Scoping Study for Humanitarian Demining Technologies


  1. Carruther, A.
  2. McFee, J.
  3. Bergeron, D.
  4. Das, Y.
  5. Chesney, R.
  6. Russell, K.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN)
This report presents the results of a study carried out for the Canadian Centre for Mine Action Technologies (CCMAT). The aim of the study was to recommend a research and development program in humanitarian demining for the 5 year mandate of the Centre. Current demining practices and problems, grouped according to survey level, are presented from a technical viewpoint. Demining needs are then presented in the same fashion. Next, brief reviews of the Canadian and worldwide demining research and development programs are presented to establish the current research and development status. An assessment of technologies is then presented to determine future research and development directions for CCMAT. The general methodology used in a previous Defence Research and Development Branch countermine long term technology assessment was employed, but the guidelines were modified to reflect the differences between the requirements of humanitarian demining and those of countermine. Prescreening eliminated numerous technology areas and assessments were presented only for general technology areas which have some potential and/or novelty. Based on the above assessment and requirements, a two component program in demining is proposed. The first component is an evaluation program for existing and future commercial off-the-shelf and prototype equipment. TRUNCATED
Area clearance;Demining;Humanitarian demining;Research and Development plan;Technology assessment
Report Number
DRES-TR-1999-121 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Sep 1999
Number of Pages
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