On 26 and 27 September 2018 CRA hosted its Annual Risk Forum, at the De Vere Cranage Estate in Cheshire. The forum brought together experts across a range of industries including nuclear, insurance, cyber security and automation. Attendance encompassed internationally renowned researchers and corporations including 15 presenters who delivered 12 talks across two days to an audience of almost 100 attendees representing 30 organisations.
CRA’s CEO Jasbir Sidhu opened the Risk Forum with an address on the challenges of deriving suitable data to support risk assessments across safety-critical industries. He conveyed that the impact of an increasingly technologically dependent Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) has led to increased requirements for accurate data, particularly for use in risk assessments. This has inspired growing work to develop and apply new methods for generating data which can be input into models. Therefore, it is vital that this data is accurate and agreeable amongst all stakeholders.
Jasbir shared the following terms of reference for the Risk Forum. The forum aims to:
– Establish the UK CNI voice for holistic risk analysis taking the human and AI element into consideration;
– Set-up a fund for promoting focused risk analysis research and development;
– Disseminate information on the latest techniques and developments in risk analysis;
– Provide the necessary information to enable better education of the general public on the CNI Risk issues.
Day one commenced with a presentation from Dr Claire Taylor form the Halden Reactor Project (HRP) in Norway. Claire presented the HRP approach to generating human performance numerical data for nuclear control rooms using their HAMMLAB simulator. She then demonstrated how human performance data can be collected in challenging environments and in time pressured situations.
Dr Claire Taylor presenting at the CRA Risk Forum 2018
Throughout the day the delegates were further treated to talks across a range of topics covering:
– The Office for Nuclear Regulation’s (ONR) perspective concerning numbers implemented in nuclear safety cases. Opinions on deterministic and probabilistic methods including: Probabilistic Safety Analysis (PSA) and Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) were presented.
– A review of a new simulation software currently being used to model the reliability of systems and subsystems utilised on a new Sellafield Ltd facility along with case studies highlighting the models being used for legacy facilities.
– A new perspective on delivery of nuclear decommissioning projects (NDPs) including a methodology which combines quantitative and qualitative analysis to implement best practices, improve cost estimates and generate more accurate delivery timescales
– The risks associated with licensing of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) in the UK including estimations on residual risk following radiological release, as researched under a CRA sponsored project in collaboration with Imperial College London and Public Health England (PHE)
– The Safety and Reliability Society(SaRS)’s appreciation of numerical methods utilised across high-hazard industries and the subsequent ongoing discussions within technical communities
During breaks delegates were able to learn about a range of research projects via the forum poster session.
Viewing a poster at the CRA Risk Forum 2018
Day one concluded with a networking reception and dinner for delegates.
CRA Risk Forum 2018, evening networking reception
Day two started with Val Martell from Nuclear Risk Insurers delivering a talk on the insurance perspective of nuclear licensing. In particular, emphasis was placed on how to evaluate risk and who is liable for consequent insurance coverage.
This was followed by talks on:
– How to recognise cyber-attacks and examples of historical information security breaches at both corporations and small and medium-sized enterprises
– The impact on America’s nuclear plants following the ‘Delivering the Nuclear Promise ‘agreement. Barry Sloane from Jensen Hughes discussed the resultant new programmes being implemented by the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission)
– The potential application of human reliability assessments (HRA) in nuclear to understand and quantify the risk posed by humans in cyber security breaches at nuclear power plants (NPPs)
Delegates watching presentations at CRA Risk Forum 2018
Please click here to view the 2018 Risk Forum programme and speaker profiles.
Speakers at the CRA Risk Forum 2018
Speaker presentations from the CRA Risk Forum 2018 are available for download: CRA Risk Forum 2018 presentations.