SERDP and ESTCP invest in a variety of initiatives aimed at improving data quality and providing decision support tools to enhance the munitions response process.
- Modules are available in Oasis montaj, the standard data analysis platform used throughout the industry, to monitor critical data quality parameters and provide vendors access to the latest analysis products.
- The UXO module of Visual Sample Plan can be used to develop a statistically-defensible sampling plan to identify target areas and estimate anomaly densities.
- The Geophysical System Verification (GSV) was developed as an alternative to the geophysical prove out.
These are mature investments that have produced products that can be accessed through Tools and Training.
Standardized UXO test sites have been established at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD and Yuma Proving Ground, AZ. A variety of munitions and clutter have been emplaced at these sites in well-defined scenarios to allow a consistent measure of the performance of new or enhanced sensors and sensor systems. Demonstration at one of these sites is often the first step in the validation of sensors emerging from the research program.
Advanced analysis methods are emerging from the research program. As these methods are successfully demonstrated, SERDP and ESTCP are supporting their incorporation into products that production geophysicists will be able to use to employ the advanced classification on munitions response projects.
As more advanced techniques come into common use, procedures and tools must be developed to enable site managers to make decisions at Munitions Response sites based on quantitative and transparent criteria. The focus is on providing individual site managers and teams answers to questions such as:
- What is the likelihood that unexploded ordnance (UXO) will be encountered at the site before and after remediation?
- How should site managers prioritize anomalies for digging in a principled way?
- What are the most effective ways to assess residual uncertainties?
- What criteria should be used to determine when to stop digging?
Research is underway to develop tools that take into account the unique nature of the risks at munitions sites. Such methods will allow a site team to compare the risk reduction that can be anticipated from various potential site remedies.