November Technical Talk - Radiation, Why Is It Safe? - ISA Edmonton

Radiation, Why Is It Safe?

November 30, 2015 | Millwoods Golf Gourse

Learn the lastest about the important role nuclear technology is playing in the automation industry. Our November Technical Talk will focus on the different types of nuclear devices currently in use and why radiation has proven to be reliable, and safe too.

Though there are many different forms of measurement that we use nuclear devices for, this talk will specifically focus on level and density. 

The ISA Edmonton Section is excited to have the below automation professionals who are very experienced in this area, share their knowledge with everyone that attends. 


Robin Hunt is the Radiation Safety Officer / Safety Coordinator for Imperial Oil's Kearl Lake Oil Sands Project (Phase 2).

He commenced his electrical career in Wabush Mines in Newfoundland in 1978. He completed his Electrical apprenticeship as an Industrial Electrician in 1981. By 1986 he had been promoted to an Assistant General Foreman and was asked to take on the duties of Assistant Radiation Safety Officer. 

In 1993 he moved to British Columbia to work for Elkview Coal as an Electrical Coordinator and Radiation Safety Officer. While in BC he was involved in the maintenance and setup of  online analyzers that incorporated Prompt Gamma Neutron Activation Analysis for elemental analysis of coal on conveyor belts and in slurries.  He took an RSO course from Stewart Hunt and Associates in 1994 and in 1996 completed a Radiation Protection Technology correspondence course.   

In 2009 he joined Imperial Oil on the Kearl Lake Oil Sands project as an Electrical Advisor and was asked to setup a Radiation Safety Program and to look after obtaining the necessary licensing to allow Imperial Oil Kearl Lake to use radiation devices. For the Kearl phase one start up he was the Electrical General Foreman and Radiation Safety Officer. 

Mark McDowell is the Regional Manager for VEGA Americas and this role has enabled him to experience many varied level applications in all industries and to create solutions using VEGA innovation and knowledge.

He holds a Journeyman Instrumentation ticket and has been active in service and sales for over 10 years in Western Canada.


6:00pm - Networking & Drinks (Cash Bar)

6:30pm - Dinner

7:00pm - Technical Talk

ADDRESS: 4540 50 St NW (Millwoods Golf Course)


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