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MARSSIM Training

Accredited continuing education course on implementing the Multi-Agency Radiation Survey and Site Investigation Manual

Radiation survey worker

Introduction

As more and more attention is being directed toward the decommissioning of nuclear facilities, the need for a standardized approach for implementing the necessary radiological surveys has become apparent. A multi-agency committee representing the NRC, DOE, EPA, and DOD has attempted to address this need by producing a guidance document known as the Multi-Agency Radiation Survey and Site Investigation Manual (MARSSIM). ORAU conducts this five-day course to familiarize participants with the theory and implementation of the MARSSIM manual. The American Academy of Health Physics grants 40 Continuing Education Credits for completion of this course.

Training dates

Course description

This five-day course emphasizes the decision-making processes involved in the design and implementation of a MARSSIM-based decommissioning survey. Topics include an overview of radiological survey types, the data quality objectives process, selection and application of DCGLs, background reference area selection, survey instrument detection sensitivity, area classification, statistical design of surveys, measurement uncertainty, and performing statistical tests.

Who should attend

This course is designed for individuals responsible for designing decommissioning radiological survey plans, overseeing the implementation of these plans, and evaluating the collected data. It is not designed for the technicians who will actually be performing the surveys.

Cost

$1,995 — The tuition includes the full cost of training, books, and instructional materials. Attendees will also receive a free copy of the ORAU Professional Training Programs Electronic Library DVD.

If you are interested in having this course delivered at your site, please contact Tonya Bernhardt at (865) 241-6620.

Cost

$1,995 — The tuition includes the full cost of training, books and instructional materials. Attendees will also receive a free copy of the ORAU Professional Training Programs Electronic Library DVD.

Tentative course schedule

Monday
8:00 AM Welcome, Registration, Orientation and Photo 
9:00 AM MARSSIM OVERVIEW
3:00 PM RADIOLOGICAL SURVEY TYPES IN
SUPPORT OF DECOMMISSIONING
Tuesday
8:00 AM DCGLs: SELECTION AND APPLICATION
9:30 AM RESRAD/DandD, RESRAD-BUILD, VSP
1:00 PM Class Exercise: DCGLs Problem Set Questions
2:30 PM CLASSIFICATION OF SURVEY UNITS
4:00 PM ELECTRONIC RESOURCES
Wednesday
8:00 AM REFERENCE AREAS
10:00 AM SURVEY ACTIVITY ASSESSMENT & DETECTION SENSITIVITY OF SURVEY INSTRUMENTATION
1:00 PM STATISTICAL DESIGN OF FINAL STATUS SURVEY
3:30 PM INTEGRATED FINAL STATUS SURVEY
Thursday
8:00 AM Class Exercise: Examples for MARSSIM FSS Design
10:00 AM NUREG-5849 AND TRIAD AS ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES
12:30 PM MARSAME (SUPPLEMENT TO NUREG-1575)
1:30 PM PERFORMING STATISTICAL TESTS
2:00 PM EVALUATING THE CUSHING DATA SET
3:00 PM DATA QUALITY ASSESSMENT
Friday
8:00 AM INDISTINGUISHABLE FROM BACKGROUND
10:30 AM FINAL STATUS SURVEY REPORTS
11:00 AM MARSSIM SUMMARY
12:00 AM Course Critique and Adjourn

For more information or assistance, please contact:

Registrar
ORAU Professional Training Programs
Phone: 865.576.3576
Fax: 865.241.9152

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