Managing Nuclear Projects

Managing Nuclear Projects

1st Edition - August 31, 2013

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  • Editor: Jas Devgun
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780857095916
  • eBook ISBN: 9780857097262

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In addition to the nuclear power industry, the nuclear field has extensive projects and activities in the areas of research reactors, medical isotope production, decommissioning, and remediation of contaminated sites. Managing nuclear projects focuses on the management aspects of nuclear projects in a wide range of areas with emphasis on process, requirements, and lessons learned.Part one provides a general overview of the nuclear industry including basic principles for managing nuclear projects, nuclear safety culture, management of worker risk, training, and management of complex projects. Part two focuses on managing reactor projects with discussion on a variety of topics including management of research reactor projects, medical radioisotope production, power reactor modifications, power uprates, outage management, and management of nuclear-related R&D. Chapters in part three highlight the areas of radioactive waste and spent fuel management, reactor decommissioning, and remediation of radioactively contaminated sites. Finally, part four explores regulation, guidance and emergency management in the nuclear industry. Chapters discuss quality assurance and auditing programs, licensing procedures for nuclear installations, emergency preparedness, management of nuclear crises, and international nuclear cooperation.With its distinguished editor and contributors, Managing Nuclear Projects is a valuable resource for project managers, plant managers, engineers, regulators, training professionals, consultants, and academics.

Key Features

  • Examines the basic principles of managing nuclear projects focussing on processes and requirements
  • Discusses the management of reactor projects
  • Explores regulation, guidance and emergency management in the nuclear industry


Nuclear research establishments, plant operators and management personnel; Technical support organizations in the nuclear field; Professors and researchers in the fields of nuclear engineering, physics, nuclear chemistry and project management; Governmental/ regulatory nuclear safety bodies

Table of Contents

  • Dedication

    Contributor contact details

    Woodhead Publishing Series in Energy


    Part I: Basic principles

    Chapter 1: Basic principles for managing nuclear projects


    1.1 Introduction

    1.2 Characteristics of nuclear projects

    1.3 Basics a nuclear project manager needs to know

    1.4 Project management fundamentals for nuclear projects

    1.5 Managing costs

    1.6 Managing risk in nuclear projects

    1.7 Challenges and lessons learned

    1.8 Future trends

    Chapter 2: Safety culture and managing worker risk at nuclear facilities


    2.1 Introduction and definition of safety culture

    2.2 Key elements of safety culture and the management of worker risk

    2.3 Managing safety at a nuclear site

    2.4 Managing worker risk at a nuclear site

    2.5 Challenges and lessons learned

    2.6 Conclusion and future trends

    Chapter 3: Training in the nuclear industry


    3.1 Introduction

    3.2 Fundamental issues for managing training programs at nuclear sites

    3.3 Training permanent staff and contractors

    3.4 Specialized technical training

    3.5 Training for site specialists

    3.6 Challenges and lessons learned

    3.7 Future trends

    Chapter 4: Managing complex projects and facilities: practices at the United States Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management


    4.1 Introduction

    4.2 Fundamental issues for managing complex projects and facilities

    4.3 Project management at EM

    4.4 Case study of Waste Treatment Plant management by the Office of River Protection

    4.5 Summary of challenges and lessons learned

    4.6 Continuous project management improvement

    Part II: Managing reactor projects

    Chapter 5: Managing nuclear research reactor construction projects and operation


    5.1 Introduction

    5.2 Types of research reactors

    5.3 Managing research reactor construction projects

    5.4 Managing the operation of research reactors

    5.5 Scheduling research reactor operation

    5.6 Managing ageing, repair and maintenance of research reactors

    5.7 Research reactors: selected examples

    5.8 Emerging techniques and future trends

    5.9 Sources of further information

    Chapter 6: Managing modifications, power uprates and outages at operating nuclear power plants


    6.1 Introduction

    6.2 Managing modifications

    6.3 Managing power uprates

    6.4 Outage management

    6.5 Challenges and future trends

    Chapter 7: Managing medical radioisotope production facilities


    7.1 Introduction

    7.2 Radioisotope production technologies and current supply chain

    7.3 Conversion from highly enriched uranium to low enriched uranium

    7.4 New production facilities and decommissioning

    7.5 Accelerator-based production technologies

    7.6 Fundamental issues and challenges of medical isotope production

    7.7 Sources of further information

    Chapter 8: Management of nuclear-related research and development (R&D)


    8.1 Introduction

    8.2 R&D and its management for nuclear power plants and nuclear facilities: national procedures

    8.3 R&D and its management for nuclear power plants and nuclear facilities: international R&D

    8.4 R&D and its management for radioactive waste management and disposal

    8.5 Challenges and lessons learned

    8.6 Future trends

    8.7 Sources of further information

    Part III: Managing radioactive waste, decommissioning and site remediation

    Chapter 9: Managing radioactive waste


    9.1 Introduction

    9.2 Management of radioactive waste materials by small-scale users

    9.3 Management of radioactive waste materials by large-scale users

    9.4 Spent fuel management and storage issues

    9.5 Recycling, reuse and clearance processes

    9.6 Challenges and lessons learned

    9.7 Future trends

    9.8 Sources of further information

    Chapter 10: Managing nuclear decontamination and decommissioning projects


    10.1 Introduction

    10.2 Overview of a reactor decommissioning project

    10.3 Fundamental issues for managing a reactor decommissioning project

    10.4 Lessons learned

    10.5 Sources of further information

    Part IV: Regulation, guidance and emergency management

    Chapter 11: Managing site remediation: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Superfund program



    11.1 Introduction

    11.2 EPA Superfund remedy selection: introduction and risk assessment

    11.3 EPA Superfund remedy selection: compliance with environmental laws and other guidance

    11.4 EPA/NRC Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

    11.5 Superfund site examples

    11.6 Conclusions

    11.7 Future trends

    11.8 Sources of further information

    Chapter 12: Quality assurance and audits in the nuclear industry in the USA


    12.1 Introduction

    12.2 Overview of quality assurance standards and requirements

    12.3 Special challenges of nuclear audits

    12.4 Conducting an audit

    12.5 Large-scale facility audits or ‘vertical’ audits

    12.6 Types of audit

    12.7 Independent engineer’s reports – asset assessment

    12.8 Conclusions and future trends

    12.9 Sources of further information

    12.10 Source documents

    Chapter 13: Licensing procedures for nuclear installations


    13.1 Introduction

    13.2 Regulations and regulatory systems

    13.3 Nuclear installation licensing: an overview

    13.4 General principles and challenges of licensing procedures

    13.5 Submission of license application and ongoing supervision

    13.6 Challenges and lessons learnt: specific examples

    13.7 Future trends

    13.8 Sources of further information

    Chapter 14: Emergency management at nuclear plants: the US approach


    14.1 Introduction

    14.2 Defense in depth

    14.3 Emergency preparedness and emergency plans at nuclear sites

    14.4 Emergency classification schemes

    14.5 Federal, state and local responsibilities and use of potassium iodide

    14.6 Emergency preparedness in response to terrorism

    14.7 Sources of further information

    Chapter 15: Management of nuclear crises: accidents and lessons learned


    15.1 Introduction

    15.2 Major nuclear accidents

    15.3 Avoiding a crisis

    15.4 Preparing for the unexpected

    15.5 Managing the acute crisis phase and long term, far reaching aspects

    15.6 Learning from crises

    Chapter 16: International nuclear cooperation


    16.1 Introduction

    16.2 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

    16.3 OECD/Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)

    16.4 World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) and other players

    16.5 Transfer of knowledge: education and training consortia

    16.6 Lessons learned and challenges

    16.7 Future trends

    16.8 Sources of further information


Product details

  • No. of pages: 384
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2013
  • Published: August 31, 2013
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780857095916
  • eBook ISBN: 9780857097262

About the Editor

Jas Devgun

Dr. Devgun has extensive and wide-ranging experience in nuclear industry for the past four decades and his experience and past positions provide him a unique perspective of the entire nuclear field. He was Manager of Nuclear Power Technologies at Sargent & Lundy for almost two decades and has worked at numerous power reactors sites. He was an Associate Director of R&D Office at Argonne National Laboratory for a decade and a Project Manager for many large and small nuclear projects including those managed by Duke engineering and Services (Duke Energy). He has also held positions with AECL and at CRNL. In addition, Dr. Devgun has served as consultant to IAEA in Vienna and is a member of an OECD/NEA committee and various working groups. He has chaired numerous national and international sessions at technical conferences and taught numerous technical workshops and lectures at various organizations/sites including at WMS, Oxford, Glasgow, Bruges, Saclay, and Manchester University. He is on the International Advisory Board of Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology (official journal of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan) and has served the American Nuclear Society for three decades, holding various leadership roles. Dr. Devgun is the editor of Managing Nuclear Projects Individual chapters are authored by technical experts in their fields with substantial experience and recognition.

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