RAF1008 First Coordination Meeting

Date and time: 
Mon, 2018-05-14 17:39
Location / Venue: 

VIC-Vienna Austria

First Coordination Meeting for RAF1008

A group photo for the RAF1008 Project Coordinators, Mr Solomon Abebe Haile (the Project Management Officer); Mr Patrick Dominique M. Brisset ( the Technical Officer); Mr. Lameen Abdul-Malik (Kenya PMO) and Prof Shaukat A. Abdulrazak, the director for Africa, Technical Cooperation Department at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) during the first coordination meeting for RAF1008 'Supporting Radiation Technologies in Industrial Applications and Preventive Maintenance of Nuclear and Medical Equipment '


The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) successfully hosted the FIRST COORDINATION MEETING (FCM) OF RAF1008 having the official designation as “Supporting Radiation Technologies in Industrial Applications and Preventive Maintenance of Nuclear and Medical Equipment (AFRA)”,  13th to 19th April 2018, Vienna, Australia. Twenty-one (21) Member States (MS) will be participating in the four-year project. Wilson M. Kairu, a staff at the Instuitute of Nuclear Science & Technology is the Project Counterpart for  this project.


This is a new project which has brought together the former RAF0041 (Sharing Best Practices in Preventive Maintenance of Nuclear Equipment (AFRA)) and RAF1004 (Supporting Radioisotope Technology as a Diagnostic Tool for Plant Process Performance, Optimization, and Troubleshooting (AFRA)). The development paradigm underpinning the new project results orientation and sustainable capacity development by adhering to the notion of business unusual as opposed to business as usual. During the coordination meeting, the member states reviewed the project design to check if the work plan ensures the realization of this paradigm/notion. The project brings together four different themes: 

  1. Radiotracers
  2. Non-destructive testing 
  3. Nuclear instrumentation – scientific
  4. Nuclear Instrumentation - medical

The overall objective to support the growing industrial development endeavors of member states and contribute to the improvement of nuclear instrumentation systems. The project aims to bring Member States to share of experience through technical meetings, the organization of regional training courses on common issues, dissemination of information through coordination meetings and expert missions for technical guidance/on-the job training constitutes a planned regional approach to address the common issues effectively. This regional approach will provide economical solutions for common regional problems and promote the technologies among regional member states. The establishment of a certification system within specific countries is a difficult process. Sharing knowledge and experience in this field is highly recommended, saving time and cost of implementation.  This is with the aim of upgrading the general level of NDT performances, to assure acceptances of NDT results by the other Member States, who could use NDT staff from other MS countries in cases of urgent needs, to create financial benefits and to unite NDT performances and to prevent non-certified NDT personnel from providing services.  NDT in civil engineering is widely open for providing services by non-competent personnel and at the same time to reduce the risk of accidents and disasters in civil engineering and industry. Conventional infrastructures for NDT training are to be used as a prototype in civil engineering. Distance NDT training using today’s technologies (e-learning) may be easier for many developing countries to elevate the general level of NDT training and contribute to substantial financial savings, another important component for many developing MSs

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Wed, 2036-06-04 17:39

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