Classification in Munitions Response

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 MR projects, classification has the potential to support more cost effective use of available resources. SERDP and ESTCP have invested in developing sensors and methods for classification for a decade and recent demonstrations on real-world MR sites have shown great success.

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The Application of Advanced Geophysical Classification in Support of Munitions Response Program - An Outreach to Federal, State and Local Regulators and Tribal Governments

Final Report

Advanced geophysical classification uses advanced sensors and geophysical classifiers to estimate physical properties of the item (e.g., depth, size, aspect ratio, wall thickness, symmetry) and determine whether the item is a TOI (i.e., highly likely to be MEC) or non-TOI (i.e., highly unlikely to be MEC). Using the information provided in this final report slide package in a structured decision-making process, project teams will be able to make informed decisions about whether an item should be excavated or can be left in place.

Oct 2017

Implementing Classification on a Munitions Response Project

On-Demand Video

Advanced classification methods for use in munitions response are now making a transition to the field through demonstrations on live munitions response sites. To ensure these techniques are well understood and accepted by site managers and regulators, this presentation is intended to provide a summary of classification and does not go into great detail. The on-demand video begins with an overview of innovative electromagnetic induction (EMI) technology and the classification process. The remainder of the presentation focuses on the practical aspects of implementing these technologies, including documentation that should be expected from the contractor, decision criteria for the stop-digging decision, and the required quality control procedures.

Apr 2012

Implementing Advanced Classification on Munitions Response Sites: A Guide to Informed Decision Making For Project Managers, Regulators, and Contractors

Final Report

Classification has matured to the point that it is ready for use on some production projects, and it is likely that it will be proposed for use in the near future, even as additional demonstrations are ongoing and understanding of the capabilities and limitations is evolving.  This  document is intended to provide interim guidance that will allow project managers, regulators, and contractor personnel to evaluate whether classification is appropriate for a site, establish realistic expectations based on what has been demonstrated to date, and assess whether classification is being implemented correctly.

Jan 2012

Advances in Classification Methods for Military Munitions Response

On-Demand Video

This  on-demand video provides a tutorial on the sensors, methods, and status of the classification of military munitions using geophysical methods. The course begins with a review of electromagnetic induction (EMI) sensors, continues with a discussion of advanced processing of data collected with existing commercial instruments, and then moves on to results and analysis of advanced EMI sensors.

Apr 2011
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