Bosnia and Herzegovina is burdened with the world’s most severe land mine problems as a result of the four years of hostilities from 1992 to 1995 that left an estimated two million unexploded landmines and munitions scattered in 28,699 locations throughout the country. In one district in the northeast of the country, Posavina Without Mines (PWM), a humanitarian, non-profit NGO, is under contract with the government of the District of Br?ko to warn residents of mined areas by permanently marking suspected contaminated areas, removing the lethal objects and helping mine-affected victims.
The task of marking suspected areas to warn residents begins when Posavina Without Mines (PWM) receives mapping information from the Bosnia and Herzegovina Mine Action Center (BH MAC), the nation’s central landmine research and coordinating authority. BH MAC gathers information by researching records of where minefields were laid, a task made very difficult because many landmines were not documented during construction, the records have been lost, hidden or destroyed or the people who recorded the locations were killed or left the country. Posavina Without Mines uploads the data it receives from BH MAC into its Spectra Precision ProMark 800 recently purchased through a grant it received to acquire GNSS capability. Each warning sign is positioned with the aid of the ProMark 800 and assigned a unique serial number.
A list of the serial numbers, coordinates and photos of each site comprises a permanent record and database that is submitted to BH MAC.
Posavina Without Mines had been using an older model handheld GIS GPS for the job. However, according to Ivan Markovic, a Posavina Without Mines spokesperson. “It was producing errors up to two meters necessitating follow up surveys and the involvement of supervisors to rectify the errors,” said Markovic. After reviewing alternative solutions to solve the problem, Posavina Without Mines contacted Gauss Geoinformation Systems.
The ProMark 800 rover and base station system was chosen for its ease-of-operation, excellent accuracy and light weight, an important feature because it is often used in difficult and virtually inaccessible terrain. “On our limited budget, we are very pleased with the accuracy and simplicity of the ProMark 800, and the high-quality training provided by Gauss,” said Markovic.
Spectra Precision has recently replaced its ProMark 800 with a new SP80 GNSS receiver which offers superior accuracy and reliability, enhanced connectivity capabilities including WiFi, e-mailing or text messaging, and advanced anti-theft protection.
About Gauss Geoinformation Systems
Headquartered in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Gauss offers geo information technology solutions in the areas of natural resources, physical planning, cadastre, utility infrastructure, telecommunications and electric distribution systems. Gauss develops and implements complete geoinformatics solutions including supplying technology, preparation of spatial data, and user training.
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Spectra Precision offers a complete product portfolio focusing on the needs of the mainstream surveying and construction markets. The Spectra Precision portfolio includes Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receivers, mechanical and robotic total stations, theodolites, autolevels, data collection hardware, field and office software, as well as a wide range of construction tools and accessories. Spectra Precision surveying equipment uses proven technologies to deliver value, reliability and ease-of-use to customers worldwide. The Spectra Precision brand is backed with the strong technical support that users have come to expect from a quality name in surveying and a quality name in surveying and construction.
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