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Jon Sears, APS
Logistical information about conference activities will be provided.


Ken House, Director Design Engineering - Palo Verde
Opening discussion on the importance of Configuration Management (CM) in the industry, future challenges and past learning experiences.

Korean NPP Program & Presentation 2

Sungun Cho, KHNP 
This 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.

ANSI/NIRMA 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.

Modification Process Simplification
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 session.

Jeff Clark, NRC Region IV

Nuclear 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).


CM 101
Instructor – Kent Bjornn, APS
This 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.

ANSI/NIRMA CM 1.0 Revision
Facilitator - Rich Giska,
Independent Consultant

The breakout 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.

Modification Process
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 nuclear industry.

Vendor/Engineer Product Quality
Facilitator – Glen Schinzel, South Texas Project

This 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.

EPRI PIM/MEL Update & Benchmark Discussions
Facilitators – Laurent Perkins, Bentley / Robert Renuart, Independent Consultant
The Electric 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 Programs.

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.


EPRI Economic Analysis Data-Centric CM Project

Tom Esselman, Lucius Pitkin Inc. / Robert Renuart, Independent Consultant
The 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.

INPO Design 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.

Columbia 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.

Palo 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.

EPRI Data-Centric End-States Discussion
Facilitators –
Eric Helm, AREVA / Tom Esselman, Lucius Pitkin Inc. / Robert Renuart, Independent Consultant
This 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.

Temporary Modifications
Facilitator – Mike Hayes, Exelon

Proper 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 temporary alterations.

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 their Facility.

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.

Cyber Security
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:

          Current Regulatory, Industry and Commercial requirements

          Distinguishing External and Internal Threats

          Threat Detection and Management

          CM and Cyber Security

          Digital Assets Security

          Typical Cyber-Attack methods and mechanisms – network hacks, software mis-versioning, unexplained instrument drift, virus attacks, undocumented design and equipment changes, etc.

          Meeting compliance requirements

          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



New Build CM
Eric Pace, South Carolina Electric and Gas / Prentice Gilbert, Southern Company

New Plant Lessons Learned in Information Turnover, data centric Configuration Management, and other new build AP1000 CM topics.

Implementation 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.


Participants Choice
Facilitators – 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.


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