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Training

The Measurement & Expertise staff at CANBERRA UK believes that quality training is an essential element of a complete, successful nuclear measurements program.  To that end, we have developed a broad array of standard training courses on topics ranging from radiation detection fundamentals to the expert use of our most sophisticated products.  We also offer custom courses at one of our three training facilities or at your site.  Custom courses include development of learning objectives, presentation materials, and course examinations designed to meet your specific needs.

Training courses at CANBERRA UK offices run when sufficient bookings have been received.  The Gamma Spectrometry Theory and Genie 2000 courses, we try to run twice a year, normally in the spring and autumn.  If insufficient booking are received these two courses are postponed to the next available date.  Minimum places for each course is five.  Some courses have a maximum number of places available due to logistic reasons.

We invite you to click the tabs below to learn more about our standard course descriptions.

The following training is available on request:

  • Visual Basic for Genie 2000
  • APEX Gamma
  • APEX Alpha
  • General Theory & Introduction Alpha Spectroscopy
  • iMATIC
  • iSOLO
  • G35 90 & 200 Package Monitors
  • AB96
  • X-Ray
  • Series 5XLS
  • RADACS
  • Cronos

For more information, please send us a message, speak with your local sales representative or call 01946729660 and speak directly with our training co-ordinator, who will be able to advise on dates and places available. We hope to make your CANBERRA UK training experience productive and enjoyable!

Course Descriptions

Gamma Spectrometry Theory

Gamma Spectrometry Theory

Description:

This course is designed primarily to cover germanium detector spectroscopy, although many of the topics are also applicable to other detector types. The course emphasises the use of fundamental principles of physics to explain features found in spectra, and aid in the interpretation of spectra. Additional topics of interest include: the setting up of detector systems, generic analysis software and an introduction to statistics related gamma spectroscopy.

Purpose:

This course provides the student with the basic principles and practices of gamma-ray spectroscopy and radionuclide identification. It is intended for health physics and radiochemistry personnel who have no or little experience in gamma counting and want to further their knowledge of the methods of gamma-ray spectroscopy. It is recommended for personnel who need to operate gamma spectroscopy systems or reviewing of the results from these systems.

Prerequisites:

None

Course Requirements:

None

Course Duration:

3.5 days

Note: This course will finish around 12:00 a.m. on Fridays

Course Content:

  • Nuclear structure and radioactive decay (including parent/daughter and natural decay chains)
  • Radiation detectors – general requirements, modes of operation, resolution and efficiency
  • Scintillation detectors (inorganic and organic, concentrating on sodium iodide)
  • Semiconductor detectors (concentrating on high purity germanium)
  • Spectral features (gamma interactions with matter, discussion of small medium and large crystal, background, shielding)
  • Counting Losses (dead time, pulse pileup, random summing, cascade summing)
  • Signal chain (explanation of the various bits of electronics)
  • Setting up a system (consideration of energy range, shaping time, pole zero)
  • Software (generic, the steps needed to get activity and MDA from a spectrum – calibration, peak locate and analysis, background subtraction, efficiency correction, NID, MDA)
  • Introduction to statistics (MDA, uncertainty)
  • If possible about half a day is practical session (depends on being able to use sources) where we set up at least one type of detector from plugging in to getting a spectrum, ideally we show a variety of detectors (RC and TRP) and hardware (classic knobs, modern computer controlled), maybe including scintillation detectors.
Genie 2000

Genie 2000

Description:

This course is designed primarily for users of germanium detector spectroscopy, although many of the topics are also applicable to other detector types. The course emphasises the basic use The CANBERRA Genie2000 software in setting up a gamma spectrometry counting system, energy and efficiency calibration of a system, acquisition and analysis of a spectrum, reporting the analysis results and quality assurance of the system. Additional topics of interest include cascade summing and the geometry composer.

Purpose:

This course provides the student with the basic principles and practices of gamma-ray spectroscopy and radionuclide identification. It is intended for health physics and radiochemistry personnel who have some experience in gamma counting and want to further their knowledge of the methods of gamma-ray spectroscopy using the CANBERRA Genie2000 software. It is recommended for personnel who are responsible for operating gamma spectroscopy systems or reviewing of the results from these systems.

Prerequisites:

Gamma Spectrometry Theory or equivalent experience.

Course Requirements:

None

Course Duration:

3.5 days

Note: This course will finish around 12:00 a.m. on Fridays

Course Content:

  • Interactive operation
  • Analysis
  • Analysis sequences
  • Reporting (Including introduction to report templates)
  • Calibration
  • Cascade summing correction
  • Quality Assurance
  • Geometry composer
Hands on ISOCS / LabSOCS

Hands on ISOCS / LabSOCS

Description:

This course is designed primarily for users of ISOCS/LabSOCS characterised germanium detector spectroscopy, although many of the topics are also applicable to NaI detector or generic characterised germanium detectors. The course emphasises the use of fundamental principles to model objects and produce an efficiency function to aid in the analysis of spectra from the modelled object. Additional topics of interest may include: Total Measurement Uncertainties, ISOCS Uncertainty Estimator, efficiency modelling of more complex situations, beaker editor (LabSOCS only), advanced collimators and practical sessions geared to the customer.

Purpose:

This course provides the student with the basic principles and practices of producing models to represent the item being measured. It is intended for health physics and radiochemistry personnel who have experience in gamma counting and want to further their knowledge of the methods of producing models for a characterised detector without the need to prepare a calibrated sample representing the item. It is recommended for personnel who are responsible for modelling items using a characterised detector.

Prerequisites:

Gamma Spectrometry Theory and Genie2000 training or equivalent experience.

Course Requirements:

None

Course Duration:

2 or 3 days (depending on requirements)

Course Content:

  • What it is and what it does for you
  • ISOCS/LabSOCS Characterisation
  • Hardware
  • Geometry composer
  • Materials library editor
  • Generating calibration files
  • Total Measurement Uncertainties
  • IUE (ISOCS Uncertainty Estimator)
  • Multi-efficiency (if required)
  • Practical aspects of In-Situ measurements (ISOCS only)
  • Beaker editor (LABSOCS only))
  • Advanced collimators (if required)
  • Practical session – Can be geared to Customer requirements. (Not included in the 2 day course).
Basic InSpector 1000

Basic InSpector 1000

Description:

This course is designed primarily for operators of the InSpector 1000. The course emphasises the basic use the InSpector 1000 and the embedded software for locating, collecting, analysing and identification of radionuclides.

Purpose:

This course provides the student with the basic principles and practices of gamma-ray by dose rate surveying and radionuclide identification by gamma spectrometry. It is intended for health physics and radiochemistry personnel who have experience in gamma counting and want to further their knowledge of the methods for field survey application using gamma spectrometry. It is recommended for personnel who have a requirement to perform field based gamma-ray surveys.

Prerequisites:

Gamma Spectrometry Theory and Genie2000 training or equivalent experience.

Course Requirements:

None

Course Duration:

0.5 days

Course Content:

  • Introduction
  • Overview of InSpector 1000
  • Basic operation (Some hands on)
  • Acquisition of spectrum (Hands on)
  • Analysis of spectra (Hands on)
Advanced InSpector 1000

Advanced InSpector 1000

Description:

This course is designed primarily for supervisors of the InSpector 1000. The course emphasises the advanced use the InSpector 1000 and the tools available to set the instrument up for survey work to allow or restrict the instrument functions available to the surveyor for locating, collecting, analysing and identification of radionuclides.

Purpose:

This course provides the student with the advanced principles and practices of the InSpector 1000 for gamma-ray surveying by dose rate surveying and radionuclide identification by gamma spectrometry. It is intended for health physics and radiochemistry personnel who have experience in gamma counting and want to further their knowledge of the methods for setting up field survey application using gamma spectrometry. It is recommended for personnel who have a requirement to prepare the InSpector 1000 for field based gamma-ray surveys.

Prerequisites:

Gamma Spectrometry Theory, Genie2000 and Basic Inspector 1000 training or equivalent experience.

Course Requirements:

None

Course Duration:

0.5 days

Course Content:

  • Set up of the InSpector 1000
  • Transferring data to and from a PC
Falcon 5000

Falcon 5000

Description:

This course is designed primarily for operators of the Falcon 5000 portable gamma spectrometry system. The course emphasises the use the Falcon 5000 and the tools available to set the instrument up for survey work. Additional topics include: setting the instrument to allow or restrict the instrument functions available to the surveyor for locating, collecting, analysing and identification of radionuclides.

Purpose:

This course provides the student with the principles and practices of the Falcon 5000 for gamma-ray surveying by dose rate surveying and radionuclide identification by gamma spectrometry. It is intended for health physics and radiochemistry personnel who have experience in gamma counting and want to further their knowledge of the methods for field survey application using a portable gamma spectrometry. It is recommended for personnel who have a requirement to perform field based gamma-ray surveys.

Prerequisites:

Gamma Spectrometry Theory and Genie2000 training or equivalent experience.

Hands on ISOCS / LabSOCS training, if required.

Course Requirements:

None

Course Duration:

3 days

Course Content:

  • Set up of the Falcon 5000
  • Dose and Locate modes
  • Nuclide Identification mode
  • Spectroscopy mode
  • Calibration check
  • Background
NDA 2000

NDA 2000

Description:

This course is designed primarily for Waste Assay System (WAS) managers and personnel involved in data analysis from a WAS. The course emphasises the use NDA 2000 and the tools available to set the instrument up and perform data review. Additional topics include: Quality Assurance, calibration, automation and analysis algorithms.

Purpose:

This course provides the student with the principles and practices of the NDA 2000 software for WAS operations, system management and data review. It is intended for WAS system managers and personnel who have experience in standard WAS operations and want to further their knowledge of WAS operations and data review. It is recommended for personnel who have a requirement to perform more detailed WAS operations and data review.

Prerequisites:

Gamma Spectrometry Theory and Genie2000 training or equivalent experience.

Course Requirements:

None

Course Duration:

3.5 days

Note: This course will finish around 12:00 a.m. on Fridays

Course Content:

  • Operations
  • Setup
  • Data Review
  • Quality Assurance
  • Calibration
  • Automation
  • Analysis Algorithms
Basic iCAM

Basic iCAM

Description:

This course is designed primarily for operators of an iCAM. The course emphasises the use the iCAM and the tools available to configure the instrument up, perform routine calibration and background checks, and basic maintenance tasks. Additional topics include: instrument configuration and essential first time tasks.

Purpose:

This course provides the student with the principles and practices of the iCAM operations, maintenance schedules, calibration checks for backgrounds / Alpha / Beta and detector cleaning. It is intended for all personnel who have a requirement to operate an iCAM and want to further their knowledge of iCAM operations. It is recommended for personnel who have a requirement to perform routine iCAM monitoring operations including calibration checks and detector cleaning.

Prerequisites:

Gamma Spectrometry Theory and Genie2000 training or equivalent experience.

Course Requirements:

None

Course Duration:

0.5 days

Course Content:

  • iCAM 2 Overview
  • Standard Air Sampling
  • Moving Filter Paper
  • iCAM2 Overview
  • iCAM 2 Activity in Air Monitor
  • Primary Information Display
  • Measurement Alarm Information Display
  • Historical and Current Data Displays
  • iCAM 2 Access Control
  • iCAM 2 Configuration
  • iCAM 2 Calibration Check functions
  • iCAM 2 background check
  • iCAM 2 Gamma Balance
  • Alpha Calibration Check
  • Beta Calibration Check
  • Quick Setup
  • Essential 1st Time Tasks
  • iCONFIG Configuration Software
  • iCAM 2 Maintenance Schedule
  • iCAM 2 Detector Cleaning
Advanced iCAM

Advanced iCAM

Description:

This course is designed primarily for advanced operators and maintenance of an iCAM. The course emphasises the use the iCAM and the tools available to install the instrument up, perform advanced calibrations, and advanced maintenance tasks. Additional topics include: instrument installation, instrument trouble shooting, Radon/Thoron compensation and benefits of the iCAM algorithms.

Purpose:

This course provides the student with the advanced principles and practices of the iCAM operations, maintenance, calibration adjustments for Gamma / Alpha / Beta and guidance on installation. It is intended for all personnel who have a requirement to install, calibrate and maintain an iCAM and want to further their knowledge of iCAM operations and maintenance. It is recommended for personnel who have a requirement to install, calibrate and maintain an iCAM.

Prerequisites:

Basic iCAM training

Course Requirements:

None

Course Duration:

0.5 days

Course Content:

  • iCAM 2 Installation
  • Electrical
  • General Control and Signal Cables
  • Air Path Connections
  • Pipework Recommendations
  • Pump or Vacuum Supply
  • Troubleshooting
  • Commissioning
  • iCAM Component Overview
  • CAM 450 Detector
  • System Board
  • Processor Board
  • iCAM Firmware Upgrade
  • iCAM Serial Number
  • Amplifier Board
  • Alpha Calibration Adjustment
  • Beta Calibration Adjustment
  • Gamma Calibration Adjustment
  • Input/Outputs (I/O) Bard
  • I/O Expansion Option
  • iCAM Faults
  • iCAM Detection Fault
  • iCAM Config Fault
  • iCAM Filter Pressure Fault
  • iCAM High/Low Airflow Fault
  • iCAM Air Leakage Testing
  • CAMATU
  • Typical CAMATU results
  • iCAM Airflow Calibration
  • Airflow Sensor Replacement
  • iCAM AC Power Failure or Battery / PSU Fault
  • Lead Acid Backup Battery Replacement
  • Lithium Back up Battery Replacement
  • iCAM Technical Information
  • The Background Problem
  • Radon/Thoron Compensation
  • iCAM – Algorithm Benefits
Combined iCAM

Combined iCAM

Description:

This course is designed primarily for students who need to be installers, operators and perform maintenance of an iCAM. The course emphasises the use the iCAM and the tools available to install the instrument up, perform calibrations, and maintenance tasks. Additional topics include: instrument installation, instrument trouble shooting, instrument configuration, Radon/Thoron compensation, essential first time tasks and benefits of the iCAM algorithms.

Purpose:

This course provides the student with the all the principles and practices of the iCAM operations, maintenance, calibration, calibration adjustments for Gamma / Alpha / Beta / Backgrounds, detector cleaning and guidance on installation. It is intended for all personnel who have a requirement to install, operate, calibrate and maintain an iCAM and want to further their knowledge of iCAM operations, calibrations and maintenance. It is recommended for personnel who have a requirement to fully look after an iCAM.

Prerequisites:

None

Course Requirements:

None

Course Duration:

1 day

Course Content:

  • iCAM 2 Overview
  • Standard Air Sampling
  • Moving Filter Paper
  • iCAM2 Overview
  • iCAM 2 Activity in Air Monitor
  • Primary Information Display
  • Measurement Alarm Information Display
  • Historical and Current Data Displays
  • iCAM 2 Access Control
  • iCAM 2 Configuration
  • iCAM 2 Calibration Check functions
  • iCAM 2 background check
  • iCAM 2 Gamma Balance
  • Alpha Calibration Check
  • Beta Calibration Check
  • Quick Setup
  • Essential 1st Time Tasks
  • iCONFIG Configuration Software
  • iCAM 2 Maintenance Schedule
  • iCAM 2 Detector Cleaning
  • iCAM 2 Installation
  • Electrical
  • General Control and Signal Cables
  • Air Path Connections
  • Pipework Recommendations
  • Pump or Vacuum Supply
  • Troubleshooting
  • Commissioning
  • iCAM Component Overview
  • CAM 450 Detector
  • System Board
  • Processor Board
  • iCAM Firmware Upgrade
  • iCAm Serial Number
  • Amplifier Board
  • Alpha Calibration Adjustment
  • Beta Calibration Adjustment
  • Gamma Calibration Adjustment
  • Input/Outputs (I/O) Bard
  • I/O Expansion Option
  • iCAM Faults
  • iCAM Detection Fault
  • iCAM Config Fault
  • iCAM Filter Pressure Fault
  • iCAM High/Low Airflow Fault
  • iCAM Air Leakage Testing
  • CAMATU
  • Typical CAMATU results
  • iCAM Airflow Calibration
  • Airflow Sensor Replacement
  • iCAM AC Power Failure or Battery / PSU Fault
  • Lead Acid Backup Battery Replacement
  • Lithium Back up Battery Replacement
  • iCAM Technical Information
  • The Background Problem
  • Radon/Thoron Compensation
  • iCAM – Algorithm Benefits
G64

G64

Description:

This course is designed primarily for operators and managers of a G64 area gamma monitor. The course emphasises the use the G64 area gamma monitor and the tools available to set the instrument up, perform routine and first line maintenance. Additional topics include: instrument installation, setting up parameters and diagnostics.

Purpose:

This course provides the student with the principles and practices of the G64 area gamma monitor operations, system management, maintenance activities and diagnostics. It is intended for all personnel who have a requirement to operate a G64 area gamma monitor and want to further their knowledge of G64 area gamma monitor operations. It is recommended for personnel who have a requirement to perform detailed G64 area gamma monitoring operations, diagnostics and simple maintenance.

Prerequisites:

None

Course Requirements:

5 people minimum.
10 people maximum

Course Duration:

0.5 day

Course Content:

  • Main Features of the G64 Area Gamma Alarm
  • G64 Variants
  • Installation
  • Setting up the parameters
  • Diagnostics
  • Routine Maintenance
  • First Line Maintenance
  • Accessories