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03 Jul

Team from Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, had field trials at the test site Benkovac within research and development of metal detectors with the target characterization and soil compensation capabilities. The research is supported by the charity Find a Better Way from the Great Britain through projects PERUN and METASHAPE.

11 Jun

A delegation of CROMAC and HCR-CTRO, consisting of Đurđa Adlešič, president of the CROMAC Managing Board, Zdravko Modrušan, CROMAC Director and Tomislav Vondraček, test site manager in HCR-CTRO, visited the Republic of Colombia from 28th May to 2nd June. On 30th May they held a meeting with Senator Uribe Velez and representatives of DAICMA. The Colombian side expressed great interest in cooperation with the Republic of Croatia and its mine action stakeholders, especially in EOD 1-3+ training courses and in testing and certification of all the resources used in demining.

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22 May

A team of research engineers from the University of Manchester used the Benkovac test site in May to measure the response of a range of test objects, including APMs and clutter, in different soil conditions. The aim of the testing was to study the potential of a dual mode multi-frequency metal detector and ground penetrating radar.  The research was funded by the charity Find a Better Way.

18 Apr

As part of the 15th International Symposium “Mine Action 2018”, HCR-CTRO hosted a visit of a delegation of the Republic of Colombia consisting of Mr Enriqe Cabrales Baquero, member of the House of the Representatives of the Colombian Parliament from the Democratic Centre party; Mr Oscar Javier Urquijo Cabrera, senior advisor of the 31st President of the Republic of Colombia Mr. Alvaro Uribe Velez; Mr Mauricio Restrepo Gomez, President of the Board of RGcomercial S.A., accompanied by his wife Mrs Liina Villamizar Vasquez; and Mr Alberto Enrique De Vivero Amador, president of the Managing Board of the humanitarian demining foundation FUNHDES.

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17 Apr

A team of scientists working on a NATO SPS project Biological method (bees) for Explosive Detection conducted project activities at the Benkovac test site from 13th to 16th April. The team consisted of Ross Gillanders, PhD and James Glackin, PhD from the University of St Andrews, Prof Janja Filipi from the University of Zadar and Prof Nikola Kezic. The field trials included the passive sampling of honeybee hive entrances and the air inside the beehives, as well as the air sampling of contaminated lanes.

These samples will be tested in Scotland at the Organic Semiconductor Centre, with their luminescent explosives-sensitive sensors.