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Field testing and development of a seismic landmine detection system
Author(s): Waymond R. Scott; Gregg D. Larson; James S. Martin; George S. McCall
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Paper Abstract

A technique for the detection of buried landmines, which uses a seismic probing signal in conjunction with a non-contact radar-based surface displacement sensor, has been studied for several years at Georgia Tech. Laboratory experiments and numerical models have indicated that this technique shows great promise for imaging a large variety of mine types and burial scenarios. In order to develop a detection system based on this technique, recent studies have focused on transitioning the experimental work from laboratory models to realistic field environments, which poses several challenges for system development. Unknown soil properties at field sites as well as the presence of local inhomogeneities, vertical stratification, and surface variations make the propagation and the modal content of the seismic probing signal more difficult to predict. This complicates the processing required to image buried mines. The small-scale surface topography and naturally-occurring ground cover impede the function of the system's non-contact sensor, which must be capable of looking through the ground cover and spatially averaging its measurement over the irregular surface. A prototype detection system has been tested at several field sites with widely disparate soil properties. Problems were encountered that required modifications to the system sensor, scanning technique, and signal processing algorithms. Following these changes, system performance comparable to that observed in laboratory models was demonstrated during field testing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 September 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5089, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets VIII, (11 September 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.487341
Show Author Affiliations
Waymond R. Scott, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
Gregg D. Larson, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
James S. Martin, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
George S. McCall, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5089:
Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets VIII
Russell S. Harmon; John H. Holloway; J. T. Broach, Editor(s)

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