Program Planning for Fuel Handling Protective Control System Refurbishment at Bruce Power
9th International Conference on CANDU® Maintenance - 2011 December 04-06

Presented at:
9th International Conference on CANDU® Maintenance
2011 December 04-06
Toronto, Canada
Session Title:
Industry Performance Special Session C1

Mehdi Madani (GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Inc.)
Jason Giajnorio (GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Inc.)
Thelma Richard (GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Inc.)
Daniel Ho (GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Inc.)
Walter Volk (GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Inc.)
Andrew Ertel (Bruce Power)


Bruce Power has been planning to replace the Bruce A Fuel Handling (FH) computer systems including the Controller and Protective computers for many years. This is a complex project, requiring an extended FH outage. To minimize operational disruption and fully identify associated project risks, Bruce Power is executing the project in phases starting with the Protective Computer replacement.

GEH-C is collaborating with Bruce Power in a Preliminary Engineering (PE) phase to generate a project plan including specifications, budgetary cost, schedule, risks for the Protective computer replacement project. To assist Bruce Power in its evaluation, GEH-C’s is using 6-Sigma methodologies to identify and rank Critical to Quality (CTQ) requirements in collaboration with Bruce Power Maintenance, Operations, Plant Design and FH Engineering teams.  PE phase established the project scope, hardware and software specifications, material requirements and finally concluded with a recommended hardware platform and approved controls architecture.

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