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 Identify UXO related hazards


Challenge ID:



Onshore: Hatfield


Identify UXO related hazards.


ON 1.2: Seismic Planning - Identification of adverse terrain for trafficability

Consortium Lead:

RPS Group

Interviewed Company:

RPS Group


ON.REG.00 - Generic onshore

Challenge Description

What is not possible / not adequately addressed at present?

Historical conflicts present health and safety risks for surveys with numerous Explosive Remnants of War (ERW). In Poland this is prevalant in border areas where the Eastern front of WWII saw heavy fighting. Some areas have fallen into mis-use and never been cleared. Both farmed and forested areas pose a risk to Vibroseis activity and dynamite operations that could disturb ERW/UXO located below usual tillage depths. In addition forested areas pose a risk to receiver layout crews where ERW has laid undisturbed since the conflict. In more modern conflicts like Iraq and Kurdistan many cluster munitions and minefields remain in place and pose a serious risk to all workers.

What effect does this challenge have on operations?

Projects need to have potential areas with ERW identified, delineated and possibly cleared for ERW/UXO. This effort can be significant both in time and cost.

Thematic information requirements:

Terrain information

Land Use

UXO hazard

Distribution and status of infrastructure

What do you currently do to address this challenge? 

How is this challenge conventionally addressed?

Creation of a battle picture from archived satellite imagery. UXO clearance survey procedures on the ground.

What kind of solutions do you envisage could address this challenge?

Airborne or satellite solution would be useful. This could be high resolution imagery and thermal imaging techniques.

What is your view on the capability of technology to meet this need?

Are you currently using EO tech? If not, why not?

Although many modern ERW are constructed to avoid detection, thermal and magnetic imaging may show up particular items. High resolution imagery will help assist identifying both offensive and defensive positions and cluster bomb strike locations.

Challenge Classification

Impact on Lifecycle (0=none, 4=high):

Climate / Topography / Urgency:



Climate class:

Generic climate



Topographic class:

Not specific



Seasonal variations:

Any season



Impact area:

Health and Safety, Cost reduction



Technology urgency:

3 - Immediately (0-2 years)

Challenge Information Requirements

Update frequency:


Data currently used:

Ground survey

Spatial resolution:


Thematic accuracy:

Not specific

Required formats:

Not Specific

Timeliness (Vintage):

Reference data

Geographic extents:


Existing standards:



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