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HVRC VRdose

HVRC VRdose® is a real-time software tool for modelling and characterising nuclear environments, planning a sequence of activities in a modelled environment, optimising protection against radiation, producing job plan reports with dose estimates, and briefing stakeholders.
HVRC VRdose
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Louka, Michael

Deputy Head of Department / Principal Scientist

 

VRdose® 3D ALARA Planning & Briefing Software

The Concept

HVRC VRdose is a real-time software tool for modelling and characterising nuclear environments, planning a sequence of activities in the modelled environment, optimising protection against radiation, and producing job plan reports with dose estimates. It offers the possibility to refine the radiological model to improve the accuracy of estimates and configure the dosimetric output provided. The software can also be used as an aid to producing post-work review reports, with real measurements included. Furthermore, the software provides support for presenting information to different types of users for briefing and decision-making, thus serving as an aid to communication between stakeholders in an intervention.

To support the user in interpreting the results of calculations, the VRdose Planner provides charts, graphs, and 3D radiation visualisation, updated immediately to reflect any changes to the modelled radiological condition, such as changing shielding materials, and human activities over time. The VRdose Briefer is a dedicated presentation tool for communicating scenarios prepared using the Planner.

The software supports the activities in a typical radiological protection planning, optimisation and monitoring workflow:

The general radiological protection planning, optimisation and monitoring workflow supported by HVRC VRdose

Applications

  • Preparation for jobs in radiological environments
  • Preparation of work permit requests and preparation of radiological work permits
  • Briefing of staff, contractors, and other stakeholders
  • Post-job analysis and reporting
  • Education and training in radiation protection and ALARA mindset
  • Testing and visually assessing the results of new dose calculation models

General Information about HVRC VRdose:

The links below lead to more information about VRdose:

Product Information and Documentation

For a detailed introduction, please download the HVRC VRdose System Overview (PDF), which explains the concepts and workflow supported by the software.

Additional product information and the user documentation can be downloaded via the Download page.

Screenshots and Videos

Screenshots and movies showing VRdose in action can be viewed on the Screenshots page.

Prices and Licensing

Contact vrdose-support@ife.no for information on licensing VRdose.

HVRC VRdose® for Nuclear Decommissioning

VRdose is well-suited to radiation protection activities at nuclear power plants during outage and maintenance, especially when preparing a major non-routine operation, producing safety cases, and training new employees. Many nuclear facilities are currently approaching the end of the their operational services and VRdose has a number of capabilities that can contribute to improving efficiency and effectiveness of radiological risk management during complex decommissioning projects.

We have briefly explained how VRdose can address a number of common decommissioning-related challenges on the page linked to below.

History

The original VRdose system was developed by IFE in collaboration with the Japan Nuclear Cycle development institute (JNC) in 1999-2003, to support the decommissioning of the Fugen Nuclear Power Station in Tsuruga, Japan. The current system adopts some basic concepts from the original but not the original code base or file formats. The HVRC VRdose system shares it's core software code base with the Halden Planner, which is available free of charge (and as-is) to OECD Halden Reactor Project member organisations and associates.