SRS employees use novel training exercise to align waste mission

October 5, 2023, 3:02PMRadwaste Solutions
Ray Tran, an engineer for Savannah River tank farms, helps complete a timeline of SRS historical events as part of SRMC’s vision casting training initiative. (Photo: DOE)

More than 3,000 employees with Department of Energy contractor Savannah River Mission Completion (SRMC) participated in a vision casting initiative, learning more about the past, present, and future of the Savannah River Site’s liquid waste mission.

A joint venture of BWXT Technical Services Group, Fluor Federal Services, and AECOM Energy and Construction, SRMC was awarded the 10-year, $21 billion SRS mission completion contract by the DOE’s Office of Environmental Management in October 2021. The company is working to reduce the risks posed by SRS’s aging radioactive liquid waste storage tanks.

The exercise: Led by a full-time SRMC employee serving as a group facilitator, each vision casting session was a small-group discussion that used informative scripts, a liquid waste program vision board, fact cards, and interactive activities to align all employees on what it will take to complete the SRS liquid waste mission.

According to SRMC president and program manager Dave Olson, the sessions provided the opportunity for employees to learn more about SRMC and how every individual contributes, and ultimately understand and appreciate the value each person brings to the liquid waste mission. “Feedback from participants indicated that the vision casting effort was informative and beneficial,” he said.

SRMC is looking at developing a computer-based training application so that new employees can also benefit from vision casting.

He said it: “I was able to meet numerous people in fields I don’t often interact with, hear stories from employees who have been at the site for longer than me, and learn something new from every group,” said Bailey Arnett, SRMC waste disposal authority engineer. “I think vision casting was important for our company because we were able to learn from one another, gain a new perspective, and unite to accomplish future work as one team.”

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