Managing Nuclear Construction-An Experience Survey

by Clyde B. Tatum, (M.ASCE), Sr. Resident Engr.; Ebasco Services, Inc., Elma, Wash.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 4, Pg. 487-501

Document Type: Journal Paper


Because of the current importance of adequate energy supply to the United States economy, the construction of nuclear generating stations is of high national priority. Historical performance on nuclear projects indicates a trend toward both longer construction schedules and increased capital costs. The challenge to more effectively manage nuclear construction is therefore emphasized. During early 1976, the writer conducted a survey to identify the critical tasks necessary for managing nuclear projects, to define the current practices utilized, and to suggest improved techniques. The research used a three-category management model: planning; direction of operations; and review and evaluation. Findings and conclusions in each of these categories are examined. Recommendations and practical applications for both individual nuclear projects and the industry segment devoted to this activity are also presented.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Surveys (non-geomatic) | Nuclear power | Power plants | Power supply | Scheduling | Assets | Construction costs | United States

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