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Energy and Environmental Division and Design and Construction Division Conference

November 2 - 4, 2021  

Quality Methods for Sustainability and Resilience

Overview

THEME: Quality Methods for Sustainability and Resilience


Energy and Environmental Division and Design and Construction Division Conference


November 2 - 4, 2021

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

Virtual Platform: Zoom

 

 

Day 1 Program

TUESDAY, November 2

10:00 a.m. EDT
Welcome
Keynote – Dr. Lars Sorqvist, Sustainability

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. EDT Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. EDT

Track 1

Sustainability
Willy Vandenbrande 

Track 2

New Publications! 
E5 Quality in Non-Nuclear
Ben Marguglio and Greg Lilly

Nuclear QA Auditor Handbook Ed. 3

Karen Douglas and Chuck Moseley

Track 3

Construction
Improving Performance in Rework, Productivity, and Safety
Hasan Salih CQP MCQI
HS

This presentation shows how a Behavior Based Quality approach can be proactively used to reduce rework, improve productivity, and reduce safety incidents. Together these enhance both sustainable performance and resiliency. The strategy and principles that laid the foundation for the implementation of a graded approach on one of the largest construction projects in North America are discussed together with examples of implemented tools and techniques. Learning from this implementation will raise awareness of the importance of influencing the right behaviors as well as help others to develop similar approaches to address these topics.


12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. EDT Lunch and Refreshment Break; Peer to Peer Exchange

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. EDT 

Track 1

Sustainability
Dr. L. James 

Track 2

Energy Management
ISO 50001
Ethan Rogers

Peg Hopkins, MPH - PHI Environmental Consulting
Paul Scheihing - PHI Environmental Consulting

Track 3

Construction
Quality Tools to Achieve Excellence in Design and Construction of Buildings
Abdul Razzak Rumane Ph. D. 
AAR

Quality is a universal phenomenon, which has been a matter of great concern throughout the recorded history of humankind. It was always the determination of builders and makers of the products to ensure that their products meet the customer’s desire. The presentation has been developed to provide significant information about usage and applications of various tools & techniques in different stages of construction projects. It will give brief information about overview of quality, construction projects, construction quality and will also discuss how following categories of Quality Tools can be used to achieve excellence in design and construction of building projects.


1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT 
Wrap up and Next Day Preview
Ray Crawford, Design & Construction Division Chair
Day 2 Program

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3

10:00 a.m. EDT
Welcome
Keynote – Zofia Rybkowski, PhD, Lean 
ZR
Zofia K. Rybkowski, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Construction Science of the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University and holds an endowed Harold Adams Interdisciplinary Professorship. Her specialization in Lean-Integrated Project Delivery provides a framework for industry-wide transformations in technology, environmental sustainability, and social responsibility. Dr. Rybkowski is founder and leader of the international collaborative called APLSO (Administering and Playing Lean Simulations On-line)—a group that currently connects individuals 40 universities and multiple companies from 17 countries to develop and test new and innovative on-line Lean-based simulations. She specializes in implementing Lean-Integrated Project Delivery simulation tools as a means to effectively address complex, multidisciplinary challenges, and has delivered a TEDx talk on serious games and simulations as a method to rigorously illuminate lean efficiency principles and align multidisciplinary teams toward common goals

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. EDT Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. EDT

Track 1

Sustainability
Lynn Johannson

Track 2

Nuclear
Software Used in Design of Nuclear Facilities
Norm Moreau
Norm Moreau is the CEO and Chief Instructor of Theseus Professional Services. He has worked in the nuclear industry since 1986. He has held software related positions that include applications programmer, software quality engineer, system software tester, software QA manager, independent V&V specialist, software QA subject matter expert, software auditor and assessor, SQA trainer, and consultant. On numerous occasions he has published and presented on the topic of software QA. Mr. Moreau has been an active participant of the ASME NQA-1 Standards Committee since 1992. He is a member of the NQA Main Committee and in 2008 he was elected to lead the newly formed Subcommittee on SQA. He is a past vice chair of NQA and former Executive Committee chair. Mr. Moreau holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science and Administration degree in Software Engineering Administration. He is a licensed professional engineer and ASME fellow and  is formerly an ASQ senior member, ASQ Certified Software Quality Engineer and Certified Quality Auditor, and a certified ISO 9001 lead auditor.

Track 3

Construction
Quality Management System Basics
Benjamin Trujillo
BT
For those who have been newly tasked with maintaining their organization’s Quality Management System, this session will discuss responsibilities associated with successful development and implementation of their QMS. Examples will be drawn from implementation of the AASHTO R18 quality standard and associated ASTMs (e.g., C1077, D3666, D3740, E329). However, the tools discussed are readily translatable to addressing other quality standards (e.g., ASME NQA-1, ISO 9001, ISO 17025).
12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. EDT Lunch and Refreshment Break; Peer to Peer Exchange

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. EDT 

Track 1

Sustainability - Renewable Energy
Solar Thermal Technologies and Applications
William Guiney, Artic Solar, Inc. President
WG
William T. Guiney (Bill) has more than 40-years of experience in the solar industry as a retailer, solar contractor, distributor, manufacturer and educator. Currently Bill is the President of Artic Solar Inc., a high temperature solar thermal collector manufacturer in Jacksonville, FL. Previously, Bill was the Director of the Solar Heating and Cooling business at Johnson Controls. Inc., he served as the Program Director for Global Renewable Energy Development and Program Manager for the development of the PV and Solar Thermal business at JCI. Prior to JCI, and he was the General Manager of Solar Thermal at Duke Solar & Solargenix Energy. Bill also was a consultant to the Florida Solar Energy Center at the University of Central Florida. He has an inactive Solar Contracting license in Florida and was founder of a solar distribution business with three branches in Florida. He was nominated for a World Energy Award for “A guide to Fee-for-Service Solar Water Heating Programs for Caribbean Electric Utilities” business plan. Bill has previously been the primary Solar Thermal Instructor for both the North Carolina and Florida Solar Energy Centers and provided training workshops throughout the Caribbean, and Asia. Bill also chaired the Entry Level Solar Thermal Committee for NABCEP and has been active in many states' solar organizations. 


The presentation will discuss the solar thermal heating technologies available for Low, Mid and High temperature applications. The thermal collector technologies available in the market, operating temperatures, and applications for heating:
25oC to 40oC, for Low temperatures

45oC to 100oC for Mid temperatures

100oC to 220oC for High temperature Industrial Process Heat and low-pressure Steam, Solar Cooling, Clean Water and ORC electric generation.

>200oC for High pressure Steam and Power Generation

Each of the technologies will be discussed with typical sizing and system design and operation and maintenance information. The presentation will also introduce some emerging Thermal Energy Storage Technologies. The importance of material substitutions and automation for cost reductions to produce products with a 20-year life cycle while maintaining performance and quality.


Track 2

Nuclear

Used Nuclear Fuel and High Level Waste Management
Steven Nesbit, P.E., American Nuclear Society President
SN
Steve Nesbit founded LMNT Consulting in 2019 following a distinguished career with Duke Energy Corporation. LMNT Consulting provides support on matters related to nuclear technology, energy, and the environment. The company has worked on projects related to the nuclear fuel cycle (front and back end), advanced nuclear energy systems, and nuclear nonproliferation. Nesbit’s career at Duke Energy began in 1982 doing nuclear safety analysis. Between 1996 and 2005, he led Duke Energy’s efforts related to the use of mixed oxide (MOX) fuel in its nuclear power reactors as a part of the Department of Energy (DOE) project to dispose of surplus plutonium from nuclear weapons. He also managed used nuclear fuel activities for Duke Energy. For nine years he was the company’s Director of Nuclear Policy, responsible for developing policy positions related to nuclear power and interacting with industry and government groups on used fuel management and related issues. In addition to substantial accomplishments in the nuclear utility sector, Nesbit was involved in several DOE projects through Duke Energy and its former affiliate, Duke Engineering and Services. He held leadership roles in the New Production Reactor Project, the Yucca Mountain Spent Nuclear Fuel Disposal Project, the Centralized Interim Storage Facility Project, and the Surplus Plutonium Disposition Project. He supported the Department of State on outreach to countries with developing nuclear power programs. His plutonium disposition work led to involvement in nuclear nonproliferation issues, and he served on the International Panel of Experts for the Nuclear Threat Initiative’s 2016, 2018, and 2020 Nuclear Security Index reports. Nesbit has been involved in used fuel issues through a number of industry groups and other organizations, including the American Nuclear Society (ANS), Nuclear Industry Council (NIC), the Nuclear Energy Institute and the Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition. He published technical and policy papers on geologic repository seismic design methodology, centralized interim storage, an improved used fuel management organization, a proposed waste acceptance queue for shutdown nuclear power reactors, and NIC recommendations for nuclear waste management reform. He testified to both houses of Congress on used fuel issues – the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee in 2017 and the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in 2019. Nesbit received Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in nuclear engineering from the University of Virginia. He is a registered professional engineer in North Carolina. He is a past adjunct faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he taught nuclear engineering. Nesbit currently serves as President of ANS. 

Abstract: Nuclear waste management in the United States is in many aspects a success story, but there are challenging aspects that remain to be addressed. The major categories of nuclear waste are (i) low-level radioactive waste, (ii) high-level radioactive waste (HLW), (iii) used nuclear fuel (UNF), and (iv) transuranic waste.  The categories are defined, and current methods of storage, management, and disposal are discussed. There is currently no disposition path available in the United States for HLW and UNF.  The checkered history of the U.S. HLW and UNF disposition program is summarized, and potential paths to resolution are discussed, along with roadblocks to success. Finally, the role of quality in nuclear waste management is explored. This topic includes discussion of past quality issues that impacted the course of waste management practices in the U.S.


Deep Isolation's Solution for Geologic Disposal

Rodney Baltzer
RB
Rodney (Rod) Baltzer is the Chief Operating Officer of Deep Isolation. Deep Isolation (www.deepisolation.com) is a private company focused on the disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste using directional drilling to safely secure waste deep underground. Rod is responsible for the areas of the company that include waste management operations, as well as interactions with communities, utilities and government entities. Rod has over 20 years of experience in leadership positions in the nuclear waste industry. He received a BS in Agricultural Economics and Accounting from Oklahoma State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Abstract: Nuclear power plants are major radioactive waste management operations. Considering the nuclear wastes are likely to remain in storage at sites for the near future, an issue nuclear plants need to deal with nuclear waste. Deep Isolation developed a safe, secure, and permanent deep geological disposal method for high-level waste, including spent nuclear fuel and other highly radioactive materials. The disposal method advanced directional drilling techniques and emplaces the disposal canisters in vertical, deviated or horizontal orientation deep underground. This approach provides a safe and more economical waste management solution compared to a mined repository – particularly for advanced reactors, small modular reactors and for countries with smaller waste inventories. The combination of great depth (1-3km) and the ability to precisely position repositories in the optimal orientation provides access to geologic strata that are inaccessible for typical mined repositories. A number of potential direct and indirect safety benefits accrue including: 1) greater depth below regional freshwater aquifers; 2) increased flexibility and more geologic options for siting; 3) access to deep formations with persistent and sustained reducing conditions. The stalemate seen across the globe on the disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste can be broken. Deep Isolation offers a novel option for safe, secure, and permanent deep geological disposal of nuclear waste that can be developed as centralized repositories or adapted to smaller regional or site-specific repositories located near waste sources. This presentation will provide an overview of the disposal technology and some quality guidelines which may be relevant in future.

Track 3

Construction
Did Covid Kill Lean? Relaunching your Lean Initiative in 2021
Andy Fulton and Dan Fauchier
Lean initiatives have suffered during Covid: staff layoffs, reductions in training budgets, the need to reestablish supply chains and project interruptions. A vibrant Lean culture can help us be better post-Covid, but how? Explore new options to build a ground-up Lean culture by creating short repeatable opportunities for key staff and leadership to take the helm and reinvent together. This can be the critical element of your future initiatives.

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT 
Wrap up and Next Day Preview
Karen Douglas, Energy & Environmental Division Chair
Day 3 Program

Thursday, NOVEMBER 4

10:00 a.m. EDT
Welcome
Keynote – Dr. Chuck Casto
CC
Dr. Casto is a safety and regulatory professional with over 45 years of experience consisting of positions of increasing responsibility including executive, regulatory, technical, and operational areas of responsibility. He was a member of the U.S. Federal Government’s Senior Executive Service and served at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for 28 years, where he last held the position of Regional Administrator, U.S. NRC Region III. As a consultant, he serves on 19 Executive Nuclear Safety Review Boards. He Chairs three of those Boards and serves as a subcommittee Chair for Operations, Engineering, and Organizational Effectiveness on the Boards for power plants and one major nuclear supply vendor. As an extreme crisis leader, Dr. Casto led the integrated United States Government and NRC effort in Japan during the Fukushima nuclear accident for 11 months working directly with Ambassador Roos. He represented the United States Government to the Prime Minister’s Cabinet. Dr. Casto received both Presidential Distinguished Award (2012) from President Obama and the Meritorious Rank Award.


11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. EDT Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. EDT

Panels Create Tracks

Track 1 Sustainability Presentation 
Sustainability
with Mr. Ramanathan

Track 2 Nuclear Panel Discussion
Remaining Challenges to the Future of Commercial Nuclear Power 
with Dr. Chuck Casto
(see bio above), Dr. Steven Arndt, Rodney Baltzer (see bio in Day 2 Program), and Dr. Jennifer Uhle (see bio below)
CC     RB     JU

Dr. Jennifer Uhle is NEI’s vice president of generation and suppliers. Prior to joining NEI, Dr. Uhle served as the director of reactor safety programs at Jensen Hughes, a consulting company to the nuclear industry. Dr. Uhle joined Jensen Hughes in 2016, working in advanced reactors, thermal-hydraulics and regulatory affairs. Previously, she served at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for 23 years in several positions including the deputy director of the offices of Nuclear Regulatory Research and Nuclear Reactor Regulation and the director of the Office of New Reactors.


Track 3 Construction Panel Discussion
Construction Quality Body of Knowledge
with John Mascaro and Govind Ramu 

12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. EDT Lunch and Refreshment Break; Peer to Peer Exchange

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. EDT 

Q&A

Both Division Executive Teams

Discussion

  • Future Collaboration
  • Reflection
Frank Murdock, ASQ Segment Leader - Products Segment 
  • Wrap up and future events

Input from participants, facilitated by Dr. John Dew


1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT 
Wrap up
Energy & Environmental Division and Design & Construction Division Chairs 

2021 Conference

  
Pricing: $99 Member / $149 Nonmember