3 February 2021
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  • Add to Calendar 2021-02-03 18:30:00 2021-02-03 19:30:00 Europe/London International thermonuclear experimental reactor (ITER): A complex project Don't forget to book your place on the webinar through the APM website Webinar

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International thermonuclear experimental reactor (ITER): A complex project

A presentation of two of the biggest challenges: Organisational and Engineering.

In southern France, 35 nations are collaborating to build the world’s largest tokamak, a magnetic (nuclear) fusion device that has been designed to prove the feasibility of fusion as a large-scale and carbon-free source of energy based on the same principle that powers the sun and stars. Thousands of engineers and scientists have contributed to the design of ITER since the idea for an international joint experiment was launched in 1985. The ITER Members – China, the European Union, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United States are now engaged in a 35 year collaboration to build and operate the ITER experimental device, and together bring fusion to the point where a demonstration fusion reactor can be designed.

This webinar will describe the background to ITER, including the fundamental elements of the project:

  • The largest fusion machine ever built.
  • Large-scale scientific experiment that aims to demonstrate it is possible to produce commercial energy from fusion.
  • Test bed for key technologies and to validate Q ≥ 10 (ratio of fusion power to input power).

The session will provide a description of the organisational and engineering challenges.

The organisational aspects will include:

  • The Project culture
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Overall coordination

The engineering aspects will include:

  • Change management
  • Engineering challenges
  • Construction challenges
  • Interfaces

James Sillars is a senior project manager with Atkins and has been seconded to France to work on the ITER project, responsible for the delivery of the cooling water and buried infrastructure networks.

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This event is suitable for professionals with any level of experience.

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APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition reference

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Organisational culture

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