• Horizontal drilling and detection

Bomb detection and drilling in one operation


Areas with the possible presence of unexploded bombs are not always easy to access for detection. Non-moveable infrastructural objects, buildings waterways may form a serious obstruction. In collaboration with Brownline we have developed an innovative method, the UXOscope.

The UXOscope offers a unique combination of horizontal drilling and the detection of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in areas with the possible presence of unexploded bombs. This provides very efficient detection when the drilling has to take place under airports, busy highways, rivers and near obstructions such as cables.

Benefits of the UXOscope:

  • minimal disturbance to surrounding areas
  • more cost- and time-efficient than traditional detection methods
  • detection combined with horizontal drilling reduces the environmental impact

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The UXOscope can be used simultaneously with the pilot drilling and can detect up to 3 m. This length is sufficient to be able to safely lay a tub for e.g. cables and electrical wires.


When an obstacle/obstruction is detected, the drilling process is immediately stopped. The data is analyzed to determine the nature of the obstruction, thus preventing contact with a bomb and the threat of detonation.

As a certified company, Van den Herik can consult on the safe disposal of any identifi ed unexploded bombs and can guide you through the processes that are required.


Interested? Contact us: uxoscope@herik.nl