Nuclear power plants and waste storage facilities require a careful characterisation of potential geologic hazards, along with earthquake-resistant geotechnical design. Our evaluation of your site’s hazards and plant safety hinges on comprehensive seismic hazard analyses, sophisticated ground motion calculations, integrated site and laboratory analyses, geotechnical engineering, and reporting. Our expert services are all compliant with nuclear industry standards and regulatory criteria.

By working closely with stakeholders, including regulatory agencies, we plan and implement multidisciplinary projects with uncompromising standards of quality, safety and efficiency. We maintain a dedicated nuclear Quality Assurance Program, ISO 8001 accreditation, Health Safety and Environmental programmes and training.

We have performed site licensing studies, advanced standard plant designs, developed new guidelines for international regulatory agencies pertaining to seismic and geologic hazard assessment and provided monitoring at and near to development sites.

We provide services that can support you in:

  • Project planning and advice
  • Formal regional siting and ranking studies
  • Early Site Permit (ESP) applications
  • Construction and Operating License (COL) applications
  • Geologic hazard data collection and assessments
  • Geophysical surveys and site dynamic response
  • Feasibility and siting studies
  • Regional and site-specific fault and seismic source characterisation
  • Detailed site geotechnical characterisation (field and laboratory)
  • Dynamic slope and foundation stability
  • Liquefaction risk assessment
  • Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis (PSHA)
  • Preparation of safety analyses reports

For detailed investigations, we acquire the comprehensive data necessary to engineer optimal solutions and accommodate site parameters to standard plant design. This can include:

  • Airborne mapping and terrestrial surveys
  • Geophysical surveys
  • Geotechnical and geoenvironmental testing
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Construction Materials Testing (CMT/NDT)
  • Construction mapping
  • Soil-Structure Interaction (SSI)
  • Foundation field design and testing
  • Onshore, nearshore and offshore drilling
  • Accredited Cone Penetration Testing (CPT)
  • Project management

We’ll support you throughout the design, construction and operation of your plants, including developing, manufacturing and operating specialist tools that meet site-specific construction requirements. Our range of services includes:

  • Geotechnical instrumentation
  • Marine vertical shaft drilling and installation services for cooling and intake structures, up to 7m diameter
  • Static and bi-directional foundation load testing and analysis
  • Geologic mapping and surveys
  • Field testing of fill and foundation excavations
  • Quality control
  • Non-destructive testing of concrete
  • Laboratory materials and construction testing

Over the years, we have established numerous mutually beneficial international relationships with several branches of the nuclear industry. We integrate our own specialist knowledge, capabilities and resources to:

  • Provide streamlined solutions to data acquisition, processing, presentation and application
  • Address regulatory criteria through comprehensive analysis and reporting by working closely with owners and licensees to develop practical approaches
  • Serve as a technical liaison with regulatory authorities and plant technology vendors, when required

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