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Title: Systems Engineering in the Development and Implementation of the Savannah River Site Transuranic Waste Disposition Program

The use of systems engineering facilitated the strategic planning and implementation of the Savannah River Site (SRS) transuranic waste disposal program. This application represented the first SRS use of systems engineering in the pre-program planning stages during the development of a comprehensive strategic plan for the disposal of transuranic waste at the Department of Energy Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico. The use of systems engineering focused the efforts of the technical experts to devise a three initiative plan for the disposal of transuranic waste where previous efforts failed. Continued application of systems engineering facilitated the further development and implementation of the first initiative outlined in the strategic plan, i.e., set-up the program and process to begin to characterize and ship waste to the WIPP.This application of systems engineering to the transuranic waste program represented the first opportunity at the SRS for a comprehensive usage of systems engineering at all program levels. The application was initiated at the earliest possible point in the program development, i.e., strategic planning, and successively was used in detailed development and implementation of the program. Systems engineering successfully focused efforts to produce a comprehensive plan for the disposal of SRS transuranic wastemore » at the WIPP, and facilitated development of the SRS capability and infrastructure to characterize, certify, and ship waste.« less
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
4980
Report Number(s):
WSRC-MS-98-00693
ON: DE00004980
DOE Contract Number:
AC09-96SR18500
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: The International Council on Systems Engineering 9th Annual International Symposium, Brighton, (England), 7-11 Jun 1999
Research Org:
Savannah River Site
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
05 NUCLEAR FUELS; Engineering; Alpha-Bearing Wastes; Radioactive Waste Disposal