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<strong>Inside</strong><br />

Leading the way in Nuclear Information and Records Management<br />

magazine<br />

Visit us at: <strong>NIRMA</strong>.org<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> Conference<br />

Keynote Speaker,<br />

Jessica Pacheco<br />

Vice President, State &<br />

Local Affairs<br />

Arizona Public Service<br />

Company<br />

Lighthouse to Navigate the Future;<br />

Your Invitation to the 43rd Annual <strong>NIRMA</strong> Conference<br />

Microfilm Digitization. What you need to consider<br />

before starting the digitization process, e-Image Data<br />

Confident Microfilm Conversion—Worry Free Records<br />

Management, ST Imaging, nextScan<br />

Adopters vs Resisters Building a Successful Change<br />

Management Strategy, iBridge LLC<br />

<strong>Issue</strong> # 05, <strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2019</strong>

Contents<br />

Feature Articles<br />

6<br />

9<br />

16<br />

17<br />

Microfilm Digitization. What you need to consider<br />

before starting the digitization process.<br />

By Todd Kahle, Vice President, e-ImageData Corp.<br />

Confident Microfilm Conversion—Worry Free Records<br />

Management<br />

By Matt Anderson, Vice President of Marketing, ST Imaging, nextScan<br />

Adopters vs Resisters Building a Successful Change<br />

Management Strategy<br />

By Dean Van Dyke, iBridge LLC<br />

NRC Starts Large Digitization Project<br />

By Margie Janney, CRM/NS/FED, NRC<br />

18<br />

Chronicles of NIM: A Retrospective on Information<br />

Management in Nuclear Power<br />

By Eugene Yang, Kismet Consulting<br />

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Contents<br />

Conference Highlights<br />





WORKSHOPS—22<br />

in every issue<br />




M&MBU NEWS—21<br />

PDBU NEWS—22<br />

RIMBU NEWS—23<br />

MEET THE <strong>NIRMA</strong> BOARD—24<br />

Letter from the<br />

Editor<br />

Welcome to the Pre-Conference <strong>Summer</strong><br />

Edition of <strong>Inside</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong>. In addition to our<br />

regular features on cutting-edge technology and<br />

industry happenings, this edition provides<br />

readers with an<br />

inside look at<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong>’s 43 rd annual<br />

conference. The<br />

conference, which is<br />

set for August 4-6,<br />

<strong>2019</strong> at the JW<br />

Marriott Resort and<br />

Spa in Las Vegas,<br />

Nevada will feature<br />

an array of<br />

impressive<br />

speakers, seminars,<br />

vendor exhibits and<br />

certification<br />

opportunities. There<br />

are also pre- and post-conference workshops<br />

scheduled that are designed to take your skills<br />

to the next level. This is in addition to the<br />

invaluable benchmarking opportunities.<br />

We at <strong>Inside</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong>, value your opinion and<br />

are always looking to improve our magazine.<br />

Let us know what you like and dislike and what<br />

you’d like to see more of. Share your thoughts<br />

with our Communication Team at<br />

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us on LinkedIn.<br />

Thanks for reading.<br />

Keep in touch!<br />


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From the President<br />

Michelle M. Smith<br />

STP Supervisor of Electronic Records Management & Automation<br />

A<br />

s the <strong>NIRMA</strong> president, I<br />

am looking forward to the<br />

continued success of the<br />

organization. As I reflect<br />

over the past few months, I see<br />

evolutions that <strong>NIRMA</strong> continues to<br />

make to ensure the organization<br />

provides our membership with<br />

added value. The board of directors<br />

continues to think out of the box to<br />

ensure we offer our membership the<br />

best opportunities to obtain<br />

knowledge and development.<br />

Through creating new technical<br />

guidance as the industry evolves<br />

around Decommissioning to new<br />

technology with the use of<br />

HoloLens. <strong>NIRMA</strong>’s board of<br />

directors continues to work with the<br />

Business Units to offer new<br />

technology that will strengthen our<br />

Industry.<br />

This year we have established a<br />

new relationship with Emirate<br />

Nuclear Energy Corporation. Life-<br />

Time <strong>NIRMA</strong> member Eugene<br />

Yang has volunteered to support the<br />

request of providing training to the<br />

ENEC employees (click here to read<br />

Eugene’s latest “Chronicles of NIM”<br />

article). <strong>NIRMA</strong>’s goals of<br />

continuing to be known as a leader<br />

in the Nuclear field and building<br />

relationships with international<br />

contacts is in direct correlation with<br />

the training that will be provided.<br />

Today, nuclear is faced with an aging<br />

work force. At my place of<br />

employment, we are anticipating<br />

over half of our employees retiring<br />

within the next five to ten years.<br />

With this in mind, we must position<br />

ourselves to place qualified<br />

individuals in vital roles.<br />

Development of our employees is<br />

essential to our survival.<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> will be offering<br />

development opportunities at the<br />

conference that you don’t want to<br />

miss. Check out the PDBU section<br />

for additional information on the<br />

sessions.<br />

As the organization continues to<br />

seek methods to provide<br />

opportunities for our membership,<br />

we need to get everyone engaged.<br />

We need your thoughts, ideas and<br />

participation.<br />

If your desire is to<br />

become more<br />

active in <strong>NIRMA</strong>,<br />

this is the time.<br />

Working together we can make<br />

changes. The alignment of the<br />

industry supporting the Nuclear<br />

Promise and the Standard Design<br />

Process are just a few examples of<br />

how we can change our direction.<br />

We each play a vital role in creating<br />

opportunities for our companies and<br />

their owners.<br />

For our upcoming annual<br />

Conference we have implemented<br />

changes that will drive member<br />

participation and development while<br />

also creating opportunities for future<br />

roles. The board of directors and I<br />

are creating avenues that can be<br />

tapped to position <strong>NIRMA</strong>’s<br />

members in the area of development<br />

and obtaining additional knowledge.<br />

I am anticipating a successful<br />

conference, but in order to ensure<br />

that you get the best from your<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> membership, register today!<br />

The conference activities are<br />

scheduled for Saturday, August 3,<br />

through Tuesday, August 7,<br />

with the vendor exhibit on Monday,<br />

August 6. Our vendors are excited<br />

to share their new technology with<br />

our membership. I look forward to<br />

seeing you at the conference.<br />

Early Bird<br />

Registration<br />

runs until<br />

July 1, <strong>2019</strong>.<br />

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Lighthouse to Navigate the Future -<br />

The August <strong>2019</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong> Conference<br />

By Janice Hoerber, <strong>NIRMA</strong> Vice President<br />

T<br />

he 43 rd Nuclear<br />

Information Management<br />

Conference is nearly here<br />

with some exciting new<br />

topics as well as popular<br />

benchmarking opportunities to learn<br />

from the best! In addition to brand<br />

new educational Workshops (pre &<br />

post conference), we have an<br />

exceptional roster of Keynote<br />

Speakers to set the stage with their<br />

insights. Then the technical sessions<br />

will follow to include topics of:<br />

✓ Cloud Storage<br />

✓ Content Analytics &<br />

Information Governance benefits<br />

for Nuclear<br />

✓ “Where Will Your Data Be<br />

Coming From?"<br />

✓ Improving Vendor Performance<br />

by Increasing Efficiency of<br />

Document Submittal Processes<br />

✓ What's new for the ANSI/<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> CM 1.0-2007 Reaffirmed<br />

2015 - 5-Year Revision Cycle<br />

✓ Panel session on the Nuclear<br />

Promise (not always with<br />

technology keeping up)<br />

✓ Assessments & Analytics<br />

✓ Regulations Fundamentals,<br />

Government & Utility<br />

Benchmarking sessions<br />

✓ Institute of Certified Records<br />

Managers (ICRM) Exam Prep track<br />

Plus more!<br />

The workplace of today is filled<br />

with great opportunities for change<br />

as well as disruptors like technology<br />

that can bring challenges. We must<br />

rely on standards and strong<br />

processes to see the way through.<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> serves as your<br />

lighthouse to navigate<br />

the future, built on a<br />

strong foundation<br />

from its past in the<br />

nuclear industry.<br />

The August conference is your<br />

building block for learning and<br />

sharing. Your attendance is so<br />

important whether at the beginning<br />

of your career journey to learn from<br />

the best, or to give back to colleagues<br />

with your many years of knowledge.<br />

Plan to take it all in with the schedule<br />

of events that are planned below:<br />

• Terrific new educational<br />

Workshops ($) Saturday, Aug 3<br />

and Wednesday, Aug 7<br />

• Distinguished Keynote<br />

Speakers Sunday, Aug 4,<br />

Welcome Reception early<br />

evening<br />

• Vendor Exhibits & Raffles<br />

Monday, Aug 5 with new<br />

Solution Spotlight Sessions<br />

• Technical Sessions Monday,<br />

Aug 5 and Tuesday, Aug 6<br />

• ICRM Exam Prep track<br />

Tuesday, Aug 6<br />

• <strong>NIRMA</strong> Business Unit<br />

meetings Wednesday, Aug 7 and<br />

Thurs, Aug 8<br />

The <strong>NIRMA</strong> Conference App will<br />

be available for download to present<br />

the final conference schedule and<br />

speaker profiles. Continue checking<br />

the <strong>NIRMA</strong> website at<br />

www.nirma.org for all the details and<br />

to register for the conference. Early<br />

Bird pricing is available for a limited<br />

time.<br />

The beautiful JW Marriott in Las<br />

Vegas, Nevada is the perfect<br />

backdrop for the <strong>2019</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong><br />

conference – to inspire, rejuvenate,<br />

and innovate your perspective! The<br />

group rate for the conference is only<br />

$141 a night, so make your<br />

reservations soon to ensure<br />

availability (click here to register for<br />

conference. Click here to contact JW<br />

Marriott).<br />

On behalf of the <strong>NIRMA</strong> Board of<br />

Directors, I warmly invite you to join<br />

us and look forward to seeing you<br />

there!<br />

Janice Hoerber<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> Vice President<br />

jhoerber@ameren.com<br />

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Microfilm Digitization<br />

What you need to consider before<br />

starting the digitization process.<br />

By Todd Kahle, Vice President, e-ImageData Corp.<br />

O<br />

ur digital world has<br />

conditioned us to expect<br />

needed information to be<br />

accessible almost instantly. Even<br />

people who grew up in a pre-internet<br />

world have come to demand this.<br />

Most information today is available<br />

in a form that meets this instant<br />

accessibility expectation. However,<br />

there are many trillions of<br />

documents that are only available on<br />

microfilm and even when using<br />

modern microfilm scanners,<br />

accessing these documents is less<br />

than instant. For this reason, and<br />

others, there is an almost universal<br />

desire to digitize microfilm<br />

collections.<br />

There are many questions to be<br />

addressed before a decision can be<br />

made to move forward with<br />

digitization.<br />

1. Copyright: Before microfilmed<br />

documents can be digitized,<br />

permission to copy must be<br />

obtained or it must be confirmed<br />

that the documents are in the<br />

public domain. For more<br />

information on copyright laws,<br />

click here.<br />

2. Security: If the microfilm to be<br />

digitized contains sensitive<br />

information and cannot be<br />

moved off site, digitization will<br />

need to be done on site.<br />

3. Accessibility: If the microfilmed<br />

documents to be digitized must<br />

be available during the<br />

digitization process, it may be<br />

logistically impractical to move<br />

the film off site.<br />

“Choosing a<br />

proprietary file<br />

format creates<br />

an unhealthy<br />

and perpetual<br />

dependency on<br />

the company<br />

providing them.”<br />

– Todd Kahle,<br />

Vice President, e-ImageData Corp.<br />

4. Indexing: An index is the means<br />

by which finding a document is<br />

possible. Creating an index can<br />

be a major expense for any<br />

digitization project. The greater<br />

the granularity of the index the<br />

more quickly a document can be<br />

found, but the more expensive it<br />

is to create.<br />

5. File Format: File format is how<br />

the digitized image is stored on<br />

the computer. Formats such as<br />

PDF or TIFF can be integrated<br />

with any document management<br />

system, whereas proprietary file<br />

formats cannot. Furthermore,<br />

proprietary file formats will<br />

require a proprietary viewer.<br />

Choosing a proprietary file<br />

format creates an unhealthy and<br />

perpetual dependency on the<br />

company providing them.<br />

6. Bit Depth: Typical values are 8-<br />

bit (256 shades of gray) or 1-bit<br />

(2 shades of gray which is black<br />

and white). 1-bit files require<br />

substantially less storage space<br />

than 8-bit files. However, if the<br />

document image on film is of<br />

poor quality, which is frequently<br />

the case, it may be necessary to<br />

use 8-bit grayscale to capture all<br />

image details.<br />

7. Dot Per Inch (DPI): DPI<br />

affects both image clarity and file<br />

size. A typical value is 300 dpi.<br />

Higher DPI may improve image<br />

clarity but will increase required<br />

storage space.<br />

8. Quality Assurance: Documents<br />

on microfilm are often of poor<br />

quality. Just because they have<br />

been digitized doesn’t mean that<br />

the digitized version is readable.<br />

Destroying the original microfilm<br />

after digitization is strongly<br />

discouraged (click here for Baylor<br />

University Digitization Project<br />

Group post), but if that is the<br />

intent, then it will be necessary to<br />

inspect 100% of the digitized<br />

images prior to the film’s<br />

destruction. It is common for a<br />

film collection to contain many<br />

millions of document images, but<br />

if the digital copy of just 1<br />

million documents were<br />

inspected, spending just 1 second<br />

on each would take a minimum<br />

of 277 manhours to complete.<br />

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Nonetheless, 100% inspection<br />

is not 100% accurate. 100%<br />

inspection will be a major<br />

expense of the digitization<br />

process and in many cases, it is<br />

impractical. For this reason, it<br />

is suggested that the film<br />

always be retained, thereby<br />

making the inspection step<br />

unnecessary. If while using the<br />

digitized images, it is<br />

discovered that the quality of<br />

an image is unacceptable the<br />

film can then be used to redigitize<br />

and replace the<br />

unacceptable image.<br />

9. Hardware: Hardware will be<br />

needed to accomplish three<br />

tasks. The first is to do the<br />

actual digitization. The second<br />

is to store, serve, and backup<br />

the files. The third is to<br />

accomplish re-scans when a<br />

digitized image is found to be<br />

unacceptable.<br />

10. Software: Depending on the<br />

file format chosen, it may be<br />

necessary to purchase a<br />

proprietary viewer for each<br />

computer needing access to<br />

the digitized images. This<br />

software frequently includes<br />

recurring software charges.<br />

Therefore, proprietary file<br />

formats are not recommended.<br />

11. Cost: The cost of digitizing<br />

microfilm is influenced by<br />

many factors such as how<br />

many images are to be<br />

digitized, do the images need<br />

to be 100% inspected, what<br />

level of granularity is needed<br />

for indexing, hardware costs,<br />

storage/server costs, recurring<br />

software charges, recurring<br />

storage/server charges, etc.<br />

If this seems overwhelming take<br />

comfort in the fact that you are<br />

not alone. At this point in the<br />

evolution of microfilm digitization<br />

technology, the best digitization<br />

path is frequently not clear. In<br />

fact, for many institutions,<br />

practically speaking, a path does<br />

not exist. e-ImageData is<br />

dedicated and focused on<br />

changing that – making the<br />

pathway to digitization clearer and<br />

within reach for everyone.<br />

As industry leaders in<br />

micrographics for the past 3<br />

decades, we are continually<br />

improving the way people work<br />

with microfilm worldwide by<br />

providing the latest technologies<br />

available. We are excited to be on<br />

the brink of yet another<br />

extraordinary technology that will<br />

make digitizing microfilm easier,<br />

more accurate, more accessible,<br />

and more affordable than ever<br />

before.<br />

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Confident Microfilm Conversion—<br />

Worry Free Records Management<br />

Convert with Confidence<br />

By Matt Anderson, Vice President of Marketing<br />

our microfilm archives are unique and contain<br />

Y<br />

priceless records that cannot be found<br />

anywhere else. This means converting your<br />

analog archives to digital records must be<br />

completed in a way that ensures that not only the<br />

images are readable but that all the information residing<br />

on the film has been captured completely and not<br />

accidentally omitted.<br />

Not all microfilm scanners are created equal. You<br />

wouldn’t hammer a nail with a screwdriver? No more<br />

than you should convert an entire roll of microfilm on a<br />

scanner with an area image sensor. Discover the<br />

benefits of line scanning technology.<br />

Line vs. Area Sensors<br />

There are two possible ways of capture when<br />

deciding to scan microfilm,<br />

progressive line sensor scanning or<br />

stop, point and shoot area sensor<br />

scanning. The two ways were developed for two distinct<br />

purposes,<br />

continuous<br />

capture of a roll<br />

of microfilm or<br />

simple<br />

information<br />

retrieval. Line<br />

sensor scanning<br />

allows for the<br />

progressive,<br />

constant capture<br />

of an entire roll<br />

of microfilm in<br />

Continued on next page.<br />

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motion. The sensor spans the width of roll of<br />

microfilm, capturing each line of data as the film passes.<br />

It is the continuous line sensor scanning capability that<br />

allows for the edge-to-edge and end-to-end capture<br />

required to make a true digital duplication of the roll of<br />

microfilm. Area sensor scanning uses an image sensor<br />

similar to what you would find in a digital camera and<br />

operates similarly as it captures a single image, one at a<br />

time. To capture an entire roll the system is required to<br />

recognize an area to scan, stop, capture and continue.<br />

Area sensor scanning technology may not capture 100%<br />

of the media resulting in some information being<br />

omitted. For example, the system may not recognize<br />

each individual frame. It is important to remember that<br />

the original process of converting documents to<br />

microfilm was not perfect and many items are too dark,<br />

skewed, or were too close together. Any of these could<br />

result in a skipped image. Perhaps it’s nothing, what if it<br />

was critical?<br />

Ribbon Scanning<br />

Over a decade ago, conversion bureaus urged the<br />

industry to develop a groundbreaking process that<br />

guaranteed 100% complete edge-to-edge and end-toend<br />

capture of microfilm. Why? Their current process<br />

at the time of point, scan and capture was time<br />

consuming and didn’t always deliver a perfect<br />

conversion. The solution was line scanning technology<br />

delivering a digital image in one continuous ribbon. The<br />

reliable conversion process now resolved numerous<br />

scanning errors that had previously hindered earlier<br />

scanning efforts, including missed images.<br />

Not only does Ribbon Scanning, with Line Scanning<br />

Technology, allow for complete capture it also enables a<br />

useful auditing process to verify that each frame is<br />

captured correctly. Specialized software indicates<br />

density differences between images to an operator. They<br />

can quickly distinguish if it is an image to save or one to<br />

skip. True Ribbon Scanning can only be accomplished<br />

using Line Scanning Technology and cannot be<br />

accomplished through use of an area scanner which<br />

does not capture all the data on the roll of microfilm.<br />

This simple auditing procedure is unique as all of the<br />

data collected is displayed. If it was on the film, it is on<br />

the Ribbon. Nothing skipped, nothing omitted, nothing<br />

missed.<br />

Different microfilm scanners are designed for<br />

different tasks. If you decide to convert, don’t leave<br />

your archive to chance. Ensure your data archive is<br />

identical to your current archive. Convert with<br />

confidence using Line Scanning Technology.<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong>s Financial Holdings<br />

as of: June 4, <strong>2019</strong><br />

Anita S. Beren<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> Treasurer<br />

Checking Account $ 44,841.62<br />

Investment Account $ 117,383.41<br />

TOTAL $ 162,225.03<br />

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<strong>2019</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong> Conference Exhibitors:<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> has room for more Exhibitors! Don’t delay. Sign up today!<br />

<strong>2019</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong> Conference Sponsors:<br />

Consider a sponsorship from your organization!<br />

Contact nirma@nirma.org to assist.<br />

The <strong>NIRMA</strong> Conference will be<br />

held August 4-6, <strong>2019</strong>,<br />

PLUS Learning Workshops<br />

offered August 3 & August 7<br />

(click here for more information)<br />

at the beautiful<br />

JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort &<br />

Spa, located at 221 N Rampart<br />

Blvd.<br />

Las Vegas, Nev.<br />

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<strong>NIRMA</strong> CONFERENCE<br />



General Manager, Corp.<br />

Services, STP<br />

“Change the Experience …<br />

Change the Culture”<br />

Summary:<br />

Every organization in the world is a living, breathing thing.<br />

Corporations are comprised of human beings, each coming to the<br />

table with their own value and belief systems. These human<br />

beings make up an organization’s collective belief system and<br />

resulting behaviors. Culture cannot be dictated. Culture cannot<br />

be a placard on a wall. In this interactive session, we will discuss<br />

how organizations define “Corporate Culture” and how<br />

organizations can go about shaping company culture by shifting<br />

the experiences of individuals. Waco Bankston will share some<br />

of his own experiences with merging multiple, very different, and<br />

at times dysfunctional cultures. Participants will leave with a<br />

tangible model and thought process that can be immediately<br />

leveraged to help not only manage an organization’s culture, but<br />

to change it for the better.<br />

Waco Bankston is responsible for Information<br />

Technology (IT), Cyber Security and many of the<br />

company’s Shared Services organizations, including<br />

Human Resources, Nuclear Records Management,<br />

Document Control, Technical Support Services and<br />

Administration.<br />


Vice President, State & Local<br />

Affairs, APS<br />

“The Power of Authentic<br />

Leadership”<br />

Summary:<br />

Jessica Pacheco will address what it takes to break through<br />

barriers in today’s world to provide effective leadership – formal<br />

and informal -- in any organization. She will share what it<br />

takes to create sustainable success and why authentic leadership is<br />

one of the most effective ways to deliver lasting results.<br />

Jessica Pacheco primary responsibility at Arizona<br />

Public Service (APS) is to lead the company’s state and<br />

local public affairs strategy. Pacheco has developed<br />

deep knowledge of the company’s business units<br />

through two periods at APS. She served in numerous<br />

roles from 1997-2006, including customer care in the<br />

call center, community and economic development and<br />

franchise agreement management.<br />

Pacheco earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the<br />

University of Arizona and is fluent in Spanish and<br />

Portuguese. She is a graduate of the Stanford Executive<br />

Program and MIT’s Nuclear Reactor Technology<br />

course.<br />


CSP<br />

President and Project<br />

Manager for Nuclear Waste<br />

Partnership LLC<br />

“Waste Isolation Pilot Project<br />

(WIPP) Past, Present & Future”<br />

Bruce C. Covert has more than 30 years of experience<br />

in the management and operation of nuclear and other<br />

high-hazard facilities for the Department of Energy<br />

(DOE) and the UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning<br />

Authority. Prior to accepting his current position at the<br />

DOE’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in June<br />

2017, he served as AECOM Group Vice President for<br />

Dounreay Site Restoration Limited in the U.K. Prior to<br />

that, he served as Environmental, Safety, and Health &<br />

Quality Director and Waste Project Director for<br />

Washington Closure Hanford (WCH).<br />

He holds a master’s degree in business administration<br />

from St. Bonaventure University and a Bachelor of<br />

Science degree in industrial technology from State<br />

University College at Buffalo. He is a Project<br />

Management Professional and a Certified Safety<br />

Professional.<br />

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Executive Director,<br />

Content & Programming,<br />

ARMA International<br />

“The Future of Information—<br />

Readiness Must Begin Today”<br />

Summary:<br />

To understand the future of information, we must look to our<br />

past. Cycles that started long before any of us were alive continue<br />

to push us forward. Using a pair of stories and an honest<br />

critique of our success in reducing organizational risk, what can<br />

we predict about the future of information? How can we prepare<br />

for this future today to get ahead of our cycles?<br />

Nick Inglis is Executive Director, Content &<br />

Programming at ARMA International (formerly<br />

President of the Information Coalition, prior to the<br />

two organizations' merger), the leading provider of<br />

resources and best practices for the information<br />

profession.<br />

Inglis is the author of 'INFORMATION: The<br />

Comprehensive Overview of the Information<br />

Profession & Official INFO Designation Study<br />

Guide'. Mr. Inglis is a recipient of the Providence<br />

Ambassador Award and was named a 2018 Rhode<br />

Island "50 on Fire" for his work with both the<br />

information profession and his public advocacy.<br />

Mr. Inglis' writing has been featured in U.S. News &<br />

World Report, The Providence Journal, Yahoo!<br />

Finance, CMSWire, and others.<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> CONFERENCE<br />



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and Decommissioning,<br />

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(NEI)<br />

“Sharing Current Industry<br />

Trends”<br />

Rod McCullum has been working at NEI since 1998.<br />

He has 30 years of nuclear engineering, licensing,<br />

management and regulatory policy experience.<br />

Currently, at NEI, he leads industry technical and<br />

regulatory efforts to improve used fuel management<br />

and nuclear plant decommissioning programs. He held<br />

prior positions in Government (with the Department of<br />

Energy) and Industry (at three commercial nuclear<br />

power plants). He has a Bachelor of Science degree in<br />

Nuclear Engineering (University of Cincinnati, 1985)<br />

and a Master of Business Administration degree (Lewis<br />

University, 2000).<br />

Click here to register for the<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> Conference!<br />

Click here to register for the<br />

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Procedural changes can be<br />

difficult to understand and even<br />

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Before disciplining an individual<br />

because they aren’t adapting to change, it’s important to<br />

ask yourself these three questions:<br />

1. Was that person aware of their responsibilities?<br />

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By Margie Janney, CRM/NS/FED<br />

A<br />

s an update to a previous<br />

<strong>Inside</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong> article, the<br />

Nuclear Regulatory<br />

Commission (NRC) has<br />

started a large project to digitize old<br />

records.<br />

Upon receipt in the summer of<br />

2017 of a report from the<br />

Committee to Review Generic<br />

Requirements (CRGR) on the<br />

NRC’s implementation of back<br />

fitting and issue finality<br />

requirements, the NRC Executive<br />

Director of Operations (EDO)<br />

recognized that the retrievability of<br />

licensing and design basis<br />

information was a contributing<br />

factor to back fit challenges. As a<br />

result, the EDO gave my staff in the<br />

Office of the Chief Information<br />

Officer (OCIO) the go-ahead to<br />

digitize 43 million pages of legacy<br />

material to make it readily available<br />

for staff’s use.<br />

Between 2007 and 2017, we had<br />

scanned approximately 500,000<br />

legacy documents and made them<br />

available to staff via ADAMS, the<br />

agency’s official recordkeeping<br />

system. In 10 years we had digitized<br />

approximately 10% of the collection;<br />

we’re going to be digitizing the<br />

remaining 90% within 2 years!<br />

That’s ambitious!<br />

We will be digitizing 6.3 million<br />

pages of Atomic Energy<br />

Commission paper documents<br />

(official agency records generated or<br />

received prior to 1979), as well as<br />

2,915,977 documents on 109,674<br />

microfiche and 113,456 NUDOCS<br />

In 10 years we had<br />

digitized approximately<br />

10% of the collection;<br />

we’re going to be<br />

digitizing the remaining<br />

90% within 2 years!<br />

aperture cards indexed in the<br />

Nuclear Document System<br />

(NUDOCS) collection (representing<br />

all agency records generated or<br />

received from 1979 to 1999).<br />

We are working with the<br />

microforms first. Within the first<br />

two weeks of start-up, we scanned<br />

approximately 1200 microfiche cards<br />

(about 436,800 images) and created<br />

12,759 PDF documents. The pace<br />

will pick up significantly once we<br />

have ironed out the kinks.<br />

After the NUDOCS microforms<br />

are digitized and QC’d, OCIO has a<br />

program that will match up the<br />

PDFs with the metadata (profile)<br />

found in NUDOCS and transfer it<br />

all electronically to ADAMS. The<br />

AEC papers, however, don’t have<br />

existing metadata. We are going to<br />

be using artificial intelligence (AI) to<br />

see what metadata we can<br />

automatically extract from the<br />

documents after they are OCR’d.<br />

Keep in mind that the youngest<br />

documents in this collection are 40<br />

years old; we have carbon copies and<br />

onion skin documents which don’t<br />

easily convert to text.<br />

My staff is excited to be working<br />

on this significant project to help the<br />

mission of the NRC!<br />

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inspired by the long association with<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> to create, in 2016, the Japan<br />

Energy Records Management<br />

Association (JERMA).<br />

(L-R) Eugene Yang, Bill Clover (Exelon Nuclear) and Mr. Sadamaro Yamashita<br />

(founder and President of NRM)<br />

Keeping to the Asia theme, there<br />

have been occasions where I’ve been<br />

asked to lend a hand in helping<br />

fellow <strong>NIRMA</strong> members from the<br />

vendor community in their<br />

marketing efforts. In one particular<br />

effort with IBM, I traveled to<br />

Shanghai, China to present<br />

information management concepts<br />

to the burgeoning China nuclear<br />

industry. Later, I provided<br />

consulting and training on electronic<br />

information management to the staff<br />

at the Jiangsu Nuclear Power Plant.<br />

Of course, when in the mother<br />

country, I was very appreciative of<br />

the<br />

food!<br />

By Eugene Y. Yang, KISMET Consulting, Inc.<br />

A<br />

s I look back at a career<br />

spanning over five<br />

decades (really?), I’ve<br />

been blessed to be able<br />

to leverage my knowledge and<br />

experience into adventures<br />

around the world. This issue’s<br />

article reflects the opportunities<br />

to present or provide training on<br />

information management at<br />

international venues.<br />

When I served as President of the<br />

Association, back in 1999-2001, I<br />

had the opportunity to meet with<br />

representatives from the Nippon<br />

Records Management Co., Ltd<br />

(NRM), a firm that provides records<br />

management services to utilities,<br />

businesses, and government agencies<br />

in Japan. This opportunity led to my<br />

being asked to<br />

provide<br />

presentations to records<br />

management staffs of the Japanese<br />

nuclear power plants and the ARMA<br />

International Tokyo chapter. It was<br />

through that initial visit to Tokyo<br />

that <strong>NIRMA</strong>, and me personally,<br />

have had a rich 20-year relationship<br />

with Mr. Sadamaro Yamashita,<br />

founder and president of NRM. Mr.<br />

Yamashita has invited me to Japan to<br />

speak to the nuclear industry on<br />

several occasions; in 2013, he invited<br />

Bill Clover of Exelon Nuclear and<br />

me to speak on information<br />

management in the U.S. industry in<br />

the wake of the Fukushima accident.<br />

It was humbling to interact with<br />

personnel from the plant. Mr.<br />

Yamashita, and others in Japan, were<br />

Shanghai, China<br />

Over the course of the years, I’ve<br />

had the chance to work with the<br />

International Atomic Energy Agency<br />

(IAEA). Besides providing input to<br />

the development of technical<br />

documents on records management<br />

in waste management and<br />

decommissioning, I provided<br />

training on information management<br />

concepts in addressing sealed<br />

radioactive sources (SRS) and<br />

disused sealed radioactive sources<br />

(DSRS). This was essentially the<br />

tracking, reporting, and<br />

recordkeeping for monitoring the<br />

whereabouts of source material used,<br />

for example, in medical x-ray<br />

machines, industrial flowmeters, and<br />

lightning rods. This has taken me to<br />

the IAEA headquarters in Vienna,<br />

18 <strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2019</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong>.org <strong>Inside</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong>

IAEA Headquarters<br />

Ljubljana, Slovenia<br />

Arusha, Tanzania<br />

Amman, Jordan<br />

Austria; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Arusha, Tanzania; and<br />

Amman, Jordan. It was great to interact with scientists<br />

and engineers from eastern Europe, the Mediterranean,<br />

Asia, and Africa, understanding their varied approaches<br />

to data and information management, while offering<br />

them insights on approaches in the U.S.<br />

At the time of this writing, I’m getting ready to head out<br />

the door again, this time to the United<br />

Arab Emirates. In March <strong>2019</strong>, the<br />

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation<br />

(ENEC) reached out to <strong>NIRMA</strong>’s<br />

President, Michelle Smith, to inquire on<br />

possibly receiving training on <strong>NIRMA</strong>’s guidance in the<br />

areas of records management (both electronic and hard<br />

copies), and the shredding of records (either electronic<br />

or hard copies). Michelle reached out to me to see if I<br />

was interested, and, of course, I said yes! The Barakah<br />

Nuclear Power Plant, near Abu Dhabi, is being built by<br />

a consortium led by the Korea Electric Power<br />

Corporation (KEPCO) using KEPCO’s APR-1400<br />

design. My intent is not only to provide training on the<br />

guidance we’ve developed, but also to share best<br />

practices and lessons learned from the U.S. power<br />

industry. This training, to be conducted over a period<br />

of five days, will occur in the latter part of June <strong>2019</strong>.<br />

As I stated earlier, I have been blessed with these<br />

international opportunities. Perhaps, when I see you at<br />

the <strong>NIRMA</strong> Conference in August, I’ll regale you with<br />

tales of my latest travel overseas!<br />

Eugene has been a member of <strong>NIRMA</strong> for over<br />

32 years. At the time he joined, <strong>NIRMA</strong> had<br />

only been in existence for 11 years. He would<br />

love to hear about stories and anecdotes from<br />

others, so please email him at<br />

eugene.yang@kismetconsulting.com.<br />

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Business Unit News<br />

By Bruce Walters, M&MBU Director<br />

T<br />

he Conference Committee<br />

and M&M are busy<br />

arranging, organizing, and<br />

publicizing the upcoming<br />

conference to be held at the JW<br />

Marriott Resort & Spa in Las Vegas,<br />

Nevada in early August. The hotel<br />

and grounds are amazing. There will<br />

be an array of Keynote speakers who<br />

will kick off the first day (click here<br />

for additional information).<br />

We will have quite a number of<br />

sessions designed to improve our<br />

knowledge of integral parts of the<br />

work we do. If<br />

you are<br />

interested in<br />

presenting at the<br />

conference, it<br />

may not be too<br />

late to step up<br />

and get included.<br />

Simply reach out<br />

to our vice<br />

president, Janice<br />

Hoerber,<br />

jhoerber@ameren.com, to discuss<br />

your topic. Did you know you get a<br />

discount on your conference rate if<br />

you are a speaker? It’s true!<br />

Ever wonder about the value in<br />

attending a conference? Generally, I<br />

consider there are two primary<br />

values in attending. First, the<br />

educational opportunities provided to us,<br />

the members, are second to none.<br />

We get to learn about big picture<br />

topics, not limited to just our day-today<br />

work environment. Many of us<br />

“ ... I consider there<br />

are two primary<br />

values in attending.<br />

First, the<br />

educational<br />

opportunities<br />

provided to us, the<br />

members, are<br />

second to none …<br />

Second, the<br />

networking<br />

opportunities are<br />

fantastic.”<br />

are siloed into our daily tasks and<br />

don’t see the whole picture, how our<br />

role feeds into other people’s roles<br />

and into the entire office’s or plant’s<br />

role. You get to learn about topics,<br />

that frankly, you may not have had<br />

any exposure. That stretches your<br />

knowledge and hopefully your desire<br />

to learn more, grow more. Some<br />

speakers allow for give and take in<br />

the sessions and now you get to hear<br />

some of the, uh hum, ‘seasoned<br />

veterans’ (I’m not saying old folks)<br />

agree/disagree with statements<br />

made. Properly done, banter can be<br />

a good thing, a better learning<br />

environment. We have sessions to<br />

learn about<br />

professional certification. There is a<br />

vendor hall where we get to meet<br />

representatives for various services<br />

and products/tools that are valuable<br />

to our jobs. Our conference is all<br />

about education!<br />

Second, the networking opportunities<br />

are fantastic. We gather for<br />

breakfast and lunch at tables<br />

(sumptuous<br />

meals, I must<br />

say) and have<br />

the chance to<br />

have<br />

conversations<br />

with people<br />

from all over<br />

the records management industry.<br />

You have a question, a problem, a<br />

random thought … you now have an<br />

audience of people who either have<br />

an answer OR know the person in<br />

the room who has the answer. No<br />

one is unapproachable at the<br />

conference. Our best and brightest<br />

are just people, like you, coming to<br />

learn and to educate. Don’t be<br />

bashful. We even have a First<br />

Timers event that helps welcome you<br />

and ease you into getting the most<br />

out of the conference.<br />

If you weren’t sure what to<br />

do with yourself between<br />

August 4-6, you really need<br />

to be in Las Vegas at the<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> Conference. You’ll<br />

be glad you attended.<br />

<strong>Inside</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong>.org <strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2019</strong> 21

Professional Development<br />

Business Unit News<br />

Tammy Cutts, PDBU Director<br />

I<br />

t’s that time of year again, the conference is<br />

approaching and we’re finally starting to get<br />

approvals from our leadership to attend. Be sure<br />

to keep development opportunities in mind for<br />

those requests; you benefit as well as your company.<br />

Developmental Opportunities:<br />

At this year’s conference we have multiple opportunities<br />

(click here to register; $295 each or both Workshops for<br />

$500):<br />

• Saturday (Aug. 3): Full Day Workshop:<br />

Do You See the Flow? ($295.00)<br />

• Wednesday (Aug. 7): Half Day Workshop:<br />

The Lifetime of Learning ($295.00)<br />

• Tuesday (Aug. 6): Full Day Conference Track:<br />

ICRM Sessions (no fee)<br />

Do You See the Flow?<br />

The pre-conference workshop, Do You See the Flow? is<br />

led by Bob Larrivee. The interactive<br />

session is a full day and will focus on ways<br />

to improve the work flow process with or<br />

without technology by understanding the<br />

importance of process maps; identifying<br />

areas for improvement; assessing the impact<br />

of process change; and preparing a future<br />

state vision.<br />

This workshop provides you with a practical approach<br />

to creating a process map; recommending process<br />

change options; standardizing business processes across<br />

the enterprise; understanding how automation will<br />

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enhance operations and reduce costs; and prepare for<br />

implementation and change management within the<br />

user community.<br />

The Lifetime of Learning<br />

The post-conference half day workshop by Becky<br />

Wingenroth on The Lifetime of Learning.<br />

Originally created by Becky for the<br />

Electric Power Research Institute’s<br />

(EPRI’s) Technical Women’s Network,<br />

this voluntary process encourages<br />

continuous growth and learning and is<br />

available to anyone, women and men,<br />

interested in identifying how to better leverage their<br />

unique skills and talents.<br />

Ever wonder where your career is headed? Perhaps<br />

you’re not in the role you thought you’d be by now or<br />

you’ve been looking for new challenges. Alternatively,<br />

you may be progressing well, but are not sure how to<br />

get to the next great opportunity. What steps can you<br />

take to keep moving forward? In her presentation,<br />

Becky uses elements of the Lifetime of Learning process<br />

to encourage professionals to determine the path they<br />

want to be on, what they want to learn and the best way<br />

to learn it. Don’t wait for others to manage your career,<br />

YOU take charge!<br />

ICRM Sessions (No Fee)<br />

On Tuesday, the Institute of Certified Records<br />

Managers (ICRM) will have a full-day track to introduce<br />

attendees to the certification process and exam<br />

preparation, focusing on the Certified Records Analyst<br />

(CRA), CRA/CRM Nuclear Specialist (NS), and the<br />

CRM Federal Specialist (FED). The ICRM sessions will<br />

be led by Margie Janney, Bruce Walters and Rae<br />

Lynn Haliday (click here for more information).<br />

Please consider serving <strong>NIRMA</strong> in the<br />

Professional Development Business Unit!<br />

Help lead and contribute ideas for<br />

training and educational opportunities<br />

for our membership.<br />

Contact tammy.cutts@pge.com<br />

Attending one or more of these sessions is an<br />

excellent way to develop yourself while taking back<br />

new knowledge and skills to benefit your<br />

organization. If you have training on your personal<br />

development plan for the year, here’s your chance<br />

to check that box as well.<br />

22 <strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2019</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong>.org <strong>Inside</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong>

News from the<br />

Regulatory Information<br />

Management Business Unit<br />

(RIMBU)<br />

By Chris Boudreaux,<br />

RIMBU Business Unit Director<br />

Status of RIMBU Actions<br />

RIMBU Team members have been working heavily on<br />

the updates to various documents including the<br />

following:<br />

• Technical Guideline 15 – Management of<br />

Electronic Records<br />

• Technical Guideline 18 – Guideline for Vendor<br />

Technical Information Program Implementation<br />

• Technical Guideline 21 – Required Records<br />

Protection, Disaster Recovery and Business<br />

Continuity<br />

• Technical Guideline 22 – Management of<br />

Electronic Vendor Technical Documents<br />

• Position Paper 06 – Alternative Approaches in<br />

the Implementation of the Nuclear Regulatory<br />

Commission Regulatory <strong>Issue</strong> Summary<br />

• Position Paper 07 – Management of Quality<br />

Records from NDE Processes<br />

• Position Paper 08 – Electronic Signature<br />

Methods<br />

Basis Documents Being Created<br />

With RIMBU having added several new members to<br />

the team, we have begun working on Basis Documents<br />

for all Technical Guidelines, Position Papers, and<br />

White Papers. These documents will explain the history<br />

and purpose of the material created from within the<br />

RIMBU team allowing a detailed knowledge transfer to<br />

not only members of the RIMBU organization, but<br />

members and customers of <strong>NIRMA</strong> as a whole. We<br />

expected the Basis Documents to be available alongside<br />

the native documents later this year.<br />

ANSI/<strong>NIRMA</strong> CM 1.0-2007 Reaffirmed<br />

2015 - 5-Year Revision Cycle<br />

Our working team for this year’s revision has<br />

completed the initial comments gathering phase of the<br />

revision and is generating the initial draft of the update<br />

for the ANSI/<strong>NIRMA</strong> CM 1.0-2007 Reaffirmed 2015<br />

document. This effort is being led by long-time<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong>/RIMBU member Rich Giska along with his<br />

team, which includes: Mike Dickson, Kent Freeland,<br />

Laurent Perkins, Lori Roddy, David Weber, Sarah<br />

Perkins, and Chris Boudreaux. We appreciate the<br />

efforts of the team thus far as they work toward having<br />

a final draft out for review ahead of the <strong>NIRMA</strong><br />

Conference this year.<br />

<strong>NIRMA</strong> Conference Preparations<br />

The RIMBU members are planning various<br />

presentations and work-related activities as we near the<br />

43 rd Annual <strong>NIRMA</strong> conference. We will hold our<br />

Annual <strong>Summer</strong> Meeting following the conference and<br />

encourage all interested conference attendees to make<br />

plans to stay and join our day and a half session as this<br />

will be where the rubber meets the road on generating<br />

the guidance documents for our industry. We plan to<br />

have vendor presentations, discuss new technical<br />

guidelines, share best practices and operating<br />

experience, and more. If you would like to attend our<br />

session, please contact me via email at<br />

cmboudreaux@stpegs.com.<br />

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Anita and her sons<br />

Phillip and Matthew.<br />

speakers in recent years will be getting married to his sweetheart<br />

Megan in September.<br />

Anita Beren<br />

A<br />

nita is a Documentation Leader at General Electric<br />

in Marlborough, Massachusetts.<br />

Anita has been a member of <strong>NIRMA</strong> since 2006 and had<br />

served as the Director of Professional Development for many<br />

years before her election to the <strong>NIRMA</strong> Board in 2017 as the<br />

Director of Infrastructure. She assumed the position of<br />

Treasurer in 2018<br />

Anita and her significant other Jack live in Massachusetts. She<br />

has two children, Phillip and Matthew. Matthew, who is<br />

known to <strong>NIRMA</strong> members for his videotaping of keynote<br />

In her spare time, Anita is a jewelry designer. She creates<br />

custom jewelry through bead embroidery. Anita is also the Vice<br />

President of Beadesigner International, a Bead Society serving<br />

greater New England.<br />

Question: <strong>NIRMA</strong> will host its annual<br />

conference in August. Besides the conference<br />

itself, what are you most looking forward to doing<br />

in Las Vegas?<br />

Anita: I have attended the <strong>NIRMA</strong> conference since<br />

2006. Over the years, I have had the pleasure of<br />

enjoying many shows in Las Vegas. More recently, I<br />

look forward to enjoying all that the JW Marriott<br />

Resort has to offer. Coming from the Northeast, I<br />

enjoy the warmth of Las Vegas in August. Some may<br />

find it too hot at this time of year, but I love it! I also<br />

enjoy spending time with longtime friends that I have<br />

made over the years at <strong>NIRMA</strong> and meeting the new<br />

members who come for the first time.<br />

24 <strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2019</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong>.org <strong>Inside</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong>

Q: What was your favorite toy growing up?<br />

A: Music has always been a big part of my life. One of<br />

my most favorite things when I was a kid was a record<br />

player. My older brother bought many records. He let<br />

me play them on our record player. I would sit next to<br />

the record player and listen to rock and roll music for<br />

hours on end throughout the years while growing up. I<br />

am surprised that I didn’t wear out the vinyl.<br />

Q: What fictional character do you wish you could<br />

meet and why?<br />

A: I would love to meet Captain Jean Luc Picard of the<br />

starship Enterprise from the Star Trek Next Generation<br />

television series. I couldn’t get enough of those<br />

adventures. I want to be part of his command and<br />

travel throughout the galaxy and beyond.<br />

Example of Anita’s bead embroidery work. <br />

Q: What was the first live concert you ever<br />

attended?<br />

A: The first live concert that I ever attended was The<br />

Beach Boys. They were probably one of the first bands<br />

whose music my brother introduced me to. I have<br />

always loved live concerts. I have tickets to attend a live<br />

concert by The Who in the fall. This is such an<br />

anticipated event for me because The Who was one of<br />

my brother’s favorite bands. Their music was such a big<br />

part of my childhood, I am looking forward to<br />

experiencing them live.<br />

Editors<br />

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<strong>NIRMA</strong> Headquarters<br />

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<strong>NIRMA</strong> Administrator<br />

245 Sunnyridge Ave., #41<br />

Fairfield, CT 06824<br />

nirma@nirma.org<br />

<strong>Inside</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong>.org <strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2019</strong> 25

National Security Experts Form Coalition to Regain U.S.<br />

Leadership in Nuclear Energy<br />

National security experts<br />

agree that leading in nuclear<br />

energy means leading in the<br />

world. More than 100 leaders in<br />

this field—including more than a<br />

dozen retired admirals, former top<br />

-ranking officials at the CIA and<br />

in military intelligence, professors<br />

and deans of engineering at<br />

prominent universities, heads of<br />

major defense technology firms,<br />

and others with long experience in<br />

national security—have formed a<br />

new organization, the Nuclear<br />

Energy and National Security<br />

Coalition, urging policymakers to<br />

act to regain that leadership.<br />

On May 21, former<br />

Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr.<br />

—who is a prominent expert on<br />

arms control—and retired U.S.<br />

Navy Adm. Richard Mies—a<br />

former nuclear submariner and<br />

commander of the U.S. Strategic<br />

Command—launched the new<br />

coalition, which is under the aegis<br />

of the Atlantic Council, a<br />

Washington, D.C.-based think<br />

tank with a specialty in energy and<br />

security. At the event, the Atlantic<br />

Council also released a report<br />

from its Task Force on U.S.<br />

Nuclear Energy Leadership—on<br />

which Sens. Sheldon<br />

Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Mike<br />

Crapo (R-Idaho) served as<br />

honorary co-chairs.<br />

The new coalition sees a<br />

strong nuclear energy sector as a<br />

cornerstone of national security.<br />

They believe that the United<br />

States’ role as the global leader in<br />

nonproliferation efforts is “under<br />

strain” because of the decline of<br />

the industry domestically and in<br />

exports.<br />

Domestically, many nuclear<br />

reactors face challenges because<br />

of a decline in the wholesale price<br />

of electricity, brought on by a<br />

flood of inexpensive natural gas,<br />

created by fracking. The electricity<br />

markets do not compensate<br />

nuclear reactors for their aroundthe-clock<br />

availability or their<br />

contributions to clean air and<br />

climate stability.<br />

Internationally, the export<br />

market is now dominated by<br />

Russia—with China quickly<br />

emerging as a contender. Both<br />

nations have leveraged their<br />

domestic nuclear industries to<br />

expand internationally. With this<br />

expansion, they have begun to<br />

displace U.S. influence in the<br />

establishment of global nuclear<br />

norms and standards.<br />

When it comes to competing<br />

with these countries, the U.S.<br />

has fallen behind because of our<br />

own ineffective trade policies.<br />

Until a few days ago, for example,<br />

American companies were at a<br />

commercial disadvantage because<br />

they could not even get financing<br />

from the Export-Import Bank.<br />

Such financing is a staple of trade<br />

policy for countries around the<br />

world, but the U.S. Ex-Im Bank<br />

was without a quorum and unable<br />

to authorize transactions<br />

exceeding $10 million.<br />

Nuclear energy bolsters our<br />

national security. The experts who<br />

are a part of the Nuclear Energy<br />

and National Security Coalition<br />

recognize that our geopolitical<br />

leadership abroad depends on the<br />

fate of our nuclear energy<br />

industry. Policymakers must do<br />

the same.<br />

Article reprinted with<br />

permission of NEI.<br />

Read full article here.<br />

26 <strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2019</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong>.org <strong>Inside</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong>

How a 3D-Printed Sub Could Revolutionize Nuclear Energy<br />

You’ve probably heard of 3D<br />

printing being used to create scale<br />

models and other novelties. You may<br />

even have a 3D printer at home. The<br />

technology—also called additive<br />

manufacturing—was first pioneered in<br />

the 1980s and in the last 10 years has<br />

created a revolution in manufacturing<br />

just about anything. Today, we can<br />

print with more than just plastic; we can<br />

print with metals and other materials<br />

used in high tech industries.<br />

Some people have even wondered<br />

if we could 3D-print a nuclear reactor.<br />

Well, it turns out that this idea is not so<br />

far-fetched. The nuclear industry is<br />

developingmicro-reactors, which are<br />

very small nuclear reactors typically less<br />

than 10 megawatts and capable of<br />

fitting on the back of a tractor trailer.<br />

Just last week, I was at Oak Ridge<br />

National Laboratory and saw<br />

a submersible they 3D-printed for the<br />

U.S. Navy which was about the same<br />

size as a micro-reactor.<br />

So what does this mean for nuclear<br />

energy? Well, the Navy submersible<br />

was 3D-printed in weeks instead of<br />

months and for only 10 percent of the<br />

cost that it would take for conventional<br />

manufacturing. While the internal<br />

components of a micro-reactor may be<br />

complex, the aerospace industry has<br />

experience 3D-printing complex jet<br />

engine components in less time and for<br />

lower costs than conventional methods.<br />

We don’t have to wait for the<br />

future to see 3D-printed parts make<br />

their way into nuclear power plants.<br />

Companies are looking to put 3Dprinted<br />

fuel components into reactors<br />

this year, and advanced test reactors use<br />

3D-printing to manufacture test<br />

capsules. Replacement of discontinued<br />

parts is a challenge for nuclear plants,<br />

and 3D printers could be used to<br />

manufacture replacement parts.<br />

In addition, we are looking at other<br />

advanced manufacturing technologies.<br />

Larger components, such as pressure<br />

vessels for small modular reactors,<br />

could use advanced methods—like<br />

powder metallurgy hot isostatic<br />

pressing (a very technical term for<br />

pressing metal powder into solid<br />

shapes) and electron beam welding<br />

(welding at the molecular level)—to<br />

reduce the cost and schedule of<br />

manufacturing. In fact, our recent<br />

report on advanced<br />

manufacturing found that there are 16<br />

methods of most interest to the nuclear<br />

industry.<br />

Innovation drives the nuclear<br />

industry. 3D-printing—like I saw with<br />

Oak Ridge and the Navy—and<br />

advanced manufacturing can<br />

revolutionize how we use carbon-free<br />

nuclear energy to power our way of life.<br />

Article reprinted with<br />

permission of NEI. Read full<br />

article here.<br />

3D-printed submersible on display at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.<br />

<strong>Inside</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong>.org <strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2019</strong> 27

Westinghouse Targets Fast Licensing,<br />

Tiny Footprint for New SMR<br />

By Neil Ford<br />

The U.S. Department of Energy<br />

(DOE) recently allocated<br />

Westinghouse $12.9 million<br />

of DOE funding to develop its<br />

eVinci micro reactor design based<br />

on sodium heat pipe technology.<br />

Westinghouse aims to design, test,<br />

manufacture and site a<br />

demonstration unit by 2022 and will<br />

provide $15.7 million to the project.<br />

The company is currently<br />

developing an electrical<br />

demonstration unit and plans to<br />

demonstrate manufacturing<br />

capability by 2020.<br />

The advanced heat pipe design will<br />

simplify the plant structure and<br />

reduce the number of moving parts,<br />

creating significant cost and safety<br />

benefits, Yasir Arafat, Principal<br />

Engineer, Advanced Reactor<br />

Development at Westinghouse, told<br />

Nuclear Energy <strong>Inside</strong>r..<br />

The compact design will also have a<br />

small boundary footprint, opening<br />

up new siting opportunities closer to<br />

industrial facilities and population<br />

centers.<br />

Westinghouse is communicating<br />

with U.S. and Canadian nuclear<br />

regulators and aims to license the<br />

design for commercial deployment<br />

by 2025, pending a successful testing<br />

phase.<br />

This would position Westinghouse<br />

near the forefront of micro reactor<br />

deployment.<br />

Canada aims to build at least one<br />

demonstration advanced reactor<br />

plant by 2026, at a Canadian Nuclear<br />

Laboratories (CNL) site. In<br />

February, high-temperature gas<br />

reactor developer Global First<br />

Power became the first developer to<br />

advance to the third stage of CNL’s<br />

design selection process which<br />

involves non-exclusive negotiations<br />

on land arrangements, project risk<br />

management, and contractual terms.<br />

According to Westinghouse, the<br />

small size and high technology<br />

readiness of the eVinci heat pipe<br />

reactor design should accelerate the<br />

licensing process.<br />

“The fundamental technology that<br />

differentiates it from other nuclear<br />

reactor designs is the removal of<br />

heat from the core (fuel) via heat<br />

pipes,” Ryan Blinn, Advanced<br />

Reactor Program Manager,<br />

Westinghouse, said.<br />

“This technology (heat pipes) has<br />

been used for decades and was<br />

demonstrated by Los Alamos<br />

National Laboratory in the [NASA]<br />

KiloPower nuclear test,” he said.<br />

Design benefits<br />

The eVinci reactor is designed to<br />

provide 200 kWe to 5 MWe of<br />

combined heat and power.<br />

The design is built around a solid<br />

monolith with channels for both<br />

heat pipes and fuel pellets. Each fuel<br />

pin in the core is adjacent to three<br />

heat pipes, giving an overall one-totwo<br />

heat pipe-to-fuel ratio. The heat<br />

pipes remove heat from the core<br />

using a primary heat exchanger.<br />

According to Westinghouse, the<br />

heat pipe design eliminates the need<br />

for a reactor coolant pump and<br />

associated auxiliary systems,<br />

reducing plant size and component<br />

costs.<br />

A 2 MWe reference design can be<br />

packaged and transported within<br />

standard 20-foot shipping<br />

containers.<br />

The plant is designed to require less<br />

than 1 acre at the site boundary and<br />

the emergency planning zone would<br />

be limited to within the unit<br />

boundary, Blinn said.<br />

Article reprinted with permission of<br />

Nuclear Energy <strong>Inside</strong>r. Read full article<br />

here.<br />

28 <strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2019</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong>.org <strong>Inside</strong> <strong>NIRMA</strong>

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