Workshop on Lessons Learned in Construction, Decontamination & Decommissioning of Nuclear Facilities

Coordinators: Jim Rispoli (Former Assistant Secretary of Energy and Member of National Academy of Construction) and Jake Lefman (Vice President at Project Time & Cost)

Date: Wednesday August 7, 2019

Time: 10:15 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.

This year’s SMiRT 25 conference will feature a workshop to focus on construction and decontamination & decommissioning (D&D) / cleanup of nuclear plants and facilities.  The speakers are currently managing significant mega-projects involved with either construction of new nuclear plants, or decommissioning and demolition / disposition of contaminated, deactivated plants.  The construction track will contain two aspects:  project management best practices and lessons learned; and one focused on cost, schedule, and project controls for complex mega-projects.  The D&D / cleanup track will discuss hazard mitigation, approaches and lessons learned along with disposition of wastes.  In addition, the regulatory and oversight functions will be discussed by professionals involved with nuclear safety in facilities and operations.  Following the presentations, a panel format will afford conference participants the opportunity to dialog with the speakers to maximize the benefit for the attendees.  This workshop will be offered to provide attendees the maximum opportunity to gain an insight into challenges and actions taken to address the issues in these large complex projects. 

Part 1: Nuclear Construction and D&D Cleanup Workshop

Time: 10.15 a.m. - 11.45 a.m.

Chair: Jake Lefman, PMP, PT&C LLC


1. Canadian Approach to Regulating Decommissioning
Karine Glenn, Director of the Wastes and Decommissioning Division, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

2. Working with communities, regulators and stakeholders in D&D and cleanup of facilities and sites
Tania Smith Taylor, Director, Office of Business Operations, U.S. Department of Energy Office of Legacy Management

3. The Lessons of Yesterday are the Lesson of Today
Bill Jones, Director of Construction, Region-II, USNRC


Part 2: Nuclear Construction and D&D/Cleanup Panel 1

Time: 1.15 p.m. - 3.00 p.m.

Chair: Jake Lefman, PMP, PT&C LLC


1. Understanding the challenges and best practices for high-tech, one-of-a-kind nuclear construction projects
Pam Marks, PMP, Federal Project Director, Salt Waste Processing Facility, Savannah River Site, U.S. Department of Energy

2. Regulatory and safety aspects across the spectrum of construction, operations and D&D of nuclear facilities
Kent Fortenberry, former Technical Director, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB)


Part 3: Nuclear Construction and D&D/Cleanup Panel 2

Time: 3.30 p.m. - 5.15 p.m.

Chair: Hon. James A. Rispoli, P.E., NAC


1. Lessons learned in construction of nuclear power plants (phase 1) and applications to new nuclear construction
Jake Lefman, PMP, PT&C LLC

2. State of the practice applications for nuclear project quality
Kevin Han, Assistant Professor, NC State University

3. Challenges in D&D and cleanup of contaminated nuclear facilities and sites
Kent Fortenberry, Project Manager, Oak Ridge Site, AECOM