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Introductions - Mike Hayes, Exelon
Mike Hayes will provide logistical information about conference activities

Welcome - Scot Greenlee, VP Engineering, Exelon Nuclear
Scot Greenlee will relate the goals of the CMBG to Exelon Nuclear's experience and initiatives

CM and CMBG History - John Parler, SCE&G
Configuration Management and CMBG History - This presentation will present a chronology and evolution of configuration management as a practice and review the history and role of CMBG in CM

INPO Perspective on CM Performance - Bob Gambrill, INPO CM Manager
INPO to present an update of engineering Configuration Management activities including temp mods and temporary configuration changes, the trend in Part 21s, the Byron open phase event, and the INPO CM initiatives/focus areas for 2012.

Temporary Configuration Change - Mike Hayes, Exelon
This presentation focuses on the CM good practices as well as challenges associated with the varied types of temporary configuration changes such as Equipment in use, Measurement and Test Equipment (M&TE), Procedurally Controlled Temporary Configuration Changes (Pre-Engineered), Temporary Alterations Evaluated under Maintenance Rule, and Temporary Configuration Change Packages (temporary modifications).

Vogtle 3&4 Commercial Facility Turnover & Information Handover Lessons Learned - Elizabeth Johnson, Southern Nuclear Company
This presentation will provide lessons learned during Southern Nuclear Company (SNC) Commercial Facility Turnover and the mitigation strategy produced to minimize turnover issues in the future.  Attendees will also be informed of the similarities of Commercial Turnover and Plant Turnover and how to capitalize on a turnover strategy that is beneficial for both turnover processes. The presentation will also focus on Information Handover and the challenges SNC will need to address.

New Nuclear Power Plant Configuration Information Management – Transition to the Data Centric Paradigm - Steven Fipps, SCE&G
This presentation will provide insight on the use of standard basic design engineering principles in the development of New Nuclear Power Plant Configuration Information Management philosophy and programs.  It will identify lessons learned and challenges of a current EPC holder/constructor and their application for future EPC’s. Emphasis will be placed on configuration management not being just a program; it is a behavior, attitude, and philosophy exhibited by all entities.  For best results, participants should research industry initiatives (EPRI, INPO, NEI, etc) in data centric inter-connective Configuration Management and come with an open inquisitive mind. 

CM for Digital and Digital Upgrades - John Connelly Exelon
Implementation of digital technology is an industry wide challenge. IER 11-2 identifies adverse trend in SCRAMS between 2005 and 2010. INPO 10-008 examined events from 2003 to 2007. Significant operational and safety challenges. Digital technology, while vastly superior in nearly every dimension, requires different competencies to implement correctly. ACAD 98-04 Rev 2 now contains vastly expanded requirements for digital technology and Cyber Security.

NRC Expectations for CM under 10CFR52 - Tom Kozak, NRC
"Although there are no regulations that specifically require the establishment of Configuration Management, there are elements of the 10CFR52 construction and operational readiness inspections that address engineering activities and ITAAC – Inspections, Tests, Analysis and Acceptance Criteria. As with existing plants, the NRC has expectations for the licensee to know and maintain the plant’s design and licensing bases.

The presenter will provide guidance on what the NRC expects to see in a new build, including design control measures, the identification of requirements and assuring that they are satisfied, management of ITAACs, and operational readiness.

Requirements Management and CM - Eric Helm, AREVA
Requirements Management (RM) is a key subject which serves operating plants and new builds alike.  This vendor perspective will examine the definitions of RM from the CM and Systems Engineering standards, some key features of a vendor RM process, and the benefits of making RM central to vendor CM programs.

Introduction to EPRI Plant Information Model (PIM) - Russell Adams & Bob Renuart
This presentation will provide an historical perspective of the PIM development, describe the data structure/relationships within the model, the establishment of a CM Taxonomy and a Standard Handover Framework for documents and data, identify use cases for the model, and give a glimpse of what will be demonstrated in the afternoon Workshop.

Vendor / Contractor Design Product Quality Adam Annis, Xcel Energy
Xcel Energy Fleet performed benchmarking on performance of projects and use of engineering vendors.  This presentation will share benchmarking results from 2010, current challenges at Xcel Energy with engineering vendors, and the actions being taken to improve and manage quality performance from vendors.  There will be a breakout session during the afternoon to discuss how other plants are handling the challenges of vendor designs and what tools are being used to monitor performance.

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory – Paul C. Czarapata, Deputy Division Head Accelerator Division
This presentation will provide an overview of the accelerator facility at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.  Paul will also discuss CM related experiences from 40 years at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory such as design reconstitution, component obsolescence, and effective maintenance strategies.

2013 Conference Preview - Andrew Neal, SNC
Andrew Neal will give us a preview of the 2013 CMBG conference

Audience Participation  Discussion - Conference Wrap Up & Take Away - Mike Hayes
Audience will describe useful information, insights, or peer consensus that they will take back to their facilities to improve their CM. Discussion is intended to encourage attendees to leverage the learning from the conference to improve their CM Programs.

Feedback and Adjourn - Mike Hayes


CM 101 - The Fundamentals - Bob Renuart, UniStar & Bill Kline, Consultant
This session is based on a PowerPoint presentation that walks the audience through the fundamental concepts, terms, and examples of Configuration Management (CM), including design and operating margin management. The objective of this breakout is to attract those conference attendees new to the configuration management process and provide them with a capsule summary of the workings of the CM process to provide an understanding of how the different plant organizations contribute to and support configuration control of our design, processes, and equipment. Will discuss industry three ball process model for CM equilibrium, ways the CM equilibrium can be upset, how to restore the equilibrium, and using CM to protect design and operating margins.

Configuration Management Lessons Learned & Information Handover - Elizabeth Johnson, SNC/Steven Fipps, SCE&G
A question answer session with current EPC New Nuclear projects to openly discuss configuration management:  status, lessons learned, and challenges.  Topics of discussions are:  defining the program scope, obtaining Senior Staff endorsement, placement in the EPC, vendor involvement, fleet challenges, and integration with existing software programs. The desired participant take-away will be an enhanced understanding of how to apply the lessons learned for augmentation of future EPC contracts.  Control your destination, not to decide is to decide.

Margin Management - Mike Hayes, Exelon
The breakout will discuss the attributes of a successful Margin Management program. This breakout session will focus on benchmarking best practices and lessons-learned in implementing a  margin management program.  Attendees are encouraged to describe techniques that have been successful and those that have not in each of these areas.

Beyond Design Basis - John Parler, SCE&G
"This session is intended to facilitate discussion on the heightened scrutiny of the Nuclear Industries efforts in preparations and strategies related to the Beyond Design Basis events we may be subject to.

Participants should be able to discuss what actions are being taken at their utility/organization in response to recent industry events and any CM issues identified in the months since the events.

For equipment or programs in place how are they accounted for in your CM program/processes.

A focus is to identify any CM related program or process issues that participants need to take back to their organizations for review and assessment.

Developing CM Programs for New Build - Lloyd Hancock, LRH Consulting
Breakout Notes - This breakout will expand on the guidance provided in EPRI TR-1022684 for establishing a CM Program. Breakout attendees should review Section 5, “Attributes of a Configuration Management Program Description Document” prior to the session. Specific suggestions will be offered for building a robust CM Program from the ground up. The participants will have an opportunity to ask questions, collect information and share lessons learned. The breakout material may also be useful to an existing plant needing to upgrade or overhaul its CM Program.

Temporary Changes - Mike Hayes
In this breakout, we will discuss the physical plant configuration control principles associated with control of Temporary Configuration Changes, the actions required to maintain the plant configuration within its design, the types of Temporary Configuration Changes and when they are used, and examples of uncontrolled configuration changes.

Development of Nuclear CM Information Technology (IT) Systems - Kent Freeland, Worley Parsons
Breakout Flip Charts
CM software and IT solutions play an increasing important role in meeting commitments for Nuclear Power safety and viability.  To begin, a 30-45 Minute overview presentation of technology and IT decisions for nuclear CM and MRO systems will be given, based on IAEA TECDOC-1651, “Information Technology for Nuclear Power Plant Configuration Management", followed by a structured discussion.  Following this, discussion topics to be suggested include: Functional requirements for Enterprise Nuclear IT Systems, Software "Buy vs. Build" Decisions, Selecting solution providers, Strategic IT computing and infrastructure needs, Repatriation/migration of legacy and "rogue" databases, Deployment of Plant Lifecycle Management (PLM)-based systems, Vertical (3-Tier) IT strategies and solutions, "Rapid Deployment" CM/Design Control and Document software solutions for new-build NPP's, Integration of suppliers/vendors, ISO-15926 and metadata-based system designs, and understanding how CM/MRO systems work with Design Creation and 3D "Digital NPP" platforms (Intergraph SPF, Bentley, AVEVA, NX, etc.) to define, generate and publish NPP design basis and CM.  Also may include discussion of how CM IT relates to Integrated Management System (IMS) and Nuclear Knowledge Management (NKM) programs as time permits.

Switchyard Configuration Control - John Parler, SCE&G and Paul Davis, PSEG Nuclear
This breakout session is intended to provide an open discussion of methods used to manage and provide oversight of onsite work efforts provided by non-nuclear internal company groups. Most plants use an internal transmission organization to support design and modification work within the switchyard. This can be done in various ways and provides unique configuration control and management oversight challenges. Participants should come prepared to discuss and share how they approach these CM, management and oversight issues.

CM for Digital and Digital Upgrades - John Connelly, Exelon
"Industry and operating experience show that weaknesses in the preparation of digital system project modifications may be attributed to: (a) insufficient knowledge and skills with new technology, (b) inadequate failure modes and effects analysis, (c) over-reliance on the expertise of vendors and supplemental personnel, (d) less than adequate requirements in procurement specifications, and (e) less than adequate understanding of software and software management and change control (reference INPO 10-008 Good Practice document titled “Ensuring Engineering Quality in Digital System Projects”).

Based on the above, the discussion will focus on the software/firmware/hardware procurement and change control, the unique aspects of digital system projects, software and hardware testing, knowledge based human performance, training and qualification, operation and maintenance considerations, and performance monitoring of digital systems."

Vendor Design Product - Adam Annis, Xcel Energy
This breakout session will discuss how plants are handling the challenges of vendor designs and what tools are being used to monitor performance.

Configuration Management for Unattended Openings - Paul Davis, PSEG Nuclear
"10 CFR 73.55 States “Unattended openings that intersect a security boundary such as underground pathways must be protected by a physical barrier and monitored by intrusion detection equipment or observed by security personnel at a frequency sufficient to detect exploitation.”

How is your CM affected by unattended openings (UAOs)?

Participants planning to attend should be able to provide or discuss examples of issues around CM for UAOs and how they were corrected.

Facility Configuration Information (FCI) Backlog Reduction - Paul Davis, PSEG Nuclear
Participants in this breakout will have an opportunity to discuss and share ideas on various ways to reduce FCI backlogs, including drawings, calculations, and other Engineering documents.  This may include use of supplemental resources (internal or external), special or streamlined processes for bulk FCI updates, or any software or other tools to assist in managing and reducing the backlogs.  Participants planning to attend should be able to provide or discuss any examples of FCI backlog reduction efforts at their respective sites.

Vendor Perspective: Their Procedures or Our Procedures - Eric Helm, AREVA
Utilities often request contract engineering service providers to use some or all of the utilities’ processes, methods, procedures, and tools. This generally falls under a generic description of using the utilities’’ QA program. The presentation will examine a variety of options and, from the contractor’s standpoint, the benefits and struggles of using the customer’s systems, procedures and tools.


EPRI PIM Demonstration - Russell Adams, EPRI Consultant & Bob Renuart, UniStar
An online demonstration of the PIM will be conducted to show the existing functionality and how it fulfills most of the use cases presented in the morning session. Workshop attendees will be given an appreciation of the power of the PIM tool and will be able to visualize the data inter-relationships, the CM Taxonomy and the Standard Handover Framework for documents and data through on-line demonstrations. A methodology going from the PIM to building an EPC or O/O data model will be discussed. They will have an opportunity to ask questions and get clarification on model specifics. Input will be requested on other functionality, use cases, and scope the attendees would like to see in the PIM.