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Waste Management 2018 - Preview

This year's conference will be held March 18-22 in Phoenix. Here is a brief round up of the conference, some of the papers that will be presented and highlighting the Ideas Catalog as a useful source of knowledge and information.

"The WM2018 conference will feature the development and application of robotics and sensing to overcome radioactive waste management challenges. Robotics and sensing are being developed to address unique and routine needs in the nuclear sector. These technologies help increase safety, reduce worker exposure and decrease costs. This rapidly evolving work will be showcased through topical sessions and extensive displays of equipment, representing industry and government exhibitors, which will be demonstrated on the show floor.

WM2018 will deliver over 600 papers and 40 panel discussions in over 140 technical sessions which will be complemented by the industry’s largest exhibition of nearly 200 companies. The exhibition will showcase all aspects of products and services related to the nuclear waste industry and the 2018 Theme. Areas of interest include; remote/robotic handling, protective clothing, hazardous waste storage, transportation, diagnostic instrumentation, engineering design and construction, environmental laboratories, decontamination and decommission and environmental remediation. In addition, there will be a dedicated Robotics space to demonstrate the latest technology of professionals and academia." [Source]


Matt Mellor (Createc). Session 044. Tuesday AM.

Gemini Scout

Diane Callow (Sandia). Session 062. Tuesday PM.

H-Canyon Vent

Bill Giddings (Savannah River Nuclear Solutions). Session 075. Wednesday AM.


Rob Buckingham (UKAEA). Session 095. Wednesday PM.


Jeffrey Coughlin (SRNL). Session 111. Thursday AM


Arron Griffiths (Manchester University). Session 135. Thursday PM.

There are two other presentations worth looking out - we have run workshops to support.

International Governmental Collaboration on Best Practice in Aging Infrastructure Management. Garry Yaraskavitch (AECL) and Laurie Judd (L&A). Session 105. Wednesday PM.  

Portsmouth D&D Technology Progress: Are We There Yet? Marty Reibold (Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant/Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth LLC). Session 135. Thursday PM.


The Ideas Catalog covers all of the robots and sensors that will be at the conference. We will be adding additional information - particularly case studies and supporting technical information. 

The Ideas Catalog is a subscription product with an annual contract. There is no advertising and the funding allows us to keep the databases up-to-date. It is not a one-off system and there are daily updates. Please remember there are other databases as well as robotics, such as characterization, decontamination and waste treatment, with over 4,500 technologies covered.

Guests can view the summary pages only. Registration provides some additional limited functionality and Subscription provides for full access to all databases. Please contact us for pricing and options.