Advanced Radiation Detection Indication and Computation (RADIAC) Technology

NCMS Project #: 142045

Problem: Personnel perform maintenance on radiological systems and utilize dosimetry in medical and industrial radiography, commercial and government nuclear power plants, and during emergency response in a wide range of locations, situations, and physical constraints.  The current simulation training relies on outdated technology and methods.

Benefit: This initiative will result in the development of four prototypes of a RADIAC and dosimetry simulation tools that can be utilized by commercial, state, and federal entities that work with radiological hazards.  An important benefit of radiation and contamination simulation technology is the ability to train staff in worst-case scenarios without exposing them to actual radiological hazards.

Solution/Approach: The proficiency in RADIAC instrument usage is an important part of the maintenance, operation, and repair of nuclear reactors in commercial and military applications.  The simulation training tool developed by this project will allow organizations to improve the performance of their employees in standard work processes and emergencies. If employees are realistically trained and understand how their equipment will respond in a real-world situation, they can confidently respond as trained and mitigate potential radiological emergencies whenever they may occur.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Improve training, performance and skill levels of maintenance personnel 
  • Reduce radiation exposures 
  • Increase safety 
  • Decrease maintenance costs 
  • Expand operational warfighter readiness 

DOD Participation:

  • Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
  • Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard
  • Norfolk Naval Shipyard

Industry Participation:

  • Radiation Safety & Control Services, Inc.
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Positive environmental impact
  • Safety

Focus Area:

  • Training