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Virtual Reality for Inspection, Maintenance, Operation, and Repair of Nuclear Power Plants (VRIMOR)

Project ID: FIKS-CT-2000-00114
Funded under: FP5-EAECTP C

Abstract

The main objective of the VRIMOR Project was to develop a methodology and demonstrate the viability of minimising occupational exposure, reducing safety risks, and minimising costs associated with manual maintenance and other activities on operational nuclear power plant. The Project involved the development of computer simulation and radiological dose analysis tools together with their human computer interfaces. It also included the enhancement of existing radiometric and geometric scanning facilities that provided data for a comprehensive virtual environment in which to develop, rehearse and assess manual intervention tasks. The Project involved the integration of these technologies to satisfy an operator¿s need to plan these tasks with greater ease and confidence than was presently available. The degree of success was measured during the application of the integrated system to a regular maintenance task at the Almaraz NPP in Spain towards the end of the Project programme. A characteristic of the developments was that there was a series of parallel streams, which allowed cross-comparison of techniques and provided a degree of interchange-ability for the subsequent exploitation of the developments.
As the successful integration and demonstration of the technologies was key to meeting the Project objective, considerable effort was expended by the Partners in designing the interfaces and planning the test intervention. This resulted in a top-level design document that reflected all the systems involved and the data interfaces to be adopted. All these interfaces were successfully tested. With respect to the intervention tasks, several iterations occurred in order to ensure that the evaluation exercise was achievable, meaningful and had the potential to provide measurable benefits.

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