Archive for July, 2010


detecting UXOs

Unexploded ordnances (UXOs) are explosive weapons that did not detonate when they were deployed. There are billions of kilos of UXOs worldwide that still pose a risk of potentially detonating, especially since many become unstable over time.

Decades after these munitions were used, CFB Borden has contracted the company Notra to remediate their military training ranges. Using electromagnetic and magnetic detectors, Notra collects geophysical data to map the locations of anomalies indicative of potential UXOs.  Anomalous targets identified as UXOs are then carefully dug up and disposed of.

The following photos are from a day spent with Notra staff documenting their data collection process in their proving ground (equipment calibration area), which means the munitions that were detected were not live; at least not in this area.

Detecting UXOs


catherine & jay

I enjoyed spending a morning of reading books and playing games with Catherine and Jay and their two boys.  They are expecting their third child in a couple of months.  The boys keep changing their minds about whether it will be a girl or a boy; right now, they think it might be a girl.  I guess we’ll all have to wait and see… :)

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