Zetica’s UXO desk study & risk assessments exceed the requirements of industry guidance and also outstrip those offered by other specialists in many ways. We have developed an enviable reputation for providing assessments based on thorough research and objectivity.
We strive to really understand the UXO hazard for a site so that we can avoid recommending extensive and potentially unnecessary risk mitigation work. As such, one of our desk studies can really reduce costs for your site. How many sites have you undertaken UXO surveys for? How often have you encountered UXO?
Our aim is to provide you with an objective and pragmatic risk assessment specific to your site and the works you are planning to undertake.
It may be the case that even where a potential UXO hazard is identified, the risk to your works is low and therefore extensive proactive risk mitigation is not required.
A detailed risk assessment allows for a clearly-defined risk mitigation strategy to be put in place. This can be adapted to suit your risk tolerance, timetable and budget.
“Never before have I received such a positive turn around on UXB issues with definitive commentary that is understandable!” (Client testimony)
A key deliverable of a detailed desk study & risk assessment is the ability to zone the UXO hazard level. This may not always be possible, but routinely providing a site-wide ‘blanket’ hazard assessment is not acceptable and only creates unnecessary risk mitigation costs.
It may take us a little longer but we will (often at our own expense) go that extra mile to provide as detailed a hazard zoning as we can. Our hazard plans can be provided as a CAD/GIS compatible drawing so that you can overlay this onto your proposed work areas.
Each hazard zone will detail the potential type of UXO to be encountered and at what depth. This will help inform proposed construction techniques and allow you to select the appropriate mitigation for your planned works.
For many of our clients we anticipate that our in-depth research, combined with the hazard zoning, has saved them £100,000s in extensive risk mitigation measures. For instance, the commonly recommended pile clearance techniques can cost around £100 per pile. Our detailed desk study & risk assessments prove that in many cases this clearance is not required.
There are also significant savings to be made through the reduction of program delays due to the requirements of UXO detection and clearance as an additional phase of works.
We pride ourselves on thorough in-depth research and we are not content with elevating the UXO hazard level for a site simply because we lack the records to provide a confident assessment:
“We would recommend using Zetica again. Your report was very easy to read and understand which helped us. We thought the information provided was excellent, the level of detail provided showed a high level of research being carried out.” (Client testimony)
The in-depth research undertaken as part of our assessments allows us a greater confidence to conclude far more low risk sites than other UXO specialists will conclude. Furthermore, without the burden of having to rely on the follow-on UXO surveys for our revenue, we have a reputation for providing professional, objective and pragmatic assessments that are not designed to generate further business.