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ASME NQA-1 Requirements for Computer Software used in Nuclear Facilities (Virtual Classroom)

Learn to apply NQA-1 to the practice of developing, using, maintaining or procuring software used in nuclear facilities.

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ASME NQA-1 Requirements for Computer Software used in Nuclear Facilities (Virtual Classroom)
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Schedule: The course will run from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM and 2:00 PM to 6 PM Eastern each day.

Focusing primarily on Subpart 2.7, QA Requirements for Computer Software, this course examines the requirements found in NQA-1 for using computer software in nuclear facilities. Participants will learn to apply NQA-1 to the practice of developing, using, maintaining or procuring software used in nuclear facilities.

Course Materials (included in the price of the course)
Each participant will receive access to a digital access to ASME NQA-1 - Quality Assurance Requirements for Nuclear Facility Applications (QA) Standard in class and a downloadable version of the course presentation.

You Will Learn To

  • Explain how ASME NQA-1 applies to computer software such as design and analysis software including use of spreadsheets, custom developed software, configurable software such as that found in digital instrumentation and control systems, and acquired software including software dedication
  • Describe the regulatory requirements, standards, and guidance associated with computer software used in nuclear facilities
  • Identify the elements of a QA Plan for computer software activities
  • Prepare and conduct a computer software audit

Who Should Attend
Design, software, and quality engineers; regulators; licensing and procurement personnel; program managers; and auditors. Participants should have a general understanding of the software development life cycle and quality assurance process.

This ASME Virtual Classroom course is held live with an instructor on our online learning platform.
Certificate of completion will be issued to registrants who successfully attend and complete the course.

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Course Outline

Day One

  • Introduction to software standards
  • Standards and guidelines for software in the nuclear industry
    • Frameworks for software standards
  • Types of software used in the nuclear industry
    • Evolution of software controls in NRC (nuclear regulatory commission)
  • Overview of NQA-1 Requirements
    • History
    • Organizational structure of ASME NQA-1
    • The consensus process
    • How changes are incorporated into the standard

 Day Two

  • Applying NQA-1 to Safety and Non-Safety Software
    • How the Software Engineering Method applies to software
    • Software configuration management
    • Software design requirements
    • The structure of Subpart 2.7 (computer software)
  • Assessment and Auditing Software
    • Software products subject to audit
    • ASME NQA, IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), and DOE standards for auditing software
About the Instructors

Nancy Kyle is a Partner and Principal Consultant of Theseus Professional Services and has nearly thirty-five years of experience in government and commercial nuclear facilities. Her professional areas of expertise include software quality assurance, software engineering, process control engineering management, information technology management, project management, strategic planning, and change management. Nancy has extensive experience developing, implementing and assessing programs and processes compliant with 10 CFR 50 Appendix B with ASME NQA-1; and 10 CFR 830 Appendix A with DOE O414.1C/D, and DOE RW-0333P.

Nancy has performed numerous assessments of quality assurance program compliance throughout the Department of Energy Complex and commercial nuclear industry. Additionally, she has performed supplier qualification audits for multiple projects. Nancy has assisted many clients in their efforts to establish or enhance their institutional software quality assurance programs and implementing processes. She is an active member, and former Secretary of the ASME NQA-1 Subcommittee on Software Quality Assurance, and a certified NQA-1 Lead Auditor. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Missouri State University.

Norman P. Moreau, P.E., CSQE, CQA, ASME Fellow, CEO and Chief Instructor for Theseus Professional Services, LLC, has over 30 years of experience in quality management, project management, engineering, and organizational administration. He has been a member of the ASME since 1982, and since 1990, has been an active participant on the ASME NQA-1 Committee on Nuclear Quality Assurance. Mr. Moreau’s significant contributions have been in the areas QA for computer software, records management, and commercial grade dedication. He has been on the Main Committee since 2002, and from 2004 to 2008 he served as the Vice Chair of Subcommittee on Engineering and Procurement Processes. In 2008 he was elected to lead the newly formed Subcommittee on Software Quality Assurance. From 2014 to 2017 served as Main Committee Vice-Chair and Executive Committee Chair.

Mr. Moreau’s nuclear experience includes working as a quality engineer, quality manager, and project manager at several NRC and DOE nuclear facilities, and various vendors within the nuclear supply chain. Representative projects include USQ program implementation, training, and support; successful NQA-1 implementations that include a construction company, testing lab, rebar splicing manufacturer, and two process control system fabricators; software QA program implementation and audits; and software dedications that lead to passing regulatory and industry audits. He is a registered professional engineer and holds a bachelor‘s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in software engineering administration. Mr. Moreau has been a certified NQA-1 Lead Auditor since 1989 and a certified (retired) ISO 9001 lead auditor since 1996.


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