1. State of the art in implementing and licensing digital I&C
In the session an overview of the present state of the art in the implementing and licensing of digital I&C is given. Papers presenting experiences from different licensing processes as well as plans and suggestions for streamlining the licensing process are solicited. The session should give answers to questions such as:
  • Where do we stand today?
  • What are the present plans within the industry?
  • What are the methods and tools for licensing we foresee for tomorrow?

2. Standards and requirements
The session will cover existing and planned standards to be applied in the implementing and licensing of digital I&C systems. It is expected that the session should give an overview of the following topics:

  • National regulatory approaches
  • Present development activities within IEC, ISO, IEEE
  • Guidance provided by IAEA

3. The project, its parts and its management
The I&C project, its parts and its management is the crucial step in obtaining both safe and cost effective I&C solutions. It is expected that the session will provide experiences on how to divide the project into parts and phases; and how to manage and coordinate the parts and phases. The experience can be gathered from earlier projects as well as from new projects under development. The session will address special considerations on:

  • I&C project strategies
  • New projects
  • Modernisation of existing I&C systems

4. I&C technologies and design
This session is intended to give an overview of different design concepts and available I&C technologies. There are two development trends that can be identified, i.e. a larger integration of the functions on a systems level and an increasing intelligence at the equipment level. The session will concentrate on the following topics:

  • Design concepts
  • System platforms
  • Intelligent equipment

5. V&V methods and tools
The verification and validation (V&V) process is very important in all stages of the implementation and licensing of digital I&C systems. Many methods and tools have been proposed by the research and academic communities and some experience has also been obtained. In the session it is intended to report experiences from these exercises together with possible new developments in the software V&V methods and tools. Subject areas to be discussed are for example:

  • Experiences on the V&V processes of digital I&C systems
  • Experiences from different V&V methods and tools
  • Computer assisted tools and use of simulation

6. Other issues
In addition to the topics indicated above, there are also other topics with a close bearing on implementation and licensing of digital I&C. The final session will address these topics together with a more general outlook for future development in the area. Some of these general topics that may be discussed are:

  • Harmonisation of licensing requirements
  • Life-cycle considerations (ageing, obsolescence)
  • Maintenance of digital I&C systems
  • Training and documentation