Conference Proceedings Paper
Configuration Management: Actions Taken Today Will Impact Plant Operations and Maintenance for the Next 30 Years
9th International Conference on CANDU® Maintenance - 2011 December 04-06
Nikos Pontikakis (Candu Energy Inc.)
Frank Torchia (Candu Energy Inc.)
Configuration Management: Actions Taken Today Will Impact Plant Operations and Maintenance for the Next 30 Years, Nikos Pontikakis and Frank Torchia, Candu Energy Inc.
This paper deals with how configuration management has been dealt with in the past, and its future direction.
Part 1: New Build Plants – Manage the plant configuration from the beginning of design development. All plant Design Requirements are controlled and all design parameters documents, drawings, etc. are checked and verified during the design development. During Construction, all Materials Management and parts traceability, control of Field Changes, etc. are maintained under the same system. Operations is then given a complete Configuration Managed set of documentation to be maintained and used in operations, outage planning, and plant modifications.
Part 2: Existing Plants – The IAEA points out that up to 25% of recorded incidents in nuclear plants worldwide could be caused by configuration errors or deficiencies. The nuclear industry has now started to embrace configuration management to ensure that the actual plant matches the plant as found on paper. Achieving this level of Configuration Management requires that a complete set of Design Requirements for the plant is documented and is consistent with the Operating License, the Physical Configuration of the plant is consistent, and all documentation conforms to the Design Requirements.The goal of future Configuration Management is to be a useful tool, which will allow the next generation of engineers responsible for plant performance to carry out maintenance operations better, faster, and with less expense. Computer technology today is capable of modeling entire plants in accurate 3-D, with full documentation of any system or component. This will allow maintenance to be done faster, more accurately, with significantly less discovery scope, and as a result achieve better overall performance of the plant.
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