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  • Fukushima – A Lesson in Human Factors Surrounding Complex Systems Design

    Join the Columbia Basin Section on December 3rd at 7pm for a presentation on Fukushima and Complex Systems Design given by David Koch. This is the third in a series of presentations on the Nuclear Power industry from ASME Columbia Basin Section and ANS Eastern Washington Section.

    The Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear disaster caused a major shift in nuclear safety philosophy, both inside Japan and worldwide. Old nuclear reactors previously thought safe by design are now being reevaluated, with many seeing upgrades to legacy safety systems. What has not been discussed in depth though is the human-centered design factors that surface in such emergencies, and how overly rigid configuration management controls can actually negatively impact reactor safety in beyond design basis incidents.

    Engineered systems are often thought to be rationally designed because of the rigorous calculations and analysis performed by diligent engineers. Under the design surface though, those systems are often based on deeply held beliefs instead of logical systems-level thinking. This talk will provide an overview of the disaster before delving into the analysis, where it will be shown how complex systems engineering projects are human-oriented projects as much as component-oriented projects.

    David A. Koch graduated from WSU in 2010 with his BS in Materials Science and Engineering. He spent 2 years working in experimental aviation before switching to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, where he spent 5 years working on the Waste Treatment Project. He left that position in 2017, returning to WSU fulltime to complete his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. He traveled to the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant in 2019 as part of his doctoral research.

    Topic: Fukushima – A Lesson in Human Factors Surrounding Complex Systems Design
    Time: Dec 3, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88075093786?pwd=cFV1aUtiN2N5Y2doRjh3TkMxSUxEdz09

    Meeting ID: 880 7509 3786
    Passcode: 687812

    Please contact Kelly Mears at mearsk@hotmail.com if you have any questions or would like to call into the meeting.

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  • The Environmental and Human Health Impacts of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident: What We Know 10 Years Later

    Join the Columbia Basin Section on November 12 from 7-8pm as Bruce Napier presents on the environmental and human health impacts of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident after 10 years. This is the second in a series of presentations on the Nuclear Power industry from ASME Columbia Basin Section and ANS Eastern Washington Section.

    After a brief description of the time-line of the accident and the radioactive releases to the atmosphere and the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima Daiichi accident in 2010, we will discuss the current state of knowledge about remaining radioactive contamination, its behavior in the terrestrial and ocean environment, and the estimated impacts on the plants, animals, and people of Japan.  Information will be summarized from a series of annual reports from the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR).

    Bruce Napier has been a scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for the past 43 years.  Bruce works with the development and operation of models concern­ed with the environmental transport of radiological and chemical contami­nants­. His expertise and experience lie in the areas of radiation dose reconstruction, computer modeling, environmental analysis, and human health risk analysis. Bruce was the Chief Scientist for the Hanford Environmental Dose Reconstruction Project that evaluated releases from the Hanford Site and is now a Principal Investigator for the US/Russian Joint Coordinating Committee on Radiation Effects Research (JCCRER), working on the dose reconstructions at the Russian Mayak Production Association for both the workers at and the populations living near the points of atmospheric release and along the Techa River downstream.  He participated in the International Atomic Energy Agency/World Health Organization Chernobyl Forum.  Bruce is a Fellow of the Health Physics Society, has recently stepped down from being a Scientific Vice President of NCRP - the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, and is a member of the U.S. Delegation to UNSCEAR.

    Topic: The Environmental and Human Health Impacts of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident
    Time: Nov 12, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89151711073?pwd=OW85QmlxaWFwd0xMKzhYT1FGWlNwZz09

    Meeting ID: 891 5171 1073
    Passcode: 059877

    Please contact Kelly Mears at mearsk@hotmail.com if you have any questions or would like to call into the meeting.

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  • The Future of Nuclear Power

    The Eastern Washington Section of the American Nuclear Society has invited Columbia Basin Section members to join their monthly presentations.  The presentation for October is The Future of Nuclear Power, presented by Mr. Bruno Comby.

    Mr. Comby is a nuclear engineer, founder and president of Environmentalists For Nuclear Energy (France) with a global perspective of existing challenges the nuclear energy industry is facing.  This presentation summarizes current obstacles and explores how the nuclear industry must evolve in the near future to continue delivering safe and clean energy, and satisfy humanity’s health needs and energy needs.

    Topic: “THE FUTURE OF NUCLEAR POWER” by Mr. Bruno Comby, a nuclear engineer, founder and president of Environmentalists For Nuclear Energy, France
    Time: Oct 20, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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    Meeting ID: 846 0027 7613
    Passcode: 446582
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