CBRNE Ltd has a wide and varied capability which has supported security based research projects for the European Commission and wider global community
We are currently involved in a number of European Union (EU) projects, R&D research, design and integration.
The European Commission, through its research Framework Programme 7 and now Horizon 2020 offers research opportunities for academia, industry and SMEs (Small Medium Enterprises). CBRNE Ltd values the relationships it has built up over the years with its European partners. The FP7 Programme has given CBRNE Ltd the opportunity to work with international organisations building up personal relationships leading to new business opportunities and initiatives.
Project PRACTICE started in 2011 and finished in 2014
FP7 Project PRACTICE (Preparedness and Resilience Against CBRN Terrorism using Integrated Concepts and Equipment) whose objective was to create an integrated European approach to a CBRN crisis through an improved system of tools, methods and procedures. The project had its kick off meeting in May 2011 in Brussels. CBRNE Ltd was responsible for leading the UK Validation Exercise on 15th August 2013, in Birmingham, in close conjunction with The West Midlands Emergency Services, the British Red Cross, Casualties Union and the Royal Voluntary Service (Ex WRVS). Key Project Partners were Kings College London and Public Health England (PHE) and other members of the 23 strong consortium being led by UMEA University of Sweden. CBRNE Ltd was responsible for delivering a number of new tools into the Project PRACTICE Toolbox including a generic design of a safe room, protocols for the justification of risk from residual contamination, a guidance document to identify criteria for suitable temporary waste storage facilities, a template and guidance notes for commercial sites regarding the production of targeting remediation action plans and a procurement protocol for acquiring the necessary equipment and training for preparing for a chemical or biological incident.
Exercise ARDEN – a chemical response demonstration in Birmingham August 2013 organised by CBRNE Ltd for and on behalf of the EU Commission FP7 Project PRACTICE and managed and coordinated by the Birmingham Emergency Services.
Video describing the objectives of Project PRACTICE and footage from all 3 exercises in Birmingham UK, Sando Sweden and Pionki Poland.
Video describing the Project PRACTICE Toolbox and some of its tools.
CBRNE Ltd acknowledges the work of HCFDC www.hcfdc.org in filming and producing of these films and of Astri Polksa relating to Project PRACTICE dissemination activities www.astripolska.pl both partners in the Project.
FP7 Project CAMINO (Comprehensive Approach to cyber roadMap coordINation and develOpment) started April 2014 and will last for two years
The CAMINO main strategic objectives are to develop a comprehensive cyber-crime and cyber terrorism research agenda and to initiate long-term activities providing a stable platform of security research experts and organisations. CAMINO will propose and publish guidelines, recommendations and a comprehensive research agenda (roadmap) regarding cyber-crime and cyber terrorism.
The C-TES project entitled “Technical Expertise Services to Support the Implementation of CBRN Policies (CBRN Technical Expertise Services)” with contract nr. HOME-2009-ISEC-PR-006-A1 was set up to support DG HOME of the European Commission in the implementation of the CBRN Action Plan. The projects covers three generic tasks:
Task 1: Providing guidance and advice on questions on an ad hoc basis;
Task 2: Preparing analytical reports and studies;
Task 3: Support to the organisation of seminars/workshops/conferences.
A consortium was led by TNO (The Netherlands) and consisted of:
CBRNE Ltd were involved in the following projects:
Subject matter: Report on CBRN detection technologies Partners: CBRNE Ltd (Lead) CEA, UCL, Fraunhofer INT, Seibersdorf Laboratories Objective: Fact finding on which detection technologies for CBRN substances exists, a comprehensive report on detection technologies available for C, B and RN, what has been and is being tested, what are/should be the priorities of EU and other international players, what should be the focus of future research to enable COM to focus on certain areas, what are existing and potential detection solutions/equipment.
Subject matter: Analysis of the HazMat questionnaires addressing the EU CBRN Action Plan C2 (page 17) and C13 (page 73) actions
Partner: CBRNE Ltd Objective: DG Home had taken the initiative to send out two questionnaires to Member State stakeholders relating to:
a. Action C.2 of the EU CBRN Action Plan for security plans and management systems in high risk chemical facilities.
b. Action C.13 supporting First Responders, HazMat Teams and Specialist Teams in relation to national and regional command and control.
The questionnaires needed analysing and a decision taken as to whether it was necessary to advise stakeholders on additional initiatives for the security of HazMat processes and procedures.
Subject matter: Assessment of Member State organisations responsible for CBRN events and their preferred modus operandi on certain issues.
Partner: CBRNE Ltd Objective: DG Home requested a review of open source data in order to provide an overview of Member States (MS) high level Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) and Explosive (E) stakeholders (Government and First Responders) and their views of incorporating CBRN and E as one initiative. To achieve this, DG Home requested that an assessment was made of how MS currently manage CBRNE and whether or not they manage "E" as an integral part of the CBRNE paradigm. Specifically there was a requirement to identify which organisations are in charge and how decisions are taken and by whom.
Subject matter: CBRN Emergency Response Guidebook for First Responders template
Partner: CBRNE Ltd (Lead) European CBRNE Centre (Umea University), Fraunhofer INT, University Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) Objective: The aim of this study was to meet two specific objectives encompassed in Action H 40 (page 62) of the EU CBRN Action Plan, namely: “The Commission, together with the Member States, should facilitate the preparation of an EU Emergency Response Guidebook for first responders, based on existing national practices, applicable to the context of CBRN emergencies. The guidebook would be provided to the Member States free of charge and could be translated into all official EU languages. As part of the process of preparing an Emergency Response Guidebook, a stocktaking of existing documents and guidebooks should be conducted.” The study undertook thematic research, primarily via the internet to produce an inventory of existing national and international CBRN response guidebooks and related material. A total of 70 documents were researched and analysed to establish the basis for a European First Responders’ Guidebook template.
Subject matter: Identify on behalf of DG Home European Commission organisations capable and willing to answer a call for the vetting of personnel in matters relating to CBRN
Partner: CBRNE Ltd Objective: CBRNE Ltd contacted 38 organisations to find the ideal organisation or partnership of organisations to fulfil the objectives of Tender Number HOME/2010/ISEC/PR/035-A1. CBRNE Ltd did this by identifying the ideal combination of stakeholders to create one, two or three consortia (“bundles”) via a matrix scoring the organisation’s strengths and weaknesses based on answers relating to (i) the organisation’s perception of its own capability to fulfil the objectives; (ii) the organisation’s capability in the subject matter; (iii) the organisation’s ability within a range of areas including regulations and industrial practices; (iv) a mix between industry, academia, government agency carrier and end user; (iv) other areas it might feel competent and (v) geographic overview.
FP7 Project EDEN
FP7 Project EDEN (End-user driven Demo for CBRNE) (Three year project started September 2013)
Project EDEN is the Phase II CBRNE Demonstration following Project PRACTICE. The project coordinator is BAE Systems. CBRNE Ltd is leading the SME Platform as well as contributing to work on innovative new tools, evaluation of tools and demonstrations, communication and behavioural aspects within a CBRNE environment and with vulnerable groups.
Following the completion of Project EDEN a summary of the activities can be viewed via the video below:
FP7 Project D-BOX started 1st January 2013 (Three year project)
D-BOX tackles the issue of anti-personal landmines and cluster munitions remaining from armed conflicts. It will provide demining stakeholders with innovative, “easy to use” and low cost solutions interfaced and/or integrated in a comprehensive Toolbox.
Project D-BOX first demonstration and evaluation of humanitarian de-mining tools from the D-BOX Tool Box in Poland May 2015
Dominic Kelly interview with BACTEC Ltd Supervisor Michael Madziva on 28th Jan 2013 at Minefield 95 Falkland Islands
FP7 Project SUBCOP (Suicide Bomber Counteraction and Prevention) started in June 2013 and lasts for three years
SUBCOP sets out to develop technologies and procedures that can be applied by the security forces when responding to a PBIED (Person Born Improvised Explosive Device) using less than lethal methods. The project coordinator is FOI (Swedish Defence Research Agency). CBRNE Ltd is leading the End User Platform and has produced a number of research papers including legal considerations in respect of the subject matter and ethical guidance documents.
CBRNE Ltd Railway Control Room Design Ergonomics
As part of the upgrade of the UK railways known the InterCity Express Programme, the giant Japanese corporation Hitachi is building new maintenance depots all over the country for its high-speed trains. Volker Fitzpatrick, the premier engineering company, asked CBRNE Ltd to analyse the design proposals for the control rooms against the requirements of the Control Room Human Factors standard ISO 11064.
The first requirement for Human Factors was to obtain input from the end-users. To do this, we visited the Ashford depot in Kent.
Then we analysed the issues raised by the Volker’s design proposals, including sightlines to the plant, equipment layout, screen real-estate, manning levels, workstation design and access.
At the North Pole depot, which is near King’s Cross, space is quite tight for the train controllers and so problems of access and communications were particularly difficult to resolve.
The situation at the Swansea depot is similar, but fewer trains have to be handled each night.
The work for the Doncaster depot is still continuing. However the space allocation there is much more generous, and we believe the train controllers will have a very pleasant working environment.
Overall, we believe that CBRNE Ltd has contributed to the safety, well-being and efficiency of the InterCity Express Programme, and we look forward to providing similar advice to future projects on the railways or elsewhere.
FP7 Project IMCOSEC
FP7 Project IMCOSEC started April 1st 2010 and completed 31st March 2011
FP7 Project IMCOSEC (Integrated approach to IMprove the supply chain for COntainer SECurity) to identify and characterise the security gaps for container security.
CBRNE Ltd can provide a systematic audit of the strengths and weaknesses in an organisation’s resilience arrangements. We place values against each process within the multitude of functions that can be found in any organisation, including physical security, partnerships, human performance and inter-departmental cohesion.