TDI provides a turnkey vehicle maintenance solution to the UN in Mali. Three bespoke tented workshops have been established in Northern Mali for the maintenance of light, heavy, armoured and soft skin vehicles, plants and equipment. These tented workshops are fitted with air conditioning, extraction ventilators and state-of-the-art interlocking flooring technology. They were built to provide a protected environment in heavy wind and high temperatures and to withstand sand and rain storms. A 4th workshop is due to be constructed shortly however in the meantime we are utilising an existing structure. Challenges faced thus far have been severe logistical issues such as untraversable roads, weather disasters, extreme temperatures and dust storms but teams have persevered and are producing a noteworthy performance. TDI also provides rapid-response support teams comprising of qualified technical staff who perform mechanical repair support for ground troop operations and road convoys throughout Mali. This project is ongoing.
In September 2015, TDI was tasked to assess the potential Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) threat within the inter-tidal drilling operations area of BGP INC in Kuwait. Based on a site visit, a comprehensive Risk Assessment was compiled along which included recommendations to mitigate the risk which may be posed by the presence of ERW within the project area, and in so doing bringing it to within an acceptable safe working level for BGP personnel and equipment.TDI proposed a Geophysical Survey and Anomaly Avoidance (GSAA) program. TDI used a combination of manual, hovercraft and zodiac motorised boat platforms, mounted with Long Loop Metal Detectors and data logging equipment to capture and record the data. A total of 1662 km was surveyed within the intertidal area up to a depth of 2m in 78 working days. Over 400 anomalies were detected and avoided.
Between August 2014 and January 2015, TDI provided two teams to conduct Emergency Route Verification and Clearance in parts of South Sudan. The teams were predominantly located in the south of the country during the rainy season and once conditions dried out sufficiently in the north, the teams were then in a position to conduct operations for route verification of six important roads in that area. During the months of September and October the team faced many environmental challenges. The rainy season, flooded regions and rivers prevented access to many locations and where access was possible, progress was very slow. A major achievement was crossing the seemingly impossible ‘wet gap’ and finalising the verification of an anti-tank mine location on a particular route. Teams opened many routes that were previously untraversable. In addition, the teams also assisted with clearance of the Rubkona Airfield Extension during periods of insecurity and instability in the region.
In 2010, UN Mine Action Office in Sudan required a capacity to operate and maintain the UNMAO MineWolf MW370 to ensure maximum productivity and clear some long standing Dangerous Areas.
TDI partnered with an operating team from MineWolf Systems and deployed to Khartoum, commenced selection and training of a suitable contingent of Sudanese staff and deployed into the Kassala region in east Sudan. Two months later the machine was moved south to the Blue Nile State, where it remained for the next seven months, clearing various DAs until the onset of the rains when it returned to Khartoum.
TDI carried out 11 months of operations, ensuring full productivity with the machine and in November 2010 cleared more landmines than the entire Mine Action Programme did for both north and south Sudan for the whole of 2008.