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New Starter - Nathan Chambers
We are happy to announce that Nathan Chambers has joined Cerberus Nuclear following a successful summer placement with the company. During his MSc Placement, Nathan performed an investigation into the effect of localised radiation shield weaknesses on the dose uptake of a self-designed phantom model. Nathan has been involved in the latest phase of the […]
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New Starter – Zachary Strangwood
We are pleased to announce that the first new starter of this year’s graduate intake has started with the company. Zachary Strangwood completed his MSc placement with the company this summer. His project consisted of modelling various radiation shielding scenarios with moving sources in MCNP and creating an interpolation engine using Python to calculate mesh […]
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New Starter – Barrie Greenhalgh
We are delighted to welcome Dr Barrie Greenhalgh to Cerberus Nuclear! Barrie is a Radiometric and Nuclear Physicist joining us with 18 years experience in the nuclear industry. He is a MCNP radiation transport specialist, with experience in support of radiometric characterisation, calibration, feasibility and design studies. Until recently, Barrie delivered technical characterisation tasks for […]
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Cerberus Present at the American Nuclear Society Annual Meeting
We recently presented two papers at the American Nuclear Society Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California. The papers were presented within the Nuclear Criticality Safety Division (NCSD) Topical Meeting and were titled: CARTA – Criticality Safety Virtual Reality Training Aid, Recent Developments. Cyclone – Monte Carlo Data Processing and Visualization. Katrina presented the CARTA paper and […]
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Swimming with the Big Fish
Cerberus Nuclear are pleased to announce we have been graded silver by the SME Matchmaker Service Swimming with the Big Fish (SWTBF), which is delivered by Solomons Europe.  The Swimming with the Big Fish SME Matchmaker Service helps to match high-performing SMEs with those bidding for the many Key Delivery Partner and Goods/Services Agreement packages […]
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Cerberus Nuclear Support NNL Criticality Safety Training Course
We recently supported NNL with delivery of their UK Nuclear Criticality Safety Course. This is a long established training course in the UK and is supported by the University of New Mexico. Guest speakers from Sellafield Limited and ONR also contribute to the course. Representatives from NNL have been key stakeholders in the development of CARTA, our criticality […]
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Completion of ARC funded CARTA Software
CARTA is criticality safety training software developed here at Cerberus Nuclear. Uniquely, CARTA displays a realistic value of k-effective as the user interacts with the simulation, either in a conventional first-person desktop format or Virtual Reality (VR) environment. The user can see, in real-time, the effect that their actions have on criticality safety. The CARTA […]
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Cerberus Welcomes Employee Shareholders
January saw the first anniversary of our company EMI share option scheme, which is a government approved way of rewarding employees with share options. We are delighted that some of the team have exercised their options, becoming full shareholders of the company. “We’re always looking into ways to genuinely recognise and reward our growing team. Sharing ownership […]
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Future U Mentoring Programme
Cerberus Nuclear recently supported the STEMFirst led Future U Mentoring Programme through the stem ambassador programme. Katrina Christaki delivered a presentation to Blackburn College as part of an ongoing series for educating and inspiring young people on different STEM career paths. The aim of the series is to develop the skills and increase the aspirations […]
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Orthrus Software
Cerberus Nuclear are pleased to announce that we have created a spin-off company called Orthrus Software. Orthrus specialises in engineering software tools and machine learning. Crucially, it will provide a platform for the release of Cyclone™.   Cyclone™ is a suite of software utilities intended to facilitate file management, data management, and visualisation of Monte Carlo models and results. The various components of […]
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UKAEA Fusion - STEP Reactor Shielding Design
Cerberus Nuclear and Assystem have been selected to deliver the STEP Reactor In-board Shield Design as part of the STEP Engineering Framework. Cerberus’s neutronics and radiation transport expertise will play a key role working alongside Assystem’s well-established fusion experience in thermal and mechanical analysis. The project concerns the extreme environment within the central column of […]
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University of Birmingham Industry Lecture
Cerberus Nuclear has recently provided support to the University of Birmingham’s nuclear post-graduate masters courses. Geoff Hall and Katrina Christaki presented a lecture to students of the PTNR (Physics and Technology of Nuclear Reactors) and NDWM (Nuclear Decommissioning and Waste Management) courses as part of an ongoing industry lecture series.  They gave an introduction to […]
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OpenMC Fusion Technology Course
Cerberus Nuclear recently provided OpenMC support to the Fusion CDT course at the University of York. As part of the course the students attend a week-long fusion technology module to learn about all aspects fusion including reactor technology, plasma physics and neutronics modelling. The week concluded with a workshop on the open-source neutronics transport code […]
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Shielding School
Cerberus Nuclear have recruited a number of graduate and early career staff over the last three years, including three new members of the radiation shielding team in September and October last year. In order to train and maintain SQEP shielding assessors, our very own Peter Evans has been running "Shielding School", which consists of structured […]
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NTEC Shielding Design Process Lecture
The UK Shielding Forum (TSF) provides support for the Radiation Shielding Module of the University of Liverpool’s NTEC course, providing an industry focused knowledge input to the module. Several TSF member organisations provide lectures on a wide range of subjects, from Monte Carlo and deterministic codes to practical radiation shielding applications. As a key member […]
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UK Working Party on Criticality, November 2021
Cerberus Nuclear attended the second Working Party on Criticality (WPC) meeting of the year, taking place as a web-conference. Stewart Hay attended as our representative with graduate, Katrina Christaki, attending as an observer for the first time. As the meeting was held online, it was a good opportunity for Katrina to progress her professional development gaining insight […]
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ISO Accreditation
We have been working hard to implement our Business Management System (BMS). The system provides the policies, processes, procedures and records of forms/templates for consistent management of the business, projects and personnel with regards to Quality, Environment and Health and Safety. At the heart of this system are our Quality, Environmental and Occupational Health and […]
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New Starter - John Billingsley
Cerberus Nuclear are delighted to announce that John has recently joined the company. John has two years’ experience working on the UKAEA STEP Programme. During this time, he has gained experience with CSG- and CAD-based neutronics calculations, and methods of automated data analysis using Python scripting. Alongside his neutronics experience, John has extensively contributed to […]
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Graduate Starters
Cerberus Nuclear are proud to announce that two graduate consultants have recently joined the company. Henry Faulkner and Jacob Westerman have recently completed the NTEC (Nuclear Technology and Education Consortium) Nuclear Science and Technology Masters. They completed their Summer Placements with Cerberus and have since started full time.  Henry gained extensive experience using MCNP to model fissile arrays of barrels containing separated plutonium waste with differing compositions during his […]
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Emergency First Aid Training at Work
Cerberus Nuclear recently took part in ‘Emergency First Aid Training at Work’, delivered by St John Ambulance. Julie (St John Ambulance) delivered an informative and engaging course with lots of interaction from team. The course is aimed at first aiders in small, low risk working environments, like ours, and teaches basic life saving first aid […]
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Cerberus Nuclear at the World Nuclear Exhibition in Paris
Cerberus Nuclear are attending the World Nuclear Exhibition in Paris on 30th November - 2nd December 2021. The WNE is the world's largest exhibition dedicated to nuclear energy, and the first platform dedicated to the global civil nuclear community. The three day event combines business meetings, guided tours, workshops, debates and panel discussions. This year's […]
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2021 Summer Projects
The end of September was dissertation deadline time for our three NTEC summer students. This was our busiest year to date, welcoming three students from the University of Manchester. NTEC (Nuclear Technology Education Consortium) offer a postgraduate-level masters degree in Nuclear Science and Technology, which is delivered in both directly taught and distance learning formats. […]
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ANDI: Sellafield Success Story
Cerberus Nuclear's ANDI (Automated Nuclear Damage Inspection) has been featured as a Sellafield Ltd success story. As part of the latest update to the Sellafield opportunities guidance, Cerberus Nuclear has been featured within its SME action plan. The SME action plan reaffirms Sellafield's commitment to increase opportunities for SMEs within the supply chain recognising the […]
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Nuclear Institute - Dynamic Dose Rates
As part of Cerberus Nuclear’s Radiation Protection Training Aid (RAPTA) continued development work has been performed regarding the visualisation of dynamic radiation systems. A dynamic radiation system is where radiation sources can move or change properties in 3D space either during a task or a facility operation. Cerberus Nuclear have developed in-house software to process […]
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Cyber Essentials Plus
As part of our ongoing commitment to cyber security, Cerberus Nuclear are pleased to announce the renewal of our Cyber Essentials Plus certification. Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed and industry-supported scheme that helps businesses protect themselves against the growing threat of cyber attacks and provides a clear statement of the basic controls organisations should have […]
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ANDI: 360 Tracking
This is our latest post regarding our software ANDI (Automated Nuclear Damage Inspection) and incorporating identification capability with 360 video data. The 360 camera sector has advanced significantly over the past few years, camera resolution and image quality has improved greatly as well as advancements in software processing to provide multiple different ways of viewing […]
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STEM Ambassador Update
Katrina has been participating in the STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Maths) Ambassador programme and she recently received her first 15-hour engagement award. Below she describes the role and what inspired her to apply. STEM Ambassadors is a government-run scheme that brings together a range of people from a range of disciplines and backgrounds, including […]
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New Starter - Emily McManus
We’re pleased to announce that Emily has recently joined Cerberus Nuclear as an experienced shielding assessor. As part of her role she will also be involved in business development and management tasks for the company to support our expanding team. Emily has 6 years’ experience in radiation shielding and dose assessments. Until recently she was […]
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Sellafield LINC: Image Processing for Assessing Package Integrity
The Challenge LINC with Sellafield Ltd is a scheme that encourages SMEs at local and national level to collaborate and deliver innovative solutions to support the mission at Sellafield. LINC challenge 42 was titled ‘Image Processing for Assessing Package Integrity using Machine Learning’ and set the challenge as follows: “The long-term storage of nuclear waste […]
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Cerberus Receives ARC Funding to Develop Criticality Safety VR Training Software
Cerberus Nuclear is a hub for innovation in criticality safety and radiation shielding and we are pleased to announce that we have made a successful application for funding from the UK’s Alpha Resilience and Capability (ARC) programme. ARC was created by BEIS (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy) to ensure that the UK retains […]
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University of Liverpool – NTEC Shielding Design Process Lecture
The UK Shielding Forum (TSF) has provided support for the Radiation Shielding Module of the University of Liverpool’s NTEC course for many years, providing an industry focused knowledge input to the radiation shielding module. Several TSF member organisations provide lectures on a wide range of subjects, from Monte Carlo and deterministic codes to practical radiation […]
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Norwegian Regulatory Support
Cerberus Nuclear are part of a consortium that has been selected by the Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (DSA) to support its activities related to nuclear safety and security over the next two to four years. The consortium was awarded the contract by DSA in the face of stiff international competition. The Consortium is […]
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New Starter - Katrina Christaki
We're pleased to announce that Katrina has recently joined Cerberus Nuclear as a graduate criticality safety assessor. She is looking to build on her academic experience from the University of Birmingham’s Physics and Technology of Nuclear Reactors (PTNR) course and student placement with EDF Energy’s Fuel Route Systems Team. Through these university courses, Katrina has […]
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EMI Scheme for Cerberus Nuclear
We are delighted to announce that, as an addition to our industry leading remuneration package, we have offered our staff share options in the company. This means that over the next few years we will welcome our talented team into the fold as shareholders. "An EMI scheme allows us to recognise and reward the vital […]
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WPC Meeting - November 2020
Cerberus Nuclear attended the second Working Party on Criticality (WPC) meeting of the year, and the second to take place as a web-conference. This was the first meeting since Toby Tyas was confirmed as our new representative, alongside Stewart Hay. We presented Eddy, our new open source HTML output generator for MCNP and SCALE. Toby […]
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47th Shielding Forum Meeting
Cerberus Nuclear hosted the 47th Shielding Forum meeting online this week. It had been hoped that the meeting would be held as part of the ANSWERS Seminar as usual; however, due to ongoing restrictions associated with COVID19 an online format was once again chosen, with the experience of hosting the previous meeting online making for […]
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Eddy - MCNP & SCALE Html Generator
Cerberus Nuclear has created Eddy, an open-source Html output generator for MCNP and SCALE.  The function of Eddy is to parse MCNP and SCALE output files into an easy-to-read and user-friendly format. Eddy has been written to work for both radiation transport and criticality calculations. Eddy collates key information from an output file so that […]
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RWM Criticality Safety Framework
We are really pleased to announce that Cerberus Nuclear and Galson Sciences Limited have teamed up to support Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) on their Criticality Safety Framework.  We believe our combined criticality teams offer RWM a really strong capability, with a blend of operational criticality safety experience and unique repository operational expertise.  We are looking […]
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New Starter - Kimberley Bird
Kimberley has joined Cerberus Nuclear after working with us on a project to use deep learning and computer vision to identify defects on the surface of waste containers.  Kimberley is a developer specialising in data science and she holds a Master’s degree in Advanced Computer Science.  Kimberley has contributed to several successful machine learning and […]
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Graduate Recruitment
Cerberus Nuclear are an small, dynamic consultancy specialising in the following areas: Criticality Safety Radiation Shielding Nuclear Characterisation Founded in 2016, we aim to do things differently to other consultancies. We offer industry leading services in our core areas, putting innovation and creativity at the heart of our work. We value employee satisfaction, offer genuine […]
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NTEC Summer Student
This summer we are pleased to be supporting the University of Manchester and the Nuclear Technology Education Consortium (NTEC) by supervising an MSc summer project. Three of the Cerberus Nuclear team have an MSc in Nuclear Science and Technology from NTEC; the course offers an ideal introduction to the nuclear industry and so it is […]
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Return to the Office
We have rearranged our office to be in-line with social distancing guidelines. With most of the team still working from home we decided to re-purpose the space into a fully featured virtual reality suite. This enables us to take a big leap forward in our capability and we should have some exciting news on this […]
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46th Shielding Forum Meeting
Cerberus Nuclear hosted the 46th Shielding Forum meeting online this week. An online format was chosen due to the recent travel and meeting restrictions due to the COVID19 outbreak. Attendees from  EDF Energy, Edvance, BAES, Cavendish Nuclear, Orano Projects, Kinectrics, UKAEA, Rolls Royce, Jacobs, SRP and ONR were there and the meeting spanned several different […]
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Cyber Essentials Plus Certification
As part of our ongoing commitment to cyber security, Cerberus Nuclear are pleased to announce that following a successful audit we have been awarded the Cyber Essentials Plus certification. Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed and industry-supported scheme that helps businesses protect themselves against the growing threat of cyber attacks and provides a clear statement of […]
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Surgical Mask Ear Saver - 3D Printing
Our 3D printer has been put to good use over the past week in the creation of ear savers for surgical masks worn by NHS staff at St Mary's Children's Hospital in Manchester. An ear saver is worn at the back of the head and provides pressure relief for the surgical mask wearers' ears; elastic […]
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New Starter - Toby Tyas
Toby is a new addition to Cerberus Nuclear but he has worked with us on many projects over the last few years in various roles. He is a valuable addition to Cerberus Nuclear's criticality safety team and brings with him a great deal of experience, particularly in decommissioning criticality safety, having delivered assessments for a […]
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Object Recognition - Computer Vision
We have developed a custom computer vision object identification algorithm. As a demonstration, we trained a neural network to identify cars and lorries on a motorway using R-CNN object detection. The algorithm identifies a number of objects, object type (car/lorry etc.), object colour, object speed and confidence in match. In addition, a report is generated […]
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COVID-19 update
These past few weeks have been a strange time for all of us, we are adjusting to a new reality and in accordance with the government advice on social distancing, since last week we have all been working at home. We are pleased to report that everyone is well and our company and capabilities remain […]
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New Starter - Peter Evans
Peter started with us back in November 2019 as a Principal Shielding Assessor. He brings with him a wealth of Sellafield Limited experience having worked there for the last 11 years, leading delivery of the shielding support for a number of key projects. He has hit the ground running at Cerberus, delivering assessments for a […]
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The Generator - Point Cloud
For many years companies and networking groups have used this facility for seminars and lectures to facilitate networking, knowledge sharing and collaboration opportunities.  Cerberus Nuclear were delighted to offer our services to Birchwood Park, which then allows them to showcase this valued facility in a unique manner. The original point cloud consisted of over […]
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New Starter - Sam Hilton
It's been a busy few months at Cerberus. We're pleased to announce that Sam Hilton has recently* joined us as a graduate consultant, building on his university project experience of radiation shielding in fusion reactor design. * September 2019, we've been busy!
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Northern Nuclear Alliance & BECBC: Defence and Infrastructure
Cerberus Nuclear attended the Defence Infrastructure Event at Birchwood Park Engine Rooms.  There were some very interesting talks from Gary Shuttleworth (Morgan Sindall), Mark Robinson (Babcock) & Paul Kelly (Volker Stevin). Thank you to Northern Nuclear Alliance @Nuclearuknorth & Britain's Energy Coast Business Cluster @BECBC for organising the event.
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University of Liverpool - Shielding Design Process Lecture
The Shielding Forum (TSF) has provided support for the Radiation Shielding Module of the NTEC course for many years providing an industry-focused knowledge input to the radiation shielding module. Several TSF member organisations provide lectures on a wide range of subjects from Monte Carlo and deterministic codes as well as practical radiation shielding applications. Cerberus […]
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24th MCNEG Meeting (MCNEG 2020)
Cerberus Nuclear's Geoff Hall recently presented at the 24th MCNEG meeting held at the Culham Conference Centre, Oxfordshire. MCNEG provides a forum for new and experienced users of Monte Carlo software for radiation transport. Geoff's presentation was based on the assessment of transient dose rates from transport packages and gamma monitor normalisation. The talk was […]
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