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UK Land UXO Services

Consultancy

RMS UXO provides a comprehensive industry leading range of UXO Risk Mitigation Services which comply with the CIRIA C681 requirements and International best practice to provide our clients with the confidence and assurance that they are receiving the best possible advice in order to deal with any potential risk from UXO in a safe, efficient and cost-effective manner.

Risk Mitigation Consultancy

RMS UXO offer consultancy services to clients to join and assist at any point during a project life cycle. Often brought in during the early phase works of a project, RMS UXO’s consultants work alongside our clients to provide detailed planning and add in value for money and time saving expertise, whilst ensuring the safety of all project staff, third parties and their assets.

We also provide qualified and experienced personnel to act as client representatives to oversee the delivery of services and operations. Providing detailed reporting and management services (if required) to ensure safety and quality of delivery by client nominated contractors.

Target Identification Reports

RMS UXO has arguably the world’s most comprehensive historic UXO database which has been developed over a period of more than 30 years. If you encounter a suspicious item which may be UXO related, please contact us and we will provide you a detailed Target Identification Report. We offer a preliminary or detailed assessment and can provide a structured assessment of the Hazards and risk posed (if any)

This service is offered as a standalone (one off) service or, can be offered as retained service to meet project timelines and client needs.

10% of all profits made from the sale of Target Identification Reports are donated to Military charities.

Project Management

RMS UXO provide project managers to oversee and manage all elements of UXO project delivery. This ensures that the mitigation works comply with the requirements for sign-off/ALARP.

Alongside providing UXO specific project management, RMS UXO can also provide experienced project managers to manage a combination of works phases. This includes UXO packages alongside survey operations, civil engineering works, ground works, environmental packages, etc.

Preliminary UXO Risk Assessment

The Preliminary UXO Risk Assessment is the first stage in providing an essential screening process to check if there is a potential risk from UXO that requires further investigation.

Recommended to be undertaken at the start of a project or prior to any site investigation or intrusive ground works, our bespoke preliminary assessment will highlight UXO risk factors that may impact on your project.

Our reports utilise comprehensive historical archives, maps, library resources, our internal UXO risk database and the extensive knowledge of the UXO (EOD Qualified) risk mitigation team and in-house researchers to provide a balanced assessment of the potential UXO risk.

A Preliminary UXO Risk Assessment report costs £150 and will be provided in a digital format within 1-2 working days from your order.

Note: If a follow on Comprehensive UXO Risk Assessment is recommended the cost of the Preliminary UXO Risk Assessment will be deducted from the cost of the Comprehensive UXO Risk Assessment.

Detailed UXO Risk Assessment

The Comprehensive UXO Risk Assessment is normally the second stage in providing a detailed assessment and qualification of any potential risk posed by UXO to your project.

Compliant with stages two and three of the CIRIA’s C681 risk management guidelines this assessment uses extensive historical archives, maps, our internal UXO risk database, local research, library resources and the extensive knowledges of the UXO (EOD qualified) risk mitigation team and in-house researchers.

The assessment will provide a UXO risk level for your project not only based upon the historical records including previous land use, (which may have mitigated an element of the UXO risk), but also ground conditions and the proposed on-site works / activity.

There can be a tendency for a specific UXO risk effecting your entire project site that may not be appropriate and could result in unnecessary UXO risk Mitigation activities being conducted across the entire site. Where possible RMS UXO will provide a bespoke 3D UXO risk map with ground modelling that will accurately determine the level of UXO risk to the project site.

“Providing a balanced assessment of the potential UXO risk”.

UXO Risk Mitigation Strategies

Based upon the assessed level of UXO risk a bespoke Risk Mitigation Strategy will be developed for your project to provide the most appropriate and relevant risk mitigation measures to deal with the UXO risk in a safe, effective and cost-efficient manner.

The primary objective of the Risk Mitigation Strategy is to reduce the risk posed by UXO in accordance with the ALARP, (as low as reasonably practical) principle. This ensures that the Client expends only the resources necessary in time, effort and cost to reduce the risk to an acceptable level eliminating any UXO threat to the project.

RMS UXO can provide UXO Risk Mitigation implementation services directly or design and manage the services provided by a UXO contractor.

Quality Assurance & Quality Control

RMS UXO have developed a robust QA / QC management system that encompasses all aspects of UXO risk mitigation services and operations.

This provides a framework for the delivery of the complete range of UXO risk mitigation services from planning, resource and equipment allocation, monitoring, reviewing and auditing to ensure that that necessary standards and project delivery objectives are met.

RMS UXO can also provide QC services for projects where the UXO on site services are being provided by a UXO contractor.

Peer Review

An increasing number of clients are questioning the recommendations given within detailed risk assessments for high value, time consuming UXO mitigation works by UXO contracting companies. This is particularly prevalent by those UXO companies who own and contract heavy intrusive survey assets, therefore blurring the lines of impartiality through conflict of interest within their assessments.

It is also true that those providing recommendations within such reports may not have the necessary competence to offer such advice or recommendations.

RMS UXO offer a peer review service of detailed risk assessment studies, risk mitigation strategies and survey reports by highly qualified and experienced personnel, to review the information and measure the risks given. And to provide independent recommendations which will be signed-off by RMS UXO if followed.

UXO Geophysical Survey

Non-Intrusive UXO Survey

Designed for greenfield sites or sites that have not previously been developed, RMS UXO will deploy the latest state of the art UXO survey technology either by a pedestrian or vehicle towed survey array, data is collected and then analysed by experienced UXO Geophysicist and Senior consultant EOD engineers taking into consideration the survey technology deployed, ground conditions, source and nature of the designated UXO risk and the proposed work on-site.

Results are provided in the form of a survey report, with a geo-referenced false colour target anomaly map and target list, detailing the quantity, location and estimated depth of the targets identified from the survey.

If required a target investigation strategy will be developed in order to investigate only the targets necessary to reduce the UXO risk in accordance with the ALARP, (as low as reasonably practical) principle.

Search and Clear

For areas where a non-intrusive survey is not viable or cost effective two-man UXO Specialist teams can be deployed to conduct a manual Search & Clear operation of the site location with handheld UXO detection equipment.

Providing real time detection of UXO at relatively shallow depths any target identified will be investigated and identified. Recovered UXO will be disposed of in the appropriate way in accordance with RMS UXO standard operating procedures and the local regulatory requirements.

Intrusive UXO Survey

For sites where a non-intrusive UXO survey cannot reach the maximum depth of UXO risk, such as for air dropped bombs, or the site is not suitable for a non-intrusive survey such as a brownfield site the intrusive UXO survey provides a suitable alternative. Designed to survey point specific locations where deep engineering works are being undertaken such a piling, pile clusters and sheet piled walls.

Delivered either by CPT or drilling technology these surveys provide point specific, deep vertical survey columns with look ahead capability to the maximum bomb penetration depth. Our intrusive survey specialist will design a UXO survey strategy to maximise the coverage of the survey locations to cover the designed engineering work in the most efficient way possible.

The survey data is initially reviewed on site by the survey specialist and then reviewed off-site by a UXO geophysicist and Senior consultant EOD Engineer. Any suspect UXO will be flagged for further assessment / additional surveys to provide further modelling data prior to any recommendation for target investigation.

UXO Drone Survey

Applications

Airborne magnetometer survey techniques offer a rapid, safe and accurate way to acquire data suitable for UXO identification in a variety of complex environments:

  • Military training ranges
  • Intertidal zones
  • Large area surveys
  • Shallow water settings

Data Collection

We are able to acquire drone-based magnetometer data at up to 5 m/s, allowing for up to 20 hectares of data to be collected in a single day at 0.5 m sensor spacing. Sensor height above ground/water is maintained using a downward-facing radar altimeter, with pre-planned flight lines flown using cm-accurate RTK GPS.

Surrogate item trials have determined that a 20 kg ferrous item can be detected at up to 7 m range with a 10 nT magnetic anomaly, allowing for data acquisition in up to 4 m of water under typical UXO survey specifications.

Data Analysis

Data is processed using a combination of third-party and in-house software to filter out any magnetic interference from the drone, and also filter out various background signals, to derive a residual total field magnetic anomaly map with approximately 2-3 nT of background noise.

Oasis Montaj is then used to further interrogate the data, including the identification of potential UXO targets.

UXO Risk Mitigation

RMS UXO have established a proven and robust process to design and deliver fit for purpose surveys, optimised using the latest technologies and methodologies to increase the confidence in target identification and classification.

The results of our optimised surveys allow for either full UXO clearance or ALARP certification in a safe, efficient and cost-effective manner.

UXO Support

Providing the full range of UXO risk mitigation services RMS UXO can develop and implement innovative and cost-effective bespoke solutions to effectively mitigate the risk of UXO from your project.

Site Investigation on-site Support

Providing reactive support at the early stages of a project RMS UXO can provide qualified EOD Engineers to provide the following:

  • Explosive Ordnance Safety and Awareness Training.
  • Supervision of trial pit excavations.
  • Clearance of window sampling locations.
  • Borehole clearance using downhole magnetometry technical.
  • Explosive residue sampling, (if required).

Working in conjunction with the site investigation team RMS UXO can provide bespoke solutions to ensure that the site investigation can be conducted in a safe, effective and cost-efficient manner.

Construction on-site Support

Providing a reactive support option where pro-active UXO risk mitigation measures, (such as non-intrusive or intrusive survey) are not practical, RMS UXO will provide qualified EOD Engineers as specialist UXO banksman in support of groundworks. Supervising all open excavations to the UXO risk depth, to investigate and identify suspect UXO. This ensures that the groundworks are conducted in a controlled and safe manner whilst minimising any disruption when a suspect UXO is uncovered.

The Benefits:

  • On-site Site-Specific Explosive Ordnance Safety and Awareness Training delivered by a qualified EOD Engineer.
  • The ability to respond instantly to identify potential UXO and to verity it as benign or confirmed UXO.
  • Eliminates the potential of falsely identify UXO.
  • Experienced incident management if UXO are discovered.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Engineer - Watching Brief

Providing a reactive support option where pro-active UXO risk mitigation measures, (such as non-intrusive or intrusive survey) are not practical, RMS UXO will provide qualified EOD Engineers. Supervising all open excavations to the UXO risk depth, to investigate and identify suspect UXO. This ensures that and excavations are conducted in a controlled and safe manner whilst minimising any disruption when a suspect UXO is uncovered.

The Benefits:

  • On-site Site-Specific Explosive Ordnance Safety and Awareness Training delivered by a qualified EOD Engineer.
  • The ability to respond instantly to identify potential UXO and to verity it as benign or confirmed UXO.
  • Eliminates the potential of falsely identify UXO.
  • Experienced incident management if UXO are discovered.

Training - On-site UXO Safety & Awareness

Explosive Ordnance Safety and Awareness Training is provided on sites where the risk from UXO may not warrant pro-active UXO risk mitigation measures or on-site UXO support to groundworks. The training is adapted to the site-specific risk from UXO, and the activities being conducted on-site.

Delivered by an RMS UXO qualified and experienced EOD Engineer the training will:

  • Clearly explain the type, source and nature of potential UXO contamination.
  • Explain the risks that need to be considered.
  • Provide a basic insight and principles of UXO recognition.
  • Ensure that you know what to do in the event a suspect item is discovered.

Training - On-line UXO Safety & Awareness

Our interactive online Explosive Ordnance Safety and Awareness Training provides a cost effective and flexible alternative to the traditional method of onsite delivery. This training is provided sites where the risk from UXO may not warrant pro-active UXO risk mitigation measures or on-site UXO support to groundworks. The training is adapted to the site-specific risk from UXO, and the activities being conducted on-site.

Delivered online supported by an RMS UXO qualified and experienced EOD Engineer the training will:

  • Clearly explain the type, source and nature of potential UXO contamination.
  • Explain the risks that need to be considered.
  • Provide a basic insight and principles of UXO recognition.
  • Ensure that you know what to do in the event a suspect item is discovered.

Training - CPD UXO Safety & Awareness

RMS UXO provide UXO mitigation presentations to those who may have an interest in the subject of UXO. These presentations conform to the requirements for continual professional development and may take the form of 'lunch and learn' sessions, health and safety workshops or for professional interest and education.

Training - Train the Trainer UXO Safety

Explosive Ordnance Safety and Awareness Training is provided on sites where the risk from UXO may not warrant pro-active UXO risk mitigation measures or the need for full time on-site UXO support to groundworks.

RMS UXO provide a ‘train the trainer’ course to enable managers to provide safety awareness training to new site staff. This is normally combined with an on-call response service to enable the trainer to initially manage any UXO related incident as a first responder until RMS UXO personnel arrive on-site to provide incident management and assume control.

On Call / Rapid Response

For lower risk sites (as classified by detailed UXO threat and risk assessment) an On-Call EOD Service alongside an emergency response plan, (ERP) may be appropriate whereby Senior EOD experts will be able to remotely assist you when a suspect item is uncovered during the project. We will be able to identify and/or advise in terms of item confirmation and if necessary, an appropriate course of action to take in the event the discovery of any potential UXO.

Delivering timely and expert advice this service provides a cost effective UXO risk mitigation solution.

Target Investigation

Where a pro-active UXO survey has been conducted, the data will be analysed by experienced UXO Geophysicist and Senior consultant EOD engineers taking into consideration the survey technology deployed, ground conditions, source and nature of the designated UXO risk and the proposed work on-site. A target investigation strategy will be developed in order to investigate only the targets necessary to reduce the UXO risk in accordance with the ALARP, (As Low As Reasonably Practical) principle.

Throughout the investigation programme the target investigation strategy will evolve based upon the nature of the targets investigated to ensure that there is a correlation between the survey data and any recovered UXO to ensure that the ALARP principle can be achieved.

Disposal

The discovery of UXO on a site puts the client in a difficult position, if inert, they have a duty to ensure it is disposed of appropriately and that a clear evidential paper trail exists to prove they have followed all their requirements and legal and moral obligations.

RMS UXO are licensed to identify, classify and remove such inert items from site and to evidence that the items have been disposed of by a licensed disposal facility.

However, if the items contain high or low explosives then Home Office protocols must be observed. RMS UXO can facilitate the management and subsequent disposal of all ‘live’ items of UXO if required. This may be by means of Ministry of Defence tasking (Army or Navy) if appropriate.

Or, by licensing the site and the provision of former Military RMS UXO personnel procuring explosives and carrying out approved disposal operations on-site, if appropriate.

Reporting & Certification

Final Reporting & Sign-off

RMS UXO provide project reporting services detailing the execution of works and the results and outcomes. Reports may be based upon contracted works undertaken by RMS UXO or, may be produced as a consultant or client representative.

These reports, along with ALARP certificates form the basis of client required sign-off, detailing how the risk has been managed, the geographic boundaries of the works, the nature of mitigation actions taken, the results of the mitigation works and any residual risk that may be remain.

As Low as Reasonably Practicable (ALARP) Certification

Once the risk mitigation services have been successfully implemented RMS UXO will provide evidence to all project stakeholders that the UXO risk has been mitigated in accordance with the ALARP principle. This will be provided as a certified report.

The report is a comprehensive document that is geo-referenced to a specific location / area and provides a detailed description of the risk mitigation work undertaken, QA and QC confirmation and the outcome.

The certified report is underwritten by our Professional Indemnity Insurance provider.