Construction and Vendor Inspection Workshop in Hanoi, Vietnam

October 24th, 2013 — 

From October 14 – 18, 2013, Mel Fields and Bob Gramm of AdSTM provided training on construction and vendor inspection techniques. Workshop participants included staff from the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (VARANS), Ministry of Construction, Ministry of Industry and Trade, and the utility Electricity of Vietnam (EVN). The AdSTM instructors discussed nuclear quality assurance, construction inspection program attributes, regulatory enforcement, vendor inspection protocols, defect reporting for vendors, and training and qualification for regulatory personnel. The workshop covered attributes that lead to effective inspections (e.g., qualified inspectors and adequate inspection procedures) and how to develop inspection programs for both nuclear power plant construction as well as regulatory oversight of vendors providing equipment and services for use in the nuclear power plant. During the weeklong workshop, the instructors provided illustrative examples from Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspection related documents.