RP3C Community of Practice installments feature speakers from Oklo, NuScale

September 16, 2020, 12:02PMANS News

Caroline Cochran, chief operating officer of Oklo Inc., and Sarah Bristol, PRA supervisor at NuScale Power, have given presentations recently for the American Nuclear Society’s Risk-informed, Performance-based Principles and Policy Committee (RP3C) Community of Practice (CoP).

What is CoP? The RP3C, a special committee of the ANS Standards Board, launched the CoP in February to support risk-informed, performance-based (RIBP) methods in ANS standards. The CoP provides an opportunity to share knowledge outside of the normal management and project process. CoPs are used frequently by organizations to help break down barriers that impede the flow of information.



Presentations: Cochran shared Oklo’s experience in the development of the Aurora, the company's advanced fission plant concept, during her August 28 presentation titled “Oklo RIPB Methods: Benefits and Challenges.” The Nuclear Regulatory Commission accepted for review Oklo’s combined license application on June 15.

Bristol gave a presentation on July 28 that provided lessons learned during the implementation of NuScale’s design certification application, which was approved by the NRC on August 28.

All of the RIPB CoP presentations, including the ones by Cochran and Bristol, are available on the RP3C’s webpage.

RIBP: The purpose of the RP3C CoP is to support knowledge sharing on the development and application of RIPB principles and practices within the nuclear industry. The CoP holds online collaboration meetings on the last Friday of every month, beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern.

A public RIPB CoP webpage via ANS Collaborate is open to all professionals interested in RIPB principles and practices. ANS members and others can visit the webpage for details about upcoming meetings and can choose to join the group to receive notifications and be included in ongoing discussions.

Individuals interested in the CoP or in the RP3C are encouraged to contact standards@ans.org with questions.

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