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Title: A remote characterization system for subsurface mapping of buried waste sites

Abstract

Mapping of buried objects and regions of chemical and radiological contamination is required at US Department of Energy (DOE) buried waste sites. The DOE Office of Technology Development Robotics Integrated Program has initiated a project to develop and demonstrate a remotely controlled subsurface sensing system, called the Remote Characterization System (RCS). This project, a collaborative effort by five of the National Laboratories, involves the development of a unique low-signature survey vehicle, a base station, radio telemetry data links, satellite-based vehicle tracking, stereo vision, and sensors for non-invasive inspection of the surface and subsurface. To minimize interference with on-board sensors, the survey vehicle has been constructed predominatantly of non-metallic materials. The vehicle is self-propelled and will be guided by an operator located at a remote base station. The RCS sensors will be environmentally sealed and internally cooled to preclude contamination during use. Ground-penetrating radar, magnetometers, and conductivity devices are planned for geophysical surveys. Chemical and radiological sensors will be provided to locate hot spots and to provide isotopic concentration data.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE; USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
6755434
Report Number(s):
PNL-SA-21471; CONF-9210194-9
ON: DE93004327
DOE Contract Number:  
AC06-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: International symposium on environmental contamination, Budapest (Hungary), 12-16 Oct 1992
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; 42 ENGINEERING; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; RADIOACTIVE WASTES; MAPPING; RADIOMETRIC SURVEYS; VEHICLES; REMOTE CONTROL; MAGNETOMETERS; NAVIGATION; RADAR; RADIATION MONITORING; REMEDIAL ACTION; REMOTE SENSING; REMOTE VIEWING EQUIPMENT; UNDERGROUND DISPOSAL; CONTROL; EQUIPMENT; GEOPHYSICAL SURVEYS; MANAGEMENT; MATERIALS; MEASURING INSTRUMENTS; MONITORING; RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS; RANGE FINDERS; SURVEYS; WASTE DISPOSAL; WASTE MANAGEMENT; WASTES; 054000* - Nuclear Fuels- Health & Safety; 420203 - Engineering- Handling Equipment & Procedures; 540230 - Environment, Terrestrial- Radioactive Materials Monitoring & Transport- (1990-)

Citation Formats

Sandness, G A, and Bennett, D W. A remote characterization system for subsurface mapping of buried waste sites. United States: N. p., 1992. Web.
Sandness, G A, & Bennett, D W. A remote characterization system for subsurface mapping of buried waste sites. United States.
Sandness, G A, and Bennett, D W. 1992. "A remote characterization system for subsurface mapping of buried waste sites". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/6755434.
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abstractNote = {Mapping of buried objects and regions of chemical and radiological contamination is required at US Department of Energy (DOE) buried waste sites. The DOE Office of Technology Development Robotics Integrated Program has initiated a project to develop and demonstrate a remotely controlled subsurface sensing system, called the Remote Characterization System (RCS). This project, a collaborative effort by five of the National Laboratories, involves the development of a unique low-signature survey vehicle, a base station, radio telemetry data links, satellite-based vehicle tracking, stereo vision, and sensors for non-invasive inspection of the surface and subsurface. To minimize interference with on-board sensors, the survey vehicle has been constructed predominatantly of non-metallic materials. The vehicle is self-propelled and will be guided by an operator located at a remote base station. The RCS sensors will be environmentally sealed and internally cooled to preclude contamination during use. Ground-penetrating radar, magnetometers, and conductivity devices are planned for geophysical surveys. Chemical and radiological sensors will be provided to locate hot spots and to provide isotopic concentration data.},
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