Invensys Executive Ken Brown Briefs NRC on Digital Instrumentation and Control Issues for Nuclear Power Plants

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On July 18, 2007, Invensys Process Systems vice president, Ken Brown, along with other executives from industry, non-governmental organizations, and the U.S. government, briefed the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NRC) on the application of modern digital instrumentation and control (I&C) technology in nuclear power plants. Mr. Brown's presentation, "Digital Modernization Hurdles and Solutions," encompassed a number of critical issues.

On July 18, 2007, Invensys Process Systems vice president, Ken Brown, along with other executives from industry, non-governmental organizations, and the U.S. government, briefed the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NRC) on the application of modern digital instrumentation and control (I&C) technology in nuclear power plants. Mr. Brown's presentation, "Digital Modernization Hurdles and Solutions," encompassed a number of critical issues, including:

  • Diversity, Defense in Depth (D3)
  • Risk-Informed Digital I&C
  • Operator Training
  • Cyber Security, and
  • Lessons Learned from other industries

In his conclusion, Mr. Brown stated, "We're very pleased with the progress that's taking place as of late with the recent working groups and the discussions with the [NRC] staff. Within Invensys, we'd like to help facilitate the transfer of knowledge from other mission critical and high-reliability industries and how we can apply that knowledge to the nuclear area."

Other executives participating in this NRC briefing included:

  • Amir Shakarami, Senior VP Engineering & Technical Services, Exelon Corporation
  • Chuck Welty, Technical Executive, Nuclear Power Sector, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
  • Cynthia McGinnis, Manager, Nuclear Systems Engineering, New Plants Engineering, Westinghouse Electric Company
  • Thomas Bowe, Executive Director of Reliability Integration, PJM Interconnection
  • Homayoon Dezfuli, System Safety Manager, Safety and Assurance Requirements Division, Office of Safety and Mission Assurance, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

The above briefings were followed by an NRC Staff Presentation by Luis Reyes, Executive Director of Operations.

The full transcript of the July 16 NRC briefing is available at:
http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/commission/tr/2007/20070718.pdf

Invensys in the Nuclear Power Industry
Invensys provides products, services and solutions that enable today's industrial plant operators to monitor, manage and improve the performance of their plant assets. Invensys includes industry-leading brands such as Foxboro, Triconex, SimSci-Esscor, Wonderware and Avantis, whose products are installed in more than 100,000 plants across the world. These range from small hybrid and batch plants to the world's largest power plants, refineries, gas plants, petrochemicals plants and pulp and paper mills.

For the nuclear power generation industry, Invensys combines systems, engineering, and support capabilities to provide a cost-effective, comprehensive solution for plant life extensions (http://www.invensysnuclear.com ). With nearly five decades of nuclear industry experience worldwide, an advanced process control system from Foxboro, 1E certified safety systems from Triconex and sophisticated simulation tools from SimSci-Esscor, Invensys brings together the expertise and resources to provide the nuclear industry with a fully integrated instrumentation and digital control upgrade solution.

The Invensys Group (http://www.invensys.com) is made up of five businesses: Process Systems, APV, Eurotherm, Rail Systems and Controls. The Group is headquartered in London and is listed on the London Stock Exchange, with approximately 30,000 employees working in 60 countries.

Invensys, Foxboro, I/A Series, SimSci-Esscor, Triconex, Wonderware and Avantis are trademarks of Invensys plc, its subsidiaries, or affiliates. All other brands and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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