The first version of PC-CREAM® (Mayall et al, 1997), which was completed in 1997, was a PC implementation of a methodology for the assessment of radiation doses resulting from routine releases of radionuclides to the environment (Simmonds et al, 1995).
Development from feedback
The program was designed for use in European countries, where it is now widely used. Since then it has spread worldwide. As a result there has been considerable global feedback from users through training courses and user group meetings. (Simmonds, 1999; Bexon et al, 2000; Simmonds et al, 2000).
Building on pioneering strengths
In response to customer feedback and recent model developments, a revised version of the software has been developed. The updated and re-worked PC-CREAM 08® builds on the strengths of the original pioneering software and has been significantly improved to include much additional functionality.
PC-CREAM 08® can be used to estimate individual and collective doses arising from discharges of radionuclides to the atmosphere and aquatic environments. It is particularly useful for performing prospective assessments as a key input to discharge authorisations and waste management decisions. All models are now run using an intuitive graphical user interface and all model inputs and results are stored in a central database for easy access.
Whilst this software is not intended to replace calculations of past or current doses based on local habit surveys and environmental measurement data, it can be used to very usefully supplement and support such calculations.