Solutions to drive safety, reliability and economic performance through the digitalization of nuclear power plants

The 2nd Annual Nuclear Plant Digitalization Conference is the premier global meeting point for the nuclear digitalization community, where insight is shared on using the Digitalization of Nuclear Power Plants to optimize reliability, safety and performance. With digital technologies, data analytics, records management and automated programs all identified by utilities as stand-out contributors for cost reduction, the utilisation of digitalization is key to reducing future operation and production costs.

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Session 1: Digital Transformation to Facilitating an Innovative Culture Change
Creating an Innovative Culture in a Heavily-Regulated Industry
  • Understand how Exelon have successfully adopted an innovative culture across their nuclear fleet and overcome the challenges faced by a controlled nuclear regulatory environment
  • Recognize the lessons learned during this adoption of an innovative culture and how the solutions utilized by Exelon can be applied to other nuclear fleets
  • Hear the work that Exelon are doing to create ‘The Digital Plant’, and produce an entire digital experience across their fleet 

Exelon Susan Landahl SVP Organizational Effectiveness and IP Assessment Exelon

Case Study: The Refurbishment and Modernization of Bruce Power’s Fleet
  • Hear how Bruce Power are modernizing their entire fleet by standardization and upgrading of their control systems
  • Understand the reasoning behind the refurbishment strategy and the IT interconnections through the business plan and the analytics
  • Recognize the future vision for the station and comprehend how this is going to be executed including the methodology, design basis, installations and prioritization of what will be digitalized first

Bruce Power Marek Derewonko Division Manager for Engineering Support Bruce Power

Modernization When Undergoing a Digital Transformation
  • Understand the transition required within an organizational structure when adopting digital systems, and the future of those organization’s currently undergoing this internal shift
  • Recognize the increased requirement for computer horsepower when more data intensive processes are adopted during the transition to digital, including advanced analytics
  • Understand how internal organizational structures will need assessing to the raise the level of IT, creating a convergence between IT and Engineering teams

INPO Bill Nowicki Snr Evaluator INPO

Make Your Workforce Thrive: Address Change Management During the Digital Transformation
  • Ensure a controlled and structured process of technology adoption to leverage the technology better and optimally suit your organization
  • Learn the optimal techniques to adapt vendor and utility processes, organizations and skills sets within a resistant workforce including training, pilots and simulators
  • Understand the importance of using pilots and new tools in preparation for digital systems to ensure a smoother integration
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Session 2: Monitoring and Diagnostics
Case Study: Implementing APR Software and Monitoring and Diagnostics in Nuclear Reactors
  • Hear about OPG’s experience of implementing APR software and a monitoring and diagnostics centre in their nuclear reactors to improve plant performance monitoring
  • Understand the lessons that have been learned during this implementation, and the challenges overcome to improve the ability to detect anomalies, defer time based predictive maintenance and reduce overheads in engineering and maintenance
  • Hear how the IT and Engineering teams within OPG have successfully worked together to move forward with implementing an advanced monitoring and diagnostics centre

OPG Sorin Marinescu Snr Manager Plant Reliability OPG

The Transition to Online Monitoring: Reduce Operations and Maintenance Costs
  • Hear about the research being conducted to help nuclear operators implement or improve Online Monitoring programs to reduce operations and maintenance costs
  • Understand the need for a reliable, flexible and cost-appropriate wireless network to better obtain and transport data
  • Learn how to improve diagnostics and prognostics through data analytics by using parameter-based diagnostics to support more effective decision making

EPRI Rob Austin Snr Program Manager I&C, Cyber Security and Software Development EPRI

Wireless Technology Advancements
  • Hear about the latest wireless technologies being developed which enable cost effective plant wide monitoring, performance analytics and asset management
  • Learn about different wireless communication techniques for nuclear applications and comprehend how they can enable more effective predictive maintenance and asset management
  • How wireless technologies can assist your organization in driving safety, reliability and economic efficiency in line with delivering the Nuclear Promise®

Curtiss-Wright Matthew Laux Principal Engineer Curtiss-Wright

Nuclear Innovation - Analog to Digital Acceptance
  • Hear about the many plants evaluating new technologies to modernize existing plants
  • Increase your understanding of the NRC Integrated System Validation (ISV) process, and the reasons why it is a key step to implementing digitization change
  • Understand the process of how a plant prepares for ISV and how regulatory acceptance can affect the ROI, and eventual benefit of the innovation

GSE Systems Sean Fuller SVP Sales and Technology GSE Systems

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Session 3: The Latest Predictive Analytics and I&C Upgrades
Case Study - Southern Nuclear: Cost-Benefit Analysis of Advanced Data Analytics
  • Establish clear methodology for evaluating different vendor options for data analytics to successfully compare competing technologies and ensure the best-fit for your organization
  • Understand the impact of additional work required to develop the model and capability of analytic platforms and how this can affect development costs
  • Learn how to effectively benchmark initial investment to improve clarity and more successfully estimate future ROI

Southern Company Bradley Adams VP Engineering Southern Company

The Digital Languages of the Future
  • Learn about evolving standardisation practices in industrial control systems as the internet of things rolls through to allow better utilization of data
  • Understand the impact that the high-number of standards and protocols for industrial control systems has on the industry
  • Understand the requirement for consolidation and standardisation within industrial control systems for protocols and standards

L3 Mapps Michael Chatlani VP Marketing and Sales L3 Mapps

Leveraging Technology to Reduce Risk and Optimize Reliability
  • Understand how to reduce risk through analytic-based predictive maintenance to drive reactor reliability
  • Learn how leveraging smart technology and turning data into actionable intelligence allows utilities to quantify risk and allow for better decision-making
  • Understand how leveraging intelligent software and devices allows for more effective monitoring and control of reactor conditions
Create a Smart Core: Address Challenges when Implementing Digital I&C Upgrades in Your Business
  • Recognize the key drivers for using extensive and highly-integrated I&C systems including ageing and obsolete equipment
  • Hear about the challenges that have been faced when completing nuclear plant digital upgrades including extended outages, inadvertent plant trips and protracted regulatory reviews
  • Learn how challenges have been addressed to develop digital experience, update existing methods and tools to address technical issues and create a paradigm shift within an organization’s culture
Ensure Safety and Efficiency within Mobility Working and Come Out on Top
  • Hear how digital progressions in mobility working such as EAM screens and systems can increase time-efficiency and provide management with more direct control
  • Understand the impact that increased mobility working can have on safety and how to address safety concerns when using mobile work platforms on a nuclear power plant
  • Recognize the importance of preparation and training to ensure your workforce has the appropriate skills and capabilities to work in a mobile environment to ensure efficiency
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Session 4: Reducing Cyber Security Threats
An EPRI Perspective on Nuclear Plant Cyber Security
  • Hear an overview of EPRI’s research portfolio and strategy for cyber security, including risk informed cyber, reference assessments and supply chain updates
  • Understand the integrated vision that EPRI has and what they plan to achieve through their research portfolio for example cost-effective management of cyber risks
  • Learn about EPRI’s goals and industry imperatives to comprehend how overall O&M costs can be reduced in your organization

EPRI Matt Gibson Principal Technical Leader Nuclear I&C and Cyber Security EPRI

Cyber security and information assurance in the digital era: leadership, maturity, agility and transformation
  • Discover the objectives, requirements, model standards and regulatory expectations for transformation of cyber security in the US nuclear sector
  • Understand views on leadership, maturity and agility of information assurance
  • Gain an insight into the need for cyber risk aware culture, continuous improvement planning and the critical requirement to ensure and test robust resilience plans
Keeping cyber security regulations in line with evolving security threats: moving towards digitalization within cyber security
  • Better understand the cyber security regulatory requirements to ensure you can come up with optimal techniques to mitigate risk
  • Hear how regulations are being advanced to standardise cyber security policies to ensure that all plants can implement policies in a similar way
  • Recognize how the NRC are working to ensure cyber security regulations meet shifting cyber threats and ensure that evolving technologies can be implemented in line with regulations
Establishing a Realistic Budget to Maintain Systems’ Cyber Security
  • Recognize the importance of a programme of ongoing investment in cyber security to keep up with the evolving cyber threats
  • Gain clarity about both the hard- and soft-benefits of investment into cybersecurity which need to be considered when conducting cost-benefit analyses
  • Hear how the how the deployment of increased cyber security can account for hidden costs and reduce future economic risks
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Session 5: Evolvements in Records & Configuration Management
Digital Transformation to Realize the Nuclear Promise®: AMEREN CALLAWAY’s Journey
  • Learn how leading nuclear utilities like Ameren Callaway are capitalizing on digitalization to realize the Nuclear Promise®
  • Understand what is included within this, such as Configuration Management and Electronic Work Procedures and the implementation of the Standard Design Process a full year before it is required
  • Learn how Bentley plans to take the next generation of digitization further building from these successes

Bentley Systems Jim Newman Director Product Management and Asset Performance Bentley Systems

Ameren Janice Hoerber IT Supervisor Development Operations Ameren

Evolving Practices within Electronic Work Packages
  • Get an overview of the evolving practices within electronic work package development including package generation and standardisation
  • Hear about developments within laboratories to increase standardisation of EWP’s and subsequently assist with delivering competitively priced nuclear power
  • Hear about successful EWP integration that has taken place within US utilities and how this can create economic efficiency within an organization
Maintaining Quality Records: Do You Understand the Importance?
  • Recognize the importance of retaining, cleaning and maintaining data to a high standard to ensure effective future data retrieval
  • Create a holistic view of records being curated whilst being subject to programmatic controls to ensure your electronic files are meeting obligations
  • Consider a complete infrastructure approach when implementing records retention, modification and disaster recovery
The Next Big Thing in Configuration Management: Integrated Systems for Digital Upgrades
  • Learn how an effective transition to an integrated configuration and information management system can create future cost-efficiencies
  • Understand the challenges with using a ‘multiple database’ model of old stations and the limitations of existing systems being used for a Configuration Management Information System model
  • Learn how integrated configuration management systems are evolving within the nuclear industry and what the industry needs to do to attain truly centralized configuration management
Meeting Regulatory Requirements when Maintaining Data and Records
  • Hear about the work being conducted by the NRC to upgrade data and record maintenance regulations and QA1 documents to facilitate a simpler implementation of 2D and 3D models
  • Learn how to ensure that regulatory requirements are adhered to whilst maintaining, curating and storing data and records in one integrated configuration management and information system and
  • Understand the optimal ways ensure sure that approved data in a record repository matches database information within 2D and 3D models and they don’t become mismatched

If you’d like to get involved, I’d love to hear from you! Please contact me on the details below

Charlotte Howlett

Charlotte Howlett

Senior Project Director
Nuclear Energy Insider
+1800 814 3459 x7182 (US)
+44 (0) 207 375 7182 (Global)

2017 Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

  • Dataglance
  • NukePlanSuite

Bronze Sponsors

  • Bentley
  • Curtiss Wright
  • GSE
  • L-3-Mapps


  • GTTSi
  • HanAra

Industry Partners

  • e4 carolinas
  • Nirma
  • US NIC