Tell us about your casework DNA lab:

1.  Number of samples (serology and DNA extractions)?
 per year
2.  Number of cases?
 per year
3.  Number of analysts (criminalists)?
4.  Average salary of an analyst?

How much time does your lab typically spend:

5.  Checking that a reagent has been released for use and that it has not expired?
 mins/sample
6.  Checking instrument maintenance logs to ensure maintenance was performed?
 mins/sample
7.  Performing cross-contamination verification of all samples?
 mins/sample
8.  Supporting in-house methods for managing samples and instrumentation?

Include tracking samples, batching, and generating scripts and sample sheets for instruments.

 mins/sample
9.  Documenting cases?

Include chain of custody, sample documentation, profile interpretation and typing profiles into CODIS and PopStats.

 mins/case
10. Performing peer review?
 mins/case
11. Documenting that QC testing has been performed and verifying QA results?
 hours/month
12. Verifying inventory and ordering supplies?
 hours/month
13. Resolving troubleshooting incidents?
 days/year
14. Preparing documents for legal proceedings?

Include depositions, discovery requests, and court cases.

 days/year
15. Preparing for and conducting audits?

Include all internal and external audits, stop checks, QA, QA standards, and technical leader audits.

 days/year

 Your calculated results

The potential increase in your lab's sample processing capacity is to samples/year and the potential increase in your lab's caseload is to cases/year, as shown in the table below. This is based on the results reported by other automated casework DNA laboratories.

Processing Capacity
Current Potential Increase
Samples per year
Cases per year

 What is the impact on your lab budget?

Click the button below to receive a report customized for your lab. This report shows the effect on your lab's budget of achieving the Potential Processing Capacity, comparing two possible methods:
  1. Hiring and training additional criminalists
  2. Implementing STACS-CW Enterprise software
This Calculator is for estimating purposes only.