TECHNICAL TRAINING FOR STATION OPERATORS OF MANUAL RADIONUCLIDE STATIONS



LOCATION
CTBTO TeST Centre
Seibersdorf, Austria

DATES
14-18 September 2020

LANGUAGE
The working language will be English


POINT OF CONTACT
Capacity Building and Training Section (IDC/CBT)
CTBTO Preparatory Commission 
Vienna International Centre
P.O.Box 1200
1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel.:+43 1 260306147
Fax:+43 1 26030 5973
Email: trainingping@ctbtopong.org


OBJECTIVES
To provide station operators with the basic knowledge and technical understanding on the operations, maintenance and management of a manual radionuclide stations and, more specifically, to provide hands-on training for the various operational and maintenance procedures. 


AGENDA

Overview of RN Manual Station 

  • RN Station monitoring
  • RN Station components and RN station layout 
  • RSSI Software: Overview, Modules, and files
  • Data Availability 
  • Daily station operation and Filter Change 


Station Components (including Practical Training)

  • Station Computer installation and configuration;
  • Air Sampler (Snow White, Measuring Unit and Motor Controller) and Weather (MET) station;
  • Data Acquisition System and CTBTO DAS ;
  • Tamper and Status Switches, Detector Temperature, T/H probe;
  • Station infrastructure: Power backup, Grounding, Air conditioning; 
  • UPS: installation and configuration; 
  • Bar Code readers, Printers and Serial Converters
  • Gamma Detection System
    - Detector Cooling, handling, installation, set-up
    - Detector information sheet
    - MCA Installation and Configuration
    - Preamplifier installation
    - Detector troubleshooting
    - Detector Calibration and blank measurement


Formats, Documents and Reporting

  • Formats and Protocols
  • CM, SSD/DOTS, Station Inventory and CCNs
  • Re-sending Spectra to the PTS
  • Reporting (IRS) and sending samples to laboratories
  • Periodic station operations, preventive maintenance and data management

 

PARTICIPANT PROFILE 
Preference will be given to station operators from the following target stations

RN01 Buenos Aires, Argentina
RN03 Bariloche, Argentina
RN04 Melbourne, VIC, Australia
RN05 Mawson, Antarctica, Australia
RN06 Townsville, QLD, Australia
RN07 Macquarie Island, Australia
RN08 Cocos Islands, Australia
RN09 Darwin, NT, Australia
RN10 Perth, WA, Australia
RN13 Edea, Cameroon
RN14 Sidney, Canada
RN16 Yellowknife, N.W.T. , Canada
RN17 St. John's N.L., Canada
RN20 Beijing, China
RN21 Lanzhou, China
RN22 Guangzhou, China
RN23 Rarotonga, Cook Islands
RN26 Nadi, Fiji
RN39 Kiritimati, Kiribati
RN42 Tanah Rata, Malaysia
RN43 Nouakchott, Mauritania
RN45 Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
RN46 Chatham Island, New Zealand
RN47 Kaitaia, New Zealand
RN48 Niger
RN50 Panama City, Panama
RN51 Kavieng, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea
RN52 Tanay, Philippines
RN57 Bilibino, Russian Federation
RN58 Ussuryisk, Russian Federation
RN64 Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania
RN65 Bangkok, Thailand
RN67 St. Helena, UK
RN68 Tristan da Cunha, UK

 

Candidates must be proficient in English and should preferably have a basic understanding of Linux.

Applicants are encouraged to complete the following e_learning modules:
EN-POL03 - Overview of the IDC;
EN-POL04 - Overview of the IMS;
EN-MON04- Radionuclide Monitoring;
EN-MON06 - IMS Radionuclide Data Acquisition, Storage and Processing;
EN-MON07 - Operation of the IMS Network;
EN-MON10 - Maintenance of IMS Stations;
EN-MON14 - Reporting by Station Operators
EN-MON15 - Completing a CCN, CCR, and SSR  and
EN-OSI04 - Radiological Fundamentals.

Any updated to information related to an IMS facility is to be amended via an official station operator nomination Note Verbale or the Station Operator is to communicate an updated list of local support staff to the PTS in a timely manner, in order for the Provisional Technical Secretariat (PTS) to keep its records of the IMS facility updated.


APPLICATION PROCEDURES  
Nominations together with the registration forms should be submitted only through established official channels (Permanent Mission to the Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO or Ministry of Foreign Affairs) to the PTS point of contact above, no later than 1 May 2020.

Applicant are requested to use the following registration form:
Initiates file downloadRF_2020 Technical Training SO_MRS

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

 
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, be 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 DSA on the first day of the training; and,
  • Health insurance will be provided for duration of the training. 

Requirement: Scanned passport copies

OTHER PERTINENT INFORMATION 

The training programme is open only for station operators from invited countries


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.

E-learning
Access to relevant e-learning modules will be provided to participants if needed.