UXO desktop assessments and surveys

The accuracy and reliability of SafeLane Global's desktop surveys means manual intervention by unexploded ordnance (UXO) specialists is not always required - saving clients time and money.

Reports and specialist interpretation are delivered rapidly so clients can make a quick and informed decision about the potential UXO risk affecting their land site or marine project.

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Desktop threat assessments can reduce evaluation time, improve the credibility and quality of project risk management, propose clear risk mitigation actions and ultimately save you time and money.

What is a detailed UXO risk assessment

Detailed UXO risk assessments are a critical forerunner to the mobilisation of any SafeLane Global operation. Furthermore, they are a deliverable for any client wishing to determine the level of threat from unexploded ordnance.

Surveys can be conducted for any client in any location, as a stand-alone deliverable or as an initial stage ahead of any detection and clearance work.

Each report provides information essential to making informed decisions.

A detailed risk assessment provides a bespoke, site-specific, comprehensive report on the potential risk posed by unexploded ordnance (UXO) to the proposed works. It is based on a site’s location, the extent plus the source and nature of potential UXO, as well as the likelihood and consequence of encountering UXO related to the proposed use of a site.

The deliverable is a bespoke, inclusive report, available in either a standard format or tailored to any client’s specific requirements.

Each report is produced by qualified explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) professionals, using all available information to make an accurate and reliable assessment of the risk level on site.

Where possible, GIS-format risk maps can be provided to clients. These provide an accurately geo-referenced image of risk levels across a proposed site, which can be used for more precise and valuable risk mitigation strategy and planning.

SafeLane Global has produced risk assessments for a huge number of locations, offering bespoke evaluation to a wide range of projects.


SafeLane is a trusted partner for the delivery of comprehensive technical research to help inform policy, planning and deliver threat assessment – for clients, governments and intergovernmental organisations globally.

Preliminary UXO risk assessments and


SafeLane Global’s bespoke preliminary risk analysis solution for the UK, BombRisk, provides accurate reporting to support better decision-making and risk management for its clients’ projects.

Based on 19 key datasets, each BombRisk assessment analyses over 100 regularly updated geospatial databases of unexploded ordnance (UXO) threats.

Each assessment also utilises the intelligence gathered from over 5,000 UXO risk mitigation projects and risk assessments already completed in the UK by SafeLane Global.

BombRisk reports are accurate, reliable and delivered instantly, so clients can make a quick and informed decision relating to the potential UXO risk on a site.

The instant reporting capacity reduces interpretation and evaluation time and improves the credibility and quality of project risk management. It also proposes clear risk mitigation actions.

Individual reports can be acquired on an ad hoc basis, or alternatively, BombRisk Pro enables clients with multiple ongoing projects to create several discounted reports to meet new requirements.

Post blast modelling and blast simulation reports

Where UXO has been discovered or is anticipated, e.g. close to an established pipeline, SafeLane employs scientific modelling techniques to provide a blast simulation report. Reports are complemented by comprehensive expert recommendations, enabling clients to determine the impact of any risk and how best to mitigate it.

UXO surveys explained

Initial risk mitigation analysis undertaken by SafeLane Global for its clients’ projects identifies the most appropriate and relevant UXO survey technique and technology that should be deployed.

This depends upon the following key criteria:

  • the type of UXO or unexploded bomb (UXB) likely to be encountered
  • possible depth of UXO/UXB
  • ground conditions
  • scope of the proposed works
  • future use of the project site

Using a wide range of specialist in-house geophysical survey technologies and techniques, SafeLane provides tailor-made solutions for land and marine projects.  Each survey solution is designed to detect the potential target UXO.

On site quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) is conducted along, with software analysis verification by in-house geophysicists to ensure that each survey solution is fit for purpose and accurate.

UXO surveys are conducted by SafeLane Global’s in-house resources, (plant, equipment, technology and personnel) without the need to rely on sub-contracted services or equipment – saving clients time and money.

Case studies

Desktop survey for UXO in Sardinia

SafeLane Global undertook a UXO desktop study to evaluate the risk/threat for the Porto Torres industrial site to support planned redevelopment activities.

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Explosive ordnance desktop assessment for oil company South Sudan

SafeLane Global conducted an explosive ordnance desktop assessment for a leading oil company.

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UXO desktop study in Sicily

SafeLane Global was approached by a client to provide an unexploded ordnance (UXO) desktop study to evaluate the risk/threat of UXO in support of redevelopment activities in Sicily.

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