TH28  How Digital Technology Is Being Used Today and its Impact

Digital Instrumentation and Controls (I&C) systems improve plant reliability, reduce maintenance costs, and improve safety.  Major digital modifications to I&C systems are also vital to address obsolescence and to ensure the long-term sustainability of aging reactor plants.

This year’s session will provide external stakeholders with an opportunity to discuss the uses, benefits, and implications of digital technology in I&C systems.  Instead of formal presentations, panelists will engage in a roundtable discussion to explore the benefits and solutions in the implementation of digital technology in nuclear applications.

The panelists will provide perspectives on several key questions, including these: What are the essential safety and reliability benefits of using digital technology? What are industry’s plans for the widespread implementation of digital I&C? What have international experiences in digital I&C taught us? What are the remaining industry and regulatory challenges? To enhance the dialogue, panelists will also welcome written questions from the audience.

  • Eric Benner, Director, Division of Engineering, NRR/NRC tel: 301-415-3298, e-mail:

  • Introductory Remarks
    Eric Benner, Director, Division of Engineering, NRR/NRC
  • Perspectives on Digital I&C Research Work and International Commonalities
    Daniel Stoddard, Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer, Dominion Energy
  • Neil Archambo, Principal Engineer, Duke Energy
  • John Hernandez, Department Leader, Operations Computer Systems, Arizona Public Service
  • Ismael Garcia, Senior Technical Advisor for Digital I&C and Electrical Systems, Division of Engineering, NRR/NRC

  • Sergiu Basturescu, Electronics Engineer, Division of Engineering, NRR/NRC tel: 301-415-1237, e-mail:

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