Enhancing Safety, Security and Safeguards of Nuclear and Other Radioactive Materials

By Mark Roberti

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In this presentation, the speaker describes the ARG-US (meaning watchful guardian) remote monitoring systems technology developed by Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne) under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy Packaging Certification Program, Office of Packaging and Transportation, Office of Environmental Management. Over the past 12 years, Argonne has developed, demonstrated, and deployed two patented technology systems: the smart drum technology and the remote area modular monitoring (RAMM)/TRAVELER, with the goal of enhancing the safety, security, and safeguards (3S) of nuclear and other radioactive materials, including spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste during storage, transportation and disposal. Highlights are provided for selected use cases of ARG-US remote monitoring systems in critical facilities, tracking and monitoring nuclear cargos during vehicle and rail shipments, hands-on exercises in training courses on transport security, and a brief discussion of future directions. Key takeaways: Learn how the use of ARG-US remote monitoring systems technology to enhance safety and security of other risk-significant materials Learn how Argonne National Laboratory and DOE are transferring the technology for commercialization.

Speaker: Yung Liu, Senior Nuclear Engineer and Manager of the Packaging Certification and Life Cycle Management Group, Decision & Infrastructure Sciences Division,  Argonne National Laboratory