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Mine information map producers

By Maj. Ladislav Ruzicka
First published in
SFOR Informer #99, October 25, 2000

Sarajevo - The Mines Information Co-ordination Cell (MICC), part of HQ SFOR Engineer Branch is responsible for ensuring mine database information is up to date, and the printing of mine maps, as well as other tasks.
"Three local employees deal with this task," said Chief of the MICC Slovakian Maj. Lubomir Mrvan. "We have two data entry clerks and one person for maintenance of the network and all technical support," continued Mrvan.
Neda Bratic and Dzejna Salkic are data entry clerks. They have worked in the office for more than two years. Bratic's task is to look after mine database and the production of maps.
"We create minefield information maps for all of Bosnia and Hercegovina (BiH) using information from the BiH Mine Action Centre (BiH MAC) database. A common network connects us and we use the BiH MAC database. All reports about mine information of BiH go through BiH MAC, so we periodically gain updated information," said Bratic.
This information includes minefields, minefield shapes, lifted minefields, cleared areas, suspect areas, surveyed areas and all mine incidents.
"If somebody asks for some special area on the map, I can produce a recent copy at different scales and any mine information needed," added Bratic.
Dzejna Salkic is responsible for the de-miners database, which includes details of the insurance of all Entity Army de-miners and their logbooks.
"Every deminer has to be insured in case of any accident while working in the minefield. Donor nations pay the insurance. I enter de-miner information in the database and prepare their new logbooks," said Salkic.
Every de-miner has to own personal logbook which contains all personal information such as their photo, name, birthday, blood type, qualification courses, etc. "Upon request from a team commander, I enter all the necessary needed information into the database and prepare a new logbook. A MAC employee adds other data, a stamp and their signature into the new logbook. Eventually I issue the signed and stamped logbook to the team commander," explained Salkic.
Milad Cerimagic, MICC data co-ordinator between the MAC and the MICC, is responsible for mine data processing, and creating special statistics and analysis of mine situations. He also carries out a fortnightly update of mine information databases in the SFOR Divisional Mine Cells.
"I have to assure that all map producing procedures go smoothly. I take care of all computer devices in the MICC and troubleshoot hardware and software problems," said Cerimagic.
All this results in a large amount of information being processed for use by SFOR soldiers and other users.
"We produce around 5,000 different maps per a year. We average 100 maps per a week, but sometimes the number is nearer 300," said Mrvan.
To make sure they can always produce the goods the three employees at the MICC are all able to carry out each others duties if necessary.
"There is constant co-operation and synergy among the three of them. Their final product, and our success, is a result of 100 percent team work."

Related link: Mines and De-mining