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Nuclear engineering for safety, control and security

13-14 March 2019 | Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, Bristol

CPD 14 hours


Wednesday 13 March – Workshop day


Registration and refreshments


Workshop 1: Statistical Testing Methods for ‘Smart Device’ Justification

Part 1: Background and introduction to Statistical Testing

  • Practice and application to safety related ‘Smart’ (software based) devices.

Part 2: Development and engineering of test rigs that cater to Statistical Testing of ‘Smart’ devices

Part 3: Lessons learnt from the development and realization of a practical statistical testing method.

  • A Licensee’s perspective
  • A Manufacturer’s perspective

Rob Stockham, General Manager and Samuel Faulkner, Applications Engineer Moore Industries-Europe, Inc.

Dr. Silke Kuball, C&I Engineer, Reactor Protection and C&I Standards Group, EDF Energy

Benoît Jouan, Gantner Instruments


Lunch and networking


Workshop 2: Challenges for nuclear innovation: Robotics and AI

This half-day workshop will disseminate recent experience and learning on the development and deployment of robotic solutions into radiation environments across the nuclear industry: legacy decommissioning; fusion and fission new build (including SMRs). The workshop will focus on both the justification for using robotic technology as well as the complex safety considerations made prior to successful deployment. The workshop will benefit workers in the nuclear industry with an interest in improving productivity and reducing risk to the workforce.

Main topics to be covered include:

State-of-the-art Technology: latest developments in robotics and artificial intelligence will be discussed, together with an overview of the potential it has to reduce risk and improve productivity in the nuclear industry.

Safety Case Context: The regulation of robotic technology, including an outline of how such systems can be verified and validated prior to deployment will be presented and an overview of the safety case and its development for robotics and AI technology will be discussed.

Technical Readiness: Overview of readiness in terms of proprietary availability and scope for implementations in safety related applications.

Case Studies: An illustration of several successful deployments of robotics and artificial intelligence in the nuclear industry will be provided and the lessons learned will be discussed.

The Future: The future capabilities of robotic systems will be highlighted, with particular focus on removing workers from the harmful environment and the potential impact on site licensees, including their workers and supply chains.

Dr Joaquin Carrasco, University of Manchester and RAIN

Dr Guy Burroughes, Euro-Fusion Fellow/Robotics and Software Engineer, RACE

Peter Smart, Rolls Royce

Steve Frost, Superintending Inspector, ONR


End of workshop day


Drinks reception hosted by IET Technical Professional Network (TPN) for Nuclear Engineering. An informal introduction to the new TPN and how you can get involved.

Thursday 14 March – Seminar day


Registration and refreshments


Conference Chair’s welcome and introduction

Steve Frost, Principal Nuclear Safety Inspector, Office for Nuclear Regulation


Keynote Address: Hinkley Point C (HPC) Progress and I&C Design

  • Update on the construction progress and development of HPC
  • Overview of the HPC I&C Architecture
  • Progress with the implementation of the I&C design
  • The approach to justification of computer-based systems, and assessment techniques to be deployed
  • Reflections on I&C design, from AGR to EPR

Paul Tooley, Chief I&C Engineer HPC, EDF Energy


Cyber Security in the Civil Nuclear Sector

  • Understanding the key threats, risks and mitigations
  • NCSC guidance and advice

Simon, Civil Nuclear Sector Lead, National Cyber Security Centre


Refreshments and networking opportunity


Equivalence: How to prove it with modern manufacturing techniques

  • Dealing with obsolescence issues from old designs/problem solving
  • “Equivalence” and how to prove it with improved manufacturing techniques
  • How lessons learnt from old designs affects the future of high temperature neutron flux detectors

Martin Horman, Scientist, Ultra-Electronics Energy

Jefferson Ridgway, Technical Compliance Manager, Ultra-Electronics Energy


Validation and verification of field programmable gate array based systems

  • Potential sources of faults in FPGA systems
  • Comparison with microprocessor based systems
  • • Measures to identify and eliminate faults, and covering these in a safety case

Dr Andrew White, ONR Principal Inspector - Controls and Instrumentation, Office for Nuclear Regulation


NuScale Power – An Introduction to a UK - U.S. Partnership

  • Overview of NuScale’s technology and how it supports our Diverse Energy Platform
  • Road to commercialisation
  • Building partnerships for a UK venture

Tyrone Sparkes, Director – Operations (UK), NuScale Power


Lunch and networking


Cyber Security – Using the kill chain to drive exercising, training and assurance of cyber defences

  • Developing credible scenarios for cyber exercising based on threat characterisation and TTP analysis
  • Threat planning: How to decompose a threat
  • Exercise design using the cyber kill chain

Matt Lloyd Davies, Principal Inspector, ONR


Glovebox Containment Ageing Management

  • Regulatory expectations for ageing management of nuclear plant
  • Ageing Management Plans
  • Taking a collaborate approach - AWE plc & Sellafield Ltd
  • A case study with glovebox viewing panel degradation at AWE

Dave Sweeney, Senior Facility Engineer, AWE plc


Refreshments and networking opportunity


Safeguards and the UK - A State System of Accounting for and Control of Nuclear Material (SSAC)

  • The Government in 2018 passed the Nuclear Safeguards Act 2018 which will be underpinned by Nuclear Safeguard Regulations for the purpose of implementing a domestic safeguards regime
  • The domestic legal framework will empower ONR to deliver a UK SSAC that enables the UK to meet its international safeguards obligations from 29 March 2019 and, following a period of development, to deliver a safeguards regime equivalent in effectiveness and coverage to that currently provided by Euratom
  • This presentation will explain the changes to the domestic safeguards regime, and the role ONR has within it.

Neil Blundell, Principal Nuclear Inspector, ONR


Panel discussion

Take the opportunity to put questions to our expert panel of speakers, and share solutions with your peers to overcome the challenges you are facing


Conference Chair’s final remarks and close of event

Draft programme

Please note this programme is a work-in-progress. Topics, subjects, speakers and timings are subject to change

Headline sponsor

Sponsors / exhibitors


Conference registration

Member - £585
Non-member - £685
Student - £150

All prices are per person and are subject to VAT at 20%.