Advanced Characterization System for D&D and Remedial Action Implementation


G. M. Ceffalo, D. H. Denham


This poster describes the proposed deployment of an advanced characterization system (ACS) being designed by Bechtel Hanford, Inc. (BHI) for implementation at the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington state. This project will unite three commercially available systems and deploy them in an integrated and innovative fashion to speed the detection and characterization of residual surface and volumetric contamination. The ACS system will consist of three elements: a gamma camera, an in-situ spectroscopy system, and a specialized survey and data logging instrument. These measuring devices are to be operated as a system to reduce structural waste in D&D projects. The ACS system should provide the capability of replacing most radiological sampling requirements within facilities, as well as having the potential to characterize radionuclides in soil, recyclable steel and copper, vehicles, or any other contaminated item. Other features include portability, easily configured for different geometries, semi-automated and low maintenance requirements. Each element of the ACS has been tested-deployed independently and successfully, and BHI plans to deploy the comprehensive system in fiscal year 2000.


This abstract was presented at the 33rd Annual Midyear Meeting, "Instrumentation, Measurements, and Electronic Dosimetry", Poster Session, 1/30/2000 - 2/2/2000, held in Virginia Beach, VA.

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