Fostering an Open and Collaborative Environment with thinkproject's Contract Management System


Country / Region UK
Industry Energy & Water

The Project

In 2016 James Fisher Nuclear (JFN) were awarded one of the leading decommissioning projects; the segmentation, packaging and export of the Steam Generating Heavy Water Reactor (SGHWR). The contract was awarded following an OJEU competitive tendering exercise carried out by Magnox.

The SGHWR was commissioned in 1963, shut down in 1990 and was the largest of nine reactors on the Winfrith site. JFN is providing highly innovative solutions for this project with their wealth of experience in the decommissioning field. This project is using NEC3 Engineering Construction Contracts and Subcontracts with our CEMAR solution to help facilitate this milestone project.

The Challenges

There are highly complex technical challenges associated with this contract as it is the first power reactor to be decommissioned through segmentation of its core within the UK. There is no ‘off-the-shelf’ design for this type of project and so solutions are being developed through innovative application of modified, commercially available equipment and bespoke variations of nuclear designs.

Due to the nature of the site and the works involved, safety and security is paramount to the team. Any issues need to be identified and communicated quickly, as well as all solutions needing to be safe, efficient and cost-effective for the taxpayer.

On the project there are several teams who have their own Technical Lead, who report to Engineering Integration Managers, so it is important that all information can be relayed quickly and correctly, whether team members are on-site or part of remote operations and maintenance.

The Solution

The CEMAR platform helps facilitate an open and collaborative environment for the team. With the system’s transparency and chain of communication giving a clear overview of each contract. As it can be updated anywhere where is an internet connection it ensures all teams are able to view the project in real-time, with one single source of truth.

With CEMAR Analytics, valuable data from the project is collected, and becomes a valuable ‘lessons learnt’ exercise, ensuring that similar issues on other projects can be solved with better knowledge, making them safer and more efficient as time goes on.

The Client
James Fisher Nuclear have been supplying innovative and cutting-edge solutions for a range of decommissioning and other projects across the UK for over 40 years. We are proud that they have chosen thinkproject’s CEMAR software as their contract management tool and we can continue assisting with valuable work within this sector as the next generation of nuclear energy evolves.

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