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The JSC NEOLANT's Key Ideas and Aspects for InterBridge, InterView, and InterStorage Technologies Implementation to Create NPP Unit Life Cycle Management System


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Vitaliy Kononov, Vladislav Tikhonovsky, Nikolay Salnikov

Nowadays, the nuclear power industry is faced with the imminent necessity to create common NPP unit design digital model (CDDM) to be supplied finally to the Customer – JSC Concern Rosenergoatom (REA) and consolidating the parts of the project of General Designer and General Constructor. The principal requirement for CDDM is that it should by created using the facilities of single platform only, adapted and integrated into corporate information system (CIS) of the Customer, but should not represent itself as a set of diverse systems . Moreover, during NPP units designing, various CADS are commonly used, thus the task of integrated NPP CDDM creation to consolidate both the graphics and semantic structures, created in primary CADS, is urgent.

To solve the problem JSC NEOLANT has elaborated specialized technologies, the implementation key ideas and aspects of which are reviewed in this article:

  • InterBridge Technology allows arranging of inter-platform translation of data from different CADS into CDDM.
  • InterView Technology allows visualization of data containing in NPP CDDM .
  • InterStorage Technology provides storage of and access to graphic and semantic data containing in database created using InterBridge NPP CDDM. At that, InterStorage is integrated into CIS of the Customer and fully adapted for tasks of NPP unit operation. Up to date, InterStorage has been implemented by JSC NEOLANT on the basis of PLM-System of Intergraph – SmartPlant Foundation.

InterBridge – the bridge between the project parts and platforms

InterBridge is a technology to provide transmission of graphic and semantic 2D/3D data among different platforms CADS enabling to make up the final CDDM allowing formation by means of CAD-platform facilities created according to terms and condition of the contract, either domestic or foreign.

During InterBridge technology implementation for particular CAD platform, the three following levels of integration are defined:

  • Level 1: Provides transmission between CAD 2D/3D of graphical information only with adaptable detailing level.
  • Level 2: Provides transmission between CAD 2D/3D of graphical and semantic information in different platforms (design structure included).
  • Level 3: Provides the designed object information structure data transmission without losses (or with predefined losses) from original PDM/PLM system into the target system retaining the interrelation among CDDM objects.

The program implementation InterBridge does not envisage development of an individual specialized format of data exchange and also uses common applicable data formats (original formats of CAD, STEP, SAT, etc.), that significantly simplifies its implementation.

Nowadays, JSC NEOLANT has implemented graphical and semantic data transmission between CADS supplied by the vendors below:

  • Intergraph – PDS (DRV, DGN), SmartPlant Review (VUE);
  • Bentley – MicroStation, AutoPLANT, PlantSpace Design Series;
  • Autodesk – AutoCAD 2010/2011;
  • Aveva – PDMS (RVM, RVS, ATT);
  • CEA Technology – Plant-4D.

In nearest future, they plan implementation of the following CADs and standards: Intergraph (SmartPlant Enterprise), Bentley (DigitalPlant – OpenPlant), Dassault (CATIA, SolidWorks), Siemens (SiemensNX, SolidEdge), Autodesk (AutoCAD Plant 3D), and open standards (SAT, STEP, in prospect – ISO 15926).

InterView – the tool for viewing of integral NPP CDDM

InterView technology is used in course of design, construction, and operation for the purposes of quick visual interactive navigation in NPP CDDM, which integrates information about the object obtained from various sources and platforms using InterBridge. InterView visualizes complex 2D/3D-models, 2D-drawings, GEOS-data of process and linear objects.

Simple and intelligible InterView interface provides access to the information even for persons inexperienced in operation of CAD-products, and also enables supplying the customers and construction engineers with graphical and attributive data in formats defined by contractual requirements.

Fig. 1. Integral NPP CDDM for Kursk NPP units 1 & 2
Fig. 1. Integral NPP CDDM for Kursk NPP units 1 & 2

Figure 1 shows an example of representation of comprehensive 3D-model of Kursk NPP – KuNPP (total number of the model elements is over 780 thousand) created by engineers of JSC NEOLANT using several CAD-platforms:

  • AutoCAD 2010 was used for creation of 3D-model KuNPP general layout;
  • Bentley MicroStation was used for creation of 3D-model of architectonic and constructional parts, detailed 3D-models of reactor plants RBMK-1000, and the multifold forced circulation circuit;
  • Intergraph SmartPlant 3D was used for creation of 3D-model of the deaerating plant process part: over 100mm diameter pipelines, equipment, valves and so on;
  • Aveva PDMS was used for creation of 3D-model of the turbibe hall process part.

InterStorage – common digital model data saver

InterStorage – PLM-platform storing NPP CDDM data of operating NPP units integrated into the Customer's CIS REA and intended for operation tasks solution.

Implementation of NPP CDDM by the Customer during operation and decommissioning of NPP requires the PLM-platform to support solutions of a wide range of specific application-oriented operation tasks, to which common PDM\PLM platforms are not oriented, for instance:

  • NPP unit configuration management.
  • Creation of ergonomic and dynamic interfaces aimed at visualization of APCS data within the scope of monitoring of current state of systems and equipment, as well as control of execution of procedural operation tasks.
  • Fire safety monitoring;
  • I&C equipment control;
  • Pipeline and weld joints state control;
  • Creation of multimedia simulators for personnel training, e.g.:
    • сreation of simulators for personnel training under emegency;
    • сreation of simulators for personnel familiarization with equipment mounting/dismounting sequences;
  • Integration and visualization of data regarding NPP unit integral radiation background;
  • Online-interaction with project and engineering organizations performing updating of NPP CDDM according to the requests of operation services.

For the purposes of solution of the listed tasks, it is necessary to provide integration of NPP CDDM with the following operation systems and sub-systems included in the CIS REA:

  • Maintenance and repair management (M&R) (SAP/R3-platform).
  • Complex system of centralized on-line production planning and management (PPMCS) (Siemens platform).
  • Operation support information system (OSIS) (Ventyx platform).
  • Document flow management (DFM), sub-system of the CIS (Documentum platform).

As it was mentioned above, JSC NEOLANT has implemented InterStorage by means of rework, adaption, and integration of PLM-system of Intergraph SmartPlant Foundation – the solution that is successfully used by JSC NIAEP, JSC AEP , JSC SPbAEP for the purposes of creation of design models of new NPP units.

Fig. 2. Overall architecture InterStorage for NPP unit electronic model use for the purposes of operation
Fig. 2. Overall architecture InterStorage for NPP unit electronic model use for the purposes of operation

The overall architecture of InterStorage on the basis of Intergraph SmartPlant Enterprise platform including integration with corporate information system of JSC Concern Rosenergoatom is shown in Fig.2.

Fig. 3. Access to NPP CDDM data stored in SmartPlant Foundation with InterBridge, InterView, and InterStorage technologies applied
Fig. 3. Access to NPP CDDM data stored in SmartPlant Foundation with InterBridge, InterView, and InterStorage technologies applied

Use of InterBridge, InterView, and InterStorage technologies provides representation in PLM-system of semantic data of all external CADs applied for creation of NPP CDDM. Such approach allows transferring of maximally completed scope of design data to the operation stage (Figure 3).

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