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Partnering to Advance Munitions Classification

on May 29, 2013 community

ESTCP training courses on munitions classification include hands-on training using UX-Analyze. Classification is used to differentiate between hazardous munitions and other nonhazardous geology and debris that are detected by sensors used in munitions response. Since digging up harmless items dominates the cost of most Munitions Response projects, classification has the potential to support more cost effective use of available resources.

The Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), in an ongoing partnership with the National Association of Ordnance and Explosive Waste Contractors (NAOC), is sponsoring a series of courses for munitions response contractors and government personnel to learn more about advanced tools for cost-effectively cleaning up munitions-contaminated sites.

The focus of these courses is munitions classification using the UX-Analyze tool. UX-Analyze, developed with ESTCP support, is a geophysical target analysis, modeling, and classification module within Geosoft's Oasis montaj software. With this easy-to-use and comprehensive tool, geophysicists can analyze advanced electromagnetic induction (EMI) sensor data and make classification decisions.

Targets classified as munitions are excavated and those classified as harmless metal clutter can be left in the ground. ESTCP has sponsored 12 offerings of the hands-on course, training more than 250 personnel representing 40 firms and government agencies nationwide.

Visit the SERDP-ESTCP website to learn more about available tools and training resources.

Source: SERDP and ESTCP Headlines

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