The GICHD has designed a management tool for demining operations to assist in identifying and addressing reasons for the 'downtime' of manual, mechanical and animal assets.
'Downtime', which reduces the productivity and cost-effectiveness of the demining operations, includes:
Key factors in determining whether demining operations will succeed or fail include:
This Excel-based tool has been enhanced from an earlier version of the same, is user friendly and is intended to improve the productivity and cost-effectiveness of demining operations. Data (including downtime and cause) is recorded daily for each asset, resulting in a set of reports that highlights operational inefficiency.
The tool and the operator manual are both downloadable from the GICHD webpage and have also been integrated into GICHD training packages.