Esri has given us a new way of interrogating and presenting the data, which streamlines the UXO clearance process.
Environmental Science Group Team Leader
The Environmental Science Group (ESG) is part of the MoD, responsible for assessing and managing land contamination to reduce the risk from any substances that could harm people or the environment.
The Environmental Science Group collate millions of data points when assessing an area of land for possible Unexploded Ordanance (UXO) and they required a visualisation tool that would display the data, making it easier to interpet information and identify areas for clearance.
The filtered and cleaned UXO data was imported into ArcView which had been slected because of how it can visualise, manage and analyse geographic data. Historical range maps, aerial photographs and data from previous visits was then added offering the capability to add or subtract different data layers, producing results that help direct bomb disposal teams to areas in priority order.
Results have shown that having an improved understanding of a site has enhanced the cost effectiveness of UXO risk management and real-time GPS units help direct resources to where there is a high concentration of ordnance. In addition, the quality of work produced in ArcView has led to improved communication with stakeholders, including MoD customers, bomb disposal teams and land management agents.