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Hazardex 2017 Conference - Sellafield ISA100 Wireless Applications

Author : Tom Nobes - Sellafield Ltd

03 November 2016

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority owns several site-license companies in the UK. One of them, Sellafield Sites Ltd; was attracted to wireless C&I to help reduce lifetime costs, shorten project timescales, reduce their installed base of equipment, be flexible in project strategies and further improve safety. 

Historically; C&I includes a huge infrastructure of cables, glanding, trays, trunkings, junction boxes, marshalling panels, power supplies, etc; all with lifetime costs for design, purchase, installation and maintenance.

Where C&I is in remote locations (e.g. plants undergoing decommissioning, sewage farm, plant drains, bunds and pits, steam and water services, etc) or where cable access is difficult (stacks, chimneys, furnaces, areas with higher background radiation, ATEX Hazardous Areas, etc), cable infrastructure costs dominate C&I project budgets.

About the Speaker

Thomas S Nobes is Principal Engineer, Process Instruments, Sellafield Ltd. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of Engineering with the Institute of Measurement & Control.

He is effectively an internal consultant, owner of the company standards and procedures for process instrument design and is a design auditor for safety assesments. A large part of his role is the promotion and introduction of new technologies within Sellafield. These have included HART, FieldBus, ISA100Wireless and asset management. His latest thoughts are on the Internet Of Things and its application to nuclear decommissioning.

He is a local section committee member for the Institute of Measurement & Control and a national member of its Standards Policy Panel for instrumentation.

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