See Also: Radiation Monitoring
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.
A NFER® technology based training system determines worker locations with a typical accuracy of 1-3ft within a training environment (left). Software allows trainers to define a “Virtual Radiation Environment” (right).
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.
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.
Q-Track is the pioneer in NFER® (Near-Field Electromagnetic Ranging) technology. NFER® RTLS (Real-Time Location Systems) are optimized for the most RF hostile industrial environments. By operating at low frequencies and by utilizing differences between electric waves and magnetic waves, this breakthrough technology is incisively accurate even when preforming at longer ranges. Excelling in even the most complicated indoor environments, NFER® systems localize the Tag position to an average accuracy of 0.3-1m (1-3ft) at ranges up to about 50m (160ft). Merging NFER® technology with a Virtual Radiation Environment yields a unique radiation worker training system: dramatically improving the realism and relevance of training exercises, enabling workers to minimize exposure, reducing health risks, and power utility expense.
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