UXO Historical Research

When there are indications that a project site may contain unexploded ordnance (UXO),  BODAC can conduct a (historical) research before earthmoving activities are carried out. The aim is to give a well-founded advice on the presence or absence of UXO and the necessary steps to be taken. This research is done according to Dutch WSCS-OCE certification and in conformity with the standards of the Dutch association of explosives detection companies, the Vereniging voor Explosieven Opsporing (VEO).

Historical research consists of:

  • researching literature;
  • researching (inter)national, regional and local archives;
  • researching flight records of bombing missions;
  • research into and analysis of available aerial photographs;
  • analysing execution orders of the EOD;
  • hearing of witnesses (if possible).

The findings of the historical research are detailed in a report with accompanying UXO soil contamination chart (GIS).

Follow-up actions that (may) arise from historical research are:

  • preparing various plans (project plan, including SHE plan, estimate and time schedule);
  • performing a soil analysis: environmental, archaeological and geotechnical soil research;
  • performing digital and/or analogue detection activities;
  • performing all necessary civil engineering work.

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