Description of RTD activities
HCR-CTRO was established as the first institution performing testing, research, development and education in the field of mine action in the Republic of Croatia. The company is the leading test and evaluation institution in the field of mine action in the region of South-Eastern Europe. It also conducts training of deminers on the use of metal detectors. In April 2007 the company was accredited by the Croatian Accreditation Agency to conduct certification of demining machines, mine detection dogs and metal detectors. HCR-CTRO manages three test facilities: a) Cerovac, where testing and accreditation of demining machines, mine detection dogs and metal detectors is conducted; b) Benkovac, where testing of metal detectors, GPR systems and other hand-held and vehicle-mounted detection sensors is performed; and c) Skabrnja, where vapor sensors, biosensors testing and testing and accreditation of demining machines and mine detection dogs is performed.
HCR-CTRO has established excellent cooperation with international and foreign institutions: UNMAS, Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), International Test and Evaluation Program for Humanitarian Demining (ITEP), Canadian Center for Mine Action Technologies (CCMAT), International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victims Assistance (ITF), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), European Standards Institute (CEN), Japanese Science and Technology Agency (JST), German Institute for Material Research and Testing (BAM), South East Europe Mine Action Coordination Council (SEEMACC), Swedish EOD Centre (SWEDEC), Swedish Rescue Services Agency (SRSA) and others.
Experiences in international Programmes
Other international projects in which HCR-CTRO has participated:
- From 2001 to 2003 HCR and later HCR-CTRO was a partner in a European Commission project ARC (Airborne Minefield Area Reduction). The project included the use of an unmanned helicopter with remote sensing sensors mounted on it. The project combined advanced analysis of data obtained by multispectral and infrared camera. From 2001- 2004 HCR and later HCR-CTRO was a partner in a European Commission project SMART (Space and Airborne Mine Area Reduction Tool) The aim of the project was to assist Mine Action Centers in area reduction on the basis of GIS and specific tools which facilitate interpreting by the operators. Using multispectral optical data and those obtained by Synthetic Aperture Radar, during its application in Croatia, as well as satellite data from the times before the armed conflict, this tool assists in detection of minefield indicators. An integrated information system, which includes advanced geographic information system (GIS) enabled fusion of data obtained by imaging, ground truth data and geographic information, with the aim of using it for planning future mine clearance activities.
- From 2002 to 2004 HCR-CTRO was a partner on the BIOSENS project at Skabrnja test site, together with SRSA and NPA. The aim of the project was to test a biosensor system for analysis of explosive vapors.
- In 2006, testing of three demining machines (Bozena-5, ITEP project 3.2.33; MineWolf, 3.2.34 and MV-10, 3.2.35) was performed by HCR-CTRO and ITEP at Cerovac test site.
- In February 2006 HCR-CTRO conducted a trial of Japanese robotic vehicles and mine detection dual sensors (Mine Hunter Vehicle -MHV1 and MHV-2, Gryphon, ALIS – Advanced Landmine Imaging System) at Benkovac test site
- In September 2006 – STEMD project – Systematic testing and evaluation of metal detectors used in the region of Southeast Europe, was performed as part of the ITEP Project 184.108.40.206 at Benkovac test site.
- In October 2006 – testing of a mine detection scanner in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute from Germany, as part of the HUMIN/MD project was conducted at Benkovac test site.
- In October 2007 HCR-CTRO conducted a continuation of the ALIS dual sensor and Gryphon + LAMDAR IV trial at Benkovac test site.
- HCR-CTRO has also being developing two projects on the use of bees in humanitarian demining.
In addition to the above activities, HCR-CTRO has, together with CROMAC, organized four International Symposium entitled “Humanitarian Demining” which were held annually in the town of Sibenik, Croatia, and has a turn-out of approximately 200 demining experts from around the world. For next year, HCR-CTRO is, together with CROMAC, providing technical support for the 11th International Meeting of Mine Action Program Directors and UN Advisors, which will, for the first time, be held outside Geneva.
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2008-03-19 / 2008-03-19