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Nonreactor Nuclear Facilities Groups

Asset Management Section

Asset Management is the system of processes, practices, skillset, organization, and information management used to optimize the value gained from targeted assets- cradle to grave.

Mission Statement: Empowering radioisotope research and production by managing the care of infrastructure and equipment in our nuclear facilities.

Deliverables: Improved overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), enhanced productivity, performance measures and cost control, increased customer satisfaction, continuous improvement


 Groups in Asset Management Section:

Facility Maintenance 

These maintenance professionals and skilled craft are charged with performing the care, protection and installation of nuclear facility equipment. The group's major functions include equipment troubleshooting and repair; preventive and predictive maintenance; and non-capital project execution.

Project Delivery

This group ensures optimal execution of approved projects, asset recapitalization, and nuclear facility equipment modifications.

Reliability Engineering

This team identifies and manages asset reliability risks that could impact operations or equipment health; and develops engineering solutions to mitigate failures and all other problems that adversely affect operations. This includes issues with capacity, quality, cost or regulatory compliance.

Work Coordination

This team supports the Facility Maintenance team by leading asset management work planning and scheduling, critical equipment work packages, CMMS administration, external contracts, and procurement/materials management/warehousing/MRO functions.

Nuclear Facility Management Section

This section's groups maintain and update the nonreactor nuclear facilities that support the diverse research and development missions of ORNL and the nation.


Groups in Nuclear Facility Management Section:

Hot cell operator Rick Bowman uses the mechanical arms at the hot cell window in the Irradiated Materials Examination and Testing (IMET) hot cell facility, Building 3025E. Small specimens that have been irradiated are being recovered from a capsule.

Credit: Carlos Jones/ORNL, U.S. Dept. of Energy

3025/3532 Operations

The Irradiated Fuels Examination Lab (3525) performs the receipt, handling, transfer, packaging, and shipment of irradiated fuels/materials. Additionally, examination and testing activities include metrology, metallographic sample preparation, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, gamma spectrometry, and other physical properties evaluations as appropriate to the experimental objectives of the particular program. The Irradiated materials Examination and Testing Facility (3025E) performs post-irradiation testing and examination. Irradiated test samples are received, processed, tested (both destructive and nondestructive), examined, and stored by the IMET Facility or shipped to other research facilities throughout ORNL and the world.

System Engineering

This group of qualified engineers are responsible for maintaining the configuration and operability of structures, systems, and components that are credited for nuclear safety protection of workers and the public. In addition, the group provides primary technical expertise for installation of new equipment and capabilities within the nonreactor nuclear facilities.

Waste Operations

This team manages all aspects of solid waste handling and ultimate disposal for both transuranic and low-level waste streams in the nonreactor nuclear facilities. They assist waste generators in developing technically sound, cost-effective radioactive waste characterization and disposal approaches.

Safety Engineering and Support Section

The Safety Engineering and Support Section implements safety and management programs to support the safe conduct of ORNL's diverse nuclear research and development mission.


Groups in Safety Engineering and Support Section:

Design Engineering

This group provides engineering, design, and drafting for facility upgrades and for implementation of research and development mission activities.

Technical Support Services

This group supports ISED operations, including training, procedures, document control, and Nuclear Quality Assurance.

Matrixed Environment, Safety, and Health Support

This group supports nuclear facility mission work and the research and development staff, including providing ESH&Q, training and work control.

Brittany Herman collects samples from a hot cell manipulator arm.

Credit: Carlos Jones/ORNL, U.S. Dept. of Energy