Jon Sears, APS
information about conference activities will be provided.
Ken House, Director Design
Engineering - Palo Verde
discussion on the importance of Configuration Management (CM) in the industry,
future challenges and past learning experiences.
NPP Program & Presentation
Sungun Cho, KHNP
presentation will describe the current status and plans for nuclear power in
South Korea, one of the world’s most ambitious nuclear power programs, with 19
operating units and 6 under construction in Korea, plus export new-builds. The
presentation will include the current undertakings that the Korean nuclear
industry has embarked upon for a comprehensive, enterprise Configuration
Management, Asset Management and Knowledge Management programs, to include
regulator endorsement, processes, procedures and software, as well as
enterprise-level CM training and education. These programs are integrated with
the Maintenance and Engineering betterment efforts underway for the Korean
fleet, as well as the challenges faced by operating a diverse fleet of reactors
from virtually every PWR NSSS technology, and the new-build program for the
Korean-designed advanced APR-1400 plants. The presentation will be developed in
cooperation with Korea Hydro and Nuclear (KHNP) and their EPC, KETEP.
CM 1.0 Revision
Rich Giska, Independent Consultant
The American National
Standards Institute (ANSI) and Nuclear Information & Records Management
Association (NIRMA) Configuration Management Standard has proven to be a
cohesive factor for the nuclear industry since it was first issued in 2000. It
was revised and re-issued in 2007 and is being
re-affirmed in 2015. This presentation
will bring Configuration Management Benchmarking Group (CMBG) up to date with
the reaffirmation process and discuss the new CMBG working group activities for
the next revision.
Michael Hayes, Exelon
A Discussion about removing redundant and/or
unnecessary activities to streamline the modification process while maintaining
the quality and usefulness of the modification package. This presentation will
provide an overview of the topic and prompt discussion for the morning breakout
Jeff Clark, NRC Region IV
Regulatory Commission (NRC) to present their perspective of recent
Configuration Management issues in the nuclear industry.
Mark Fowler, INPO
The Institute of Nuclear Plant Operations (INPO) to present
an update of engineering Configuration Management activates and discuss Areas for Improvement (AFI’s).
Instructor – Kent Bjornn, APS
session is based on a 90 minute 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 session is to engage new conference attendees in the CM
process as presented at the conference and provide them with a capsule summary
of the process. CM 101 should provide an understanding of how the different
plant organizations contribute to and support configuration control of design,
processes, and equipment. There will be a discussion of the industry three-ball
process model for CM equilibrium, examples of how the equilibrium can be upset
and recommended processes for restoring the equilibrium.
CM 1.0 Revision
Facilitator - Rich Giska, Independent Consultant
will review the standard and discuss its industry role and relationship to
other Configuration Management (CM) guidance documents. Participants for the
breakout will be expected to ask specific questions about the standard or
provide input to the possible revision.
Facilitator – Michael Hayes, Exelon
The breakout will
discuss the attributes of plant modifications. Focus will be on benchmarking
best practices and lessons-learned in removing redundant and/or unnecessary
activities to streamline the modification process while maintaining the quality
and usefulness of the modification package. Attendees are encouraged to
describe techniques that have been successful and those that have not in making
their modification process efficient and effective.
Facilitator – Jim Stavely, PSEG Nuclear
Discussion on The Institute of Nuclear Plant Operations (INPO) Key
Performance Indicators (KPI’s) and what they reveal about performance in the
Facilitator – Glen Schinzel, South Texas Project
session is designed to benchmark the participant’s vendor/engineer of choice
(EOC) product quality issues and successful methods to address them.
Participants should be ready to discuss their organization’s approach to
managing the overall quality, cost, and schedule of the engineering
deliverables issued by the vendor/EOC, how they provide feedback to the
vendor/EOC on their performance, and common product quality themes and issues
with successful methods used to address them.
Update & Benchmark Discussions
Facilitators – Laurent Perkins, Bentley / Robert Renuart, Independent
Power Research Institute (EPRI) Plant Information Model (PIM) task team has
been evaluating recommended Facility Configuration Information (FCI) types and
content to support the complete Facility Lifecycle from Requirements through
Design, Procurement, Construction, ITAAC and Start-up, to the development of
FCI for subsequent Turnover to support Operations, Maintenance and all Plant
Members of the PIM team will share the progress made to date, but also request
attendees of this workshop to come prepared to share their knowledge and
experience to benchmark the PIM document list, in order to ensure that ALL
Information needs have been addressed from either an ‘Architect Engineering’
(AE), ‘Engineering, Procurement & Construction’ (EPC) or As Required
Turnover ‘Owner / Operator’ Information perspectives. Also beneficial would
be the inclusion of suggestions and experience from Document and Data
Handover/Turnover between these organizations throughout your plant development
and operation lifecycle.
As the nuclear industry slowly moves from a purely document-centric FCI model
to a hybrid data-centric / document-centric approach, using the PIM, attendees
are encouraged to share what Information sets are or would be part of
multi-dimensional Data Models and MEL databases, as well as traditional
drawings, documents and records.
Economic Analysis Data-Centric CM Project
Tom Esselman, Lucius Pitkin Inc. /
Robert Renuart, Independent Consultant
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) conducted an 18 month study to develop
a probabilistic Return on Investment (ROI) model to understand the costs and
benefits of moving to a Data Centric Configuration Management System. Over 10 nuclear facilities, solution
providers, other industries and National Institute of Standards and Technology
(NIST) were benchmarked. This
presentation will provide the background and use cases that were inputs into
the EPRI model that will benefit both operating and new build plants.
Basis Reviews and Technical Conscience
Mark Fowler, INPO
The Institute of Nuclear Plant Operations (INPO) to discuss Design Basis Reviews
and Technical Conscience in the nuclear industry.
Station AFI's and Recovery
Dave Weber, Energy Northwest
This presentation will
address the Areas for Improvement (AFI’s) in Modification Quality of
Engineering Service Providers and the AFI in Design Calculation Backlog that
was an outcome from the September 2014 INPO Inspection. Root Cause, Contributing Causes and
Corrective Actions will be presented for AFI recovery.
Verde Engineering Training Program
John Holmes, Palo Verde
Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station will introduce the process and
structure of the Legacy Engineer Training Program and the benefits it provides
to the company and industry.
Vendor Equipment Technical
Information Program (VETIP)
Facilitator – Paul Davis, PSEG Nuclear
This breakout is intended to help attendees share information about their
VETIP and rules associated with maintaining documentation from vendor of key safety-related
components. This will include a review
of the NRC Generic Letter 90-03.
Participants should come prepared to discuss how these issues are
handled by their organization.
Data-Centric End-States Discussion
Facilitators – Eric Helm,
AREVA / Tom Esselman, Lucius Pitkin Inc. / Robert Renuart, Independent
breakout session will examine the assumptions and inputs into the Electric
Power Research Institute (EPRI) Return on Investment (ROI) model. We will provide different use cases that will
show the sensitivity of the model with different assumptions. We will show how a utility can use the model
to analyze their assumptions and costs.
Facilitator – Mike Hayes, Exelon
management of temporary alterations is vital to facility configuration
management. This break out session will
focus on the various aspects of temporary alterations including terminology,
the criteria for deciding the proper change mechanism, i.e., full engineering
controls, procedure controlled, maintenance support, pre-engineered
alterations, etc. Attendee’s should be
prepared to discuss how their plant manages temporary alterations, problems
related to the removal of temporary alterations, site measures used to monitor
temporary alterations, and any problems related to the overdue removal of
Facilitator – Dave Weber, Energy Northwest
The FLEX breakout will be
facilitated based on the guidance provided in NEI 12-06 - Diverse and Flexible
Coping Strategies FLEX Implementation Guide Revision 0. A Questionnaire will be provided in advance
to solicit input. Attendees are
encouraged to share their experience with implementation of these strategies at
INPO IER 14-20 / Training
Facilitator – Jim Stavely, PSEG Nuclear
IER L1 14-20, “Integrated Risk – Healthy Technical
Conscience”, is a Level 1 INPO Industry Event Report. It is the highest level of IER. It describes major events such as the shutdown
of Crystal River that were heavily influenced by inadequate risk perception,
risk management, and Technical Conscience.
This breakout will discuss the IER, the associated recommendations, and
the Configuration Management connection.
Facilitator – Eric Helm, AREVA
Cyber security is one of the most recent major concerns for the
electricity industry as a whole, and in particular for NPP’s and associated
switching and transmission infrastructure.
Technology coupled with increased threats has changed the security model
for NPP’s far past traditional fences and guards. Today, digital assets, technology-based NPP
control systems and electronic IT-based design control offer new opportunities
for attack through altered, hacked, stolen or otherwise compromised facilities
to take control of NPP’s, gain unauthorized access to secure NPP areas and fissionables, compromise NPP safeguards, or steal corporate
information and trade secrets. Key to
the discussion is how NPP Configuration Management knowledge, information and
processes may be utilized to detect, identify and prevent or mitigate potential
threats or ongoing cyber-crime attacks.
This breakout will include discussion of:
Industry and Commercial requirements
and Internal Threats
Threat Detection and
CM and Cyber Security
Digital Assets Security
methods and mechanisms – network hacks, software mis-versioning,
unexplained instrument drift, virus attacks, undocumented design and equipment
Application of industry
standards to NPP CM-based cyber security solutions
Review of current
standards and references, such as NEI 08-09, DOE C2M2, NERC CIP, IAEA Safety
Series and 10 CFR 74.54
Eric Pace, South Carolina Electric and Gas / Prentice Gilbert, Southern
New Plant Lessons Learned in Information Turnover, data centric
Configuration Management, and other new build AP1000 CM topics.
of a New CM System
Shanu Shaikh, Nuclear Waste Management Organization
Nuclear Waste Management Organization, based in
Toronto, Canada, are in process of implementing a new
CM system in their organization. This
presentation will provide some insights on the system they implemented and the
lessons learned during the implementation.
– TBD at conference
For these first time
breakout sessions, conference participants will choose topics of interest that
are not covered in the conference agenda.
ANSI/NIRMA CM 1.0 Working Group Meeting
Mike Dickson, Duke Energy / Rich Giska, Independent Consultant
This working group meeting will be the official kickoff of the
working group. People who wish to
participate in the next revision of this document should attend and bring your
issues to discuss.