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!