Decommissioning Health Physics: A Handbook for MARSSIM Users, Second Edition

Eric W. Abelquist

October 10, 2013 by CRC Press
Reference - 696 Pages - 45 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466510531 - CAT# K14785


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  • Provides real-world MARSSIM examples that reflect commonly encountered situations and solutions
  • Presents a new approach for deriving hot spot limits based on detailed dose modeling
  • Covers decommissioning survey strategies for various facilities, including nuclear power reactors, uranium/thorium sites, and university/research facilities
  • Contains detailed derivations and applications of detection sensitivity concepts for survey instruments, including scan minimum detectable concentrations (MDCs)
  • Includes characterization survey design examples based on the DQO process and ANSI N13.59
  • Discusses a clearance survey approach based on the integration of MARSAME and draft NUREG-1761 guidance
  • Describes the practical application of statistics to numerous D&D problems encountered in the field


Experienced Guidance on the Technical Issues of Decommissioning Projects
Written by one of the original MARSSIM authors, Decommissioning Health Physics: A Handbook for MARSSIM Users, Second Edition is the only book to incorporate all of the requisite technical aspects of planning and executing radiological surveys in support of decommissioning. Extensively revised and updated, it covers survey instrumentation, detection sensitivity, statistics, dose modeling, survey procedures, and release criteria.

New to the Second Edition

  • Chapter on hot spot assessment that recognizes appropriate dosimetric significance of hot spots when designing surveys and includes a new approach for establishing hot spot limits
  • Chapter on the clearance or release of materials, highlighting aspects of the MARSAME manual
  • Revised chapter on characterization survey design to reflect guidance in ANSI N13.59 on the value of data quality objectives (DQOs)
  • Updated regulations and guidance documents throughout
  • Updated survey instrumentation used to support decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) surveys, including expanded coverage of in situ gamma spectrometers
  • Revised statistics chapter that includes an introduction to Bayesian statistics and additional double sampling and ranked set sampling statistical approaches
  • More case studies and examples throughout

Implement the Surveys Effectively and Avoid Common Pitfalls
With more than 20 years of experience as a practitioner in the decommissioning survey field, author Eric W. Abelquist prepares you for the technical challenges associated with planning and executing MARSSIM surveys. He discusses the application of statistics for survey design and data reduction and addresses the selection of survey instrumentation and detection sensitivity. He presents final status survey procedures and covers pathway modeling to translate release criteria to measurable quantities. He also offers solutions for navigating the complexity inherent in designing and implementing MARSSIM and MARSAME surveys. Detailed derivations, thorough discussions of technical bases, and real-world examples and case studies illustrate effective strategies for demonstrating to regulators and stakeholders that contaminated sites can be released for other beneficial uses.