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CANBERRA has launched a new approach to training that offers users a specific series of courses to reach their chosen level of expertise in a certain subject. The course decriptions that are part of the "Pathways To Expertise" are below.

Courses Descriptions

Principles of Radiation Detection (GP101)

Principles of Radiation Detection (GP101)

Training Trax Fundamental Course

Description:

This course covers the complete range of radiation detection principles from sources of radioactive materials to advanced radiation detection applications and everything in between. This is a concentrated, concise, fast-paced course that includes basic physics and practical implications for all aspects of radiation measurements. This course is not a hardware or software operations course. The course is entirely in lecture format.

How you will benefit:

Attendees who complete this course will gain a thorough understanding of all of the fundamental processes which contribute to the detection and analysis of radioactive materials. This knowledge will allow the attendee to understand the basic operation of various radiation detection systems. Managers and supervisors benefit from the assurance that the technologist has a thorough working understanding of the fundamental principles that guide successful radiation detection activities.

Prerequisites:

There are no specific prerequisites for this course, though attendees will derive more benefit from this course if they have a basic understanding of atomic structure, radiation, and their own facility operations involving radioactivity measurements.

Who Should Attend:

New technologists or supervisory personnel who need to gain a thorough understanding of radioactive decay, radiation emissions, radiation detection technologies, and practical applications. This course is also suitable for experienced technologists desiring a fundamentals refresher.

Course Content:

  • Basic Radiation Physics
  • Radiation Interaction with Matter
  • Types of Radioactive Material and Dose
  • Radioactive Decay Data
  • Gas-filled Detectors
  • Scintillation Detectors
  • Semiconductor Detectors
  • Typical Features in Gamma Spectra
  • Introduction to Gamma Spectroscopy
  • Introduction to Alpha Spectroscopy
  • Introduction to Alpha/Beta Activity Measurements
Fundamentals of Gamma Spectroscopy (GP201)

Fundamentals of Gamma Spectroscopy (GP201)

Description:

This course covers the complete range of gamma spectroscopy principles from a review of radiation detection principles to evaluation of results and everything in between. This is a concentrated, concise, fast-paced course that includes a practical approach to all aspects of gamma-ray spectrometry. This course is not a hardware or software operations course but does include an introduction to CANBERRA gamma spectroscopy software. The course is entirely in lecture format and includes mathematical exercises for many of the calculations germane to gamma spectroscopy.

How you will benefit:

Attendees who complete this course will gain a thorough understanding of all of the fundamental processes which contribute to the collection and analysis of gamma-ray spectral data. This knowledge will allow the attendee to understand the operation of gamma spectroscopy systems and accurately interpret basic gamma-ray spectral analysis results. Managers and supervisors benefit from the assurance that the technologist has a thorough working understanding of the fundamental principles that guide successful gamma spectroscopy analyses.

Prerequisites:

CANBERRA Course GP-101 or equivalent knowledge and experience. A complimentary screening through a placement exam is strongly recommended if course GP-101 has not been completed in the previous 12 months.

Who Should Attend:

New technologists or supervisory personnel who need to gain a thorough understanding of the process by which gamma spectrometric measurements are made. This course is also suitable for experienced technologists desiring a gamma spectroscopy fundamentals refresher.

Course Content:

  • Review of Gamma Radiation Detection Principles
  • Gamma Spectroscopy Signal Chain Components
  • Energy and Peak Shape Calibrations
  • Peak Search and Peak Area Calculations
  • Efficiency Calibrations
  • Nuclide Identification and Activity Calculations
  • Detection Limit and MDA Calculations
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control Considerations
  • Evaluation of Gamma Spectroscopy Analysis Results
  • Introduction to CANBERRA Gamma Spectroscopy Software
Fundamentals of Alpha Spectroscopy (GP202)

Fundamentals of Alpha Spectroscopy (GP202)

Description:

This course covers the complete range of alpha spectroscopy principles from a review of radiation detection principles to evaluation of results and everything in between. This is a concentrated, concise, fast-paced course that includes a practical approach to all aspects of alpha spectrometry. This course is not a hardware or software operations course but does include an introduction to CANBERRA alpha spectroscopy software. The course is entirely in lecture format and includes mathematical exercises for many of the calculations germane to alpha spectroscopy.

How you will benefit:

Attendees who complete this course will gain a thorough understanding of all of the fundamental processes which contribute to the collection and analysis of alpha spectral data. This knowledge will allow the attendee to understand the operation of alpha spectroscopy systems and accurately interpret basic alpha spectral analysis results. Managers and supervisors benefit from the assurance that the technologist has a thorough working understanding of the fundamental principles that guide successful alpha spectroscopy analyses.

Prerequisites:

CANBERRA Course GP-101 or equivalent knowledge and experience. A complimentary screening through a placement exam is strongly recommended if course GP-101 has not been completed in the previous 12 months.

Who Should Attend:

New technologists or supervisory personnel who need to gain a thorough understanding of the process by which alpha spectrometric measurements are made. This course is also suitable for experienced technologists desiring an alpha spectroscopy fundamentals refresher.

Course Content:

  • Review of Alpha Radiation Detection Principles
  • Alpha Spectroscopy Signal Chain Components
  • Energy and Peak Shape Calibrations
  • Region of Interest, Peak Search and Peak Area Calculations
  • Efficiency Calibrations
  • Nuclide Identification and Activity Calculations
  • Detection Limit and MDA Calculations
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control Considerations
  • Evaluation of Alpha Spectroscopy Analysis Results
  • Introduction to CANBERRA Alpha Spectroscopy Software
Fundamentals of Alpha/Beta Counting (GP203)

Fundamentals of Alpha/Beta Counting (GP203)

Description:

This course covers the complete range of alpha/beta counting principles from a review of radiation detection principles to evaluation of results and everything in between. This is a concentrated, concise, fast-paced course that includes a practical approach to all aspects of alpha/beta counting. This course is not a hardware or software operations course but does include an introduction to CANBERRA alpha/beta analysis software. The course is entirely in lecture format and includes mathematical exercises for many of the calculations germane to alpha/beta counting.

How you will benefit:

Attendees who complete this course will gain a thorough understanding of all of the fundamental processes which contribute to the collection and analysis of data from alpha/beta counting equipment. This knowledge will allow the attendee to understand the operation of alpha/beta counting systems and accurately interpret basic alpha/beta analysis results. Managers and supervisors benefit from the assurance that the technologist has a thorough working understanding of the fundamental principles that guide successful alpha/beta analyses.

Prerequisites:

CANBERRA Course GP-101 or equivalent knowledge and experience. A complimentary screening through a placement exam is strongly recommended if course GP-101 has not been completed in the previous 12 months.

Who Should Attend:

New technologists or supervisory personnel who need to gain a thorough understanding of the process by which alpha/beta analyses are performed. This course is also suitable for experienced technologists desiring an alpha/beta counting fundamentals refresher.

Course Content:

  • Review of Alpha and Beta Radiation Detection Principles
  • Alpha/Beta Counter Signal Chain Components
  • Alpha/Beta Counter Setup and Plateau Determination
  • Alpha/Beta Counter and Sample Configuration Calibrations
  • Alpha/Beta Analysis Activity Calculations
  • Detection Limit and MDA Calculations
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control Considerations
  • Evaluation of Alpha/Beta Counter Analysis Results
  • Introduction to CANBERRA Alpha/Beta Counting Software
Fundamentals of Radiation Protection (GP205)

Fundamentals of Radiation Protection (GP205)

Description:

This course offers a thorough treatment of the basic principles of radiation protection. This course includes a review of the nature and origins of radioactivity, principles of radioactive decay, fundamentals of radiation detection, basic physics of ionizing radiation interactions with matter, principles of dose and dose assessment, radiation shielding considerations, and ALARA principles. This course will be presented primarily as a series of instructor-guided lectures, with time allowed for questions from students and open discussion. Total instruction time will be approximately 16 hours, presented on two consecutive days.

How you will benefit:

Upon completion of this course, students will have a comprehensive working knowledge of radioactive decay schemes, radiation emissions, radiation detection, and principles of radiation protection.

Prerequisites:

None

Applied Principles of Gamma Spectroscopy (GP301)

Applied Principles of Gamma Spectroscopy (GP301)

Description:

This course is the "capstone" session for CANBERRA's Gamma Spectroscopy fundamentals program. This course builds on the content of Principles of Radiation Detection and Fundamentals of Gamma Spectroscopy, tying together all of the principles into a series of relevant practical exercises. The course is a practicum to demonstrate the principles taught in the prior courses and provide hands-on experience for each technologist in all aspects of gamma spectroscopy system setup and operation. The course is 16 hours in duration, with approximately 80% of the time allocated for student exercises.

How you will benefit:

Attendees who complete this course will gain a comprehensive working knowledge of the setup and operation of basic gamma spectroscopy systems. This knowledge will allow the attendee to understand how to calibrate, operate, and interpret the results from these systems in a reliable manner. Managers and supervisors benefit from the assurance that the technologist has a thorough working knowledge of the use of gamma spectroscopy instrumentation.

Prerequisites:

CANBERRA courses GP-101, Principles of Radiation Detection, and GP-201, Fundamentals of Gamma Spectroscopy, or equivalent education and experience. A complimentary screening through a placement exam is strongly recommended if these courses have not been completed in the previous 12 months.

Who Should Attend:

Technologists or supervisory personnel who have acquired theoretical knowledge of gamma spectroscopy principles and desire hands-on experience in applying that knowledge during practical measurement exercises. This course is also suitable for experienced technologists desiring a practical gamma spectroscopy refresher.

Course Content:

  • Review of the Principles of Radiation Detection
  • Review of the Fundamentals of Gamma Spectroscopy
  • Practical Exercises, Including:
    • Basic Gamma Spectroscopy System Hardware Setup
    • Selection and Setup of Gamma Spectroscopy System Operating Parameters
    • Gamma Spectroscopy System Energy Calibrations
    • Gamma Spectroscopy System Peak Shape Calibrations
    • Gamma Spectroscopy System Efficiency  Calibrations
    • Gamma Spectroscopy System Sample Counting Setup
    • Gamma Spectroscopy Sample Counting and Analysis
    • Gamma Spectroscopy Sample  Analysis Results Review
    • Gamma Spectroscopy System Quality Assurance Operations
Applied Principles of Alpha Spectroscopy (GP302)

Applied Principles of Alpha Spectroscopy (GP302)

Description:

This course is the "capstone" session for CANBERRA's Alpha Spectroscopy fundamentals program. This course builds on the content of Principles of Radiation Detection and Fundamentals of Alpha Spectroscopy, tying together all of the principles into a series of relevant practical exercises. The course is a practicum to demonstrate the principles taught in the prior courses and provide hands-on experience for each technologist in all aspects of alpha spectroscopy system setup and operation. The course is 16 hours in duration, with approximately 80% of the time allocated for student exercises.

How you will benefit:

Attendees who complete this course will gain a comprehensive working knowledge of the setup and operation of basic alpha spectroscopy systems. This knowledge will allow the attendee to understand how to calibrate, operate, and interpret the results from these systems in a reliable manner. Managers and supervisors benefit from the assurance that the technologist has a thorough working knowledge of the use of alpha spectroscopy instrumentation.

Prerequisites:

CANBERRA courses GP-101, Principles of Radiation Detection, and GP-202, Fundamentals of Alpha Spectroscopy, or equivalent education and experience. A complimentary screening through a placement exam is strongly recommended if these courses have not been completed in the previous 12 months.

Who Should Attend:

Technologists or supervisory personnel who have acquired theoretical knowledge of alpha spectroscopy principles and desire hands-on experience in applying that knowledge during practical measurement exercises. This course is also suitable for experienced technologists desiring a practical alpha spectroscopy refresher.

Course Content:

  • Review of the Principles of Radiation Detection
  • Review of the Fundamentals of Alpha Spectroscopy
  • Practical Exercises, Including:
    • Basic Alpha Spectroscopy System Hardware Setup
    • Selection and Setup of Alpha Spectroscopy System Operating Parameters
    • Alpha Spectroscopy System Energy Calibrations
    • Alpha Spectroscopy System Efficiency  Calibrations
    • Alpha Spectroscopy System Sample Counting Setup
    • Alpha Spectroscopy Sample Counting and Analysis
    • Alpha Spectroscopy Sample  Analysis Results Review
    • Alpha Spectroscopy System Quality Assurance Operations
Applied Principles of Alpha/Beta Counting (GP303)

Applied Principles of Alpha/Beta Counting (GP303)

Description:

This course is the "capstone" session for CANBERRA's Alpha/Beta Counting fundamentals program. This course builds on the content of Principles of Radiation Detection and Fundamentals of Alpha/Beta Counting, tying together all of the principles into a series of relevant practical exercises. The course is a practicum to demonstrate the principles taught in the prior courses and provide hands-on experience for each technologist in all aspects of alpha/beta counting system setup and operation. The course is 16 hours in duration, with approximately 80% of the time allocated for student exercises.

How you will benefit:

Attendees who complete this course will gain a comprehensive working knowledge of the setup and operation of basic alpha/beta counting systems. This knowledge will allow the attendee to understand how to calibrate, operate, and interpret the results from these systems in a reliable manner. Managers and supervisors benefit from the assurance that the technologist has a thorough working knowledge of the use of alpha/beta counting instrumentation.

Prerequisites:

CANBERRA courses GP-101, Principles of Radiation Detection, and GP-203, Fundamentals of Alpha/Beta Counting, or equivalent education and experience. A complimentary screening through a placement exam is strongly recommended if these courses have not been completed in the previous 12 months.

Who Should Attend:

Technologists or supervisory personnel who have acquired theoretical knowledge of alpha/beta counting principles and desire hands-on experience in applying that knowledge during practical measurement exercises. This course is also suitable for experienced technologists desiring a practical alpha/beta counting refresher.

Course Content:

  • Review of the Principles of Radiation Detection
  • Review of the Fundamentals of Alpha/Beta Counting
  • Practical Exercises, Including:
    • Basic Alpha/Beta Counting System Hardware Setup
    • Selection and Setup of Alpha/Beta Counting System Operating Parameters
    • Alpha/Beta Counting System Calibrations
    • Alpha/Beta Counting System Sample Counting Setup
    • Alpha/Beta Counting Sample Counting and Analysis
    • Alpha/Beta Counting Sample  Analysis Results Review
    • Alpha/Beta Counting System Quality Assurance Operations
HIS-20/WACS System Operations (HS113)

HIS-20/WACS System Operations (HS113)

Description:

Note:

Due to the modular nature of HIS-20 and the specialization of tasks on a departmental basis at most user sites, portions of this course can be omitted to customize the course to the needs of a particular department or set of personnel. It is recommended that trainers and on-site support personnel attend the course in its entirety.

This course is intended for students with little or no previous experience with HIS-20 or WACS systems. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the use of the HIS-20 and Wacs systems and its application software.

This course introduces students to the modules that HIS-20 comprises of.  This includes, Personnel Information, Internal Dosimetry, External Dosimetry, Radiation Work Permits, Access Control, Inventory, radiological incident reporting, Survey Data Management and reports.  This course also introduces students on the use of the Windows Access Control (WACS) system.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to use HIS-20 systems to enter data and generate reports for managing survey data; internal and external dosimetry; radiation work permits; access control; radiological incident reporting; equipment inventory and issue; and personnel information.  The student will also be able to use the Windows Access Control System for entry into radiological entries via an RWP. 

Purpose:

The purpose of this four-day course is to introduce the HIS-20/WACS systems user to the HIS-20/WACS systems and application software.

Prerequisites:

None

Course Content:

  • Introduction to HIS-20 Systems
    • Overview of system architecture
    • The software components of HIS-20
    • HIS-20 user interface
  • Personnel Information
    • Demographic data
    • Maintain training/qualifications
    • Assign exposure limits
    • Maintain exposure records
    • Terminate employees
    • 10CFR20 reports
  • Survey Data Management
    • Maintain radiation surveys
    • Maintain air and survey samples
    • Enter air samples from CAS
    • Review DAC history by RWP
    • Maintain hot spot logbook
  • Internal Dosimetry
    • Add bioassay data
    • Edit/calculate bioassay dose values
    • Add air sample exposure
    • Edit/calculate air intake values
    • Dose to fetus
  • External Dosimetry
    • Maintain dosimetry process ID records
    • Edit/update dosimetry results
    • Control/maintain multibadge packs
  • Radiation Work Permits (RWP)
    • Initiate RWP requests
    • Maintain RWP information and logbook
    • Pre-job briefing information
    • Maintain ALARA budgets
    • Estimate exposures
  • Access Control (AC)
    • Perform access control processing
    • Maintain access control records
    • Maintain historical access records
    • Maintain access control logbook
    • Maintain RCA exclusions
  • Radiological Incident Reporting
    • Maintain RIR records
    • Perform skin dose calculations
  • Equipment Inventory and Issue
    • Record device issuance/maintenance
    • Maintain source information
    • Record source maintenance
    • Record test results
    • Respirators
  • Standard HIS-20 reports
  • WACS
    • WACS Configuration Editor
    • Electronic Dosimeter Entry and Exit
    • Manual Mode Entry and Exit
    • Self Reading Dosimeter Entry and Exit
    • Troubleshooting
    • WACS setup in HIS-20
HIS-20/WACS System Operations Refresher (HS114)

HIS-20/WACS System Operations Refresher (HS114)

Description:

Note:

Due to the modular nature of HIS-20 and the specialization of tasks on a departmental basis at most user sites, portions of this course can be omitted to customize the course to the needs of a particular department or set of personnel. It is recommended that trainers and on-site support personnel attend the course in its entirety.

This course features a review of the application modules that make up the HIS- 20/WACS system. These include; Personnel Information, External and Internal Dosimetry, Radiation Work Permits, Access Control, Equipment and Source Inventory and Issuance, Survey Management and Radiological Incident Reporting, WACS configuration editor and WACS operations. Focus on the modules will be defined by the students needs.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to use the HIS- 20/WACS system to enter data and generate reports for all of the HIS-20 modules.

Purpose:

The purpose of this 4 day course is to review the HIS-20 system user to the modules that comprise of HIS-20 and to the WACS access control system.

Prerequisites:

None

Course Content:

  • Personnel Information
    • Demographic data
    • Maintain training/qualifications
    • Assign exposure limits
    • Maintain exposure records
    • Terminate employees
    • 10CFR20 reports
  • Survey Data Management
    • Maintain radiation surveys
    • Maintain air and survey samples
    • Enter air samples from CAS
    • Review DAC history by RWP
    • Maintain hot spot logbook
  • Internal Dosimetry
    • Add bioassay data
    • Edit/calculate bioassay dose values
    • Add air sample exposure
    • Edit/calculate air intake values
    • Dose to fetus
  • External Dosimetry
    • Maintain dosimetry process ID records
    • Edit/update dosimetry results
    • Control/maintain multibadge packs
  • Radiation Work Permits (RWP)
    • Initiate RWP requests
    • Maintain RWP information and logbook
    • Pre-job briefing information
    • Maintain ALARA budgets
    • Estimate exposures
  • Access Control (AC)
    • Perform access control processing
    • Maintain access control records
    • Maintain historical access records
    • Maintain access control logbook
    • Maintain RCA exclusions
  • Radiological Incident Reporting
    • Maintain RIR records
    • Perform skin dose calculations
  • Equipment Inventory and Issue
    • Record device issuance/maintenance
    • Maintain source information
    • Record source maintenance
    • Record test results
    • Respirators
  • Standard HIS-20 reports
  • WACS
    • WACS Configuration Editor
    • Electronic Dosimeter Entry and Exit
    • Manual Mode Entry and Exit
    • Self Reading Dosimeter Entry and Exit
    • Troubleshooting
    • WACS setup in HIS-20
HIS-20/WACS Database Administration (HS115)

HIS-20/WACS Database Administration (HS115)

Description:

The course features a review of HIS-20 special management functions, and relational database system and operating system concepts which pertain to successful HIS-20 operation. The student will learn how to customize and maintain the HIS-20 environment, how HIS-20 uses operating system functionality to implement several important functions, and how to maintain the database system underlying HIS-20.  It also teaches the student how to set up WACS through the configuration editor to optimize for your sites needs.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to customize HIS-20 via lookup tables and site parameters; control the HIS-20 event scheduler and electronic dosimeter reader functions; control user security in the HIS-20 environment; configure HIS-20 printer definitions; understand the directory structure and command files which allow HIS-20 to operate; customize Uniface settings to manage multiple HIS-20 installations on a system; understand the basic architecture of the relational database system underlying HIS-20; query the database using SQL (Structured Query Language); maintain the database structure to optimize HIS-20 performance; and backup and restore the HIS-20 database.  They will also be able to customize WACS via the WACS configuration editor.

Purpose:

This course is designed for individuals who wish to configure and maintain the HIS-20/WACS application and the database management system underlying it. It teaches how to use HIS-20 management functions to set up site parameters and lookup/setup tables as well as how to query and maintain the relational database system underlying HIS-20. This course also covers the WACS configuration Editor so the user can optimize WACS for their current needs. HIS-20/WACS Database Administration Training can be conducted at a Canberra training facility or at the customer's site.

Prerequisites:

This course is intended for students with little or no previous experience with the operating system and HIS-20 software applications. The course is a comprehensive introduction to the maintenance of the HIS-20 application and its underlying Database management system and to the WACS configuration editor.

Course Content:

  • HIS-20 Site Parameters
  • HIS-20 Lookup/Setup Tables
  • Event Scheduler Service
  • HIS-20 Security
  • HIS-20 Printer Definitions
  • Directory Structure and Command Files
  • Customize Uniface Setting
  • Basic Architecture of the Database
  • Basic SQL queries
  • WACS Customization
  • Electronic Dosimeters and Reader functions
OpenEMS for Administrators (SU434)

OpenEMS for Administrators (SU434)

Description:

This course provides a brief overview of the OpenEMS Effluent Management Software including the regulatory basis, software architecture, and software features. After a review of the application administration screens, most of the time will be spent examining the calculations available in OpenEMS and the setup needed to implement them. In addition, configuration of user access to the features of OpenEMS, configuration of the OpenEMS Server to access multiple databases, how to examine the spreadsheets that contain the permit results, and annual report generation are also included.

How you will benefit:

Attendees will obtain a working knowledge of the operation and management of CANBERRA's Open EMS system. Students will acquire the skills needed to administer the OpenEMS Effluent Management Software package, including: setting the user authorization permissions, how to setup the software so that OpenEMS calculations are consistent with the Off-site Dose Calculation manual, setting up connections to OpenEMS databases and other application administration topics. Supervisors and managers benefit from having technologists with an improved level of understanding of the CANBERRA Open EMS system management.

Prerequisites:

This course is intended for individuals who are responsible for administering the OpenEMS application at their nuclear site. Students should already be familiar with the basic operation of CANBERRA's OpenEMS software package. Prior attendance of CANBERRA's SU-435-1 OpenEMS Operator's course is required.

Who Should Attend:

Technologists or supervisory personnel who are familiar with the concept and purpose of the plant effluent monitoring program, are familiar with the requirements of their site-specific effluents monitoring software, and will be responsible for the management of the effluent monitoring software. This course can be used for as a refresher course for experienced plant personnel or it can be used to introductory course for new plant personnel.

Course Content:

  • Overview of OpenEMS
  • Architecture of OpenEMS software
  • Overview of release permit processing
  • Entering release permits (Lab)
  • Generating reports
  • Composite Data entry
  • Advanced OpenEMS topics for Administrators
  • OpenEMS Server Configuration
  • OpenEMS User roles & security
  • OpenEMS Setup (Application Administration)
  • OpenEMS Customizations
  • OpenEMS Trouble shooting tips
  • OpenEMS Toolkit
  • OpenEMS Setup Spreadsheet
  • OpenEMS review and wrap-up
OpenEMS for Operators (SU435)

OpenEMS for Operators (SU435)

Description:

This course provides an overview of the OpenEMS Effluent Management Software including the regulatory basis, software architecture, and software features. Most importantly, the course takes the student through the steps involved in entering and processing liquid and airborne effluent release permits, including a review of the resulting release permit reports. Entry of composite sample information and updating of release permits when composite results are received is included in the course. Regenerating and scheduling of reports is also included.

How you will benefit:

Attendees will obtain a working knowledge of the operation of CANBERRA's Open EMS system. Students will acquire the skills needed to operate the OpenEMS Effluent Management Software package to generate release permits and other reports. Supervisors and managers benefit from having technologists with an improved level of understanding of the CANBERRA Open EMS system management.

Prerequisites:

This course is intended for individuals who are assigned to operate the OpenEMS application at their nuclear site. Students should be familiar with the basic concepts of effluents management at nuclear sites, including regulatory documents, permits, setpoint calculations, dose calculations, and other relevant effluents management topics.

Who Should Attend:

Technologists or supervisory personnel who are familiar with the concept and purpose of the plant effluent monitoring program and who will be involved in the generation of effluent release permits. This course can be used for as a refresher course for experienced plant personnel or it can be used to introductory course for new plant personnel.

Course Content:

  • Overview of OpenEMS
  • Architecture of OpenEMS software
  • Overview of release permit processing
  • Liquid release permits (both batch and continuous)
  • Gas release permits (both batch and continuous)
  • Review of permit reports
  • Regenerating and scheduling of reports
  • Composite Data entry
  • Composite update of permits
  • Elementary troubleshooting
  • OpenEMS review and wrap-up
Genie 2000 - Basic Operation (SU470)

Genie 2000 - Basic Operation (SU470)

Description:

CANBERRA's SU-470-4 training course was designed to provide introductory-level instruction for using Genie 2000 software to perform typical gamma spectroscopy measurements. This course starts with a short review of basic gamma spectroscopy concepts, common Genie 2000 measurement applications, and the Windows operating system environment. It then covers the use of the Genie 2000 MCA Definition, Certificate File, Nuclide Library, and QA File editors. This course emphasizes use of the interactive Genie 2000 software environment for performing spectral data acquisition, system calibration, spectral file analysis, and reporting of measurement results. Approximately 65% of this 4-day course will be presented in lecture format, with the remaining 35% allocated for group discussion and practical exercises.

How you will benefit:

Attendees who complete this course will gain familiarity and proficiency with the basic operational features of CANBERRA's Genie 2000 software and evaluation of reported measurement results. This knowledge will enable attendees to use Genie 2000 with improved productivity, accuracy, and confidence. Supervisors and managers will benefit from the improved competence and confidence gained by course attendees, ensuring a more efficient and defensible analytical process for their gamma spectroscopy measurement program.

Prerequisites:

Attendees should have a basic understanding of the Windows operating system environment and familiarity with fundamental gamma spectroscopy concepts. In addition, prior completion of CANBERRA's SP-501-4 Applied Principles of Gamma Spectroscopy course (or equivalent training) is strongly recommended.

Who Should Attend:

This course is intended for technical and supervisory personnel responsible for performing and reviewing gamma spectroscopy measurements using Genie 2000, but who are not yet familiar with basic Genie 2000 software operations.

Course Content:

  • Course introduction    
  • Windows XP/7 requirements
  • Basic Genie 2000 architecture
  • Gamma spectroscopy review
  • Acquisition hardware setup
  • MCA View/Control operation
  • Certificate File Editor
  • Nuclide Library Editor
  • System energy, shape and efficiency calibrations
  • Sample parameter editing
  • Manual analysis and analysis sequence editing
  • Choosing the correct analysis steps and algorithms
  • Quality Assurance Editor
Genie-2000 Algorithms (SU472)

Genie-2000 Algorithms (SU472)

Description:

This course is a combination of lecture and practical examples covering optimization of the CANBERRA Genie 2000 algorithms. Detailed descriptions, examples, and classroom exercises are used to facilitate learning the basic analysis steps, selection of analysis algorithms, and their setup for specific applications. Approximately 60% of this course is presented in lecture format, with the remaining time allocated for hands-on exercises and discussions. The algorithms are used in Genie 2000 and other related CANBERRA software packages such as Apex InVivo and Apex-Gamma. This course is intended to provide students with sufficient knowledge and understanding to optimize the Genie 2000 gamma analysis process and ensure high-quality analysis results for their gamma spectroscopy measurement applications.

How you will benefit:

Attendees who complete this course will gain a thorough understanding of algorithms and will be able to use the best settings for their particular gamma detection system and measurement application. Managers and supervisors benefit from the assurance that the technologist has a thorough working understanding of the algorithms that affect the analysis results and obtain data that meets the quality objectives.

Prerequisites:

Prior completion of CANBERRA's SP-501-4 Applied Principles of Gamma Spectroscopy training course (or equivalent gamma spectroscopy experience) is required. Students are also expected to be familiar with data analysis topics covered in one or more of the following courses: Genie 2000 Basic Operations (SU470), Apex-Gamma Operations (SU635), and/or Apex-InVivo Operations (SU734).

Who Should Attend:

Technologists or supervisory personnel who are responsible for the setup of data analysis routines and the data reported using Genie 2000 based gamma analysis will greatly benefit from this class. This course is also highly recommended for individuals responsible for validating and verifying measurement results obtained from CANBERRA gamma spectroscopy systems. It is recommended that students attending this class have a good working knowledge of Genie 2000 software operations. This class is not recommended for users who do not have experience with Genie 2000 software.

Course Content:

  • Energy/Shape Calibration Considerations
  • Basic Analysis Steps - Options and Recommendations
    • Peak Locate
    • Peak Area
    • Interactive Peak Fit
    • Area Correction
    • Efficiency Correction
  • Efficiency Calibration Considerations
  • Nuclide Identification (NID) Analysis Step - Options and Recommendations
    • Algorithm Choices
    • Nuclide Library Optimization
    • Cascade Summing Corrections
  • Parent/Daughter Corrections
  • Interactive Analysis
  • Detection Limits Analysis Step - Options and Recommendations
  • QA Analysis
  • Line Activity Consistency Evaluator (LACE)
  • Reporting
Genie 2000 - Report Template Editing (SU473)

Genie 2000 - Report Template Editing (SU473)

Description:

In this 2 day course, attendees will learn how to modify and build custom reports and Templates used in the Genie 2000 system. Capabilities of the template system are demonstrated with numerous examples. Hands-on exercises and discussions comprise approximately half of the instructional time. Additional topics include CAM file structure, a review of Genie 2000 operation and architecture, and use of the report system in the interactive and batch modes.

How you will benefit:

Attendees who complete this course will gain a thorough understanding of report template commands, variables, and structure and will be able to customize reporting for their specific needs. Managers and supervisors benefit from obtaining custom reports that facilitate their individual needs and requirements.

Prerequisites:

Prior completion of CANBERRA's Genie 2000 Basic Operations (SU470) or equivalent experience using this software package is required. It is recommended that attendees have basic knowledge of Visual Basic (VB) and VB Script.

Who Should Attend:

System manager, primary user, or programmer who will build custom report templates.

Course Content:

  • CAM file structure
  • Template commands
  • Filters
  • Extracting channel data, parameters, records
  • Doing math in templates
  • Strings in templates
  • Creating spread sheet ready reports
Basic ISOCS Measurements (SU474)

Basic ISOCS Measurements (SU474)

Description:

CANBERRA's SU-474-4 training course was designed to introduce the basic features of the ISOCS Efficiency Calibration Software and the use of ISOCS for in situ gamma spectroscopy measurement applications where traditional "source-based" calibrations may not be practical. Students will also be introduced to additional CANBERRA software features and specialized hardware components that are typically integrated with the ISOCS software. Approximately 60% of this 4-day course will be presented in lecture format, with the remaining 40% allocated for group discussion and practical exercises.

How you will benefit:

Attendees who complete this course will become proficient with "Geometry Composer" and other features of Genie 2000 needed to create ISOCS efficiency calibration files. Attendees will also learn how to use ISOCS calibration files within Genie 2000 to obtain accurate gamma spectroscopy analysis results. This knowledge will enable attendees to perform in-situ and specialized-geometry gamma spectroscopy measurements with improved productivity, accuracy, and confidence. Supervisors and managers will benefit from the knowledge and confidence gained by course attendees, ensuring a more efficient and defensible analytical process for their gamma spectroscopy measurement program.

Prerequisites:

This training course is intended for students who are already familiar with basic principles of gamma spectroscopy, and who have some prior experience with CANBERRA's Genie 2000 software operations. Successful application of ISOCS requires proper use of the "Geometry Composer" sample modeling interface, Nuclide Library editor, Analysis Sequence files, and other features of Genie 2000. Therefore, some familiarity with these Genie 2000 software features is strongly recommended. Prior completion of CANBERRA's Genie 2000 Basic Operations (SU470) course would be beneficial.

Who Should Attend:

This course is intended for technical and supervisory personnel without any significant prior experience using ISOCS, but who will be responsible for performing and approving ISOCS efficiency calibrations and gamma spectroscopy measurements using those calibrations within the Genie 2000 software environment.

Course Content:

  • Introduction to In Situ Gamma Spectroscopy
  • Introduction to ISOCS and LabSOCS Geometry Templates
  • ISOCS Software Tutorial and Student Exercises
    • Basic ISOCS Software Features (Geometry Composer)
    • Generation of ISOCS Efficiency Files (GAA Calibrate Menu)
    • The ISOXSHLD and Use of Collimators
    • Editing Previous Geometry Definition Files
    • Editing Default Geometry Parameters
    • Editing the ISOCS/LabSOCS Materials Library
  • Recommended Deployment of ISOCS Hardwar Components
  • Draft Procedure for Performing Typical ISOCS Measurements
  • Review of Basic Genie 2000 Software Features
    • Gamma Acquisition & Analysis Functions
    • Certificate File and Nuclide Library Editors
    • Energy/Shape Calibrations
  • Review of Advanced Genie 2000 Topics
    • Recommended Analysis Steps and Algorithm Parameters
    • Quality Assurance Considerations
  • ISOCS Measurement Applications Suggested by Students

Additional Information:

When this course is presented at a customer site, students should have access to an ISOCS/LabSOCS-characterized detector and other system components required for ISOCS measurements. When presented at one of CANBERRA's in house training facilities, students will have access to computers, gamma detection hardware, and/or simulated detectors configured to demonstrate the complete ISOCS measurement process.

Advanced ISOCS Measurements (SU476)

Advanced ISOCS Measurements (SU476)

Description:

CANBERRA's SU-476-3 training course was designed to provide advanced instruction for current users of ISOCS, with emphasis on improved sample modeling, accuracy of analysis results, evaluation of total measurement uncertainty, and equipment deployment options for complex measurement applications. This course provides detailed recommendations for modeling complicated source distributions using the standard ISOCS geometry templates. Various advanced ISOCS applications will be discussed, including measurements of nuclide activity in near surface and subsurface soil, contamination on the surface of complex objects, and determination of nuclide activity vs. depth in sample material. Additional topics include use of ISOCS for in vivo counting, underwater radioactivity measurements, and airborne radioactivity measurements. Numerous practical examples and student exercises will be presented and discussed. Approximately 60% of this 3-day course will be presented in lecture format, with the remaining 40% allocated for group discussion and practical exercises.

How you will benefit:

Attendees who complete this course will improve their proficiency with "Geometry Composer" and various "advanced" features of CANBERRA's ISOCS and Genie 2000 software. Attendees will also learn how to apply ISOCS to define and achieve optimized data quality objectives for a variety of measurement applications. This knowledge will enable attendees to plan, perform, and evaluate gamma spectroscopy measurements with improved productivity, accuracy, and confidence. Supervisors and managers will benefit from the knowledge and confidence gained by course attendees, ensuring a more efficient and defensible analytical process for their gamma spectroscopy measurement program.

Prerequisites:

Attendees should be familiar with fundamental principles of gamma spectroscopy, and have some previous hands-on experience with in situ measurement hardware and software. Attendees should also be familiar with the basic operations of CANBERRA's Genie 2000 and ISOCS software packages. Prior attendance of CANBERRA's SU-474-4 Basic ISOCS Measurements training course is recommended.

Who Should Attend:

This course is intended for technical and supervisory personnel who are familiar with basic ISOCS measurement options and methods, and who desire additional expertise in use of ISOCS sample modeling templates, advanced features of ISOCS and Genie 2000 software, and specialized in situ measurement applications.

Course Content:

  • Review of the ISOCS Efficiency Calibration Process
  • Detector Positioning Conventions and Optional “Efficiency Factors”
  • Comprehensive Review of Available ISOCS Sample Modeling Templates  
  • Sample Dimensions and Activity Distributions
  • Material Composition and Photon Attenuation Considerations
  • The ISOCS Uncertainty Estimator (IUE)
  • Specialized ISOCS Measurement Applications
  • Review and Interpretation of ISOCS Measurement Results
LabSOCS Measurement (SU477)

LabSOCS Measurement (SU477)

Description:

CANBERRA's SU-477-3 training course was designed to provide comprehensive instruction for proper use of the LabSOCS Efficiency Calibration Software. This course will focus on proper selection and use of the standard LabSOCS geometry templates for accurate modeling of samples and creation of optimized efficiency calibration files. Lecture and discussion topics will include: use of the "Geometry Composer" interface, typical applications for LabSOCS sample geometry templates, tips for proper template parameter entry, use of the Materials Library editor, and proper use of LabSOCS calibration files within Genie 2000. Common sample geometries (including paper disk, charcoal-filled air filter cartridge, polyethylene bottle, and Marinelli beaker) will be selected as practical examples to demonstrate the complete LabSOCS efficiency calibration process. Cascade summing corrections will be discussed as a method to improve the accuracy of nuclide activity calculations during routine sample analyses. Approximately 60% of this 3-day course will be presented in lecture format, with the remaining 40% allocated for group discussion and practical exercises.

How you will benefit:

Attendees who complete this course will become proficient with "Geometry Composer" and other features of Genie 2000 needed to create LabSOCS efficiency calibration files. Attendees will also learn how to use LabSOCS calibration files within Genie 2000 to obtain accurate sample analysis results. This knowledge will enable attendees to perform gamma spectroscopy measurements with improved productivity, accuracy, and confidence. Supervisors and managers will benefit from the knowledge and confidence gained by course attendees, ensuring a more efficient and defensible analytical process for their gamma spectroscopy measurement program.

Prerequisites:

This course is intended for individuals who are familiar with basic gamma spectroscopy principles and measurement applications. Attendees should also have some prior experience with CANBERRA's Apex-Gamma and/or Genie 2000 software packages. Successful application of LabSOCS requires proper use of the "Geometry Composer" sample modeling interface, Nuclide Library editor, Analysis Sequence files, and other features of Genie 2000. Prior attendance of CANBERRA's Genie 2000 Basic Operations (SU470) training course (or equivalent experience) is strongly recommended.

Who Should Attend:

This course is intended for technical and supervisory personnel with little or no prior experience using LabSOCS, but who will be responsible for performing and approving LabSOCS efficiency calibrations and gamma spectroscopy measurements using those calibrations within the Genie 2000 or Apex-Gamma software environment.

Primary Course Content:

  • General Review of Gamma Spectroscopy
  • Introduction to LabSOCS Sample Geometry Templates
  • Comprehensive LabSOCS Software Tutorial
  • LabSOCS Software Exercises
  • Cascade Summing Effects and Cascade Corrections
  • LabSOCS Measurement Procedure and Sample Report Text

Supplemental Course Content:

  • Review of Genie 2000 Gamma Acquisition & Analysis
  • Genie 2000 Certificate File and Nuclide Library Editors
  • Genie 2000 Energy/Shape Calibrations
  • Recommended Genie 2000 Analysis Steps and Parameters
  • Quality Assurance Considerations
  • Recommendations for Using LabSOCS within Apex-Gamma
Abacos 2000 System Operations (SU479)

Abacos 2000 System Operations (SU479)

Description:

CANBERRA's SU-479-4 training course provides comprehensive instruction for proper use of the Abacos-2000 software package to perform whole body counting and other direct bioassay measurements. Students will be introduced to the basic features and functionality of the Abacos-2000 software, and to the hardware components that are typically integrated with standard CANBERRA in vivo counting systems. With prior approval from the instructor, the course content can be adjusted to include an extended review of fundamental gamma spectroscopy principles and basic Genie 2000 software operations (with reduced coverage of advanced Abacos-2000 software features and setup options). Approximately 60% of this 4-day course will be presented in lecture format, with the remaining 40% allocated for group discussion and practical exercises.

How you will benefit:

Attendees who complete this course will become proficient with all standard features of CANBERRA's Abacos-2000 software package. This knowledge will enable attendees to perform in vivo counting operations and evaluate reported analysis results with improved productivity, accuracy, and confidence. Supervisors and managers will benefit from the knowledge and confidence gained by course attendees, ensuring a more efficient and defensible analytical process for their in vivo measurement program.

Prerequisites:

This training course is intended for students who are already familiar with basic principles of gamma spectroscopy, and who have some prior experience with CANBERRA's Genie 2000 software operations. Successful application of Abacos-2000 requires proper use of the Genie 2000 Certificate File editor, Nuclide Library editor, QA File editor, and "analysis sequence" files. Prior attendance of CANBERRA's Genie 2000 Basic Operations (SU470) training course (or equivalent experience) is strongly recommended.

Who Should Attend:

This course is intended for technical and supervisory personnel without any prior experience using Abacos-2000, but who will be responsible for setup, calibration, and/or routine operations of in vivo counting systems configured with and controlled by CANBERRA's Abacos-2000 software.

Course Content:

  • Fundamental Principles of Gamma Spectroscopy and InVivo Counting
  • Basic Features of Genie 2000 and Abacos-2000 Software Packages
  • Abacos-2000 Software Setup and Counter Maintenance Options
  • Routine Personnel Counting Operations
  • Using the Genie 2000 Editors
  • Acquisition Hardware Adjustments
  • Energy/Shape and Efficiency Calibrations
  • Data Analysis Parameters and Reporting Options
  • Quality Assurance Features
  • Data Review Options
  • Logbook and Personnel Database Considerations
  • Draft Procedure for Routine Abacos-2000 Operations

Additional Information:

When this course is presented at a customer's site, students should have access to at least one integrated and calibrated Abacos-2000 counting system, and course content will be adjusted to emphasize the specific type(s) of counter(s) used at that site. When presented at one of CANBERRA's in-house training facilities, students will have access to gamma detection hardware and/or computers that can simulate NaI detector and Ge detector inputs typically used with CANBERRA's standard Abacos-2000 systems.

FALCON 5000 Operations (SU520)

FALCON 5000 Operations (SU520)

Description:

CANBERRA's SU-520-2 training course provides comprehensive instruction for proper operation of the FALCON 5000 portable, electrically-cooled, HPGe gamma spectroscopy system. This course begins with an overview the FALCON 5000 hardware and a brief review of applicable radiation detection and health physics principles. This course emphasizes the simplified user interface provided for basic operations, before progressing to more advanced setup requirements and Genie 2000 software options including certificate files, nuclide library files, analysis sequence files, and calibration procedures. Typical FALCON 5000 measurement applications will be discussed, including in situ measurements and optional use of ISOCS efficiency calibration files. Approximately 60% of this 2-day course will be presented in lecture format, with the remaining 40% allocated for group discussion and practical exercises.

How you will benefit:

Attendees who complete this course will gain familiarity and proficiency with the basic operational features of the FALCON 5000 system, and with various options for analysis and reporting of FALCON 5000 measurement results. This knowledge will enable attendees to use the FALCON 5000 and associated software with improved productivity, accuracy, and confidence. Supervisors and managers will benefit from the competence and confidence gained by course attendees, ensuring a more efficient and defensible analytical process for their gamma spectroscopy measurement program.

Prerequisites:

Attendees should be familiar with basic gamma spectroscopy principles and measurement applications. Previous experience with Genie 2000 software operations would be beneficial. Prior completion of CANBERRA's Fundamentals of Gamma Spectroscopy (GP401) training course and/or Applied Principles of Gamma Spectroscopy (SP501) course is strongly recommended.

Who Should Attend:

This course is intended for technical and supervisory personnel with little or no prior experience with CANBERRA's FALCON 5000 gamma detection system, but who will be responsible for using that system to perform gamma spectroscopy measurements and evaluate the reported measurement results.

Course Content:

  • Review of fundamental radiation detection and radiation protection principles
  • FALCON 5000 equipment overview and basic features (including wireless communication with the fully-functional tablet computer)
  • Practical measurement applications for the FALCON 5000 (including emergency response to radiation incidents, in situ measurements, and discrete sample counting)
  • Traditional (source-based) and ISOCS mathematical efficiency calibrations
  • Spectral data review and reporting of analysis results
  • Quality Assurance considerations
  • Use of Genie 2000 Software with the FALCON 5000
  • Interpretation of Gamma Spectra
NDA-2000 System Operations (SU530)

NDA-2000 System Operations (SU530)

Description:

CANBERRA's SU-530-4 training course provides comprehensive instruction for proper use of the NDA-2000 software package to perform Non-Destructive Assay measurements. Students will be introduced to the basic features and functionality of the NDA-2000 software, and to the hardware components that are typically integrated with standard CANBERRA gamma and neutron counting systems. This course is typically presented at a customer's site, where students will have access to a fully-integrated and calibrated NDA-2000 counting system. Training course content will be adjusted to emphasize the specific type(s) of counter(s) used at that site. Approximately 60% of this 4 day course will be presented in lecture format, with the remaining 40% allocated for group discussion and practical exercises.

How you will benefit:

Attendees who complete this course will become proficient with all standard features of CANBERRA's NDA-2000 software package. This knowledge will enable attendees to perform NDA counting operations and evaluate reported analysis results with improved productivity, accuracy, and confidence. Supervisors and managers will benefit from the knowledge and confidence gained by course attendees, ensuring a more efficient and defensible analytical process for their NDA measurement program.

Prerequisites:

This training course is intended for students who are already familiar with basic principles of gamma spectroscopy, and who have some prior experience with CANBERRA's Genie 2000 software operations. Prior attendance of CANBERRA's Genie 2000 Basic Operations (SU470) training course (or equivalent experience) is strongly recommended.

Who Should Attend:

This course is intended for technical and supervisory personnel without any prior experience using NDA-2000, but who will be responsible for setup, calibration, and/or routine operations of NDA counting systems configured with and controlled by CANBERRA's NDA-2000 software.

Course Content:

  • Fundamental Principles of Gamma Spectroscopy and NDA Measurements
  • Basic Features of Genie 2000
  • NDA System Hardware Components
  • NDA-2000 Software Setup
  • Routine NDA-2000 Counting Operations
  • Acquisition Hardware Adjustments
  • NDA-2000 System Calibrations
  • Data Analysis Parameters and Reporting Options
  • Quality Assurance Considerations and Setup Options
  • Data Review Operations
  • NDA-2000 System Management Operations
InSpector 1000 Operations (SU562)

InSpector 1000 Operations (SU562)

Description:

CANBERRA's SU-562-2 training course provides comprehensive instruction for proper operation of the InSpector 1000 hand held gamma spectroscopy equipment. This course begins with an overview the InSpector 1000 hardware and a brief review of applicable radiation detection and health physics principles. This course covers routine counting operations, instrument parameter setup, and calibration with associated gamma detectors. Typical InSpector 1000 measurement applications will be discussed, including in situ measurements using sodium iodide (NaI), lanthanum bromide (LaBr), and Cadmium Zinc Telluride (CZT) detectors. Additional topics include spectral data collection, spectral file transfer, optional use of ISOCS efficiency calibration files, and reporting of analysis results. This course also covers various options for data analysis within Genie 2000, and use of the specialized InSpector 1000 Maintenance software. Approximately 60% of this 2-day course will be presented in lecture format, with the remaining 40% allocated for group discussion and practical exercises.

How you will benefit:

Attendees who complete this course will gain familiarity and proficiency with the basic operational features of the InSpector 1000 equipment, and with various options for analysis and reporting of InSpector 1000 measurement results. This knowledge will enable attendees to use the InSpector 1000 and associated software with improved productivity, accuracy, and confidence. Supervisors and managers will benefit from the competence and confidence gained by course attendees, ensuring a more efficient and defensible analytical process for their gamma spectroscopy measurement program.

Prerequisites:

Attendees should be familiar with basic gamma spectroscopy principles and measurement applications. Previous experience with Genie 2000 software operations would be beneficial. Prior completion of CANBERRA's Fundamentals of Gamma Spectroscopy (GP401) training course and/or Applied Principles of Gamma Spectroscopy (SP501) course is strongly recommended.

Who Should Attend:

This course is intended for technical and supervisory personnel with little or no prior experience with CANBERRA's InSpector 1000 gamma detection equipment, but who will be responsible for using that equipment to perform gamma spectroscopy measurements and evaluate the reported measurement results.

Course Content:

  • Review of Fundamental Radiation Detection and Radiation Protection Principles
  • Inspector 1000 Equipment Overview and Basic Features
  • Inspector 1000 Basic-Use Mode of Operation (Lecture and Practical Exercise)
  • Inspector 1000 Advanced Mode of Operation (Overview, Setup, and Preferences)
  • InSpector 1000 Setup Preferences (Exercise and Discussion)
  • Spectroscopy Mode of Operation
  • Inspector 1000 Calibrations
  • Inspector 1000 Maintenance Program
  • Use of Genie 2000 Software with the InSpector 1000
  • Interpretation of Gamma Spectra
Apex-Alpha Operations (SU568)

Apex-Alpha Operations (SU568)

Description:

This 3-day course is a combination of lecture and hands-on operations covering the APEX "Lab Productivity Suite" software for Alpha Spectroscopy. The training will cover the architecture of the Apex-Alpha operations environment, interactions between the Apex Gamma software, Genie 2000 utilities and facility database software, software installation, operational setups, security, sample counting job streams, reports, QA, data review, and event logging with the use of simulators. Discussions will also include Batch QA samples that accompany unknown samples. The course is conducted in an interactive style and attendees are encouraged to ask questions and participate in group discussions. Approximately 60% of this course will be presented in lecture format, with the remaining time allocated for hands-on exercises with discussion.

How you will benefit:

Attendees who complete this course will establish or refresh a solid foundation in the operation of the Apex-Alpha software package, including specific software features and system setup requirements. This knowledge enables the attendee to correctly prepare the software as it was designed (for a complex multi-detector analytical environment), operate the software, and understand the analysis results. Supervisors and managers benefit from an improved level of software understanding on the part of their technologists, ensuring a more efficient and defensible analytical process in the laboratory.

Prerequisites:

It is recommended that attendees have completed CANBERRA's Fundamentals of Alpha Spectroscopy (GP405) course, or have equivalent experience. Also, students should have some Genie 2000 experience, preferably including completion of CANBERRA's Genie 2000 Basic Operations (SU470) course.

Who Should Attend:

Technologists, count room managers, or supervisory personnel who are responsible for setup, processing, reporting and data review of sample isotopic analyses for alpha activity will greatly benefit from attending this class.

Course Content:

  • Apex-Alpha General Overview
  • Apex-Alpha Setups (for a Facility)
  • Main Menu Use
  • Detector Calibrations
  • Quality Assurance Considerations and Setup (Chemistry and Detector)
  • Detector QA Checks
  • Quality Assurance for Sample Batch Counting
  • Create Batches for Counting
  • Data Review and Re-analysis
  • Routine and Summary Data and QA Reports
  • Event Logs
Apex-Alpha/Beta Operations (SU570)

Apex-Alpha/Beta Operations (SU570)

Description:

This 2-day course focuses on the Apex-Alpha/Beta software setup, database interaction and automated sample processing operations utilizing a combination of lecture and practical examples for instruction. Approximately 50% of the class time will be allocated for hands-on exercises to help reinforce the concepts needed to count and report gross alpha and beta results. The training will cover the architecture of the Apex-Alpha/Beta software, installation, operational setups, calibrations, security, reports, QA, data review, and event logging. Discussions will also include supported modifications to the standard Apex-Alpha/Beta Stimulsoft reports.

How you will benefit:

Attendees who complete this course gain the knowledge to correctly prepare and use the software as it is designed. Supervisors and managers benefit from an improved level of software understanding on the part of their count room personnel resulting in a more efficient and defensible analytical process in the laboratory.

Prerequisites:

Basic familiarity with Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/7 operating systems as well as basic computer literacy is required.

Who Should Attend:

The class is intended for technicians and count room managers responsible for setup, processing, reporting and data review of alpha/beta samples.

Course Content:

  • Apex-Alpha/Beta Software Description and Installation
  • Basic and Advanced Operation
  • Calibrations
  • QC Checks
  • Security
  • Sample Counting
  • Quality Control Charts and Setup
  • Custom Report Generation and Modification
  • Technical Support Options
Contamination Monitor Operations (SU572)

Contamination Monitor Operations (SU572)

Description:

This course includes lectures and hands-on exercises to familiarize the attendee with the operating principles, setup, and calibration of the CANBERRA ARGOS-5AB with ZEUS option. These calibration principles can be applied and extended to the GEM-5 gamma exit monitor, the CRONOS tool/object monitor, and the SIRIUS-5 Hand/Cuff and Foot monitor. The steps required to properly setup, calibrate, alarm test, trouble shoot, and perform required maintenance on these monitors will also be covered.

How you will benefit:

Attendees who complete this course will establish or refresh a solid foundation in the calibration, operation, and use of CANBERRA contamination monitoring systems. Supervisors and managers benefit from an improved level of understanding on the part of their technologists, ensuring a more reliable and defensible contamination monitoring program.

Prerequisites:

There are no specific prerequisites for this course, though attendees will derive more benefit from this course if they have a basic understanding of radiation detection and their own facility-specific contamination monitoring and contamination control programs.

Who Should Attend:

Technologists and supervisory personnel who are responsible for personnel or object contamination monitoring using any of the CANBERRA ARGOS, GEM, SIRIUS, or CRONOS systems would benefit from attending this training course. Attendees should have a basic understanding of contamination monitoring systems and programs.

Course Content:

  • Contamination Monitor Basic Setup
  • System Purge and Diagnostics During Setup
  • Considerations for System Calibration
  • Alpha, Beta and Gamma Calibrations
  • Alarm Setting Strategies
  • Detector Zone and Sum Zone Usage
  • Minimizing Count Times with Maximum Sensitivity
  • Alarm Testing Methodologies - Quality Assurance
  • Using Representative Plant Smears
  • INPO and EPRI Guidance
  • Passing INPO Performance Tests
  • Passive Monitoring
  • Radon Progeny Rejection Settings and Experience
  • Personnel Monitoring Results: Clean and Contaminated
  • System Trouble Shooting
  • Detector Maintenance, Repair, and Maintenance
  • System Backup
Interpretation of Gamma Spectroscopy Results (SU601)

Interpretation of Gamma Spectroscopy Results (SU601)

Description:

This 3-day course is designed primarily for germanium detector spectroscopy, although many of the topics are also applicable to scintillation detectors. The course emphasizes the use of fundamental principles of physics to explain features found in spectra, and the creation of libraries to aid in the interpretation of spectra. Students should acquire the tools and information they need to: understand "phantom peaks", optimize gamma nuclide libraries to accurately identify and quantify nuclide activity, reduce the reporting of unidentified peaks, utilize methods for counting "hot" samples, understand "Dead Time" and its implications, and optimize the analysis of spectral data. Students are encouraged to bring examples of their spectral files for examination during the course. Additional topics of special interest may be covered depending upon student interest. Lab exercises with simulators and spectra are employed to demonstrate lecture topics. Analysis algorithms discussed and demonstrated are from the standard Genie 2000 software.

How you will benefit:

This course provides the student with a review of the principles and practices of gamma spectroscopy and emphasizes radionuclide identification and quantification. 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 used to interpret gamma spectra. It is recommended for personnel responsible for operating gamma spectroscopy systems and/or reviewing of the results from these systems.

Prerequisites:

Introduction to Gamma Spectroscopy (SP-502-4) or equivalent experience.

Course Requirements:

Students should bring a scientific calculator to class.

Course Content:

  • Features in spectra, their origin and properties
    • Interaction of radiation with matter
    • Interaction that occurs between radioactive nuclide and the detector
    • Interaction inside the detector and properties of the detector
    • Electronics used to acquire the spectra
             
  • Summation peaks
    • Random
    • Coincidence
  • Calibrations
    • Energy
    • Efficiency
  • Parent daughter relationships and equilibrium
  • Applying reference nuclear decay information
  • Detector resolution
  • Peak fitting (Interactive Peak Fit, IPF)
  • Working with background spectra
Genie 2000 Advanced Topics (SU630)

Genie 2000 Advanced Topics (SU630)

Description:

This 2-day course is a combination of lecture and practical examples covering the optimization of CANBERRA Genie 2000 software. Approximately 40% of the course will be presented in lecture format, with the remaining time allocated for hands-on learning activities and associated discussions. The course covers a full range of system optimization tips and techniques, and is conducted in an interactive style to encourage active participation by all attendees.

How you will benefit:

Attendees who complete this course will gain a thorough understanding of the practical measures necessary to optimize the CANBERRA Genie 2000 system. This knowledge enables the attendee to correctly prepare the software as it is designed, in a complex multi-detector analytical environment. Supervisors and managers will benefit from an improved level of software understanding on the part of their Genie 2000 system administrator, ensuring a more efficient and defensible analytical process in the laboratory.

Prerequisites:

Students planning to attend this “Advanced Topics” training course must have a good working knowledge of the basic features and setup options available in the standard Genie 2000 software. Prior completion of CANBERRA’s Genie 2000 TrainingTrax through course SU-601 is strongly recommended.

Who Should Attend:

Technologists or supervisory personnel who are existing administrators or potential administrators of Genie 2000 systems should attend. Attendees should have a good working knowledge of Genie 2000 software. This course is not recommended for users who have never operated a Genie 2000 system or who have never attended previous formal Genie 2000 training.

Course Content:

This seminar will review the complete range of Genie 2000 operations from calibration through the generation of analytical results. All software operations related to calibration, analysis setup, analysis options, report generation, report review, and quality assurance measures will be taught to the expert level. Some example topics are listed below:

  • The CAM file structure, its main purpose, and how it is used.
  • When and how to use two nuclide libraries for sample analysis.
  • Understanding when to use Cascade Summing Corrections and how to implement these corrections in Genie-2000.
  • How to use the Line Activity Consistency Evaluator (LACE) and Interactive Peak Fit (IPF to optimize your results.
  • Additional “Post-NID Processing” options (Gain Evaluator, Action Level Calculations).
  • Optimum use of “Sequence Preferences” in Analysis Sequence files.
  • How to use the Auto Gain Adjust and File Gain Adjust options
  • Report Modification
  • Use of Scripting for customization
  • Use of Command line prompts for “parsing” data or reviewing cam data and access to editors
Apex-Gamma Operations (SU635)

Apex-Gamma Operations (SU635)

Description:

This 4-day course focuses on the Apex-Gamma "Lab Productivity Suite" software setup, database interactions, and automated sample processing operations. Approximately 60% of this course will be presented in lecture format, with the remaining time allocated for hands-on exercises and discussion. The training will cover: architecture of the Apex-Gamma environment, interactions with Genie 2000 editors and facility database software, installation, operational setups, security, sample counting job streams, reports, QA, data review, and event logging. Discussions will also include the NPP reports option and the supported modifications to standard Apex-Gamma reports.

How you will benefit:

Attendees who complete this course will gain a thorough understanding of how to correctly prepare the software as it is designed, and how to implement count room procedures for gamma counting in a complex multi-detector analytical environment. Supervisors and managers benefit from their staff's improved level of software understanding, ensuring a more efficient and defensible analytical program.

Prerequisites:

CANBERRA's Fundamentals of Gamma Spectroscopy (GP401) training course (or equivalent gamma spectroscopy experience) is strongly recommended. Prior experience using CANBERRA's Genie 2000 software would be beneficial.

Who Should Attend:

Technologists, count room managers or supervisory personnel who are responsible for setup, processing, reporting and/or data review of Gamma results will greatly benefit from taking this class.

Course Content:

  • Apex-Gamma Lab Productivity Suite Overview
    • General Product Description and Requirements
    • Interaction with Genie 2000
    • Interaction with Databases
    • Count Room Automation
  • Genie 2000 Editors - Introduction/Review
    • MCA Input Definition Editor
    • Nuclide Library
    • Analysis Sequence
    • Certificate Editor
    • QA File Editor
  • Preliminary Planning for Apex-Gamma Setup
    • Facilities, Workstations, and Detectors
    • Apex-Gamma Operation Environment and Directory Structure
  • Apex-Gamma Operation Setup Details
    • Facilities, Groups, Detectors, Workstations
    • Calibration Parameters, Geometries
    • Data Review, QA Files, Reports, Event Log, Display Preferences
    • Nuclide Library Files, NPP Reports
  • Apex-Gamma Calibration Operations
    • Energy/Shape and Efficiency Calibrations
    • Calibration Approval, Confirmation, and Recalibration Options
  • Apex-Gamma Sample Setup (Sample Point Association, Procedures, Sample Types)
  • Apex-Gamma Main View - Sample Processing
    • Counting Logged Samples
    • Counting Un-logged Samples
  • Apex-Gamma Reports and Data Review
  • Apex-Gamma Background Subtraction (Area Correction) Options
Apex-Gamma - Advanced Topics (SU636)

Apex-Gamma - Advanced Topics (SU636)

Description:

This 3-day course is a combination of lecture and practical examples covering the optimization of CANBERRA Apex-Gamma counting systems and the underlying Genie 2000 software. Approximately 60% of the course will be presented in lecture format, with the remaining time allocated for hands-on learning activities and associated discussions. The course covers a full range of system optimization tips and techniques (noted below), and is conducted in an interactive style to encourage active participation by all attendees.

How you will benefit:

Attendees who complete this course will gain a thorough understanding of the practical measures necessary to optimize the CANBERRA Apex-Gamma/Genie 2000 system. This knowledge enables the attendee to correctly prepare the software as it is designed, in a complex multi-detector analytical environment. Supervisors and managers will benefit from an improved level of software understanding on the part of their Apex-Gamma system administrator, ensuring a more efficient and defensible analytical process in the laboratory.

Prerequisites:

Students planning to attend this "Advanced Topics" training course must have a good working knowledge of the basic features and setup options available in the standard Apex Gamma software. Prior completion of CANBERRA's Apex-Gamma Operations (SU635) training course is strongly recommended.

Who Should Attend:

Technologists or supervisory personnel who are existing administrators or potential administrators of Apex-Gamma systems should attend. Attendees should have a good working knowledge of Apex-Gamma and Genie 2000 software. This course is not recommended for users who have never operated an Apex-Gamma system or who have never attended previous formal Apex-Gamma training.

Course Content:

  • The CAM file structure, its main purpose, and how it is used in the Apex-Gamma database architecture.  ‘Rules’ for using CAM files in the Apex architecture will be addressed.
  • The relationship and difference between the Genie 2000 Analysis Sequence File and the Apex Procedure and how to optimize both. Some of the common analysis steps available in the Genie 2000 Analysis Sequence editor are not used under Apex-Gamma.  You will learn which steps are not used, and why, and how they are implemented in Apex-Gamma.
  • When and how to use two nuclide libraries for sample analysis - one of the newest features in Apex V1.3.
  • Understanding when to use Cascade Summing Corrections and how to implement these corrections in Apex-Gamma.
  • How to use the powerful and versatile Data Review functionality in Apex-Gamma.  Specific examples using the Data Review functionality will be demonstrated, including how to use the Line Activity Consistency Evaluator (LACE), Interactive Peak Fit (IPF), and LabSOCS efficiency calibrations to optimize your results. 
  • Integrating your data with external data management systems, such as LIMS, intranet viewing pages, spreadsheets, and other external systems.  This session will give you a brief review of the many ways to export data out of Apex-Gamma.
  • Apex-Gamma backup and recovery.
  • Using Microsoft’s SQL-Server Management Studio Express for assistance in database administration.
  • Moving Apex-Gamma Client, Server or Desktop software from one computer to another.
Interpretation of Alpha Spectroscopy Results (SU640)

Interpretation of Alpha Spectroscopy Results (SU640)

Description:

This course delves into the details of alpha spectroscopy analysis results generated with Apex-Alpha systems. The course will provide guidance for review of analysis results in consideration of all of the features of the related alpha particle spectrum. Spectral features can be useful for quantitative alpha spectroscopy analysis or they can be interferences; this course describes both types of spectral features and gives the attendee knowledge to properly evaluate them. This course is not a detailed hardware or software operations course, but does include demonstrations of how spectra and analysis results are affected by sample preparation, hardware settings, and software settings. This class allocates about 50 percent of the class time for hands-on activities to help master the concepts needed to interpret alpha spectroscopy results.

How you will benefit:

Attendees who complete this course will gain an advanced practical and academic understanding of all of the processes which contribute to complex alpha particle spectra. This understanding will allow the attendee to review and interpret alpha spectroscopy results and to tailor the alpha spectroscopy analytical process to improve the quality and reliability of the results.

Prerequisites:

Students planning to attend this “Advanced Topics” training course must have a good working knowledge of the basic features and setup options available in the standard Apex-Alpha software. Prior completion of CANBERRA’s Apex-Alpha TrainingTrax through course SU-568 is strongly recommended.

Who Should Attend:

Experienced technologists or supervisory personnel who wish to improve their understanding of complex alpha particle spectra and thereby improve the quality of the alpha spectroscopy analysis data they generate.

Course Content:

  • Features in spectra, their origin and properties
  • Consequences of sample separation and preparation
  • Calibrations (Energy and Efficiency)
  • Applying reference nuclear decay information
  • Analysis and data reduction
  • Production and history of sample
  • Spectral interpretation - Making sense out of the data
  • Quality assurance for alpha spectroscopy
Apex-Alpha Advanced Topics (SU642)

Apex-Alpha Advanced Topics (SU642)

Description:

This 2-day course is a combination of lecture and practical examples covering the optimization of CANBERRA Apex-Alpha software. Approximately 40% of the course will be presented in lecture format, with the remaining time allocated for hands-on learning activities and associated discussions. The course covers a full range of system optimization tips and techniques, and is conducted in an interactive style to encourage active participation by all attendees.

How you will benefit:

Attendees who complete this course will gain a thorough understanding of the practical measures necessary to optimize the CANBERRA Apex-Alpha system. This knowledge enables the attendee to correctly prepare the software as it is designed, in a complex multi-detector analytical environment. Supervisors and managers will benefit from an improved level of software understanding on the part of their Apex-Alpha system administrator, ensuring a more efficient and defensible analytical process in the laboratory.

Prerequisites:

Students planning to attend this “Advanced Topics” training course must have a good working knowledge of the basic features and setup options available in the standard Apex-Alpha software. Prior completion of CANBERRA’s Apex-Alpha TrainingTrax through course SU-640 is strongly recommended.

Who Should Attend:

Technologists or supervisory personnel who are existing administrators or potential administrators of Apex-Alpha systems should attend. Attendees should have a good working knowledge of Apex-Alpha software. This course is not recommended for users who have never operated a Apex-Alpha system or who have never attended previous formal Apex-Alpha training.

Course Content:

This seminar will review the complete range of Apex-Alpha operations from calibration through the generation of analytical results. All software operations related to calibration, analysis setup, analysis options, report generation, report review, and quality assurance measures will be taught to the expert level. Some example topics are listed below:

  • Optimizing set-up of computer functionality for system use (e.g. power management, fast user switching, Registry settings, cache settings for large banks of detectors, and etc.)
  • Quality Control Set -up and evaluation for chemistry, backgrounds, and control samples.
  • How to determine if you have a Quality Assurance File corruption and resolution.
  • How to use the powerful and versatile Data Review functionality in Apex-Alpha. Specific examples using the Data Review functionality will be demonstrated, including how to adjust and import ROI(s), importation of backgrounds, change libraries, reports, and import new QA results to optimize your results.
  • The CAM file structure, its main purpose, and how it is used in the Apex-Gamma database architecture. ‘Rules’ for using CAM files in the Apex architecture will be addressed.
  • The relationship and difference between the Genie 2000 Analysis Sequence File and the Apex Procedure and how to optimize both. Some of the common analysis steps available in the Genie 2000 Analysis Sequence editor are not used under Apex-Alpha.
  • Integrating your data with external data management systems, such as LIMS, intranet viewing pages, spreadsheets, and other external systems. This session will give you a brief review of the many ways to export data out of Apex-Alpha.
  • Apex-Alpha database backup and recovery.
  • Using Microsoft’s SQL-Server Management Studio Express for assistance in database administration.
  • Integrating your data with external data management systems, such as LIMS, intranet viewing pages, spreadsheets, and other external systems. This session will give you a brief review of the many ways to export data out of Apex-Alpha.
Apex-Alpha/Beta Advanced Topics (SU652)

Apex-Alpha/Beta Advanced Topics (SU652)

Description:

This 2-day course is a combination of lecture and practical examples covering the optimization of CANBERRA Apex-Alpha/Beta software. Approximately 40% of the course will be presented in lecture format, with the remaining time allocated for hands-on learning activities and associated discussions. The course covers a full range of system optimization tips and techniques, and is conducted in an interactive style to encourage active participation by all attendees.

How you will benefit:

Attendees who complete this course will gain a thorough understanding of the practical measures necessary to optimize the CANBERRA Apex-Alpha/Beta system. This knowledge enables the attendee to correctly prepare the software as it is designed, in a complex multi-detector analytical environment. Supervisors and managers will benefit from an improved level of software understanding on the part of their Apex-Alpha/Beta system administrator, ensuring a more efficient and defensible analytical process in the laboratory.

Prerequisites:

Students planning to attend this “Advanced Topics” training course must have a good working knowledge of the basic features and setup options available in the standard Apex-Alpha/Beta software. Prior completion of CANBERRA’s Apex-Alpha/Beta TrainingTrax through course SU-650 is strongly recommended.

Who Should Attend:

Technologists or supervisory personnel who are existing administrators or potential administrators of Apex-Alpha/Beta systems should attend. Attendees should have a good working knowledge of Apex-Alpha/Beta software. This course is not recommended for users who have never operated a Apex-Alpha/ Beta system or who have never attended previous formal Apex-Alpha/Beta training.

Course Content:

This seminar will review the complete range of Apex-Alpha/Beta operations from calibration through the generation of analytical results. All software operations related to calibration, analysis setup, analysis options, report generation, report review, and quality assurance measures will be taught to the expert level. Some example topics are listed below:

  • Apex-Alpha Beta database backup and recovery.
  • Management of database
  • External linking to Database (Crystal Reports, Excel, Reporting, and LIMS importation)
  • Advanced reporting using Stimulsoft Tools
  • Attenuation curve optimization
  • Quality Control charting
  • Advanced error troubleshooting
Apex-InVivo Operations (SU734)

Apex-InVivo Operations (SU734)

Description:

CANBERRA's SU-734-4 training course provides comprehensive instruction for proper use of the Apex-InVivo software package to perform whole body counting and other direct bioassay measurements. Students will be introduced to the basic features and functionality of the Apex-InVivo software, and to the hardware components that are typically integrated with standard CANBERRA in vivo counting systems. With prior approval from the instructor, the course content can be adjusted to include an extended review of fundamental gamma spectroscopy principles and basic Genie 2000 software operations (with reduced coverage of advanced Apex-InVivo software features and setup options). Approximately 60% of this 4-day course will be presented in lecture format, with the remaining 40% allocated for group discussion and practical exercises.

How you will benefit:

Attendees who complete this course will become proficient with all standard features of CANBERRA's Apex-InVivo software package. This knowledge will enable attendees to perform in vivo counting operations and evaluate reported analysis results with improved productivity, accuracy, and confidence. Supervisors and managers will benefit from the knowledge and confidence gained by course attendees, ensuring a more efficient and defensible analytical process for their in vivo measurement program.

Prerequisites:

This training course is intended for students who are already familiar with basic principles of gamma spectroscopy, and who have some prior experience with CANBERRA's Genie 2000 software operations. Successful application of Apex-InVivo requires proper use of the Genie 2000 Certificate File editor, Nuclide Library editor, QA File editor, and "analysis sequence" files. Prior completion of CANBERRA's Genie 2000 Basic Operations (SU470) course (or equivalent experience) is strongly recommended.

Who Should Attend:

This course is intended for technical and supervisory personnel without any prior experience using Apex-InVivo, but who will be responsible for setup, calibration, and/or routine operations of in vivo counting systems configured with and controlled by CANBERRA's Apex InVivo software.

Course Content:

  • Fundamental Principles of Gamma Spectroscopy and InVivo Counting
  • Basic Features of Genie 2000 and Apex-InVivo Software Packages
  • Apex-InVivo Software Setup Options
  • Routine Personnel Counting Operations
  • Using the Genie 2000 Editors
  • Acquisition Hardware Adjustments
  • Energy/Shape and Efficiency Calibrations
  • Data Analysis Parameters and Reporting Options
  • Quality Assurance Features
  • Data Review Options
  • Apex-InVivo Database Considerations
  • Draft Procedure for Routine Apex-InVivo Operations

Additional Information:

When this course is presented at a customer's site, students should have access to at least one integrated and calibrated Apex-InVivo counting system, and course content will be adjusted to emphasize the specific type(s) of counter(s) used at that site. When presented at one of CANBERRA's in-house training facilities, students will have access to gamma detection hardware and/or computers that can simulate NaI detector and Ge detector inputs typically used with CANBERRA's standard Apex-InVivo systems.

IMBA Dose Calculations (SU735)

IMBA Dose Calculations (SU735)

Description:

This 2-day course includes some review of the key features of Canberra's Apex InVivo software, an overview of the features and functionality of the IMBA software, and specialized instruction and recommendations for using Apex-InVivo counting results within IMBA to calculate intake and internal dose values.

How you will benefit:

Attendees will obtain a working knowledge of the proper setup and use of the specialized interface between CANBERRA's Apex-InVivo software and the IMBA software package. Supervisors and managers will benefit from having technologists with an improved level of understanding of the Apex-InVivo and IMBA dose calculation software operations.

Prerequisites:

Students should have some prior experience with the IMBA Professional internal dose calculation software (IMBA), or at least be familiar with the fundamental concepts of internal dosimetry. In addition, prior completion of CANBERRA's Apex-InVivo Operations (SU734) training course is strongly recommended.

Who Should Attend:

This course is intended for technologists and supervisory personnel who are familiar with the concept and purpose of their facility internal dosimetry program and who will be involved in the generation and management of internal dosimetry results. This course can be used for as a refresher course for experienced plant personnel or it can be used to introductory course for new plant personnel.

Course Content:

  • Key features of the Apex-InVivo software application
  • Apex-InVivo setup considerations
  • Apex-InVivo fundamental operations
  • Apex-InVivo calibration considerations
  • Analysis considerations and strategies for positive in vivo counting results
  • Importing Apex-InVivo measurement data into IMBA Professional
  • IMBA Professional user interface and functionality
  • Assessment of intakes using in vivo bioassay results within IMBA
  • Calculation of retention/bioassay quantities at various times post-intake following a single acute intake using IMBA
  • Calculation of equivalent organ doses following a single acute intake using IMBA
  • Alternate methods of internal dose calculation using Apex-InVivo
  • Quality Assurance considerations
Eclipse Alpha Beta Training (SU803)

Eclipse Alpha Beta Training (SU803)

Description:

This 3-day course covers all aspects of current version Eclipse operation in conjunction with Tennelec Alpha/Beta counters. It is an introductory course that begins with hardware familiarization and proceeds through setup, calibration, and sample counting. The course then covers more advanced functionality such as the Microsoft Access database, custom report generation, and report modification using Seagate Crystal Reports.

Attendees will examine the Microsoft Access database and learn how Eclipse data is stored. Seagate Crystal Reports is discussed in-depth during the class, and multiple versions of Crystal Reports are typically presented. Crystal Reports syntax, formula editing, and advanced features will be discussed. Attendees are encouraged to bring copies of their custom reports to be reviewed and edited during the class. "Hands on" learning is encouraged, both with the hardware and the software. Hardware varies by location, but typically includes vintage Tennelec systems as well as state of the art systems. Attendees are encouraged to provide feedback as to how Eclipse is currently being used in their labs, and what changes should be made in the future. Course content will be tailored to best satisfy the needs of the individual attendees. At least 35% of the class time is dedicated to hands-on exercises.

How you will benefit:

There are no specific prerequisites for this course, though attendees will derive more benefit from this course if they have a basic understanding of Microsoft Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP operating systems as well as basic computer literacy.

Prerequisites:

There are no specific prerequisites for this course, though attendees will derive more benefit from this course if they have a basic understanding of Microsoft Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP operating systems as well as basic computer literacy.

Who Should Attend:

Nuclear facility count-room personnel as well as health physics and radiation protection professionals who are responsible for the set-up, operation, and/or reporting of gross alpha and gross beta results will greatly benefit from this class.

Course Content:

  • Eclipse Software
  • Basic and Advanced Operation
  • Calibrations
  • Automatic Calibrations
  • Automatic QC Checks
  • Sample Manager
  • Sample Counting
  • Eclipse Calculations
  • Eclipse LB Utilities
  • Eclipse Quality Control/ Statistical Process Control
  • Tennelec Hardware
    • Series 5 Hardware Familiarization and Maintenance
    • Older Tennelec Hardware Familiarization and Maintenance (hardware varies by location)
  • Other Operations
    • System Utilities
    • Custom Report Generation
    • Remote Link and other Technical Support Options
iSOLO Alpha Beta Training (SU845)

iSOLO Alpha Beta Training (SU845)

Description:

This 2-day course is designed to provide the CANBERRA iSOLO user with an in-depth understanding of the hardware and software requirements for basic system setup and operation. This 2-day course covers all aspects of iSOLO operation, including hardware familiarization, system setup, calibration, and routine alpha/beta sample counting. This course introduces the iLINK software designed to simplify setup and interface with the iSOLO, but independent system operation is also presented and discussed. This course is presented as a combination of lectures, hands-on exercises, and group discussion. With prior approval from the instructor, the course content can be modified to feature the iMATIC counting system instead of (or in addition to) the iSOLO system.

How you will benefit:

Attendees who complete this course will gain a thorough understanding of the setup requirements, operation, and measurement capabilities of the CANBERRA iSOLO (and/or iMATIC) alpha/beta counting systems. Supervisors and managers will benefit from the assurance that the iSOLO/iMATIC instruments at their facilities are optimized for site-specific measurement objectives, and from the expertise and improved proficiency attained by the operators of those instruments.

Prerequisites:

Basic familiarity with Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/7 operating systems as well as basic computer literacy is required.

Who Should Attend:

This class is intended for count room managers and technicians who are responsible for system setup, operation, reporting, and evaluation of sample measurement results using the CANBERRA iSOLO (and/or iMATIC) alpha/beta counting systems.

Course Content:

  • Theory of Operation
  • Hardware Familiarization, Installation, and Maintenance
  • Basic Setup and Operations
  • Calibrations
  • QC Checks and Setup
  • Sample Counting and Radon Rejection
  • iLINK Software Description and Installation
  • Custom Report Generation and Modification
  • Technical Support Options
RMS Operations (SU850)

RMS Operations (SU850)

Description:

This 2-day course includes descriptive and operational information for CANBERRA RMS system detectors, supporting electronics, current and legacy ratemeters, control panels, and associated software. These components measure the actual level of the radiation dose rate and/or radioactive activity concentration in various Plant Area Monitoring Systems, Liquid Monitoring Systems, and Particulate, Iodine, and Gas Monitoring Systems.

How you will benefit:

Attendees will obtain a working knowledge of the typical equipment, operation, and maintenance of current and legacy CANBERRA RMS systems. Supervisors and managers will benefit from technologists who attain a better understanding of and improved proficiency using the CANBERRA RMS systems installed at their facilities.

Prerequisites:

There are no specific prerequisites for this course, though attendees will derive more benefit from this course if they have a basic understanding of radiation detection and their own facility operations involving radiation measurements.

Who Should Attend:

This course is intended for technologists and supervisory personnel who are somewhat familiar with the concept and purpose of plant radiation monitoring systems and are familiar with the generic fundamentals of RMS systems. This course can serve as refresher training for experienced plant personnel or it can be used as an introductory course for new plant personnel.

Course Content:

  • Detectors - including the GP100 series of GM tube detectors, the IP100 series of Ion Chamber detectors and the MD series of scintillation detectors
  • Preamplifiers - including the PA300E Series
  • Ratemeters – including the legacy ADM606 rack mount series, the legacy ADM606M bench top series and the legacy ADM616 wall mount series as well as the current iR7040 ratemeter. The following topics will be covered:
    • Signal Flow and Loop Diagrams
    • Start Up and Operator Functions
    • Detector Operation and Control
    • System Sampling Operation and Control
    • Ratemeter Functions and Block Diagram
    • Flow Chart of Operation and Control
    • Detector Signal Processing
    • Parameter Set Points and Alarms
    • Parameter Displays
    • EEPROM Values
    • Analog Input and Output
    • Ratemeter Maintenance Provisions
  • Customer Interface Panel
  • Control Modules
  • Peripheral Components, including: Converters, Alarm Units, Samplers, Electrical Boxes, Sample Transport Systems and the Data Acquisition and Control System Software
  • Check Source Assemblies
iCAM Operations (SU890)

iCAM Operations (SU890)

Description:

This 2-day course is designed as an introduction to common air monitoring concepts, featuring detailed instructions on iCAM calibration and maintenance functions. The course begins with an introduction of the CANBERRA iCAM instrument, including a description of all components and theory of operation. Potential fault and alarm indicators will be discussed, as well as how to address problems that could arise during operation. After reviewing the hardware components, the iCONFIG software will be demonstrated to show the functionality of this power configuration tool. Once the iCAM setup is complete, the course will we cover options and methods for calibrating the instrument, including alpha and beta calibrations along with airflow calibrations. Each step will be explained and students will be able to calibrate the instrument in a "hands-on" lab portion of the course. Other topics for discussion will include evaluation of calibration results and routine iCAM maintenance procedures. Approximately 40% of this course will be presented in lecture format, with the remaining time allocated for "hands-on" exercises and discussion.

How you will benefit:

Attendees will become familiar with iCAM hardware, software and measurement applications and become proficient at proper iCAM system setup and operation. Supervisors and managers will benefit from the knowledge and competence gained by course attendees, achieving greater data quality for their air monitoring program.

Prerequisites:

Basic familiarity with Microsoft Windows 7/2000/XP operating systems as well as basic computer literacy is required. Attendees will derive more benefit from this course if they have a basic understanding of radiation detection principles and airborne radioactivity monitoring requirements at their own facility.

Who Should Attend:

This course is intended for technologists or supervisory personnel who are somewhat familiar with the concepts and purpose of airborne radioactivity monitoring systems and who will be operating the CANBERRA iCAM systems. This course can serve as refresher training for experienced personnel, or as an introductory course for new personnel.

Course Content:

  • Overview of iCAM Operation
  • Overview of Internal Parts
  • What’s new for the iCAM
  • Description of Faults and Troubleshooting
  • Using Configuration Software for Troubleshooting and Setup
  • Calibration Operations
  • Air Monitoring and Alpha/Beta Measurement Principles
  • Routine iCAM Operations
  • Preventative and Routine Maintenance
  • Peripheral Components
    • Converters
    • Alarm Units
    • Samplers
    • Electrical Boxes
    • Sample Transport Systems
    • Data Acquisition and Control System Software
  • Check Source Assemblies
iCAM Operations (SU892)

iCAM Advanced Topics (SU892)

Description:

This 1-day course is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) level course designed for advanced iCAM users. This course includes detailed review of radon-progeny rejection algorithms, selection of iCAM filters and the implications of those selections, radon interference reduction techniques, and in-depth reviews of basic iCAM operations topics. This course includes both detailed lectures and reinforcement exercises for each of the course topics.

How you will benefit:

Attendees will become familiar with SME-level details of iCAM hardware, software and measurement applications and become proficient at interpretation and understanding of iCAM system setup, operation, and reporting. Supervisors and managers will benefit from the knowledge and competence gained by course attendees, achieving greater data understanding and defensibility for their air monitoring program.

Prerequisites:

Completion of the MIRION SU-890-2 iCAM Operations training course.

Who Should Attend:

This course is intended for technologists or supervisory personnel who are responsible for the operation of airborne radioactivity monitoring systems and the results produced by the MIRION iCAM systems. This course contains essential content for program managers or site subject matter experts.

Course Content:

  • Review of iCAM Operations
  • Review of iCAM Faults and Troubleshooting
  • Review of the use of Configuration Software for Troubleshooting and Setup
  • Advanced review of iCAM algorithms
  • iCAM filter selection and measurement implications
  • Radon progeny reduction techniques
  • User Q&A