Project reports

All public project reports delivered by MoDeRn will be available - in PDF format - on this page. A short description of the issued documents as well as the link to the report concerned is fold out by activating the +-sign at the left-hand side of the project report title.

Project report

Lead participant

Issued

WP1: Monitoring objectives and strategies

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National monitoring contexts

Andra

18 March 2011

The National Monitoring Contexts - Summary Report and its companion document National Monitoring Contexts – Country Annexes on work conducted under project Task 1.1 are published on 18.03.2011. The objectives are: 

  • To provide each project partner with the opportunity to present background information on the national context likely to influence repository system monitoring.
  • To structure specific elements of national monitoring contexts in a set of societal and physical boundary conditions which may influence some of the upstream decisions for geologic repository monitoring.
  • To develop an overview of these boundary conditions.
  • To discuss how these boundary conditions may influence specific, national decisions on development and implementation of monitoring programmes.
  • To provide a basis for a shared view on the development and implementation of a monitoring programme, including the required flexibility for its application in various national monitoring contexts.

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Monitoring objectives and strategies report

Andra

26 November 2013

The purpose of this report (Deliverable D1.2) is to present a Monitoring Reference Framework as guidance for the development of a geological disposal monitoring programme addressing the design of monitoring systems to implement such a programme; the use of monitoring results and their contribution to the governance of a stepwise disposal process; and the progressive updating of the monitoring programme within that stepwise process.

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Basis for stakeholder communication

UA

30 October 2012

The purpose of this report (Deliverable D1.3.1) is to provide a basis for stakeholder engagement activities in relation to the monitoring of facilities for the geological disposal of radioactive waste. The report views monitoring as a combined socio-technical activity central to the pursuit of safe repository operation and staged closure. It sees monitoring for long-term safety as a field driven as much by social and institutional innovation as by technical innovation. The report is organised into three main sections which discuss in turn: expert views on monitoring, drawing on interview and documentary data; the role of monitoring in building stakeholder confidence, drawing on experience in other contexts; and monitoring as a socio-technical activity, focusing on the basis for social trust.

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National engagement experiments report

UA

31 january 2014

This report (Deliverable D1.4.1) is to be situated within WP1 and investigates, based on an exploratory exercise, the potential of citizen stakeholder engagement in the identification of monitoring objectives and the development of monitoring strategies for geological disposal of high level waste or spent nuclear fuel.

WP2: State-of-the-art and RTD of relevant monitoring technologies

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Technical requirements report

Aitemin

3 January 2011

The aim of this report (Deliverable D2.1.1) is to determine the technical requirements, besides the aspects related to occupational health, for the development of a monitoring programme for a repository during the operational phase and the early post-closure phase to give a general overview on what, where and when to measure within the different national programmes.

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Report on workshop with other monitoring RTD projects

NDA

22 November 2010

A workshop on monitoring technologies (the Troyes Monitoring Technologies Workshop) was held as part of Work Package 2 at the Université de Technologie de Troyes (UTT), France on 7-8 June 2010.  This document provides a record of the workshop. The Troyes Monitoring Technologies Workshop brought together 55 experts from a range of organisations, including industry, radioactive waste management organisations and research institutes. The presentations, posters and discussions at the workshop covered monitoring technologies relevant to radioactive waste repositories, focusing on recent developments in monitoring techniques potentially applicable to repository monitoring.

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State-of-the-art report

Aitemin

16 May 2013

This report (Deliverable D2.2.2) summarized the current state-of-the-art of monitoring technology related to the deep geological disposal of radioactive waste as part of the MoDeRn project.

WP3: In-situ demonstration of innovative monitoring techniques

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Site plans and monitoring programmes report

NDA

27 October 2010

Work Package 3 consists of in-situ demonstration of innovative monitoring technologies, conducted to further enhance our understanding, experience and capabilities in monitoring for geological disposal. The aim of this package is to develop innovative monitoring techniques (Ref: Work Package 2) in mock-ups of disposal cells to test both the effectiveness of these techniques applied to disposal situations and to understand the limits of these monitoring technologies. This Work Package 3 focuses on the application of remote monitoring technologies to better understand what is occurring in an isolated disposal cell and also to look at solutions for embedded monitoring systems in challenging (risk of damage) situations. This approach will also hopefully enhance the confidence of key stakeholders in the ability to understand/confirm the changes occurring within a disposal cell. This report (Deliverable D3.1.1) provides detailed site plans at all proposed demonstrators and identifies equipment requirements for in-situ monitoring demonstration experiments using innovative techniques. This report sets out the detailed programme of the proposed approach at all sites. This includes a definition of the locations for demonstration, the systems and outline configurations of the monitoring schemes complete with a more detailed programme.

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Seismic tomography at Grimsel test site

NDA

8 January 2013

This report (Deliverable D3.2.1) summarises a programme to develop non-intrusive monitoring of disposal cell mock-ups employing seismic waveform tomography. It is one of a group of 5 research, development and demonstration (RD&D) programmes at underground research laboratories (URLs) within the MoDeRn Project, aimed at advancing the state-of-the-art of disposal facility monitoring. The report concludes that this technique is a promising option for non-intrusive monitoring of radioactive waste repositories. It notes that there are some remaining challenges in applying this technique. The report is supported by two PhD studies (Manukyan 2011 & Marelli, 2012) which are also available on this website.

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Wireless sensor network demonstrator report

Aitemin

29 July 2013

This document (Deliverable D3.3.1) focuses on the explanation of the layout of the installed High Frequency Wireless (HFW) demonstrator, located at the Grimsel Test Site (GTS).

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Hades monitoring demonstrator report

Euridice

15 December 2013

This report (Deliverabe D3.4.1) documents the PRACLAY demonstration programme in the HADES Underground Research Facility in Mol Belgium. The main focus of the demonstration is the PRACLAY gallery, where a long term heat experiment will be carried out to simulate a disposal containing heat-generating, high-level radioactive waste.

The demonstrator part focuses on two instrumentation aspects related to repository monitoring conditions, namely: fibre optic based sensing techniques and the long term micro-seismic monitoring of the Boomn Clay.

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Hades monitoring demonstrator: Wireless data transmission experiments

NRG

31 October 2013

In this report (Deliverable D3.4.2), the experimental work at the HADES is presented. The main objective of this work is the demonstration of the feasibility of wireless data transmission from a geological disposal site to the surface under conditions representative for the Dutch generic concept in Boom Clay.

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Bure demonstrator report

Andra

19 February 2013

The purpose of this document (Deliverable D3.5.1) is to develop in-situ monitoring demonstration experiments using innovative techniques. This report presents an analysis of a disposal cell instrumentation experiment. The aim was to establish the capacity to conduct integrated monitoring activities in-side the disposal cell, on the cell liner and in the near-field and to assess the capability of the monitoring to withstand construction and liner emplacement procedures.

WP4: Case study of monitoring at all stages of the disposal process

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Case study report

DBE TEC

31 October 2013

The objective of this report (Deliverable 4.1) is to propose and evaluate a parameter evaluation and feasibility screening scheme that allows the design of a (practical) monitoring plan that links monitoring objectives with the specific features and needs of a particular disposal concept and the corresponding safety case.

WP5: Knowledge dissemination

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Project presentation

Andra

1 September 2009

Project presentation for public communication (Deliverable D5.2.1), reissued at 27 January 2010.

     

  

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Report on focused expert stakeholders workshop

Andra

23 September 2011

As part of MoDeRn Work Package 5 (Dissemination of Results), a workshop involving expert stakeholders (the MoDeRn Expert Stakeholders Workshop) was held in Oxford, United Kingdom, on 4-5 May 2011. The workshop brought together thirty-one representatives from a range of stakeholder organisations, bodies, agencies and groups with expertise and experience in geological disposal of radioactive waste.

The objective of the workshop was to inform the expert stakeholders of the work being undertaken in the MoDeRn Project and to obtain feedback on the scope of the work. Discussion focused on two themes of the MoDeRn Project: monitoring processes and monitoring technologies. Valuable feedback was gained from the discussion, both on the MoDeRn Project scope and direction, and on setting the context for monitoring. This feedback will be used to help guide the future direction of the MoDeRn Project.

This document (Deliverable D5.3.1) provides a record of discussion at the MoDeRn Expert Stakeholders Workshop. The presentations of the workshop are published separately on this website.

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Proceedings for international conference on repository monitoring

GSL

13 January 2014

A key activity under Work Package 5 is to hold an international conference on repository monitoring under auspices of the EC. This conference was held on 19-21 March 2013 at the EC's offices in Luxembourg.

The conference include oral presentations and plenary discussion as well as a poster session covering three themes. This was followed by a series of workshops with the objective of providing an opportunity for further discussions on the conference topics and to investigate whether a shared understanding of repository monitoring can be developed. The conference and workshop were attended by 133 participants from 20 countries.

Both the proceedings and the full conference papers are recorded on this website.

WP6: Reference framework for repository monitoring

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MoDeRn Synthesis Report

GSL

20 January 2014

MoDeRn considered how monitoring can contribute to the safety strategy and engineering design of geological disposal facilities for long-lived radioactive waste, as wel as contribute to public understanding of, and confidence/trust in, geological disposal of radioactive waste.

This report (Deliverable D6.1) is the synthesis of research undertaken in MoDeRn.

Repository monitoring developments report published by EC

Andra