The 30th Annual Procedure Symposium was a huge success!  It was held June 19-21, 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Historic Downtown Charleston, South Carolina.

There were over 100 procedure professionals and managers registered to attend.  Attendees hailed from throughout the US, and internationally Abu Dhabi, Korea, and Spain.  These individuals represented the following industries and organizations:

  • US, UK, and UAE commercial nuclear power plants
  • US DOE Nuclear Sites
  • Modular Reactors
  • Fossil Fuel Generation
  • Electric Transmission
  • Idaho National Laboratory
  • EPRI
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • National security vendors
  • Battelle Energy Alliance
  • Westinghouse
  • Electronic work package developers
  • Procedure writer & technology services

The symposium offered numerous group and breakout sessions, including the following:

  • Procedures and Human Error
  • Introduction to Procedures
  • Computer Based Procedures
  • Procedures in Decommissioned Plants
  • How to Prevent Actions/Implied Actions in Precautions/Notes/Warnings/Cautions
  • Procedure Metrics
  • Managing Procedures in XML
  • New Plant Procedures
  • A Graded Approach to Procedure Error Traps
  • Knowledge Based Failures:  How to Prevent Failures by Using Human Factored Procedures
  • Team Building/Leadership
  • Writing of the Future:  A Writer’s Perspective on Authoring Dynamic Procedures
  • Procedure Use & Adherence in Non-Nuclear Plants/Industries
  • Operations, Maintenance, Administrative/Fleet, and DOE question & answer sessions
  • Direct Impact of Personalities on Procedure Use & Adherence
  • Functional Requirements of the PPA Standards
  • Requalification/Recertification Training

In conjunction with the symposium a full PPA Procedure Writer Certification training class was also provided.