10/12/2012, BACTEC and FIND have announced the release of a new website - BombRisk . com. It’s the only site in the UK offering planners and developers instant access to unexploded ordnance (UXO) risk assessments.
Guidelines published by the Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) recommend a review of potential sources of UXO as part of the planning process. A BombRisk preliminary assessment satisfies Phase 1 of CIRIA’s ‘best practice’ recommendations.
In the course of assessing risk and clearing UXO from contaminated land for over 20 years, BACTEC has developed a unique nationwide geospatial database of known UXO risk factors and locations. These include not only unexploded bombs dropped during air raids, but also arms and munitions abandoned on land used for training, storage, testing, military establishments, defensive positions, decoy sites, minefields etc. FIND’s technical expertise means that this data can now be used to instantly generate reliable and trustworthy preliminary UXO risk assessments.
Kevin Kneebone, BACTEC Managing Director said, “Encountering UXO on a project not only exposes personnel to risk, it can also cause delays and increase costs. The launch of BombRisk.com means that builders and developers can now access instant UXO risk assessments at the planning phase of a project.”
Simon Lewis, Managing Director of FIND said, “FIND’s mapping technology analyses multiple risk related datasets from BACTEC’s archive and is able to quickly generate UXO risk profiles for anywhere in the UK. By collating and organising this data we’ve taken much of the grunt work out of UXO assessment. Clients can simply go to BombRisk . com, identify a site and get an instant indication of the level of potential UXO risk. Details of the factors contributing to the level of risk are included in the assessment.”
In many cases a preliminary BombRisk assessment costing £175 + VAT is all that will be needed. If further investigation is required the cost of the preliminary report will be deducted from the cost of a more detailed study.