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LiveDecom: A research project to digitize closure of nuclear facilities

Catenda is one of the partners in LiveDecom, a research project creating digital support for integrated industrial management. The project is supported by the Research Council of Norway, and focuses on digitalizing the decommissioning or closure process of nuclear facilities.

Catenda contributes to the LiveDecom project with the versatile and reliable Bimsync technology and the knowledge about BIM and the construction industry. To maximise safety and efficiency in decommissioning, BIM oriented tools and workflows are essential since the planning and execution process can be much better when the components in the plant are represented with 3D objects with built in structured information. The other partners in the project is Visavi Technology AS who is the project owner, and The Norwegian Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) who is the research partner. Together, the partners will contribute to holistic digital knowledge management and improve the efficiency of safety-critical projects, both for long term planning and rapid decision-making.

Holistic digital knowledge management

In addition to the handling of individual processes such as information and knowledge systems, digitization also includes processes like simulation-based job planning and evaluation technology combined with user-centered digital methods for project planning and project support with the BIM (building information model). BIM involves detailed and structured modeling of the installation or facility.

The project will combine project data and schedules with state-of-the-art visualization and simulation technologies to provide the user with a comprehensive overview of, for example, the status of the processes and the effects of any changes to the schedule.

Cross-sectoral transfer value

The project has transfer value for industrial plants within other sectors such as oil and gas. It is also expected to be of relevance for other types of projects such as upgrades and modifications of installations.

The primary result of the project will be a prototype software based on the integration of the LivePlan project planning tool developed by Visavi with 3D modelling and simulation tools and with Bimsync from Catenda.

Digitization of industrial processes to achieve high levels of security and efficiency, including the use of composite data analysis and visualization technologies, is rapidly spreading. Today we are talking about digitizing processes through a holistic perspective that integrates the capacity into so-called multiD approaches.

In addition to Visavi, IFE, Catenda and The Norwegian Research Council, the project involves the following international partners: Create Technologies Limited, iUS Institute for Environmental Technologies and Radiation Protection, European Research Center, WAI Ltd. (AquilaCosting), Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd. and TÜV NORD EnSys GmbH.

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