3-D virtual environment for Russian reactor development

May 16, 2016

Russian nuclear engineering procurement and construction company Rosatom is to deploy a 3-D virtual environment as it builds and operates its new power plants.

‘Major industry milestone’: a pressure vessel at the Belarus Nuclear Power Plant
‘Major industry milestone’: a pressure vessel at the Belarus Nuclear Power Plant

The 3-D plant design models, construction processes and resources are integrated and interconnected through a single source of data that is accessible and updated in real time. As a result, less time is needed for reviews and approvals of documentation and issues can be proactively addressed, increasing the quality of construction.

France-headquartered tech major Dassault Systèmes is deploying its system for the construction and operations of Rosatom’s Belarusian plant. The Belarus Nuclear Power Plant will consist of two power units of a total capacity of up to 2,400 MW. The first unit is planned to commission in summer 2018 and the second one in 2020.

The move represents the second stage in creating a 3-D design, construction management and operational system for Rosatom. In phase one, announced in 2012, it used a Dassault platform to develop the first 3D digital nuclear plant management model.

Vyacheslav Alenkov, head of systems engineering and IT division, said: “The first deployment of the platform at a nuclear plant operational site is a major industry milestone for operations of complex infrastructures, including thermal and hydro.”

Editor’s comment: Complex engineering projects, such as building and operating new nuclear reactors, require new management tools to cut costs and improve the safety of design and operation.

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