Workers who understand how to use and interpret their personal radiation dosimeters can avoid health hazards and minimize costs for their employers. However, accurately simulating hazardous environments is a challenge.
Q-Track answers this challenge with the Dosimulation™ Radiation Worker Training System. Using patented technology, the system automatically and instantaneously correlates a worker’s actual location with a trainer-controlled, simulated-radiation environment. Directly, our training dosimeter displays the cumulative radiation exposure and detonates internal-alarms when radiation thresholds, regulated by the training instructor, are met. This accurately replicates the radiation-dosage alarms a worker receives when operating in a “hot” environment. Q-Track’s Dosimulation™ System is also a process mapping tool allowing a trainer to review an exercise and empowering him to streamline any operation procedure proposals to minimize manpower and radiation exposure. The distinct precision and unprecedented adherence to realism of the Q-Track Dosimulation™ System make a “Practice-Like-You-Play” training experience an actuality.
VRE (Virtual Radiation Environment) Software:
A software package that facilitates real-time training exercises giving the instructor the ability for monitoring, prompt intervention, and feedback. The VRE Software allows a training instructor or health physicist to define a VRE within a facility. A variety of simulated radiation points, lines, and area sources each with variable intensities can be defined. The software automatically calculates the radiation exposure associated with each defined location and correlates the workers’ real-time location with the simulated radiation doses. A trainer can also dynamically change the VRE during a training exercise to reflect simulated changes in flow loop behavior. All data generated by a training exercise is automatically saved allowing for play-back during the after-exercise review and critique.
Here’s a video showing how the VRE works:
- An INPO Strength: During its first year of use at a nuclear power plant the Q-Track Dosimulation™ system was considered by the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) to be a “Strength” for nuclear worker training.
- Better Training: Workers’ simulated radiation dose varies in real time in response to workers’ actions. This provides immediate feedback to workers as they modify activities to minimize dose. Training instructors will be able to monitor exercises as they unfold, allowing them to provide prompt intervention and feedback.
- Reduced Exposure: Workers who receive more realistic radiation training are better equipped to minimize radiation exposure while navigating real-world nuclear environments.
- Enhanced Worker Efficiency: An additional impact of the Q-Track Dosimulation™ System is improved worker efficiency, which translates directly to the bottom line.
The nuclear power industry was an early adopter of NFER® products, using them to train employees to avoid exposure to radiation. Southern Company hosted the initial pilot at Plant Vogtle near Augusta, Georgia. Southern earned a “Top Industry Practice” Award for training from the Nuclear Energy Institute in 2010 in recognition of the pioneering deployment. Today, nearly a third of the nation’s nuclear power plants use NFER® products.
In addition to NFER® indoor location products, Q-Track’s Dosimulation™ solution includes the “Q-Dose™,” a simulated dosimeter that emulates the Mirion™ DMC-2000 Personal Dosimeter.
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