July 17, 2023 – Sargent & Lundy will participate in the Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control & Human-Machine Interface Technologies Conference taking place July 15-20 in Knoxville, Tennessee Sargent & Lundy’s Pareez Golub and Rick Paese will lead and participate in several panels on digital modernization strategies geared toward economic sustainability for the U.S. nuclear fleet.
Golub, a leader in digital instrumentation and controls modernization and consulting, will be a panelist for the, “Digital Modernization of Plant Protection Systems,” panel July 17 from 3:15 to 5 p.m. EDT. The panelists will discuss current digital I&C modernization activities, implementation successes and challenges, and associated regulatory insights, as well as their vision and potential technical and regulatory challenges for integrating current plant controls and safety systems into all-digital modern control rooms.
Both Golub and Paese, a digital I&C and human factors engineering specialist, will participate in the, “MCR/Concept of Operations Modernization Strategy,” panel July 18 from 10 to 11:45 a.m. EDT, with Golub chairing the panel. Nuclear power is key to meeting decarbonization goals, so utilities are pursuing subsequent license renewal of the existing fleet to meet future demand. To support the extended life of the plant, an important aspect to consider is control room modernization. This panel will present modernization plans from several large utilities and industry HFE authorities, including aspects of strategic planning, evolving concepts of operations, HFE program development, and licensing of new digital main control rooms.
Additionally, Golub will also chair the panel, “Utility Digital Transformation Strategies,” on July 18 from 3:15 to 5 p.m. EDT. With the increasing pressure to be more efficient and reliable, nuclear utilities are looking to replace aging analog infrastructure and controls. While digital upgrades have been performed for many years, they have typically been done on a project-by-project basis. A full return of investment is obtained through an integrated strategy that combines elements of standardization, strategic grouping of projects, integration of the projects with business processes to track and control reliability, data digitalization and distribution, and more. The panel, comprised of several utility industry leaders, will discuss integrated utility digital transformation strategies and how they have evolved in the past few years.
The NPIC & HMIT Conference is hosted by the American Nuclear Society and brings together nuclear I&C and HFE professionals with leaders from industry and academia to discover the state of the technology, exchange information, and discuss future directions. The depth and breadth of Sargent & Lundy’s nuclear experience has made it a leader in operating unit support, including digital I&C engineering services. We look forward to networking with other industry leaders and sharing key insights to support the future of digital modernization for nuclear utilities.