SHDI Updates

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Schonstedt Awarded Certificate of Appreciation from United Nations Mine Action Service

United Nations Recognition for Schonstedt’s Demining Efforts

In April 2022, Schonstedt Instrument Company attended the United Nations Mine Action Service: ‘Safe Ground, Safe Steps, Safe Home’ symposium, where it was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for its humanitarian contributions to global demining.

United Nations Mali Deminer Uses Schonstedt Magnetic Locator GA-72Cd for UXO Clearance and Detection

Schonstedt Featured in International Mine Awareness Day Events

Schonstedt senior management—along with Schonstedt instruments—will be well represented at events in New York and Washington surrounding this year’s International Mine Awareness Day on April 4, 2022. At the UN’s General Assembly building, a symposium on mine action titled “Safe Ground, Safe Steps, Safe Home”, hosted by the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), will highlight a day of interactive exhibits and presentations by leading figures and organizations in the mine action community. On Tuesday, April 5, Schonstedt will be recognized by the HALO Trust, a world leader in landmine/explosives-clearing, for their “humanitarian leadership” at an event on Capitol Hill…

Locating More than Monuments: Demining with Schonstedt

Article and photo from the March 06, 2020 edition of xyHt magazine You know the magnetic locator well, no doubt. Whether yours is a Schonstedt or another brand, geospatial professionals are familiar with these instruments due to their common use in detecting survey markers. Border-marking studs, often sunk by surveyors gone by, are made of the ferrous metals that the magnetic locators are designed to detect. However, before the 1970s, Schonstedt wasn’t focused on these meat-and-potatoes surveyors’ needs. The company was a space-specialist, hard at work creating instruments for aerospace use. As a developer of magnetic field detectors, they were…

Demining teams briefed on using Schonstedt UXO Locators

Schonstedt Magnetic Locators Support Somalia Demining Efforts

In collaboration with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), four Magnetic Locators from Schonstedt Instrument Company have deployed to Somalia, approximately 6 miles north of the nation’s capital, Mogadishu, to locate explosive remnants of war (ERW). Demining teams briefed on using Schonstedt UXO Locators (Magnetic Locators) during Battle Area Clearance in Daynile. Photo credit: UNMAS Somalia Searcher detected ERW using Schonstedt UXO Locator (Magnetic Locator) on the spot in Daynile. Photo Credit: UNMAS Somalia About the Site The Daynile district, located in the Banaadir region of Somalia, encompasses the northern outskirts of the nation’s capital, Mogadishu. Approximately 6 miles…

Schonstedt Humanitarian Demining Locators Deployed to Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Since the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s independence in 1960, the country has been locked in a spiral of armed conflict that has resulted in nationwide contamination of explosive hazards. The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has been present in the DRC since 2002, supporting the National Mine Action Authority (CCLAM) in coordinating the survey and clearance activities of suspected hazardous areas identified throughout the country. In August 2018, the Schonstedt Humanitarian Demining Initiative (SHDI) deployed ten (10) locators to the DRC to aid in the detection of buried landmines, explosive remnants of war (ERW) and other unexploded ordnance…


Schonstedts at work in Baku

AS REPORTED BY AZERNEWS 06/27/17 — By Rashid Shirinov An unexploded 76-millimeter artillery shell was detected in the Sabunchu district of Baku on the territory called ‘Gulchuluk state farm’ while inspecting a garden, the Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) told Trend on June 26. ANAMA took the detected ammunition from the territory to defuse it. In general, ANAMA specialists detected 5,780 unexploded ordnance, as well as 191 anti-tank and 30 anti-personnel mines, in Azerbaijan since early 2017. >Read the full story here

10 Locators shipped to Palau for SHDI

On April 6, 2017, ten GA-72Cd’s were shipped to Palau through the Schonstedt Humanitarian Demining Initiative. Palau is an island nation located in the Pacific Ocean that continues to be impacted by WWII-era unexploded ordnance (UXO). The island became infiltrated with buried UXO as a result of fighting between the United States and Japanese forces in 1944. The U.S has invested over $1.3 million in the cleanup. This particular shipment from Schonstedt Instrument Company was vetted through The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the US State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM/WRA), shipped to Norwegian People’s Aid –…

SHDI sends 4 more demining units to Iraq

Schonstedt Instrument Company is proud to report the shipment of four GA-72Cd Magnetic Locators to be used in the humanitarian demining efforts in the war-torn country of Iraq. Now in its 10th year, the Schonstedt Humanitarian Demining Initiative has shipped over 500 donated locators to underserved regions all of the world. For full details on this important program, and to learn how you can donate to this effort, click here for the SHDI page on this Website.