July 28, 2017 - Sargent & Lundy is participating in the 2017 Utility Working Conference and Vendor Technology Expo (UWC) organized by the American Nuclear Society (ANS). The conference is taking place August 6-9 in Amelia Island, Florida. The focus of the 2017 UWC will be to analyze cost drivers common to all nuclear power plants and recommend programs and processes to improve efficiency and effectiveness with innovative solutions that will enable a significant reduction in operating expenses.
Sargent & Lundy’s Andrew Taylor is the organizer for the session, “Second License Renewal: Delivering the Nuclear Promise from 60 to 80 Years.” Eighty years of operation is a key element for realizing the full value of a nuclear facility. By the end of 2018, thirty-four units in the U.S. will have passed the 40-year mark for plant operation. Therefore, one-third of the U.S. nuclear power industry will soon be eligible to apply for a second license renewal. This session brings together plant operators, the NRC, and an engineering firm with issues and solutions regarding second license renewal (SLR), including new NRC and industry guidance; research in aging materials; lessons learned; and second license renewal application procedures and training. Participants in this session include Albert Piha of Exelon, Craig Heah of Dominion, and Steve Bloom of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The session takes place Wednesday, August 9 at 10:30 a.m.
Additionally, Taylor will lead a four-hour “Engineering Ethics in Action” workshop. This workshop is designed to meet continuing training requirements for practicing engineers. It features interactive discussion, a video presentation, and a focus on technical decisions that engineers must make in the workplace. Participants will identify factors that can lead to unethical decision-making; apply an engineering code of ethics to a situation requiring ethical decision-making; analyze past and present situations that require ethical decision-making; and draw conclusions about the engineer’s role in the business world. The workshop will take place Wednesday, August 9 at noon.
Sargent & Lundy, a Silver Sponsor for the conference, will also sponsor the Sunrise Breakfast on Tuesday, August 8.