ADVANCED TECHNICAL TRAINING FOR RADIONUCLIDE STATIONS OPERATORS WITH SPALAX EQUIPMENT

ADVANCED TECHNICAL TRAINING FOR RADIONUCLIDE STATIONS OPERATORS WITH SPALAX EQUIPMENT

LOCATION
Poissy, France

DATES
9 - 12 May 2016

LANGUAGE
The working language will be English


POINT OF CONTACT
Ms. Johanna Fessl
Training Assistant, IDC/CBT
CTBTO Preparatory Commission 
P.O.Box 1200
1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel.:+43 1 26030 6484
Fax:+43 1 26030 5973
Email: trainingping@ctbtopong.org

 

OBJECTIVES
To provide IMS stations operators who already have experience operating SPALAX systems with the required in-depth knowledge and technical understanding of SPALAX noble gas monitoring systems in order to perform more complex operations and maintenance tasks.

 

AGENDA

SPALAX process analysis and diagnosis at the expert level
· SPALAX Process data analysis on expert level: detecting, understanding, and resolution of problems - examples and practical exercises;
· Operator support for troubleshooting;
· TCS replacement and calibration: expert;
· Practice.

HP Ge detector
· HPGe detector system - installation and replacement of detector and MCA, hardware and software (Genie-2000) related issues;
· Calibration of the HPGe detector system. Preparation of calibration certificates;
· Detector background measurement;
· Practice.

Thermal conductivity detector (TCD) and SPALAX electronics
· TCD replacement and calibration: expert;
· Diagnosis and replacement of electronic cards;
· Practice.

Compressor
· Replacement of compressor and/or compressor head;
· Maintenance Procedures level 3 on air compressor;
· Operation of safety valve;
· Non return valve inspection;
· Tips seals replacement;
· Scroll bearings greasing;
· Greasing of the pairs of bearing;
· V-belt Replacement;
· Scroll air end (if item in spares).

Data Analysis
· Checking of calibrations for the analysis;
· Nature of Xenon signature of interest, detection of isotopes, detection capability, typical concentrations;
· Analysis of SPALAX HPGe-spectra. Different methods;
· Checking of and problem tracking:
   1. Calibration problems - loss of resolution, shifting of energy calibration;
   2. Radon in-break problems - indications;
   3. Data analysis problems;
   4. Input data problems;
   5. Indications of the sample preparation problems.


PARTICIPANTS PROFILE
Station operators who are responsible for daily operation and maintenance of SPALAX noble gas monitoring systems at IMS stations that are certified during or before 2016.

Preference will be given to participants with some previous experience with SPALAX systems. The training will also include detailed SPALAX detector calibration.

Invited States Signatories should nominate participant(s) who are Station Operators involved in operation and maintenance of the following stations:
FRX27, FRX29, FRX30, FRX31, MNX45, CNX20
 
In an effort to ensure that relevant technical training is provided to the appropriate person, individuals nominated are to be directly responsible for the operation and maintenance of SPALAX noble gas systems facilities, preferably with more than 18 months of experience.

Applicants are encouraged to complete the following Radionuclide e-learning modules:

EN-POL01, EN-POL04, EN-MON04, EN-MON06, EN-MON07, EN-MON06, EN-MON08, EN-MON09, EN-MON10.

Radiation Safety
EN-OSI04, EN-OSI05, EN-OSI06

available upon request to trainingping@ctbtopong.org



APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Nominations, together with the registration forms, should be submitted only through established official channels (Permanent Missions to the Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO or Ministries of Foreign Affairs) to the PTS Point of Contact above, no later than 1 March 2016.

However, pending the official nomination, the applicant may fax the registration, upon its approval by a Director of the institution, to allow timely travel and accommodation arrangements by the PTS.

Applicants are requested to use the following registration form:
RF_Advanced TT for Radionuclide SOs with SPALAX Equipment

Applications will be reviewed and applicants subsequently notified.


FINANCIAL INFORMATION
In accordance with the Staff regulations and rules and Administrative Directives, the PTS will provide a Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) and financial support to cover travel costs:

  • A DSA that is sufficient to cover related expenses during the training programme;
  • The PTS travel agent will reserve, issue and send the flight tickets to the participants for the most direct and economic route;
  • Funded participants are not allowed to purchase their own tickets unless, under exceptional circumstances, authorized to do so and only if this proves to be most cost efficient for the PTS;
  • The PTS will book a hotel and participants will receive their remaining DSA upon arrival in Poissy; and
  • Health insurance will be provided that covers the duration of the technical meeting.

Requirement: Scanned passport copies.

 

OTHER PERTINENT INFORMATION

Visas
Participants should apply for visas, if needed, at the corresponding consular office upon receipt of an Acceptance Note Verbale from the PTS, in order to ensure timely processing.