Practical UXO Classification: Enhanced Data Processing Strategies for Technology Transition

Mr. Kevin Kingdon | Black Tusk Geophysics, Inc.

MR-201421

Objective

This project demonstrated advanced methods for the detection and classification of unexploded ordnance in production settings. The objective of this project was to develop and transition both hardware and software for use on Advanced Geophysical Classification (AGC) projects.

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Technology Description

AGC software and hardware were developed and tested under the following project tasks:

  1. Software development: software tools were developed to facilitate the application of AGC methods and transfer this technology to industry. An application for in-field verification of measurements quality objectives has been developed and transitioned to industry.
  2. Attitude and Heading Reference Systems (AHRS) testing: the performance of commercial AHRS was tested to verify they can meet requirements for AGC.
  3. AGC in challenging scenarios: the project team tested processing algorithms for classification of small targets of interest.
  4. UltraTEM testing: data collected with the UltraTEM AGC sensor at test sites was processed to verify capabilities for informed source selection and classification.
  5. Technology transfer: advancements in AGC processing workflows and lessons learned from this project were shared with the Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP) industry.

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Interim Results

Software tools and processing algorithms tested under this project have been transitioned to industry and have been successfully used on commercial MMRP projects. The UltraTEM Classifier system tested under this project has been validated under DoD AGC Accreditation Program (DAGCAP) and is expected to reduce project costs via one-pass classification capabilities.

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Benefits

All technology developed under this project must comply with the requirements of DAGCAP when used by industry for commercial MMRP work.

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Points of Contact

Principal Investigator

Mr. Kevin Kingdon

Black Tusk Geophysics

Phone: 604-441-6491

Program Manager

Munitions Response

SERDP and ESTCP

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