Controlling the Description of a High-Level Radioactive Waste Isolation System

by Charles F. Zumba, Science Applications Intl Corp, San Diego, United States,
Dillard B. Shipler, Science Applications Intl Corp, San Diego, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1991


Control of large, complex, regulation-driven programs using traditional management methods has not been wholly effective. What is needed is a rigorous yet flexible method that is amenable to controlling the design of engineered and natural subsystems while an understanding of the natural subsystem is under investigation. The key to developing such a methodology is controlling the known and predicted model of the system. Regulatory, engineering, and scientific needs can be successfully met and controlled by maintaining a current model of the system as new information is obtained, as new investigative plans are developed, and as physical changes are made to the system.

Subject Headings: Radioactive wastes | Management methods | Information systems | Systems management | System analysis | Underground storage | Systems engineering | Physical models

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