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Contamination Mapping and Visualisation System Challenge on KTN-iX

Posted on 16/03/2020

A major nuclear engineering company is looking to engage companies to help them improve services in relation to health & safety monitoring activities

An opportunity has arisen for innovative organisations to respond to a challenge posted by a company working on contamination measurement.  The company currently uses a hand-held measurement device and is looking for organisations to complement and supplement this, finding a solution of mapping the measurements and providing real time visual and point cloud data.  In essence, geo-referencing, time-stamping and recording the outputs of a handheld device.

 

The challenge has been posted on KTN-iX, an online platform that promotes innovation transfer, matching real industry challenges from large companies (Tier 1 and 2) to organisations, often from other sectors, who have innovative technology and can facilitate faster development of novel solutions to those challenges.

 

The challenge company has teams of nuclear health & safety specialists who provide radiological monitoring services at the workface within the nuclear industry to protect people, plant and the environment from the negative effects of ionising radiation and contamination.  They use specialist instrumentation, such as hand-held monitors, to take readings of surface contamination levels. All readings must be recorded accurately and responded to accordingly.

 

This challenge is to identify technologies to work in combination with the current monitoring activities and find a solution of mapping the measurements and providing real time visual and point cloud data of a building surface whilst reducing complexity and eliminating errors in the data collection process.

 

The solution to challenges could come from diverse sectors – the transfer of skills and knowledge from other sectors is a key driver for the platform.  However it is likely that interested organisations will come from one of the following industries:

  • Oil and Gas sector
  • (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) waste)
  • Computing and Gaming
  • Virtual/Augmented Reality Engineering
  • Robotics
  • Machine Vision
  • Health and Safety
  • Defence and Security
  • Sensors and Advanced Imaging
  • Optical Sensing
  • Analytical Instrument Manufacturer
  • Nuclear Medical / Healthcare
  • Surveying

 

Successful applicants will be given an opportunity to pitch to the challenge holder. The package may also include:

  • Support from the challenge owner to develop / commercialise the technology
  • Support in the development of a prototype or pilot study
  • A potential business collaboration
  • Support from KTN to identify development funding opportunities
  • Technical support

 

To find out more and submit a response, visit KTN-iX here.

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For more information about this article please contact our sector lead
Ray Chegwin
Knowledge Transfer Manager, Nuclear