19:47 Sep 29, 2011
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French to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering - Nuclear Eng/Sci / production d’uranium
French term or phrase: SQT
Good evening!

I need help with this abbreviation, which is the name of a department/service at a plant for the production of uranium. I need to translate this into Russian, but, since the sources are scarce, I will try to translate it first into English. The phrases, where the department is mentioned, are not very informative as to the functions of the department, e.g.:

1) L’étude a été menée entre Q2 2010 et Q1 2011 sur environ cinquante personnes : 24 agents de l’usine (issus de 4 postes différentes), 2 personnes du laboratoire, 4 personnes au stock produit fini, 4 personnes de SQT, 2 personnes de l’exploration et 2 personnes du service mécanique.

2) Il conviendrait de réaliser en routine la mesure d’ambiance radon et poussière pour les agents du laboratoire SQT pour le calcul des doses internes.

The text is about radiological protection at this plant, so the studies are about radiological exposure of various employees. I would really appreciate your help, as I have no idea what it could be.

Thank you in advance!
Tatyana Osyka
Local time: 16:06

Summary of answers provided
2service qualité technique
chris collister
1sediment quality triad (SQT)



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service qualité technique

A shot in the dark, really, but it's a fair bet that Q = quality....

chris collister
Local time: 15:06
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 55
Notes to answerer
Asker: Thanks a lot! Finally, I decided to leave the name of the department as it is, because this is an internal doc, and everybody concerned knows what this is.

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sediment quality triad (SQT)

excerpt on uranium mine effluents testing from page 56 of official 276 page long IAEA source below:

A detailed ***sediment quality triad (SQT) investigation incorporating a benthic macroinvertebrate assessment, sediment chemistry, and sediment macroinvertebrate toxicity assays*** in an integrated manner; ...

official IAEA source:

Treatment of liquid effluent from uranium mines and mills
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Analysis and evaluation of water coming from several uranium processing areas . ...... The weight-of-evidence provided by the sediment coring, SQT and fish ...

Note added at 46 mins (2011-09-29 20:34:01 GMT)

further related Canadian source:

Investigating the cause (s) of benthic macroinvertebrate community ...
EL Robertson - 2006 -
18 Dec 2006 – ***uranium milling; uranium mining; Hyalella azteca; benthic invertebrates ... In 2003 and 2004 a Sediment Quality Triad (SQT) approach*** ...

Note added at 1 hr (2011-09-29 21:06:27 GMT)

Did you check the website of the plant ?

What is the name of the plant ?

Should you be unable to disclose this, then you would have to somehow directly figure out a way of asking this uranium producing plant.

Local time: 10:06
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Notes to answerer
Asker: Thanks, but I am sure that this is a name of a department or a service of this plant for the production of uranium. There is a list of employees who work in this department etc.

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