Improved Assessment of Initial Alarms from Radiation Detection Instruments

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Project Type

Coordinated Research Project

Project Code

J02005

CRP

2091

Approved Date

9 October 2014

Status

3 - Active - Ongoing

Start Date

9 December 2015

Expected End Date

8 December 2019

Participating Countries

Albania
Australia
Bangladesh
Cambodia
China
Djibouti
Georgia
Ghana
Jordan
Madagascar
Malaysia
Morocco
Pakistan
Philippines
Republic of Korea
Russian Federation
Sri Lanka
Thailand
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United Republic of Tanzania
Viet Nam

Description

With literally millions of vehicles and people crossing borders everyday, the use of Radiation Portal Monitors (RPMs) has become a critical tool for detecting the unauthorized transboundary movement of nuclear and other radioactive materials. The proper assessment of radiation alarms from the RPMs is an essential part of the effort to combat the global problems associated with these unauthorized movements.  Coordinated research and development is needed, and will be conducted in this CRP, to provide peer reviewed and validated methodologies and guidelines for assessing radiation alarms and providing confidence that nuclear and other radioactive material out of regulatory control is detected and credible response actions initiated.  The CRP scope includes the establishment of a database of materials that cause radiation alarms and the development of a software tool that provides analysis of alarms to improve the decision process for determining whether an alarm is innocent or suspicious, i.e., may contain nuclear or other radioactive materials out of regulatory control.   

Objectives

Develop technical documents and tools that can be used by FLOs and expert organizations to enhance member states’ ability to make high confidence assessments on whether or not nuclear and other radioactive material out of regulatory control is present when an initial alarm occurs.

Specific objectives

1. Obtain information on radiation alarms (from declared radioactive material shipments and all NORM and other shipments or occupancies of portal monitors) including the physical characteristic of the commodity, the conveyance with the commodity, and the radiation detector data for thatcommodity. This compilation will be used by the software tool developed in (3).2. Form a baseline with recommendations on radiation counting times and instrument choice to draw better conclusions and support an assessment of the radiation alarm.3. Develop a software tool that should not require any technological or infrastructural changes on the existing radiation detection systems but simply act as an overlay that will support FLO assessments of radiation alarms.

Develop a software tool that should not require any technological or infrastructural changes on the existing radiation detection systems but simply act as an overlay that will support FLO assessments of radiation alarms.

Form a baseline with recommendations on radiation counting times and instrument choice to draw better conclusions and support an assessment of the radiation alarm.

Obtain information on radiation alarms (from declared radioactive material shipments and all NORM and other shipments or occupancies of portal monitors) including the physical characteristic of the commodity, the conveyance with the commodity, and the radiation detector data for that commodity. This compilation will be used by the software tool developed in (3).

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