Conference Proceedings Paper
PROJECT MANAGEMENT LESSONS LEARNED FROM BUILDING THE WENDELSTEIN 7-X STELLERATOR FUSION RESEARCH REACTOR
39th Annual CNS-CNA Student Conference - 2015 June 01
M. Freire-Gormaly (University of Toronto)
A. Gittens (University of Toronto)
L. Zhang (University of Toronto)
Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) is the world’s largest “stellarator” nuclear fusion reactor being commissioned in Greifswald, Germany. It will inform the international fusion energy test device (ITER). The complexity of W7-X added challenges since industrial expertise to manufacture components did not exist. The construction was completed eight years behind schedule and almost 100% over budget. Key take-away lessons in project management were revealed from W7-X which can be applied to any nuclear project. These lessons are aligned with the project management knowledge areas of schedule, stakeholder, procurement, scope, schedule, cost, communication, risk, quality, human resources and procurement management.
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