With a growing demand for low carbon base-load power generation and spiraling costs for large, traditional nuclear power the Small Modular Reactor Programme was developed. The Programme takes the small reactor technology traditionally used on naval vessels and deploys them for civilian use which results in a power plant generating 440MW which is enough to power a city the size of Leeds.
The UK SMR Consortium brings together some of the most respected and innovative engineering organisations in the world including Rolls-Royce, Assystem, Atkins, BAM Nuttall, Laing O’Rourke, National Nuclear Laboratory, Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and TWI.
- Starting from a blank slate with no existing systems or processes meant that while this being an exciting opportunity it was also a challenging one.
- Taking the programme from what is essentially an initial R&D phase all the way to construction of a world first.
- Interfaces: Multiple consortium partners involved in the delivery of the different systems. These include high-tech design and fabrication organisation as well as traditional construction organisations.
- A large amount of media and political attention.
- Huge volumes of data from difference sources and organisations: programme, cost, documentation, quality, safety etc.
We generated a series of programmes from level 1 to 4 detail. The programmes were linked to the model to allow automated updates of cost and durations as the design developed.
- Development of a roadmap to achieve 5D capability and full level 2 BIM
- Strategic planning
- Specification for systems and developing process & procedures, centered around cloud, Power BI and AI tools.
- Supporting the supply chain engagement and development of the investment case
- Leading the development, management and control of the overall master programme schedule.
- Cutting edge digital innovation: A the only specialist digital agency for the construction UK construction industry we were able implement strong data management, quality control and advanced analytics.
- Clear Direction: With a fully integrated programme across the consortium partners.
- Data driven decision making: By rolling up information from the most granular level and eliminating layers of aggregation. We were able to drill down to root causes.
Ensuring that information flow from both the bottom up and the top down fluidly and without friction is key to ensuring that large, complex programmes can be delivered effectively through informed decision making. This can only be achieved with a strong digital back bone developed by people who understand both the technical and the project delivery realities.