Biron

EOD & C-IED Search Consultancy

UK and Falkland Islands

Since November 2014, Biron has been assisting the Demining Programme Office (DPO) on the Falkland islands as the Programme Adviser and Deputy Programme Manager on behalf of Fenix Insight Ltd.  This 4th phase of the programme is scheduled to last until March 2016.

Since August 2012, Biron has been providing marketing and business development advice to Armtrac Ltd near Cambridge ( http://www.armtrac.net ).  We also provide technical demining and C-IED advice.  Armtrac manufactures quality, safe and operational value for money mechanical demining equipment.  As one of the leading manufacturers of mechanical demining machines in UK, it provides equipment to a wide range of countries including the US, Afganistan, Albania, Angola, Bosnia, Chad, Croatia, Egypt, France, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sudan, Northern Iraq and Taiwan.  Its machines have also operated in the Falkland Islands (see below) and recently Armtrac have won a contract with the French MOD to supply machines for their NATO and national contingency operations.  As well as large demining euipment, Armtrac have now developed a small Armtrac 20T robot ideal for providing technical survey, safe routes in mined and IED contaminated areas and vegetation cutting in challenging terrain including mountainous, jungle and heavily wooded areas. Armtrac also provide a C-IED Roller System for route proving operations.Videos of equipment on offer can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChLqNIk6_ENwYVjUTSsSv7g?guided_help_flow=3 .

In May 2013, Biron provided data and background information on the scale, types and impacts of ordnance dropped during WW2 on London and the principal UK cities to contribute to an international project examining the impact of deep buried ordnance with a view to making recommendations to certain countries on how to deal with the deep buried UXO threat.

In May 2012, Biron briefed the Ottawa Convention (Anti-personnel Mine Ban Treaty) Intersessional Meeting in Geneva on the Falkland Islands Land Release Project.  See United Kingdom's Article 5 Update Statement at website below:

http://www.apminebanconvention.org/intersessional-work-programme/may-2012/mine-clearance/statements/

November 2011 - April 2012.  Biron led the Demining Programme Office (DPO) on the Falkland Islands on behalf of Fenix Insight Ltd to oversee land release operations behind the Stanley Common Fence.  It also provided quality management, chaired the Suspect Hazardous Area Land Release Committee (SHALARC), and advised the FCO on strategic policy and planning issues associated with the programme. 3.71 sq km of land has been released which represent 17% of the land on the islands currently restricted from use by minefield fences.

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Fig 1. Armtrac 75T Mechanical Demining Equipment flailing around known minefields within the land release area to conduct technical survey and provide confidence that mines had not migrated beyond the geographical extent of the minefields. Armoured excavator provided remote control platform.


August 2011.  Biron worked with Colin King Associates Ltd to produce an analysis of IED trends in Afghanistan for a Government client.

July/August 2011.  Biron worked with Ritherdon Consulting Ltd to assist ARMTRAC Ltd near Cambridge to achieve ISO 9001:2008 accreditation.  It provided local on site advice on Quality Management and assited in drafting the Quality Manual, Quality Management Procedures, Process Maps and associated Quality Forms.

May/June/July 2011.  Biron worked with Fenix-Insight Ltd to produce EOD, BAC and Demining Standard Operating Procedures for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

October 2009 - June 2010. Biron led the Demining Programme Office (DPO) on the Falkland Islands in order to oversee demining operations, provide the quality management and advise the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on the strategic policy and planning issues associated with the programme. 

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The Demining Contractor was BACTEC International Ltd who used 37 de-miners from Zimbabwe and 15 reinforcements from Lebanon. De-mining operations cleared a total of 678 anti-personnel & 568 anti-vehicle minimum metal mines located using a combination of a manual and mechanical excavation.  Mines in the sand dunes were found at 4 metres depth (the 1982 level).  The Argentine records have proved to be good.

Public confidence in the whole process was improved following a proactive public information campaign using regional and local media and public meetings.  A rigorous Quality Assurance of the de-mining contractor that ensured full traceability of all the clearance processes followed by detailed Quality Control sampling of the cleared ground in accordance with international and national mine action standards all assisted to boost confidence in the overall result. After each area was cleared, a public confidence demonstration was staged; the first took place on 25 Mar 10 when BACTEC, the DPO, the Governor and Mr Colin Roberts of the FCO walked across the cleared area.

Updated 16 April 2014

     
Fig 2.  De-miner at Surf Bay        Fig 3.  Operating in 4 m of sand at Surf Bay




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