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EKC

Manager

 

Prof. Yvan Baudoin, EKC.

  • Professor Emeritus Yvan Baudoin is the former Head of the department of Mechanical Engineering and former Executive Director of the Unmanned Vehicle Centre (http://mecatron.rma.ac.be) at the Belgian Royal Military Academy (RMA)
  • Yvan has an extensive experience in coordinating large consortia at the international level such as the IARP working groups HU(manitarian)DEM(ining) (22 partners), RI(sky)S(urveillance)E(nvironment) (18 partners), the NATO/STO/ TG 175 focusing on intelligent assistance for autonomous vehicles (23 partners).
  • He coordinated a EUREKA project (E!3517 – Towards a European Network of Environmental Engineering Sciences and Techniques) in which 164 SMEs and Academic Institutions from across Europe participated).
  • He was also Co-Coordinator of the FP7-TIRAMISU (www.fp7-tiramisu.eu) project and Liaison Officer in the FP6 View-Finder project (more than 32 Fire-Fighting/Civil Protection Services in Europe).

Organization of the EKC

The objectives of our Community are to help identify and counter explosive threats in a timely manner by the development of a European Explosive Knowledge Centre (EKC) that is open to Public and Private Security Stake-Holders, informed and used by Operators (Practitioners), and that prioritises the industrial development of the most appropriate Counter-Hazardous Explosive tools and procedures.

These objectives will be achieved by

  • analysing the current threats, surveying promising technologies for surveillance and intervention; analysing the TRL of technologies from precursor projects;
  • proposing common procedures, standards and certification of Explosive Hazard detection and neutralisation tools;
  • developing guidance documents, manuals or recommendations; and
  • providing a comprehensive toolbox of training tools related to the identification and treatment of HE threats.

Through a ‘Research and Innovation Action’ proposed by the European DG HOME/SECURITY, our Community also aim to achieve innovation in detection techniques on explosives to counter an explosive threat across the timeline of a plot, by team up top current technologies and their best combinations, categorise, authenticate and test them.

The EKC vision will be materialised via respective Task Forces (TF) as follows:

TASK FORCE 1: TECHNOLOGY WATCH AND SHARED R&D

  • Continuously improve technologies through an exchange of R&D results
  • among the scientific community and through adequate interdisciplinary technology transfer
  • Share expertise and particularly research through dedicated workshops, in close cooperation with the above mentioned Centres and other stakeholders
  • Monitor the developed tools and prepare their validation and their wider implementation

TASK FORCE 2: VALIDATION AND EUROPEAN STANDARDS

  • Promote EU-wide standards of relevant counter explosive hazards (C-EH) technologies, tests and evaluations of C-EH equipment
  • Maintain a dedicated area of permanent lab-space for baseline testing of performance and suggest appropriate test areas for field testing, such as the CID or/and the C-IED COE in Spain, the HCR-CTRO test facilities in Croatia, the ICI facilities in Belgium, the Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy
  • Suggest and validate new / improved testing procedures, in cooperation with ICI, GICHD, NATO, the The ICI, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and others
  • Pursue (or propose/extend) new CEN workshop agreements initiated by the FP7 Projects or initiated under the current Horizon 2020 projects

TASK FORCE 3: TRAINING AND RISK EDUCATION

  • Develop Survey (prediction, prevention, detection) e-Tutor
  • Offer advanced multinational e-C-EH courses and C-EH training
  • Provide risk-education tools for C-EH practitioners

TASK FORCE 4: MEETING THE COUNTER EXPLOSIVES HAZARDS PRACTITIONERS’ REQUIREMENTS

  • Support comprehensive and integrated use of Information Management Systems (IMS) as requested by end users
  • Develop synergies between all above-mentioned centres focusing on counter explosive hazards in view of the systems and security challenges of the European Union
  • Participate in analysis of C-EH requirements

TASK FORCE 5: COUNTERING C-IED THREATS

  • Continuously improve technologies through an exchange of R&D results among the scientific community and through adequate interdisciplinary technology transfer
  • Prepare the validation and wider implementation of tools, in particular in the current context of terrorist threats in Europe
  • Promote EU-wide standards of relevant security technologies, tests and evaluations of security equipment
  • Maintain a dedicated permanent lab-space for baseline testing of performance and suggest appropriate test areas for field testing
  • Develop and validate EOD/IED e-Tutor
  • Support training of practitioners in the domain of improvised explosive devices (with possible CBR(N) payload)
  • Complement IMS with a Dissuasion management action plan for C-IED threats
  • Develop synergies between all above-mentioned centres focusing on the counter hazards actions in view of the systems and security challenges of the European Union (surveillance of borders, CBRN-E threats)
  • Cooperate closely with practitioners in the field of counter terrorist activities, including from the European Corporate Security Associations (ECSA)

C-EH Consultation Request

EKC is readily available to provide C-EH-related consultation upon request at your own premises world-wide

Propose a CBRNE-related workshop/conference

If you would like EKC to organize a tailored conference or workshop or a specific training (e.g. chemical decontamination), please contact us!

Express of Interest

EKC is interested to organize a workshop that will bring together C-EH First Responders and Architects/Civil Engineers. When these two communities will exchange ideas and unveil needs and gaps a safer critical Infrastructure potential will become a reality. It is much easier and cheaper to design C-EH proof structures that to harden them afterwards. If interested, please contact us!

EKC is interested to promote (implement) “C-EH Tools” that will explore ergonomic and economic solutions in the area of detection, neutralisation, management of Hazardous Explosives threats. If interested to join this effort, please contact us!