Siemens makes use of Fugro’s UXO screening technology

Source: press release, 2 January 2020

Fugro provides a range of survey services to help reduce the risks associated with unexploded bombs and other ordnance
Fugro provides a range of survey services to help reduce the risks associated with unexploded bombs and other ordnance (photo: Fugro)

Fugro has completed an unexploded ordnance (UXO) screening project for Siemens AG at the site of a new gas-fired power station in Herne, Germany.

Over 1,300 foundation pile locations were screened for UXO and cleared down to 15 metres below ground level without affecting other site preparation activities.

In Germany, any areas that suffered bombing during the Second World War must have a UXO site survey before construction can begin. Conventional survey methods involve drilling boreholes that create ground disturbance, which is intrusive and expensive to remediate. Fugro’s UXO screening solution is based on a magnetometer located behind a standard CPT cone, which allows quick and deep penetration with only minimal ground disturbance. The Magcone delivers a log of the magnetic field with depth and is monitored in real-time; if any magnetic anomalies are observed ahead of the probe then probing is stopped for excavation.

“We are impressed with Fugro’s UXO solution, especially the flexibility of using it in parallel with ongoing site-levelling activities and its accuracy in detecting ferromagnetic anomalies at depths up to 15 metres,” says Kevin Engelking, Siemens Construction Manager. “All ferromagnetic objects detected were excavated for verification and approved by the relevant authorities. This allowed us to quickly clear the entire site, maintain our construction schedule and safely install the foundation piles for the power station.”