Abstract

Clearing large civilian areas from anti-personnel landmines and cluster munitions is a difficult problem because of the large diversity of hazardous areas and explosive contamination. A single solution does not exist and many Mine Action actors have called for a toolbox from which they could choose the tools best fit to a given situation. Some have built their own toolboxes, usually specific to their activities, such as clearance.

The TIRAMISU project aims at providing the foundation for a global toolbox that will cover the main Mine Action activities, from the survey of large areas to the actual disposal of explosive hazards, including Mine Risk Education. The toolbox produced by the project will provide Mine Action actors with a large set of tools, grouped into thematic modules, which will help them to better perform their job. These tools will have been designed with the help of end-users and validated by them in mine affected countries.

To reach the needed level of expertise the TIRAMISU team includes organisations that were involved in the most important European and international Mine Action research projects over the last fifteen years. The TIRAMISU partners will build on their past experience of this topic, their long tradition to work with each other, and the strong links they have forged over the years with Mine Action Centres, demining operators and non-governmental organisations, to construct and assemble a toolbox that will represent a step forward in Mine Action by serving as the basis for a unifying, comprehensive and modular integrated solution to the clearing of large areas from explosive hazards.

More information: See project website

 

Global Budget and timing

19.5 million euro over 4 years

 

Persons Involved

Yvan Baudoin, Project Coordinator

Yann Yvinec, Liaison Officer

Vincianne Lacroix, Technical Coordination

Geert De Cubber, Member of WP230 (technical survey) and WP310 (close-in detection)

Haris Balta, Member of WP230 (technical survey) and WP310 (close-in detection)

 

Robots Involved

TEODOR robot for demining