The principle aim of the Operations Section is to improve operational efficiency in mine action programmes. This is achieved by obtaining better definition of the extent of mine and ERW contamination using enhanced non technical and technical survey methodologies, and by implementation of more efficient planning procedures and clearance techniques.
The Operations Section is composed of experienced staff with considerable expertise in demining machinery, animal detection methods, manual clearance approaches and broader Explosive Ordnance Disposal. The Section draws on this knowledge to analyse programmes, provide appropriate training, and to support improved land release approaches. Technical advice and guidance extends to stockpile destruction of cluster munitions and landmines with the Section also supporting the GICHD as a hub for mine action technologies where the Centre acts as a repository and knowledge centre for test and evaluations of mine action equipment.
A significant proportion of mine action activity today is managed through competitive tendering. The Section has therefore developed tailored training on Quality Management and Contracting aspects of Mine Action to ensure that contracts are written and managed to support efficient operations.