The Nuclear Promise at NIRMA 2016

The NIRMA Conference 2016 took place in Las Vegas, NV from 7-10 August, welcoming delegates from across the nuclear industry for presentations, discussions and a celebration of the organization’s 40th anniversary, sponsored by Idox EIM (McLaren Software).

Power Plant - Cooling towers

24 August 2016

Tim Fleet presented a new maturity model for design change and took part in a panel session looking back over the last 40 years in the industry. A strong theme over the few days was the efficiency of operation and how design change is a key contributor to that.

Roger Beharry Lall, Director of Market Strategy and Research at Adlib, an Idox EIM partner, shares his take on the event.

During this year's NIRMA conference, one of the significant topics of discussion was the "Nuclear Promise Program", a multi-faceted approach coordinated by the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI). The Promise Program aims to boost industry efficiency and economic viability while recognizing nuclear energy's value in electricity markets. As shown in the model below, there are three strategic focus areas that are critical in delivering the Nuclear Promise.

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NIRMA, of course, is contributing to this vision head on, working determinedly with many organizations dedicated to making various strides towards achieving the promise. However, while there are many areas of concentration, perhaps the largest, and most relevant to the area of records management, is the notion of "Configuration Management".  Focused on maintaining that equilibrium between requirements, information, and physical changes in the plant, this is an ongoing challenge and a significant area of focus for nuclear records management.

Certainly, to achieve the Promise, one needs to look at both the process, and the technology - and to address the latter. An Adlib partner is already making an impact with the creation of a roadmap to help organizations work towards fulfilling the Promise.

Idox EIM (McLaren Software) recently launched an industry survey looking at organizations' Design Change Maturity.  Based on a simple survey (available here), organizations can determine how mature they are in terms of managing configuration and change issues. 

  1. Paper everything
  2. Paper review with electronic records
  3. Electronic workflows, but paper sign-off
  4. Electronic approvals
  5. And finally… "E-everything"… which encompasses not only the prior steps, but demands stronger integration

While the survey is still in its early days, initial results would suggest a fairly divergent industry, with about 10% on either extremes (paper everything & electronic everything)… but the bulk of organizations are a step off  the extremes… with ~40% at level 2, and 30% on level 4.

"We see the industry moving more and more towards integrated digital transformation," says Idox EIM's VP Business Development, Tim Fleet. "Not only is this movement allowing our industry to fully leverage critical documentation, but it's laying an efficient and dynamic foundation for the next generation of modern workers."


This industry initiative seems reminiscent of Gartner's ECM Maturity model - and even Adlib's own Content Darkness Mapping approach:

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Source: Adlib

- with all models offering organizations a way to determine their progress, and perhaps more importantly, help them sell to management the need for investment to improve.  It's hard to demand budget/resources without having some sort of benchmark for measurement.

So where are you at? How does your organization stack up against others? Take the survey and find out!  Then consider how your organization can work towards fulfilling the industry-wide Nuclear Promise.

To view Tim Fleet's full presentation from the conference, download here


About Adlib
Adlib is an Idox EIM (McLaren Software) technology partner. With its sophisticated Content Elevation Process™, Adlib is transforming the way organizations around the world in Energy, Life Sciences, Insurance, and Banking overcome Information Governance challenges. Integrating with key business tools, Adlib's solutions enable improved migration, compliance, privacy and security, digital transformation, and classification. By unlocking the value in unstructured content, we empower our customers to derive greater business insight for critical decision-making. 

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