Nearly every product and service available are subject to standards and regulations to help ensure safety for humans and the environment. Since 1828, the Paris-based world-leader in testing, inspection and certification Bureau Veritas helps both governments and operators to comply with regulations.
Nuclear is one of the most sensitive industries dealing with a significant increase in environmental and safety regulations. Nuclear plants and equipment must abide by tough regulations during their entire lifecycle.
One of the biggest challenges facing the nuclear industry is traceability. More than 10 years can elapse during the design, construction and commissioning of a nuclear plant. Add the period a nuclear reactor is in operation and it can reach up to 60 years. Every piece of data related to this reactor must be available for this length of time.
The supply chain ecosystem has also expanded globally, as more international suppliers build equipment. Sharing information is a challenge not only in terms of distance but also because suppliers have their own information systems and software.
Bureau Veritas adopted the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to create an integrated process to manage information, called NC Digital (Nuclear Conformity Digital). NC Digital is a web-based interface, similar to a digital kiosk, used to exchange information in real time with device manufacturers and operators, avoiding emails to share large amounts of data, plans, calculations and fabrication procedures that have to be checked to assess each device.
Thanks to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, NC Digital enables Bureau Veritas and its clients to collaborate in a more progressive compliance certification mode. Data is housed in one place, accessible to the whole supply chain at any time, ensuring traceability and a global visibility of capitalized information.