This technical expertise is distributed among the whole staff according to the qualification and competences of each staff member, transcending the hierarchical structure and allowing therefore reaping benefit from the technical expertise wherever it may be. The Technical Expertise is integrated in twenty Technical Responsibility Centers (TRCs) forming the main pillar of the knowledge management strategy of Bel V.
The TRCs, inspired by the domains covered by the safety analysis reports of the nuclear power plants, are grouped in five Technical Branches:
The adopted structure and concept are particularly well suited for an entity as Bel V as it allows to offer a high level of service and expertise to our customers and an optimal use of the available expertise resources.
To support its safety assessment activities as well as scientific and R&D related work, Bel V staff uses modelling capabilities as well as several computer codes. Capabilities have for instance been developed in the following areas: mechanics, fire protection, waste management, radiation protection, emergency planning, thermal-hydraulics, severe accidents and probabilistic safety assessment.
Bel V covers an extended set of safety topics through routine inspections (as performance-based inspection) and thematic inspections (as process-oriented inspections). For all these inspections, Safety-related Technical Domains, Human and Organizational Factors (HOF) as well as Safety Culture are considered.
Following domains are covered (not exhaustive list!): chemistry, fire protection, emergency preparedness & response, ageing, ASME, confinement, civil works, clearance, diesels & supports systems, electrical & I&C, external hazards, criticality, organisation, maintenance, engineering, operations, outage, release, radiation protection, spare parts, surveillance & periodical tests, training & qualification, transport on site, ….
Based on these various inspections, Bel V provides annually an overall safety assessment of each of the nuclear facilities as delegated by the FANC.
Bel V has developed an extensive training portfolio used for internal purpose (internal learning pathways) as well as for international customers. Structured through the four quadrants of the IAEA SARCoN approach (Legal, regulatory & organizational basis, Safety related technical domains, Regulatory Body practices, Personnal & behavioural effectiveness), these trainings sessions aim to cover a maximum of the safety-related technical domains and radiation protection areas.