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Title: Subsurface site characterization : proceedings of research needs workshop
Authors: Subsurface Site Characterization Research Needs Workshop (1994: Vicksburg, Miss.)
Corcoran, Maureen K.
Grau, Tina H.
Keywords: Engineering geophysics
Geographic Information System
Southwest border
Trenchless technology
Tunnel detection
Military geology
Law enforcement
Publisher: Geotechnical Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical report (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station) ; GL-94-40.
Description: Technical report
Abstract: A workshop was conducted to promote dialogue between scientists and law enforcement agents while developing meaningful research direction in the area of clandestine tunnel detection. Needs were addressed within the scope of realistic product expectation and constraints. It became apparent that a combined search strategy employing the capabilities of scientists with law enforcement experience can accelerate development of low-profile technology focused on subsurface detection of clandestine tunnels. Scientific presentations outlined a proposed research plan to a panel of representatives from various law enforcement agencies who critiqued and offered constructive criticism. Presentations included: geologic principles, clandestine tunnel operations, modern tunneling technology (including microtunneling), a history of tunnel detection, southwest border geophysical test results from Otay Mesa, geologic criteria for selecting geophysical techniques for a site-specific search, computer applications using the Geographic Information System, and the development of a search strategy. Panel discussions covered conditions and tactical constraints faced by scientists operating along the southwest U .S./Mexico border. The workshop opened two-way communication for the exchange of ideas between scientists and law enforcement agents. Its primary accomplishment was a workable search strategy which can be supported jointly by law enforcement agents and the scientific community.
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