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Planning and managing Hinkley Point C
In early-2017, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) hosted a networking evening with EDF Energy to discuss project planning for Hinkley Point C, the first nuclear power station in the UK in over a generation and the largest infrastructure project of the decade.
The evening featured presentations from David Speight, EDF Energy’s Head of Civil Construction, Nuclear New Build and Sarah Williamson, Laing O’Rourke Technical Director. The presentations were sought to answer some of the pressing questions the industry has regarding the project.
David Speight highlighted that previous experience of developing nuclear power plants in France meant that EDF was able to formulate a strong set of project values and culture based on lessons learned.
These values all stem from an overriding focus on quality and aim to ensure that humility, respect, solidarity, positivity and clarity permeate through the workforce. In order to facilitate this, each meeting starts with a safety message that focuses on previous examples of accidents onsite.
 How can HPC mitigate making construction errors onsite?
Sarah Williamson contextualised the enormity of the project by explaining that the joint venture between Bouygues and Laing O’Rourke (BYLOR) will have to produce 50 million bent bars, equivalent to the number of grass blades on three tennis courts.
She said that was why it was imperative there are no mistakes onsite as it cannot be built twice. To limit construction errors in the first instance, BYLOR decided designs need to be 3D, clash-free and buildable onsite.
In order to achieve this, they have been employing 3D modelling allowing designers to build each component of the plant virtually as many times as they need to, before creating a design they can guarantee will be successful onsite.
In 2017, they also have the following objectives to complete:
- Start of HPC site accommodation campus.
- First safety-related concrete used in gallery.
- Completion of east welfare building.
- Handover of civil works design studies for reactor pre-stressing gallery.
- Handover of civil works design studies for pumping station raft.
- Start installation of seawater cooling pipes.
The EDF evening was part of ICE’s Energy, Resilience and Climate Change campaign.
This article was originally published here by ICE on 22 February 2017. It was written by Claire Miller.
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