A Computer Integrated Engineering System for Nuclear Plant Design

by Thomas A. DelSignore, Westinghouse Electric Corp, Pittsburgh, PA, USA,
Steven G. Gaskill, Westinghouse Electric Corp, Pittsburgh, PA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Engineering in Nuclear Facilities


The design, construction, and licensing of nuclear power facilities is a long and complicated process which can span a time period of over ten years. This tremendous lead time to plant completion and operation leads to exaggerated costs of the nuclear plant, as well as other types of process plants. Responding to the need to reduce design and construction schedules, and thus reduce costs, the Plant Engineering Division of the Westinghouse Electric Corporation has developed, and will continue to expand, the CINERGY Computer Integrated Engineering System. By providing integration, enforcing control, ensuring consistency, and speeding the exchange of design information the CINERGY system enhances the design process and lessens the lead time to plant operation. This paper discusses the basic system philosophies and the design, structure, and interfaces between the major components of the system. The current system status and future directions are also discussed.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering | Power plants | Information systems | Computer aided design | Nuclear power | Building design | Scheduling | Construction costs

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