Conference Proceedings Paper
IMPLEMENTING A SUITABLE CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR INFORMATION MANAGEMENT AT DEEP GEOLOGICAL REPOSITORY SITES
3rd Canadian Nuclear Waste Management Decommissioning and Environmental Restoration - 2016 Sept. 11-14
S. Shaikh (Nuclear Waste Management Organization)
The management and preservation of critical design basis and licensing basis technical information is essential to ensure the long-term safety of a radioactive waste Deep Geological Repository (DGR) and its related facilities, structures, systems, equipment and components throughout its entire lifecycle (which includes planning, site selection, design, procurement, construction, commissioning, operations/maintenance and decommissioning/post closure).
Extra ordinarily long project time scales and numerous iterations of conceptual and preliminary designs and requirements results in unique challenges that are faced in preservation of the critical design and licensing basis technical information at radioactive waste DGR sites. Implementation of a suitable Configuration Management (CM) system will result in systematic management and retention of critical information and provision of traceable history of key changes to the design and licensing basis technical information.
This paper will provide a brief discussion on what CM means and how it can be applied in retention of critical design and licensing basis technical information for DGR facilities, which have lifecycles spanning many decades. This paper will also include a case study on implementation of a CM System at NWMO, which will provide detailed information on the process that was utilized to develop and implement the new CM system. It will also provide high level information on the Document Control, Engineering Change Control and Requirements Management software modules that were implemented.
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