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24th – 25th – 26th September 2014 Budapest – Hungary

Day One: 24th September

08.00 – 08.30
Morning coffee and registration in the exhibiting area

Opening remarks and Welcome from our Chairman Michael Chatlani, VP Marketing & Sales L-3 MAPPS

The role of simulators in Hungarian nuclear education and training – ASZODI Attila Prof. Dr. – Full professor – Budapest University of Technology and Economics Government Commissioner – Prime Minister’s Office – MVM PA Ltd. Paks

  • Introduction to Hungarian Nuclear Industry
  • Simulation scientific background, workshops, institutions
  • The “Hungarian way” of nuclear education and training, including application of different simulation tools
  • Past and future of the full-scope training simulator
  • Plans for new training infrastructures

Use of real time simulation to validate the plant systems design – Krystel Frezza – Senior Advisor I&C direction – AREVA

Operation & Maintenance of NPP training simulators in Germany – Mr. Dr. Wolfgang Wischert – KSG GfS

  • The German situation of NPP simulator training
  • Combining NPP and simulator know-how
  • Maintenance & test standards
  • New focus: Getting international


Coffee, exhibition and networking sessions

Simulating Generation III+ EPR Power Plants – Raymond Dimitri-Hakim – L-3 MAPPS

  • Introduction
  • Overview of AREVA’s EPR reactor
  • Review of L-3 MAPPS’ EPR simulation experience
  • Simulating Level 0, Level 1 and Level 2 with Orchid®
  • Configuration Management for New Build simulators
  • Conclusions

The Slovenske Elektrarne VVER440 FSS rehosting and upgrades projects – Rùben Vidlicka – Head of the Training Centre – Vùje

Simulation Assisted Engineering Applied to Building New Power Plants – Oleg Ivanov – WSC

Simulation Assisted Engineering (SAE) can provide several benefits during the design, construction and commissioning phases of building a new power plant and when combined with a full-featured configuration management system, the plant design bases data used on the simulator can effectively be controlled and managed. The plant design basis data is used to develop engineering-grade models of the plant systems and processes to create the high fidelity SAE simulator, which is verified against the reference power plant design and any available operational data.

The SAE simulator provides an engineering tool that allows for optimization of plant equipment design and selection, verification and validation of DCS control logic and HMI displays, and validation of commissioning procedures, and even resource and schedule planning of commissioning tasks. An important aspect of building a new power plant and an SAE simulator to support the many design, development, and testing activities is to have a configuration management system capable of storing all pertinent design basis data and revisions to such data, providing data traceability and creation of reports such as simulator design specifications based on the reference plant data.


Lunch and networking sessions

Taishan EPR simulators project – Pascal GAIN – Vice President – Power Business Development – Corys

Tractebel Engineering as Owner’s Engineer for NPP Simulator Projects: The Tihange 1 case – – Marc Van Damme – O&M (Operations and Maintenance) Consulting Group Leader – Tractebel Engineering, GDF SUEZ

  • Justification for a new FSS NPP simulator in a LTO context
  • The data package collection challenge
  • Call for tender process
  • REX on owner’s engineer role
  • Current project status

nuclear simulation power plant energy training

ENEC’s Full Scope Simulator, the development and current status – Ms. Amani AlHosani – Simulator Engineer – ENEC


Coffee, exhibition and networking sessions

Implementing Major Changes on the Beznau Simulator prior to Plant Updates – Roger Lufi – Operations Support Manager – Axpo Power AG

The French Nuclear Industry collaborative R&D project CONNEXION: integration of major innovation in the design and implementation of I&C for nuclear power plants – Maxime Neyret – EDF R&D, I&C expert – EDF

Comparison of ANTHEM™ to Best Estimate Safety Analysis Codes and Plant OPEX – Robert Boire – L-3 MAPPS

  • Introduction
  • Overview of L-3 MAPPS’ approach to Nuclear Island modeling
  • Introduction to the ANTHEM™ Advanced Steam Supply Model
  • ANTHEM™ features
  • Comparisons of ANTHEM™ to Best Estimate Safety Analysis codes
  • Comparisons of ANTHEM™ to actual plant transients
  • Conclusions

Networking session at the exhibitors area

Cocktail Reception: We will end the day with a special cocktail reception at the Sofitel’s exclusive bar.SPONSORED by KSG GfS

Day Two: 25th September

08.30 – 09.00
Morning coffee and registration exhibiting area

09.00 – 09.05
Opening remarks from our Chairman

Severe Accident Solutions for Training and Emergency Preparedness – Steve Freel – CTO – GSE Systems

The NURESAFE Collaborative Project – Bruno Chanaron – Project Manager NURESAFE – CEA

The NURESAFE Collaborative Project aims to take the European simulation platform NURESIM (Nuclear Reactor SIMulation), created under the previous FP6 NURESIM project and developed as part of the FP7 NURISP project, a step further. It will provide European stakeholders with a reliable software capacity usable for safety analysis needs and will help to further improve the ‘safety culture’ by developing a high level of expertise in the proper use of the most recent simulation tools.

Nuclear reactor simulation tools are already widely used for this purpose but more accurate and predictive software, including uncertainty assessment, must allow quantifying the margins towards feared phenomena that occur during an accident. They must also be able to model innovative and more complex design features.
This software capacity will be based on the European simulation platform NURESIM. With NURESAFE, the objective is now to develop, validate and deliver fully integrated practical applications relevant to reactor safety analysis, operation and design.

The project kicked off on 1 January 2013 and counts 23 partner organizations from 14 European countries.

Mochovce Unit 3&4 Full Scope Simulator Key Points and Successes – Steve Freel – CTO – GSE Systems


Coffee, exhibition and networking sessions

Full Control Room GlassTop Simulator to train operators on major DCS upgrade – Mark Terry – WSC

H.B. Robinson Nuclear Power Plant is undergoing a major plant upgrade to replace their existing turbine controls with a new distributed control system (DCS). To provide a means to train the plant operators on the new DCS prior to the system being implemented in the plant and on the full scope simulator, Duke Energy contracted WSC to provide what is being coined as a Control Room GlassTop Simulator (CRGTS). The CRGTS will utilize WSC’s 3KEYTOUCH platform and include all control room panels replicated with soft panel graphics displayed on 6 point multi-touch monitors. To replicate the control room panels as closely as possible, multiple monitor sizes (from 10” to 46”) are being used so panel sizes and angles (in the case of bench board and annunciator sections), match the actual sizes as closely as possible. To provide the most realistic environment for the new Turbine Control System DCS areas of the panels, the exact same equipment (monitors, touch pad and keyboard) will be outfitted into the panels. The simulation software load will be identical to the latest release of the training load for the full scope hard panel simulator, which will include a virtual implementation of the turbine control DCS.

Although the CRGTS is initially targeted for operator training on the new DCS, the simulator can be used in other applications including DCS logic and control validation, JPMs, Just-In-Time Practice, examination development, procedure development and verification, HFE design, auxiliary plant operator familiarization, emergency planning, as well as classroom instruction.

IAEA’s Basic Principles Simulator Forum – Mr Maxim Gladishev – Nuclear Energy Department – IAEA

Three Rivers Community College (TRCC) and Bismarck State College (BSC) Generic PWR Project Summaries and Application -Oussama Ashy – Business Development Director – WSC

  • WSC provided Three Rivers Community College (TRCC) and Bismarck State College (BSC) with a Classroom and Web-Based Generic Pressurized Water Reactor (GPWR) Simulator employing DCS-based HMI technology as the operator interface to the student.
  • TRCC and BSC are using the GPWR Simulator to train students on the basic principles of nuclear plant operation and actual plant operations that is achieved through WSC’s intelligent tutoring system and providing lesson content either through a local network or over the Internet.
  • A simulation platform that allows multiple users to simultaneously and independently participate in lessons and train at their own pace is necessary to provide widespread simulation training to a multitude of students.
  • Simulator training can now be provided to a student via the Internet with 3KEYSTUDENT, WSC’s web-based simulation platform. This cutting edge platform was designed to deliver simple to full scope high fidelity simulation and lesson content quickly over the Internet to students anywhere in the world.
  • WSC’s Intelligent Tutoring System, 3KEYITS, provides the platform to receive simulator and lesson plan content via the classroom network or the web.
  • Three-tiered lesson plans learning approach.
  • Show Me mode – the student is taken through the operational steps in voice or text guided scripts and practices the operational steps. The Simulator effectively controls the learning steps.
  • Mentor Me mode – the student follows the operational procedures independently but can ask for guidance throughout the course of the lesson.
  • Test Me mode – the student completes the lesson unaided and is timed and scored on how accurately the lesson is completed. The three tiered approach lets students’ progress through each lesson at a pace suited to their particular needs, allowing mastery of each lesson.


Lunch and networking sessions

Adding value to the plants operation: ANGRA I NPP FULL SCOPE SIMULATOR PROJECT – Pablo Rey – Hd Simulation Business Unit – Tecnatom

  • Introduction
  • Angra I Simulator scope and features
  • Project development strategy
  • Challenges and Key topics
  • Simulation assisted engineering activities in Angra I NPP
  • Conclusions

14.30 – 15.00
UK Nuclear New Build Update – George Borlodan – Operations Director Nuclear New Build – EDF Energy

  • New Build Simulator Use for Design – Conflicts & Synergies
  • New Build Simulator(s) – How many? Demands
  • New Build Simulator(s) – When? Schedule

Simulation of nuclear reactors in Hungary: Past, Present and Future – Dr. Gábor Házi – Centre for Energy Research Hungarian Academy of Sciences (EK)

  • Past: – full scope simulator in Paks NPP
  • the Eureka project
  • the GRASS project
  • compact simulator in Egypt
  • the SUBA project
  • Present: – developments in thermohydraulics (RETINA) and neutron physics (KIKO)
  • developments in a new graphical environment
  • Future: – SIMTONIA (SIMulation TOols for Nuclear Industrial Applications)


Coffee, exhibition and networking sessions

From Training Simulators to Learning Simulators: A New Medium for Understanding NPPs – Raymond Dimitri-Hakim – L-3 MAPPS

  • Introduction
  • Evolution of L-3 MAPPS simulation tools
  • Introducing the Learning Simulator
  • A new way to impart knowledge
  • Conclusions

Panel Discussion – Challenges and Solutions to Upgrade NPP Simulators

  • What are the drivers for upgrading simulators?
    • Business Drivers
    • Technical Drivers
  • What are the challenges in upgrading legacy simulators?
  • When isn’t a specification enough?
  • Simulator Upgrade solutions
  • Strategies for keeping your simulator updated

Conclusion of day 2: We will end the day with a special networking session. This will be the perfect platform to evaluate the past two days.

Day Three: 26th September

Visit to the PAKS Nuclear Power Plant.

The Visit is Sponsored by L-3 MAPPS and organized together with PAKS NPP and NRG Events. The delegation will initially meet at the reception of the Sofitel Chain Bridge Hotel the 26th of September around 08.00AM to then follow the schedule:

08:00 Meeting point at Sofitel Chain Bridge Hotel lobby

10:00 Arrive to the Visitor Center of NPP Paks

  • Brief tour of the Visitor Center
  • Visit of the Power Plant

11:50 Arrive to the Training Center, divide the group into two

  • First group will have a presentation in a classroom about the training and the simulator in 25 minutes
  • Second group will have a simulator visit, some transients in the Control Room, see the Instructor’s booth, Computer Room in 25 minutes
  • After the first session, swap the groups.

13:00 Arrive to the Maintenance Performance Improvement Training Center

  • Light lunch
  • Divide the group into two, visit the Training Center

15:00 Travel back to Budapest

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