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Viridian welcomes a new member of the team!

Christopher Sneddon has recently finished his doctoral thesis on the temporal and spatial characteristics of nuclear sector derived radionuclides. He has been working on projects funded by SEPA and the EA to characterise sites to identify hot spots of radioactivity, so he is no stranger to working in the field under challenging conditions while making in situ measurements for radionuclides. His work has taken him around the country, sampling some of the more radioactively contaminated sites within the UK.

  • Posted On: 16 August 2017
Viridian welcomes a new member of the team! Chris says: Having spent the past four years researching various aspects of nuclear sector derived environmental radioactivity, I’m excited by the opportunity to go to the source and work at five high profile nuclear sites. The industrial setting will be a contrast to the saltmarshes, mudflats and inevitable patch of quicksand that I’ve become accustomed to. I’m sure these sites will provide an interesting new challenge as I contribute to Viridian’s field trials of the Viridiscope system. Over the next few weeks I will be helping transform the facility in Northern Wales to allow us to deploy Viridiscope to facilities by the end of the year as well as exploring what Wales has to offer in terms of fishing and scenery.

Viridian has outgrown its workshop and is moving to bigger premises!

Work has begun on our new Innovate UK funded SBRI contract to demonstrate market readiness for our sampling tool ViridiScope®.

  • Posted On: 31 July 2017
Viridian has outgrown its workshop and is moving to bigger premises! The work involves deploying ViridiScope® on five nuclear licensed sites together with radiometric instrumentation for in situ analysis. To accommodate all the equipment – and our two new members of staff – we are expanding our workshop facilities significantly.

ViridiScope® to be field-tested on five UK nuclear sites!

We are delighted to have been awarded a contract under Innovate UK’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund competition to field-test ViridiScope® on five UK nuclear sites.The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund aims to bring together the UK’s world leading research with business to meet the major industrial and societal challenges of our time.

  • Posted On: 14 June 2017
ViridiScope® to be field-tested on five UK nuclear sites!

The aim is to overcome resistance to change, a significant barrier that is endemic in the nuclear industry, and thus gain acceptance of this new approach. Field testing will show companies that the tool is fit for purpose and can deliver in real-world, user-facing projects with the performance needed for a wide range of application areas.  We plan to do this by providing the SLCs undergoing characterisation activities with the use of a ViridiScope® on-site for a period of deployment with an ROV, commercial in-situ counting equipment, training and support to allow them to fully test and assess the sampling tool in an active operational environment with high levels of radioactivity. It will show that this technology can offer considerable advantage over conventional approaches, delivering characterisation rapidly, at least cost and with least effort.

Work has begun to combine a long-reach snake arm with our sampling tool

OC Robotics develop robotic solutions for confined and hazardous environments so can provide the perfect platforms for getting Viridscope in to sample where others can't reach

  • Posted On: 12 May 2017
In the decommissioning industry, many sites contain large spaces that preclude human entry and similarly require remote solutions.  OC Robotics will develop a new long-reach manipulator. The compact, modular system will use lockable links to traverse 10-20m drops; deploying snake-arms at the tip and carrying innovative tools, developed by Viridian Consultants and Createc, for inspection, characterisation & sampling of radioactive environments.

 


Viridian receives business support from Innovate UK

We are now benefiting from the package of business support Kym is receiving as part of her 'Women in Innovation' Award

  • Posted On: 27 April 2017
Viridian receives business support from Innovate UK
We are very fortunate to be gaining expert business advice through the Business Growth Service and the Enterprise Europe Network Team.  In addition to receiving advice, everything from finance to IP and sales, Kym is also being mentored by an award winning business angel.

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