The GICHD has designed a management tool for demining operations to assist in identifying and addressing reasons for the 'downtime' of manual, mechanical and animal assets.
'Downtime', which reduces the productivity and cost-effectiveness of the demining operations, includes:
- the breakdown of machinery;
- unfavourable weather conditions;
- inefficient planning; and
- security reasons.
Key factors in determining whether demining operations will succeed or fail include: