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2013

 

ARGOS 9.2

October 1st 2013, ARGOS 9.2 was released!

Some highlights of 9.2 are:

  • - Create new nuclide-definitions for use with RIMPUFF runs
  • - Use distance perimeters around release points
  • - Specify and use nuclide vectors with measurement data as input to AGRICP and ERMIN
  • - Protect certain definitions of inventories and sourceterms against unwanted editing

 

13th Consortium Meeting, September 2nd to 4th held in Copenhagen

On the agenda was:

  • - Presentation of the current status of ARGOS implementation in the consortium member countries
  • - Presentation of new features in ARGOS 9.2
  • - New architecture of the RIMPUFF prognosis execution engine
  • - Presentation of new Smartphone App for hazardous substances

 

PDC-ARGOS makes Chemical App for smartphones

Chemical App

On behalf of DEMA, Chemical division, PDC-ARGOS has developed a chemical dictionary application that gives incident commanders fast access to information about dangerous chemical substances. The information includes things like “Dangerous properties, personal protection, actions and safety distance, symptoms, first aid, labeling and physical data”. Included are also general guidelines for handling chemical incidents.

 

All information is stored locally on the device, so the app will work even without net access.

 

The App is called “Farlige Stoffer” (Dangerous substances). The application is only available in Danish. The App can be downloaded from Google store and App store. It’s free. It will be available around July 1st.

 

For more information please contact us at: info@pdc-argos.com

 

 

 

ENVINET GmbH cooperates with PDC-ARGOS

ENVINET GmbH

PDC-ARGOS ApS and ENVINET GmbH decided to cooperate in order to provide their customers integrated solutions for radiation monitoring together with centralized evaluation and dispersion calculation.

 

  • PDC-ARGOS ApS, Denmark and ENVINET GmbH, Germany have signed a letter of intent regarding a partnership to provide current and future customers added value on their radiation monitoring networks.
  • ENVINET has more than 25 years of experience in realizing turnkey early warning system in nationwide as well as ring radiation monitoring, with a range of different detectors, data acquisition systems, autonomous monitoring stations, mobile monitoring systems, state-of-the-art data communication technology and high performance software for the monitoring centers. With over 4,000 online radiation detectors in operation, ENVINET is a leading manufacturer of networks to monitor environmental radiation. ENVINET's products and solutions reflect the experience and innovative capability of its team, thus guaranteeing top quality, extremely reliable yet, at the same time, highly functional solutions.
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  • ENVINET’s product line consists of:
  • - gamma dose rate detectors and monitoring stations
  • - spectroscopic gamma detectors and monitoring stations
  • - deployable and autonomous monitoring stations
  • - vehicle based detection system
  • - centralized control and evaluation systems.

 

For more information please contact us at: info@pdc-argos.com

 

 

2nd ARGOS User Group Meeting, held in Warsaw

 

The second ARGOS User Group Meeting was successfully carried out on 13.-14. May. Sixteen ARGOS users - experienced and newbies, including four overseas users via Video/Skype - were gathered at the meeting which took place at the NAEA main office in downtown Warsaw.

Main topic was presentations and discussions on uncertainties in dispersion calculation as well as further down the model chain when looking at long term dose assessment. In between were also presentations and discussions on new development and future plans for ARGOS as well as a very interesting presentation by ARPANSA on different strategies for calculating deposition inside RIMPUFF.

Most importantly the User Group Meeting was (again) a good occasion to meet colleagues, exchange knowledge and ideas, and just catch up since last time. NAEA gave a small introduction to polish food and culture when hosting social events including dinner on Monday (special dishes of Vistula right sided Praga community) as well as Tuesday (traditional dishes from the XVII-XVIII century). On Wednesday NAEA hosted a visit to the Polish National Centre for Nuclear Research. This included a very interesting visit at the still active research reactor MARIA, currently shut down for refuling, as well as inside(!) the currently decommissioned reactor EWA. Late lunch consisting of peasant dishes of Mazovia, finalized our meeting.

 

 

2012

 

12th Consortium Meeting, September 3rd to 5th held in Copenhagen

12th Consortium meeting

On the agenda was:

  • - Presentation of the current status of ARGOS implementation in the consortium member countries
  • - ARGOS 8.3 support being discontinued with the release of ARGOS 9.1 (9.0 still supported)
  • - Next consortium meeting on September 2nd to 4th, 2013
  • - New documentation financed by Brazilian INCS project and security document financed by SSM
  •  - Design ideas for an improved data-presentation interface and handling of measurement data
  • - EU projects: NERIS-TP, CATO, DIADEM
  • - Steering Group Meeting, including decisions on the future consortium fee and budget
  • - PDC-ARGOS will take over development of ARGOS from PDC but with the same group of employees
 

 

ARGOS User Group Meeting

The second attempt on the first ARGOS User Group Meeting was successfully carried out on 17.-19. April. Thirteen new and old ARGOS experts were gathered at the meeting which took place at the NRPA main office just outside of Oslo. Main topics included new development, restructuring of the wish list, and future plans for ARGOS. In between were also short demonstrations and mini training courses. One of the more important outcomes was the restructuring of how proposals for new development should be made, shared and discussed between the Consortium members. Second was the wish for a more joint cooperation on testing new ARGOS releases.

 

 Finally the different plans for the future showed new potential areas for joint development projects between Consortium members. Most importantly the User Group Meeting was a good occasion to meet colleagues, exchange knowledge and ideas, and just catch up since last time.

 

The big social event was the dinner on Wednesday evening hosted by NRPA.

 

ARGOS 9.1

October 10th 2012, ARGOS 9.1 was released and quite some organisations are already in the process of installing, either for evaluation or for operational use.

As mentioned earlier the most important new feature is probably the new "Simple Rimpuff Dialog" show in the picture to the right. By using this you can easily start RIMPUFF prognoses directly from the map, rerun previous prognoses (if shown on the map) and there are much fewer values to fill in to get started. We hope and thinki the users will be happy with this.

There are several important improvements for the installers. ArgosWeb now can be installed with a "real" installer where you don't have to configure everything manually afterwards. The RIMPUFF/LSMC installer now can handle that RIMPUFFis used both by ARGOS and the Forecast Service, and the bulk-data directory \rimmaps now can be shared between several RIMPUFF installations. The db command and update script executer also had some improvements to make them easier to use and more reliable, and there are various minor fixes for the other installers as well.

 

Dose Calculation as we know it from RIMPUFF, now can be carried out also based on long-range prognoses. See Media:Dose_Calculations_in_ARGOS.pdf for more information.

 

On NWP data there are several improvements, including

  • - Use of optimized SNAP output files and altitude range in SNAP input files
  • - Posibility to import and use NWP files in the COAMPS format
  • - Possibility to define ad-hoc HIRLAM areas and download data for those
  • - And of course the possibility to download NOMADS data is continued (this was introduced in 9.0 during the Fukushimna incident)

 

Some other highlights of 9.1 are:

  • - Importing measurement data in the new ANSI N42.42 format and showing spectra
  • - The interface for defining nuclear devices and explosive devices have been revised so it should be easier to use.
  • - Official support of the 2000-line of Microsoft products is discontinued (Windows 2000 and SQL Server 2000)
  • - ARGOS requires .Net Framework 4.0 to be installed (comes with the Installer)
  • - The WebPublisher.dll now is specific to the version of ARGOS, so unless you're running 8.3 or older, you shouldn't have problems with different ARGOS versions sharing the same webpublisher.dll. From 9.1 ARGOS and the Forecast service also have independent WebPublisher.dll's, while in 9.0 ARGOS and the Forecast service still share the webpublisher.dll.

 

 

Documentation

 

The last half year PDC has worked intensively on providing better technical documentation for ARGOS. This has mainly been financed by a joint EU/CNEN project and has resulted in a thorough description of how to install, configure and maintain database, services, INI-files and "all that stuff".

 

In addition Swedish SSM has financed writing a whitepaper on ARGOS security and how to set up ARGOS in a secure environment (such as an usual organisational Windows domain network).

 

Another part of the CNEN/EU project involved a 2-week training and installation course at CNEN headquarters in Rio. CNEN training

 

 

 

ARGOS Chemical Demonstration Course

 

Early May 2012 PDC did and introductory ARGOS Chemical Course for potential C users amongst existing ARGOS customers as well as potential new customers for only the Chemical part. More people than expected expressed interest, so we had a full lecture room and the course went very well. ARGOS-C workshop

 

 

 

2011

 

March

During the Fukushima accident, ARGOS was used by the Consortium member organizations first of all to visualize the results of long range dispersion calculations. This was performed in order to eliminate the fear of a radiological pollution over each organization’s homeland – even though most of the ARGOS users are situated quite far from Japan.

 

Secondly a number of local dispersion calculations were performed based on either local weather forecast data or global (more coarse) weather data. All calculations were performed using local high resolution terrain data as this was quickly provided to all ARGOS-users by Danish Technical University, an important ARGOS partner.

 

The local calculations were performed primarily in order to provide guidance to the citizens of each country working in or travelling to / from Japan. I.e. could airlines safely be landing in Japanese airports, could ships safely navigate Japanese waters and arrive at Japanese seaports? These decisions have serious consequences in cost and supply of critical resources.