Rosatom looks to digitalisation

4 September 2020

The Russian government, state nuclear corporation Rosatom and state corporation Rostec have signed a statement of intent for the development of end-to-end digital technology.

The agreement on new production technologies (NPT) is being established as part of a federal project to develop digital technologies for the digital economy. The agreement was signed during a meeting in Sarov on the development of the NPT and quantum computing chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko and attended by Rosatom director general Alexey Likhachev and Yekaterina Solntseva, Director of Rosatom's digitalisation programme.

During the meeting, Chernyshenko stressed the need to approve the roadmap for the NPT by 30 November, and Rosatom's schedule for this was agreed. An executive committee was set up to coordinate a previously approved roadmap for the development of quantum computing.

Chernyshenko noted that NPT development is “one of the prerequisites for creating an ecosystem for the digital economy of our country, strengthening its digital sovereignty and increasing competitiveness in the global high-tech markets”. He added that, by 2024, “it is necessary to increase up to 60%, and for some classes up to 80%, the share of software in use at state corporations and defence industry organisations”.

The government statement defined NPT as "a set of new approaches, materials, methods and processes that demonstrate rapid development, but so far have had relatively little distribution compared to traditional technologies". NPT are used “for the design and production of globally competitive products or products that are in demand on the world market (machines, structures, assemblies, devices, installations, etc.).”

Implementation of the New Production Technologies Roadmap is intended to develop “breakthrough NTP as a basis for technological leadership, the development and implementation of world-class import-independent domestic solutions at industrial enterprises, stimulating the demand for NTP in high-tech industries, eliminating regulatory, technical, scientific, technological, financial, personnel and other barriers”.

On 1 September, specialists of Digitalisation Directorate of ASE EC JSC (Rosatom’s Engineering Division) completed the establishment of a configuration management system for the Basic Design stage of the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant under construction in Finland. The system is based on the Multi-D IMS platform, an information support system, which enables detailed modelling of construction and installation processes based on 3D-object models that significantly increases quality and speed. ASE said this will improve the efficiency of change and nonconformity management, as well as verify the documentation of changes and deviations during the design, licensing and construction of the plant.

Multi-D products are developed in compliance with the Rosatom’s digital strategy and the digital economy road map as well as within the ASE’s programme, “Digitalisation of NPP construction processes”. Rosatom used a digital configuration management system for the first time during construction of Rostov 3 in Russia and a modified version is being used for the design of the Ostrovets nuclear plant under construction in Belarus and the Paks II project in Hungary. The version for the Hanhikivi 1 project was developed to meet the requirements of Finnish regulator STUK and has an increased amount of data due to the greater detail required, ASE said.

Access to the configuration management system is provided to Atomproekt (the general designer), RAOS Project Oy (the general supplier), and plant owner Fennovoima Oy.

Olga Tolstunova, ASE vice president for digitalisation, said the core of the digital Multi-D platform is the information management system (IMS) for nuclear power plant construction projects and is part of the facility lifecycle management system. “In its implementation, we are moving from a document-centric approach to managing data about an object,” she said in an interview with “The IMS system involves all project participants - the customer, contractors and suppliers - in a single information field, accumulates all information about the object and manages it, ensures the creation of an optimal configuration of the object, implements change and requirements management processes, provides a single space for storing and exchanging data, as well as technical documentation based on them.”

The IMS uses two different technologies: the Dassault Systemes Enovia PLM system and a second import-independent platform, she explained.

The system works with two main data classes.The first is parametric information about equipment, elements, materials. The second class is objects that are born from the model: drawings, as-built documentation, etc. “The system identifies each data element, its attributes, manages relationships with other elements and monitors changes in each of them. To control the life cycle of each element, an individual policy is formed, and all changes are audited and controlled. Moreover, the system simulates not only the station and equipment, but also people, groups, roles in business, as well as the way they are organised,” she said.

The station information model is not limited to a 3D model. In addition, the customer can get information about the object in many other aspects, such as resources (volume of work), money (cost of materials), etc.

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