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  • August 13, 2015

    ISR introduces the nuclear and emergency response communities to ExCon.ca

    ISR’s exercise platform has a new name and home, ExCon.ca. This exercise platform is an innovative tool used in many of ISR’s exercises that allows interactivity from controllers, players and evaluators. This exercise platform has been instrumental in many of ISR’s recent projects including ExUR, DVSROE and is being used in the upcoming Intrepid 2015 exercise.
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  • August 13, 2015

    ISR launches new website

    ISR, a leader in nuclear and radiation safety and emergency preparedness and response, officially launched an updated version of its website today. ISR’s dedication to innovative technology prompted the company to revamp its website to better portray its wide range of services, tools and projects. ISR’s new website comes just months after the company’s release of its Twitter account.
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Featured Projects

2015
Jul

Survey of Radon Gas Levels in DND Buildings

Survey of Radon Gas Levels in DND Buildings

As a part of this project, International Safety Research (ISR) was retained by the Director General of Nuclear Safety to provide project scoping, management, control, administrative support, and technical services for the development and execution of a nation-wide radon survey. The purpose of the Radon Survey is to take measurements of radon concentrations and determine the required remediation in all DND/CF owned buildings and private residences in Canada.

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Jun

Early Triage for Radiological and Nuclear Events

Early Triage for Radiological and Nuclear Events

ISR led the R&D project, Early Triage for Radiological and Nuclear Events (ETRNE), that was based on the concept that in any radiological/nuclear (RN) event involving the release of radioactive material, it is vitally important to determine whether or not casualties have been internally contaminated. This project, funded by the Centre for Security Science (CSS), developed a protocol, through modeling, scientific testing and experimentation, that allows responders and receivers to use their existing hand-held radiation detectors to rapidly screen casualties of an RN event for internal contamination. Detector specific protocols were developed based on screening criteria calculated from Monte Carlo N Particle (MCNP) transport code simulations and laboratory experiment that considered the biokinetics of internal contamination.

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Apr

CAPEX 2015 Exercise “Northern Lights”

CAPEX 2015 Exercise “Northern Lights”

Beginning in January 2014, International Safety Research (ISR) started working with Defence Research and Development Canada's Centre for Security Sciences (DRDC CSS) and partners to develop CAPEX 2015 Exercise “Northern Lights”. This exercise is a capability exercise (CAPEX) that occurs every two years and involves national level response teams comprised of law enforcement and military specialists from Canada, the US, the UK and Australia. CAPEX allowed these teams to practice their response to complex scenarios involving chemical, biological, radiological and explosive threats (CBRNE). Northern Lights took place at the end of April 2015 at the RCMP's Technical Protective Operations Facility near Ottawa. ISR coordinated the design of the multi-day exercise, facilitated its execution and prepared the scientific after action review report for the international community.

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Apr

Re-zoning of Radiological Zones at a Nuclear Power Plant

Re-zoning of Radiological Zones at a Nuclear Power Plant

Following the permanent shutdown of a nuclear power plant, ISR was contracted to develop the process to re-zone portions of the plant site to reduce the radiation protection requirements, operational costs, and the number of control zones. ISR created plans to identify the re-zoning locations and characterized each location based on its radiological risk. Detailed re-zoning plans were then prepared and an in-field radiation survey protocol was developed that was compliant with regulatory requirements and international best practices, such as the Multi-Agency Radiation Survey and Site Investigation Manual (MARSSIM).

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2014
Nov

Digital Volunteer Supported Recovery Operations Experiment (DVSROE)

Digital Volunteer Supported Recovery Operations Experiment (DVSROE)

International Safety Research (ISR) was tasked with developing the ground-breaking Digital Volunteer Supported Recovery Operations Experiment (DVSROE) which was used to test if cooperation between organizations using social media led to improved recovery operations following a disaster. The exercise tested digital volunteers, traditional emergency management and humanitarian organizations listening and communicating to the public through the use of social media. Information was presented to the participants using ISR’s innovative exercise website which provided similar applications to popular social media tools (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc.) in a closed and safe environment. Participants and their respective organizations performed their normal recovery operation tasks while following the Social Media in Emergency Management (SMEM) Concept of Operations (ConOp), as applicable. The experiment was very successful and was featured widely in Halifax media.

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May

Ontario Power Generation Exercise “Unified Response” (ExUR)

Ontario Power Generation Exercise “Unified Response” (ExUR)

International Safety Research (ISR) was tasked with coordinating the development of Exercise Unified Response (ExUR), a three-day exercise designed to challenge all organizations responsible for responding to a nuclear emergency at Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) Darlington Nuclear Generating Station (DNGS). ExUR spanned a wide variety of response functions and started with the initial indications of a problem at the plant and subsequent notification of response organizations, through the activation of emergency operations centers and the actions required to protect the public, including public messaging, to the first steps of the recovery phase, when the emergency has been stopped and life must return to normal. ExUR involved over 54 organizations and thousands of players responding to a major nuclear emergency at DNGS as if it were a real event.

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International Safety Research Europe BV (ISRE) provides services in the Netherlands and throughout Europe in the technological areas of crisis management, emergency preparedness and response, safety and (information) security management systems, and CBRNE counter-terrorism response. ISRE helps organizations identify, develop, implement and test the tools and knowledge needed to effectively deal with small and large-scale safety and (information) security management programs. ISRE is located in The Hague (Voorburg) and its clients include several government organizations and stakeholders in the public sector.

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