Managing Nuclear Projects

1st Edition

Editors: Jas Devgun
Hardcover ISBN: 9780857095916
eBook ISBN: 9780857097262
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 31st August 2013
Page Count: 384
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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 oper


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


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"…a well-organized volume that has brought together the varied types of nuclear facilities, activities, and regulatory systems…it has incorporated the many discussions from its assorted contributors into a fluid work providing an array of inside knowledge on the activities, systems, and regulatory models of the modern nuclear industry for the nuclear novice.", March 12, 2014
"If you are a manager in any area of the nuclear field, this book is a resource that you want close to you on your bookshelf."--Dr. Tero Varjoranta, Director General of STUK, and former Director of the IAEA Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle & Waste Technology

About the Editors

Jas Devgun Editor

Dr Jas Devgun is a senior consultant with over three decades of experience in the nuclear field. He is internationally renowned, has numerous publications to his credit and has served on many national and international advisory bodies and committees including those of the IAEA, OECD/NEA, JNST (AESJ), ASME/ICEM and ANS. He is a Fellow of WMS.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Consultant, USA