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The Automatized System for Ensuring Safety of the Smolensk NPP’s Engineering Service Lines (AS-SESL)

Tech Area / Field

  • FIR-NSS/Nuclear Safety and Safeguarding/Fission Reactors
  • INF-DAT/Data Storage and Peripherals/Information and Communications
  • INF-SOF/Software/Information and Communications
  • MAN-MPS/Manufacturing, Planning, Processing and Control/Manufacturing Technology

3 Approved without Funding

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Leading Institute
VNIIEF, Russia, N. Novgorod reg., Sarov

Supporting institutes

  • Smolensk NPP, Russia, Smolensk reg., Desnogorsk


  • Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc., USA, CA, Redlands\nMiner and Miner, Consulting Engineers, Inc., USA, CO, Fort Collins\nAED-SICAD Aktiengesellschaft, Germany, Munich\nNetSL AB, Sweden, Lulea

Project summary

The present project is associated with a variety of activities performed well in advance and aimed at the maximal possible reduction of risk of emergencies on engineering service lines of the Smolensk NPP being the radiation hazardous Minatom facility of Russia.

The objective of the project is to create and put into trial operation the special-purpose Automatized system for ensuring safety of the Smolensk NPP’s engineering service lines (AS-SESL).

The system under consideration is intended to control the complex of the Smolensk NPP’s engineering systems (electrical power, gas supply, water supply, communication and drain systems) having a distributed production infrastructure and directly affecting the safe operation of the plant.

The AS-SESL should provide personnel of the power plant with the reliable information both routinely, when the state of the facilities is continuously monitored (turn on/off of valves, the replacement of devices, the period of repair efforts, inventorying, control of various situations), thus creating the history of maintenance of engineering service lines, and in the conditions of emergency response.

The AS-SESL’s creation-related preliminary efforts have been undertaken at the Smolensk NPP. The NPP’s specialists performed researches into the subject area allowing the immediate initiation of work involving the AS-SESL development. The collaboration experience gained by SNPP’s and VNIIEF’s specialists allows them to make maximal progress in the shortest possible time.

The RFNC-VNIIEF’s personnel offer experience in the area of state-of-the-art GIS-technologies needed to create AS-SESL, which is certified by the License granted by the Federal service for geodesy and cartography of Russia for the “creation, implementation and maintenance of special-purpose (industry-related) information (geoinformation) systems”.

The types of activities permitted by the license were included into the RFNC-VNIIEF’s Charter.

Currently, RFNC-VNIIEF is undertaking efforts under inpidual task orders to create AS-systems to meet the needs of a number of industry-related enterprises.

AS-SESL is referred to information technologies in the area of engineering service lines at the enterprise’s level and employs the ArcGIS geoinformation environment as the basic environment.

In addition to ArcGIS and DBMS Oracle, three more software products, developed by the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) and Miner&Miner company, will be included into the AS-SESL:

· an editor for maps of engineering lines Arc Facilities Manage (ArcFM), i.e. a special-purpose software module operating in the ArcGIS environment;
· an ArcFM Viewer visualizer required for viewing the data generated in ArcGIS, for their printing out and for performing unsophisticated analysis operations;
· an SDE universal server for spatial data constructed using the client-server technology and ensuring the storage of spatial and attributive data in the commercial DBMS Oracle.

The achievement of the project goals will allow the Smolensk NPP’s specialists to reach a higher organizational level of work on the safe operation and maintenance of the engineering service lines of the power plant.

The successful completion of the project will allow the dissemination of the obtained results, of the developed engineering solutions and techniques to other NPPs and potentially hazardous Minatom facilities of Russia.


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