2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2011 16:26:29 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS: "Success Classifying Small Munitions at Camp Butner" (NC)
Success Classifying Small Munitions at Camp Butner

SERDP and ESTCP Headlines
Summer 2001
Advanced electromagnetic induction (EMI) sensors optimized for unexploded ordnance (UXO) classification produced nearly perfect results at the former Camp Butner in North Carolina, rising to the challenge of classifying smaller munitions. In this latest ESTCP Classification Pilot Program demonstration, these new sensors were paired with advanced processing methods to successfully classify munitions from other nonhazardous items on a site with 37-mm projectiles as well as larger munitions items. Successful classification paves the way for reduced costs and an accelerated timeline to remediate munitions-contaminated sites throughout the nation.

Pilot Program Overview

The ESTCP Classification Pilot Program is providing transparent and documented demonstrations of the capabilities of classification technologies in real-world conditions. At present, most munitions response projects use sensors that were originally developed for other purposes and adapted to the munitions response mission. Until recently, it has been common practice to dig every target on the detection list, with the result that often as few as one percent of the items excavated are actually hazardous. Innovative munitions response technologies offer a rigorous, effective, and transparent method for classifying and distinguishing between harmless subsurface scrap and dangerous buried UXO. These technologies are transitioning to the field through demonstrations on live munitions response sites.


For the entire article, see
http://www.serdp-estcp.org/News-and-Events/In-the-Spotlight-Archive/ Success-Classifying-Small-Munitions-at-Camp-Butner


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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