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ESTCP Munitions Response: Live Site Demonstration Former Camp Ellis

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This is one of a series of the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program ESTCP live site demonstrations of classification technologies for Munitions Response MR. This demonstration is designed to evaluate advanced classification methodology at the Former Camp Ellis Military Range CEMR, which is a site known to contain evidence of 2.36-inch practice rockets, hand grenades, and rifle grenades. The Department of Defense DoD is responsible for investigating and cleaning up thousands of Munitions Response Sites MRSs comprising millions of acres that are potentially impacted by military munitions. Current industry-standard practice includes digital geophysical mapping DGM surveys and excavating a large number of subsurface metallic objects that are not munitions and explosives of concern MEC. These non-MEC items are not an explosive hazard, yet their excavation represents most of DoD s MEC cleanup costs. Next generation electromagnetic induction EMI sensors and advanced software algorithms e.g., in UX-Analyze Advanced are able to successfully classify geophysical targets at MRSs into feature classes that differentiate between MEC, non-hazardous munitions debris MD, and scrap metal. The ability to classify targets will allow project teams to focus intrusive investigations on buried items that pose a potential explosive hazard e.g., MEC, reduce the costs of remediation, and minimize the impacts to the environment and the public who must evacuate areas during intrusive operations. This project evaluated the effectiveness of conducting DGM surveys with three geophysical sensors and applying advanced classification of dynamic and cued i.e., static survey data from two advanced EMI sensors.

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  • Cartography and Aerial Photography
  • Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy
  • Ammunition and Explosives

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