Verderosa, Michael A. (1989, ASQC) Long Island Lighting Co., Central Islip, NY
In today's ever increasingly cost conscious environment, several utilities are contemplating assuming many of the engineering responsibilities formerly relegated to their respective architect/engineers. The historical dependence upon contractor organizations to conduct the various engineering analyses required is undesirable for two reasons; the first being cost and the second, the fact that the ultimate responsibility for the plant rests with the utility - not the architect/engineer. Accessibility to and familiarity with the plant design bases by the utility engineers has recently become a major focus of NRC Inspections.
To assume these responsibilities generally requires significant increases in engineering staff, organizational realignments and the creation and/or modifications of numerous technical support systems; such as training, technical standards/manuals, record management, configuration control and access control. In addition, a mechanism for systematic technical and programmatic evaluation of each of the utility organizations that will be conducting the assumed work, must be developed to confirm their "readiness" to assume responsibility prior to the actual assumption. Just such a technical and programmatic evaluation is the subject of this paper. Contained herein are typical Readiness Criteria to be utilized for the evaluation, the evaluation methodology and the results of a typical readiness "Assessment". Of primary importance in an effort of this type, the documentation flowpath is clearly outlined and examples are provided.
The criteria and methodology developed can be applied in toto or in part to the evaluation of any engineering organization. The basic tenets of the evaluation is the confirmation of the exercise of sound engineering principles and the technical support systems which implement them.