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Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)

NCAP imagery is used by Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) specialists, who assess, manage and mitigate the risks posed by unexploded ordnance (UXO) and unexploded bombs (UXB). During the Second World War, millions of tonnes of bombs were dropped by the Allies and it is estimated that between 10% and 15% failed to explode. Today, many of them are still present underground or underwater and pose a significant risk to life and safety. The analysis of high-resolution digital copies of aerial reconnaissance photographs, supplied by NCAP, is an essential process in locating unexploded ordnance and allows specialists to excavate, make safe and then remove them.



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Guardian Online - Allied bombs still threaten Hamburg - 23 April 2018



Spiegel Online - Blast Kills One: World War II Bomb Explodes on German Motorway - 23 October 2006
Spiegel Online - The Lethal Legacy of World War II - 14 October 2008
Spiegel Online - Photo Gallery - 14 October 2008
Spiegel Online - Three Killed in Explosion on World War II Bomb in Germany - 2 June 2010
Bloomberg - German Bomb Squads Race Against Time to Find Aged World War II Explosives - 17 July 2011
Spiegel Online - German firm uses aerial photos to find bombs - 9 April 2012
BBC Online - WW2 bomb blast kills digger driver in Germany - 3 January 2014
BBC Online - WW2 weapons could be buried under Elgin school grounds - 30 July 2014
Guardian Online - Borussia Dortmund football stadium closed by unexploded bomb - 26 February 2015
BBC Online - Germany WW2 bomb find prompts Cologne's biggest evacuation - 27 May 2015
BBC Online - Greek WW2 bomb forces huge Thessaloniki evacuation - 11 February 2017
BBC Online - Hannover evacuates 50,000 over World War Two bombs - 7 May 2017
BBC Online - Frankfurt to evacuate 70,000 after British WW2 bomb found - 31 August 2017


Case Study - Koblenz Evacuation - December 2011


Spiegel Online - War Remains in the River Rhine - 22 November 2011
Spiegel Online - Photo Gallery - 22 November 2011
Spiegel Online - Half of Koblenz to evacuate for bomb disposal - 30 November 2011
Spiegel Online - Photo Gallery - 30 November 2011
Mail Online - Half of German city evacuated after two-ton 'Blockbuster' RAF bomb is found at the bottom of the Rhine - 2 December 2011
Spiegel Online - Killer in the Mud: Land Mine Near Koblenz - 3 December 2011
Spiegel Online - Photo Gallery - 3 December 2011
Spiegel Online - Bomb: Koblenz is a Ghost Town - 3 December 2011
BBC News - Bomb: Koblenz evacuated for WWII bomb removal from Rhine - 3 December 2011
BBC News - Koblenz Evacuated for WWII bomb removal from Rhine - 4 December 2011 [VIDEO]
BBC News - Picture Gallery - 4 December 2011
BBC News - WWII bomb in Rhine near Koblenz successfully defused - 4 December 2011 [VIDEO]
CNN - WWII bombs defused allowing 45,000 evacuated residents to return - 4 December 2011 [VIDEO]
Spiegel Online - Benign Bomb - 5 December 2011
Spiegel Online - Photo Gallery - Koblenz Quiet for Bomb Disposal - 5 December 2011


Boundary Disputes

Our aerial photography of Scotland spans 80 years, making it a useful tool in boundary litigation in Scotland.

Police Investigation

NCAP aerial imagery has been used by Scottish Police in reviewing cold cases and in long-running investigations.


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Our historical aerial images can aid in the analysis of past land use and contamination.

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