participants with a complete overview of CSAS to enable them to administer, support or train other CSAS users

Course Content:

  • CSAS Recap
  • CSAS Administration
    • User & Password Management
    • User Preferences
    • Updates
    • Backup & Restore
    • International settings
  • Managing CSAS on a user’s PC
  • Managing Clients, sub-clients and contacts
  • Supported CDR formats (country specific)
  • Dealing with unrecognised CDR formats
  • Using the ‘Rescue Formats’ workbook
  • Contacting CSAS Support with Unrecognised CDRs
  • Parsing Updates
  • How CSAS processes data - Parsing Rules (country specific)
  • CSAS Debug mode
  • CDR Browser advanced features
  • CDR Browser filters
  • Managing Target Phones
  • CSAS Analytics
  • Analytical Query Types
  • CSAS Mapping support
  • Advanced attributions, locations, events and people
  • RF Survey module
  • Importing RF survey results
  • RF Survey output
  • RF-related queries and mapping functions
  • Creating output workbooks
  • Creating a bespoke output template
  • Managing output files
  • CSAS Playback
  • Advanced Troubleshooting
  • Database Management
  • Questions & Answers

Course FA014 – Radio Frequency Propagation Survey Training

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Duration: 5 days

Intended Audience: Police officers and civilian staff required to take RFPS surveys

Course description:

This course is intended to be applicable to police officers and civilian staff who are or may be required to undertake RPFS surveys, understand the evidence gathered, compile survey summary reports and present them in evidence at court as a ‘Witness of Fact’

Pre-requisites: none

Course Objectives: to provide participants who are new to the discipline with sufficient depth of understanding, knowledge and practical experience to allow them to undertake successful RF surveys; accurately process and interpret the results; and confidently present them in court

Course Content:

  • RF Signals and Radio Propagation
  • Cellular Technologies Overview
  • Radio Technologies & Cellular Radio Concept
  • Cellular Generations – 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, beyond
  • Generic Cellular Network Architecture
  • 2G, 3G, 4G Network Architecture Differences
  • Frequency Bands & Channel Numbering
  • Cell IDs & Cell Discrimination
  • Single & Multi-Frequency Networks
  • Multi-Band Operation (stacked cells)
  • UK Frequency and Channel Allocations for 2G, 3G and 4G
  • Cell Sites & Access Networks
  • Network Operations & WiFi
  • RF Measurements
  • RFPS & Cell Site Analysis
  • RFPS Survey Types
  • Drive Surveys
  • Location Coverage Profiles
  • Cell Coverage Profiles
  • Route Coverage Profiles & Other Scenario Surveys
  • WiFi Surveys
  • RFPS Survey Issues
  • Conducting Successful Surveys
  • RFPS Output – summary tables, maps & reports
  • RFPS Survey Equipment
  • CSurv, Forensic Compass, NEMO Handy
  • Main Course Scenario
  • Preparation
  • Location Survey – Forensic Compass
  • Route Survey – CSurv
  • Location Survey – NEMO Handy
  • Post Exercise Review
  • End of Course Review

Course FA015 – CDR Processing & Interpretation

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Duration: 3 days

Intended Audience: police officers, civilian staff, analysts and private sector organisations

Course description:

this course is intended to be applicable to police officers, civilian staff, analysts and private sector organisations who are or may be required to process, ‘cleanse’, understand or present comms data evidence

Pre-requisites: none

Course Objectives: to provide participants with a detailed overview of the structure and meaning of communications billing record formats and further to provide them with practical experience of cleansing, normalising and processing records into a standardised format ready for analysis

Course Content:

  • Comms data & cell site analysis concepts
  • Cellular networks overview
  • Capturing Billing Data in the network
  • Comms data analysis process
  • Detailed review of typical fields and
  • data types found in CDR files
  • Understanding UK CDR formats
  • CDR Cleansing
  • CDR Normalisation
  • Creating a combined call schedule
  • Cleansing UK data formats from:
    • Vodafone
    • EE
    • O2
    • Three
    • and others
  • Comms data analysis – what it can prove
  • Common forms of analysis
  • Calls count and pivot tables
  • Link analysis – finding bridges and facilitators
  • Lifestyle Analysis
  • Comparing data for different phones together
  • Cell site analysis – what it can prove & what it can’t prove
  • High level analysis
  • Creating cell location maps and inferring cell coverage areas
  • Incorporating RFPS/RF Survey evidence
  • Combining comms data and other forms of evidence – CCTV, ANPR, etc.
  • Low level analysis
  • Full analysis report packages
  • Questions & Answers