Quintessa is very pleased to announce that the latest version of AMBER was released to existing customers with software maintenance agreements in December 2015. AMBER 6.0 represents the culmination of several years of intensive work that has resulted in:
The new capabilities were featured in the summer 2015 AMBER update.
A demonstration version of AMBER 6.0 is available to download for free. It allows new users to explore example models implemented in AMBER and to implement a tutorial model for themselves. The tutorial model represents a relatively simple total-system model for radioactive waste disposal, allowing the user to include contaminant release and transport in groundwater as well as potential human exposure.
The free demonstration version is designed to be used as an educational tool for exploring issues relating to contaminant transport and risk assessment. Users are able to implement and/or extend the example and tutorial models, e.g. to introduce parameter distributions and undertake probabilistic calculations in the tutorial model.
Six new of example cases have been included with AMBER 6.0, including five based on International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) models.
Four of the new example cases, along with the pre-existing trench disposal example, include associated spatial models, allowing the new spatial awareness and 3D visualisation capabilities included with AMBER 6.0 to be explored in the demonstration version.
Quintessa is committed to the long-term development and support of AMBER, with on-going development and new software updates every year. The new spatial awareness and 3D visualisation capabilities included in AMBER 6.0 pave the way for future enhancements that will continue to keep AMBER at the forefront of contaminant transport and risk assessment codes. These developments include allowing spatial models to evolve with time (e.g. to represent erosion in long-term assessments), and rendering outputs and results onto the 3D view (e.g. allowing users to ‘play’ through movies of evolving spatial concentrations).
We very much welcome feedback about AMBER, including ideas and suggestions for further developments that would help to maintain its utility and applicability to a wide range of contaminant transport and risk assessment situations.
Quintessa supports AMBER, both through applying the software to safety and performance assessment studies of contaminants in the environment and in supporting the AMBER user base. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about AMBER, its application and/or about our support programme.