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Software development for nuclear measurement instrumentation and data management

The Joint Research Centre's (JRC) unit of safeguards and verification techniques (SA-Ve-Tech) is required to develop software to control nuclear measurement instrumentation within the framework of the JRC's support to the Euratom safeguards office (ESO). The JRC now seeks assistance in this field.

The instrumentation in question includes non destructive assay (NDA) systems based on gamma, neutron and calorimetry techniques. The database applications may also store measurement data coming from destructive analysis performed in nuclear chemical laboratories. Some applications have already been developed and the services requested may also include modification/maintenance of existing applications.

The typical software system encompasses specification and management of measurement routine, including control of system electronics for processing of detector signals; database storage of both measurement parameter library and raw measurement results; data analysis algorithms and report generation. In the case of unattended automated instruments, the system may also include remote communication for data transfer and remote modification of operating mode parameters in the instrument library/database.

The service may involve the following main activities:

- to collaborate with the JRC safeguards and verification techniques unit and with the ESO in the design and specification of the applications;

- to programme applications in the environment and tools described in the technical documentation;

- to install software systems in the working locations of the Commission and in nuclear facilities;

- to provide training on the use and system administration of the systems which have been developed or modified by the tenderer;

- to provide support and maintenance of existing applications.

The contract is valued at more than 500,000 euro.

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