Unexploded ordnance detection services

Unexploded ordnance (UXO) detection services offered by SafeLane are comprehensive, ranging from desktop risk assessments and non-technical surveys to non-intrusive and intrusive surveys. SafeLane utilises the latest equipment, software and analysis, and employs highly qualified geophysicists and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians.

Unexploded ordnance (UXO) – such as bombs, munitions, ammunition and grenades – affects land and marine environments in multiple nations globally.  Contamination from such threats may be as a result of historic or current conflict, or because land has been used for military training purposes for example.

Whatever the reason for its existence in a given location, the risk posed by unexploded ordnance should not be underestimated. 

SafeLane underwrites this risk for its clients, before mitigating the threat. It is an end-to-end service provider.

Unexploded ordnance (UXO) detection services explained

The following are examples of some of the UXO detection processes and services SafeLane employs – to discuss your specific project needs, please contact SafeLane for a rapid and personalised response. 

1. Desktop risk assessments

Desktop assessments enable understanding of the level of potential threat posed by unexploded ordnance – whether on land or in the marine environment.

Desktop assessment deliverables from SafeLane are comprehensive reports, tailored to any client’s specific requirements.

In the UK, SafeLane Global also utilises a bespoke desktop detection and risk analysis solution.  It can provide instant and accurate reporting to support better decision making and risk management for clients’ projects.

Unexploded ordnance desktop detection reports are produced by SafeLane’s qualified explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) professionals, together with its research team.

The risks posed by any existing or potential explosive ordnance are assessed and appropriate conclusions drawn about any mitigation required, such as intrusive survey or clearance.

2. Non-intrusive surveys

ATV Non intrusive survey

SafeLane deploys a variety of non-intrusive survey technologies and systems to achieve the required level of detection, dependent upon the type and likely depth of unexploded ordnance (UXO) contamination, ground conditions and the depth of clearance required.

It has unique capabilities, bespoke equipment and exclusive technology that enable it to extend the boundaries of the detection for buried ferrous objects compared to any other non-intrusive survey techniques.  Its survey results are therefore unrivalled.

Equipment utilised depends on multiple factors, with EBINGER’s suite of battle area clearance tools, Vallon’s detectors and Schonstedt’s Fluxgate magnetometers often called upon.

ATV non intrusive survey in Kuwait

These UXO magnetometers can locate buried ordnance by measuring differences in the earth’s magnetic field arising from the ferrous content in the target ordnance.

Magnetometry can be enhanced by using electromagnetic methods which can reflect the object’s metallic conductivity.  Both methods may be used by SafeLane, either individually or in combination.

3. Intrusive surveys for detection purposes

Where unexploded threats may have penetrated to a depth greater than the detection depth of a non-intrusive survey, SafeLane Global can conduct an intrusive survey using its own bespoke detection systems and software.

Intrusive survey rigs

It rapidly and accurately detects and locates buried ferrous objects – whether in land or under water, and does so to the maximum assessed bomb penetration depth on any given land or marine site.

4. Non-technical survey

Coupled with desktop analysis and research, non-technical surveys are critical due diligence milestones for SafeLane ahead of many international operations.

Typically, they are undertaken ahead of project mobilisation to ascertain the level of any potential threat.

Non-technical surveys can include the utilisation of maps, interviews with local people, authorities and military representatives and the use of global resources such as the information management system for mine action IMSMA.

5. Technical survey

A technical survey for any form of unexploded ordnance threat typically takes the form of a reconnaissance, visual searches and a sampling of ground.

Unmanned aviation vehicle (UAV or drone) technology can also be deployed by SafeLane Global for detection and risk assessment for its clients. 

Drones have been most recently utilised during the final clearance phases in the Falkland Islands.

6. Battle area clearance

Where it is confirmed there is no threat from land mines, battle area clearance can commence – the first stages of which take the form of visual, surface and sub-surface detection; thereafter appropriate clearance operations can be conducted.

7. Mechanical mine detection techniques

SafeLane Global utilises mechanical assets including Minewolfs and Armtracs to prepare contaminated ground for the search and clearance of landmines.

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8. Canine detection

Highly trained detection dog teams can detect:

  • explosives
  • small arms and ammunition
  • narcotics
  • human remains
  • stowaways
  • intruders
  • landmines.

SafeLane’s canine teams currently provide explosive detection for many major oil and gas companies on entry control points at drill sites, camp facilities, and tanker loading stations for example.

Detection dog looking for explosives or narcotics

Canine teams are successfully integrating into overall security arrangements at each individual project location.

9. Rapid response detection capability

SafeLane has conducted rapid response detection and clearance projects in some of the most hostile and remote environments including Sudan, Yemen, the Republic of South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Its rapid response teams are capable of conducting battle area clearance, explosive ordnance detection, manual clearance and route assessments.

The rapid response teams are agile and able to adapt to fluctuating conditions in-country to enable the successful delivery of project requirements, even under the most difficult conditions.

Contact SafeLane to discuss your requirements for the detection of unexploded ordnance including chemical munitions.

What does UXO mean?

UXO is an acronym for unexploded ordnance. It is used to refer to bombs, munitions etc.

What is an unexploded ordnance technician?

An unexploded ordnance technician, also known as an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) expert is someone who deals with explosive threats. Also referred to as a UXO consultant, these experts keep clients safe by being available to identify ordnance, and safely deal with it.

How many unexploded mines are there in the world?

The threat of landmines is not diminishing; there's an estimated 110 million anti-personnel mines currently in the ground with at least 250 million stockpiled. And as if that wasn't enough, between 5 and 10 million more mines are produced annually. SafeLane is committed to landmine clearance - and has been since inception.

Do I need a UXO consultant on my construction site?

We often supply UXO consultants on a day rate to construction sites at risk of encountering ordnance. These UXO consultants provide what's called a watching brief. They are literally on your site to respond immediately if something is encountered. Having a UXO consultant on site or at least on call means you're less likely to incur expensive and extensive delays if your site staff encounter an unusual object. In the past, our UXO consultants have been able to discount an item as ordnance immediately, enabling construction work to continue with no delays encountered.

Case studies

Battle area clearance in Afghanistan

Remediation of explosive remnants of war (ERW) in Arghandi Sub-Station, Paghman District of Kabul Province.

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Detection dogs in Afghanistan

SafeLane Global was tasked with the provision of narcotic detection dogs (NDD) and explosive detection dogs (EDD) in Afghanistan.

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Landmine free Falkland Islands

SafeLane Global continues to work with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Ministry of Defence and the people of the Falkland Islands to clear the Islands of landmines.

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