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NEOLANT for Russian nuclear industry: IT support for all stages of the industry objects' lifecycle

01.10.2012

Club 3D. Innovative ingineering design

N. V. Salnikov

For several years NEOLANT JSC has actively worked with customers from Russian nuclear industry. The company specializes in integration of information systems for end-to-end support of nuclear objects lifecycle by application of 3D modeling technologies. By today NEOLANT has completed more than 10 projects for such customers as Rosenergoatom Concern JSC, Leningrad NPP, Kalinin NPP, Kolsk NPP, Bilibino NPP, Smolensk NPP, Novovoronezh NPP, Institute for safe nuclear energy development of the Russian Academy of Sciences, VNIIAES JSC, Atomenergoproject OJSC, SPbAEP OJSC, NIAEP JSC, TVEL JSC, Siberian chemical plant JSC, Mayak Production Association Federal State Unitary Enterprise and other companies.

To address the customers problems NEOLANT has developed innovative solutions based on products by leading IT vendors. For example, the company is a Russian strategic partner of Intergraph, the leading vendor and consultant in the sphere of information systems in the world nuclear industry, offering a product line that minimizes cost of each stage of industry objects creation design, material purchase, construction. NEOLANT assists Intergraph in their adaptation to the requirements of Russian market, integration with other systems and adoption as part of operation.

Innovative solutions created by the company for IT support of all stages of the nuclear objects lifecycle:

Design:

  • Standard of bar coding for design documentation.
  • System of design documentation complex development.
  • Integration of requirement management information system and PLM.
  • Creation of catalogues of typical elements for SmartPlant 3D: supports and ears for pipelines, pipeline reinforcements, equipment, hardware, drives, walls, floors, etc.

Construction:

  • System of operative monitoring of capital construction objects - SOMOKS.
  • Visual management of construction and assembly works.

Operation:

  • Archive interface in 3D.
  • Operation data monitoring system.
  • Automated system for radioactivity monitoring.

Emergency modeling.

  • Interactive software simulators for staff training.

Decommissioning:

  • Database for decommissioning NPP generating sets.

All the abovementioned systems are implemented with the help of 3D technologies that provide great benefits for the whole lifecycle of a nuclear industry object. A special department of NEOLANT dedicates its time and effort to creating 3D models.

This article features two systems: SOMOKS and a module for integration of requirement management information system and PLM.

Optimal construction

Technologies integrated into SOMOKS: Information 4D model, GIS, GLONASS/GPS, laser scanning, RF ID technology, mobile devices.
Technologies integrated into SOMOKS: Information 4D model, GIS, GLONASS/GPS, laser scanning, RF ID technology, mobile devices.

SOMOKS - System of operative monitoring of capital construction objects is an information system integrating information technologies that are used during the whole process of nuclear industry objects creation: from global positioning of objects to geo-tech survey.

The system assists in forming a common information space based on information models of constructed objects and geographic information systems of construction sites. It combines different charts, drawings, design and as-built documentation, etc, as well as operative data on construction progress.

SOMOKS allows specialists participating at every stage of construction designers, customer representatives, contractors, supervisory organizations and others to work with a common database and ensures their coordinated interoperation.

The System is used to fulfill the following tasks:

  • Shortening of construction terms due to optimized plan of construction-assembly works.
  • Increase in safety on the construction site and during operation due to detailed control and continuous monitoring of construction and operation processes;
  • Decrease in costs for the construction due to shortened terms and exclusion of expenses associated with design and planning errors.

It is important to note that SOMOKS helps any user - be it a specialist, or a manager - to tackle his own tasks: for example, a designer strives for quality and speed in designing and wishes to exclude the necessity to redesign, logistics specialist wants to eliminate erroneous relocations of equipment and materials on the construction site, etc.

SOMOKS combines a multitude of solutions in inter-system integration, developed by NEOLANT company, and information tech-nologies from different vendors. Every solution or technology separately already benefits the efficiency of capital construction process, as well as contributes into synergetic effect from using the system as a whole.

Today SOMOKS unites the following technologies:

  • Information 4D model.
  • Geographical information systems (GIS);
  • Supply management system.
  • GLONASS/GPS;
  • Laser scanning.
  • RF ID technology.
  • Mobile devices.
  • Wireless broadband communication (WiMax, WiFi, GPRS,GSM).

Design that meets requirements

NEOLANT company is first in the history of Russian nuclear industry that has created a solution for automatic verification of requirements based on design data a module that ensures integration of requirement management information system and PLM, exemplified with Intergraph SmartPlant Foundation (SPF) and IBM Rational DOORS.

Design of nuclear industry objects has to meet a multitude of requirements. Design organizations keep all project requirements on a NPP generation set in a common storage based on Intergraph SmartPlant Foundation system.

Intergraph SmartPlant Foundation

A powerful PLM system. Allows the user to collect, store in a structured way and present engineering and technical data 3D/2D engineering models, designs, data on the equipment, etc, transfer data between Intergraph CAD products.

Requirement management systems (RMS) are used for project verification; these systems collect, formalize, keep and verify requirements to the project. All-Russian Research Institute for NPP Operation JSC and Design branch of Rosnergoatom Concern JSC asked NEOLANT OJSC to create an integration module for connecting SmartPlant Foundation with IBM Rational DOORS RMS, though it is possible to implement such integration between other systems at the customers choice.

IBM Rational DOORS

Operation of integration module for connecting Intergraph Smart - Plant Foundation and IBM Rational DOORS
Operation of integration module for connecting Intergraph Smart - Plant Foundation and IBM Rational DOORS

One of the leading applications for requirement management that helps in reducing costs, increasing efficiency and improving the result by enhancing the process of requirement observation. It allows the user to organize the process of requirement management for the whole enterprise, optimize collaborative work with the requirements, their verification and creation of large data volumes of inter-linked information.

The integration module allows the user to keep track of requirement observation for any NPP object and its properties: ranging from NPP generating set as a whole to a specific property of an equipment or document instance. Besides the user has a certain freedom: specific requirements (for example, leveling vessels should be made of corrosion-proof steel of a certain grade) are verified automatically, while general requirements (for example, Pipeline should be mounted securely so that a failure of one pipeline does not affect the others) are verified by the user.

Correction of issues is possible not only after the design stage is complete, but right after they are found. Speaking of the technical aspect, the integration module provides automated copying and updating of the requirement tree from Rational DOORS to SmartPlant Foundation. In SPF the tree is read-only.

With the help of the integration module the user links the SmartPlant Foundation objects (systems, equipment, pipelines, reinforcement, documents, etc) or their properties (pressure, temperature, safety class, mass and size, etc) with the corresponding requirements. For example, the requirement leveling vessels should be made of corrosion-proof steel of a certain grade are linked to the property Material of the leveling vessels. The integration module supports one to many links, that is any requirement may be linked to any number of objects and vice versa.

After the links are established the user runs an automated verification procedure and receives a report on issues once the procedure is completed.

The customer receives the following benefits from using the module:

  • Shortening of verification terms due to automatic issue testing.
  • Detection of mistakes in design on the early stages of the project that can significantly decrease its overall costs.
  • Substantiation of design decisions at the design stage and many years after it due to a hard link between each NPP ele-ment with a requirement to it, storage and provision of access to these data for the whole object life-cycle.
  • Operative detection of the required changes in the design in case of changes in the requirements.

Improvement in design process and requirement management due to updating these processes to the up-to-date approaches in the system engineering.

Labor division is one of the key principles for working with the module; this allows the RMS specialists and designers to do their own tasks as the verification can be performed by a separate specialist. The design specialist creates an information model of a NPP generation set in SmartPlant Foundation, RMS specialist supplies the requirements into the RMS, and the verification specialist unites both systems and creates a report on requirements observation in the project. Thus a simple organization change triggers a significant improvement in quality.

Thus NEOLANT has accumulated a significant experience in implementing innovative projects in nuclear industry; at the same time all companys solutions may be adapted to the tasks of a specific customer.


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