Practical UXO Classification: Enhanced Data Processing Strategies for Technology Transition

Mr. Kevin Kingdon | Black Tusk Geophysics, Inc.



This project will demonstrate advanced methods for the detection and classification of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in a production setting. Specific objectives are to:

  1. Further develop and test a suite of classification strategies at increasingly complex and cluttered sites for a wide range of electromagnetic induction (EMI) sensors deployed both in digital mapping and cued-interrogation modes.
  2. Develop work flows and processing tools for the robust implementation of advanced classification and classification methodologies that are suitable for adoption by industry.
  3. Transition data processing expertise and technology to the UXO industry through training and work sessions with Black Tusk Geophysics Inc. (BTG) algorithm and software developers. 
  4. Provide intuitive tools and effective user interfaces to facilitate Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) of classification-based projects.

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Technology Description

With SERDP and ESTCP support, BTG and the University of British Columbia Geophysical Inversion Facility (UBC-GIF) have developed and tested numerous classification methodologies using both production-type data (e.g., Geonics EM-61, total-field magnetics) and next-generation sensor data (e.g., BUD, TEMTADS, MPV, MetalMapper). These signal processing algorithms and strategies have been tested using full coverage, dynamically acquired data and cued interrogation, statically acquired data sets collected during previous ESTCP Live Site Demonstrations. These methods will be adapted and extended to support the ongoing series of ESTCP’s Live Site Demonstrations. This project will incorporate algorithmic and methodological advances made in BTG/UBC-GIF SERDP-sponsored projects ( MR-2226 on performance prediction and risk assessment, MR-2318 on practical classification methods) and lessons learned from prior participation in the ESTCP Live-Site Demonstrations (ESTCP projects MR-201004, MR-201159 and MR-201226). During past ESTCP Live Site Demonstrations, the algorithm and software developers provided training sessions to production geophysicists to share expertise and experience, as well as guidance on using the algorithms for generating prioritized anomaly lists. This work will continue this mode of technology transfer and will actively seek to partner with interested industry participants in the ESTCP Live Site Demonstration program. In addition, personnel from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be assisted in using software tools for classification and QA/QC analysis. (Anticipated Project Completion - 2016)

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Points of Contact

Principal Investigator

Mr. Kevin Kingdon

Black Tusk Geophysics

Phone: 604-441-6491

Program Manager

Munitions Response