Knowledge Management From Design, Operation Throughout the Decommissioning Phases

Given the long timescales of active decommissioning projects (many decades), the preservation of information and its transfer to future generations is a fundamental element of this industry. But adding on the long time periods given to the siting, planning, construction and operation of a nuclear facility before shutdown (when most records relevant to future decommissioning are generated) the overall time span encompassing knowledge management for decommissioning purposes easily exceeds 100 years

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From Preliminary to Final Planning for Decommissioning: Anything Wrong?

The key principle of planning for decommissioning should be continuity (a form of sustainability). Experience shows that a significant gap in planning will inevitably result in unnecessary delays (e.g. between final shutdown and the start of active decommissioning) and ultimately, extra costs.

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Characterization for Decommissioning: Yes, But to What Extent?

A comprehensible and verifiable determination of the radiological inventory is essential for the decommissioning management with respect to safety, time and costs. For example, right from the start of the post operational phase, the radiological characterization has to enable the decision whether or not to perform a system decontamination, or to investigate waste disposal pathways.

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