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ORISE Develops Paperless Tool to Assist with Data Input Into Radiological Assessment and Monitoring System
During the Empire 09 exercise, the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) tested (for the first time) a paperless system of data management to support the operations of the Federal Radiological Monitoring and Assessment Center (FRMAC).
The paperless FRMAC (pFRMAC) provides tools that enables the FRMAC to collect and process field measurements and samples following a radiological or nuclear event. The process allows field data to be entered into specialized electronic tablets that are then sent to the Radiological Assessment and Monitoring System (RAMS). RAMS is the hub of pFRMAC that provides data analysis to the consequence management home team and emergency operations.
Measurement and sample data are telemetered into RAMS where the monitoring and assessment processes take place. Radiological data is then normalized so it can be readily incorporated into geographic information systems tools, which are used by local, state and federal decision makers during consequence management operations.
The data that are captured in RAMS also fulfill U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) requirements (as outlined in the Nuclear/Radiological Incident Annex to the National Response Framework) that state DOE must maintain a common set of all radiological monitoring data.
The pFRMAC leverages tools developed in a coordinated effort between several national labs and ORISE, primarily through its protégé Chainbridge Technologies, which assisted in the development and ongoing maintenance of RAMS.