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Incorporating advanced EMI technologies in operational munitions characterization surveys
Author(s): Jonathan S. Miller; Fridon Shubiditze; Leonard Pasion; Gregory Schultz; Heesoo Chung
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Paper Abstract

The presence of unexploded ordnance (UXO), discarded military munitions (DMM), and munitions constituents (MC) at both active and formerly used defense sites (FUDS) has created a necessity for production-level efforts to remove these munitions and explosives of concern (MEC). Ordnance and explosives (OE) and UXO removal operations typically employ electromagnetic induction (EMI) or magnetometer surveys to identify potential MEC hazards in previously determined areas of interest. A major cost factor in these operations is the significant allocation of resources for the excavation of harmless objects associated with fragmentation, scrap, or geological clutter. Recent advances in classification and discrimination methodologies, as well as the development of sensor technologies that fully exploit physics-based analysis, have demonstrated promise for significantly reducing the false alarm rate due to MEC related clutter. This paper identifies some of the considerations for and the challenges associated with implementing these discrimination methodologies and advanced sensor technologies in production-level surveys. Specifically, we evaluate the implications of deploying an advanced multi-axis EMI sensor at a variety of MEC sites, the discrimination methodologies that leverage the data produced by this sensor, and the potential for productivity increase that could be realized by incorporating this advanced technology as part of production protocol.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 May 2011
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8017, Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XVI, 801704 (23 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.884021
Show Author Affiliations
Jonathan S. Miller, Sky Research, Inc. (United States)
Fridon Shubiditze, Sky Research, Inc. (United States)
Leonard Pasion, Sky Research, Inc. (Canada)
Gregory Schultz, Sky Research, Inc. (United States)
Heesoo Chung, Sky Research, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8017:
Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XVI
Russell S. Harmon; John H. Holloway Jr.; J. Thomas Broach, Editor(s)

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