Landmines and HMA glossary
The Database of Demining Accidents in 2011 (paper)
Disclaimer: the content of this site reflects my personal experience and opinions: these should not be presumed to represent the opinion of any of the people or organisations I have worked with.
For detailed reports on accidents in which deminers have detonated a device as they work, see the Database of Demining Accident victims at DDAS online. These reports are often snapshots of minefield activity and can help you to understand the varied processes involved, and the varied risks associated with them.
been involved in Humanitarian Demining for longer than I care to remember,
I find that I am frequently contacted with questions about Mine
Action. Some are technical questions from professionals, others
are more "basic" questions from newcomers. At times I find it hard
to find the time to answer appropriately, so I put this website together to try to answer the more common questions generically. If you cannot find the answer you need, write to me at avs(at)nolandmines.com and I will try to answer in a timely and appropriate manner.
website provides a gateway for people to
read or download a wide range of documents and materials on Mine Action - including "operating procedures" for demining groups to adapt, and training materials
for both the experienced and the inexperienced.
If you are a newcomer, when
you have finished looking through the introduction I recommend that you
read the paper:- Myths,
Mines and Ground Clearance.
documents and materials are divided into the categories shown
on the right and there is an Index as well.
site will always be "under construction" because I am always learning. I have tried to keep the site simple because the content matters more than the
web-design. I hope that it will be easy to access - so please
let me know if it is not. If a link is not live today
- it may be later.
I hope this site
can reduce the number of "cowboy" operators at all
levels in the Humanitarian Demining community, from researcher
to hands-on deminer.
you have comments or criticisms - please send them.
About Andy Smith or email
me at avs(at)nolandmines.com
thanks to Craig and Hum Relyea in theUSA who gave me this website in 2002.
And thanks to Hans Georg who (ten years ago in Mozambique) awarded me the above sculpture in recognition of my work in demining. It is made from recycled assault rifles. While I am no kind of knight, I do wear armour, like horses, and I advocate using long handtools - and I believe in tilting at the odd establishment windmill, of course.