Department of Energy - Waste Processing Models: Material Properties Standards and Software V&V Training Workshop

Germantown, MD
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Waste Processing Models:
Material Properties Standards and
Software V&V Training Workshop

Department of Energy - Waste Processing Models: Material Properties Standards and Software V&V Training Workshop
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 8:30 AM -
Wednesday, December 01, 2010 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - Germantown, MD
19901 Germantown Road
Germantown Campus Large Auditorium
Germantown, MD 20874

Map and Directions

Welcome to the online registration website for the “Waste Processing Models: Material Properties Standards and Software V&V Training Workshop”.

 

The purpose of this workshop is to provide a training and information-gathering session with respect to Waste Processing Models. As part of the session, waste processing modelers and software developers will discuss software QA, technical challenges in converting experimental data to models, and opportunities for collaboration. Specific focus will include an improved understanding of current software QA practices in the unit operations and scaling research focus area. The ideas and presentations in this workshop do not represent DOE policy and have not been adopted, accepted, or endorsed by DOE-EM. 
The workshop is sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Environmental Management (EM), Office of Technology Innovation and Development (TI&D – EM-30), Office of Waste Processing (EM-31).       

Location: The workshop will be held at the Large Auditorium, Department of Energy Campus, 19901 Germantown Road, Germantown, MD 20874. 

Points of Contact, Attendance and Registration: The workshop is free and open to all DOE employees and contractors.  However, preference will be given both for space and training materials to DOE EM tank waste modelers. Please read below for information on acess to the DOE campus.  For further information regarding registration and details of the conference contact the following individuals at AMSAQ, Inc: Rachel.Weisman@AMSAQ.COM or Lynn.Kletzkin@AMSAQ.COM.  

Video Teleconference Dial in for DOE Sites:
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) will be offering VTC access using their video bridge (14 ports are available).  Remote access to the workshop will be available only at DOE facilities that have VTC capability.  It is a "Meet Me" conference, and will be the same number for both audio and video.  The bridge is scheduled for 10 hours (6:00am-4:00pm mountain time, 8:00am-6:00pm eastern Time, 5:00am-3:00pm pacific time, 7:00am-5:00pm central time). Please contact Shelley Olguin at shel@lanl.gov (cc: vtc@lanl.gov) or 505-665-3000 for approval.  She will be coordinating access.  PLEASE NOTE: If you are not at a DOE location, you will not be able to be patched into the workshop.  For those participating via VTC, please register on this website and provide the DOE location, Room # and the location's VTC point of contact.

Videotape and Workshop Proceedings: 
If you cannot attend, or watch via VTC,  the entire workshop will be taped and be made available (along with workshop proceeding) on DVDs.  Contact AMSAQ for DVDs and/or proceedings.

Access to the DOE Campus
: Attendees without a DOE Headquarters badge should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow for security screening. Security personnel at the gate will ask you for your US Government issued ID (drivers license).  Please tell them you are attending the "Waste Processing Models: Material Properties Standards and Software V&V Training Workshop" in the Large Auditorium and the guards will check the registration list.  Please be sure to register for the Workshop using your name as it appears on your ID.  After receiving confirmation that you are expected, your automobile will be inspected before you are allowed to pass through the vehicle barriers and park your car.  You can then proceed to the Large Auditorium.


Hotel Information: A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the Hampton Inn Germantown, 20260 Goldenrod Lane, Germantown, MD 20876.  To make a reservation at the group rate of $119/night you can either go online to www.HamptonInnGermantown.com and book the room using Group/Convention code: DOE or call (301) 428-1300 and mention The Department of Energy.  The cut-off date for making reservations is Wednesday, November 17, 2010.  Please make hotel arrangements as soon as possible as the hotel is likely to sell out quickly.  A shuttle bus will be provided to take attendees staying at the Hampton Inn to and from the meeting.

Public Transportation to the GTN complex:
Take the Metro redline to the SHADY GROVE stop.  Then board bus number 100, “Germantown Connector” which goes directly from the SHADY GROVE Metro stop to a bus stop directly across from the DOE Germantown Campus.  Cross Germantown Road to the complex (about 200 feet from the bus stop).

 

DOE Shuttle bus: Departs and returns to the Forrestal building at the times noted below. 

Shuttle Bus Schedule

Departs Germantown

Arrives Forrestal

Departs Forrestal

Arrives Germantown

7:00 a.m.

8:30 a.m.

7:00 a.m.

8:30 a.m.

8:45 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

8:45 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

10:15 a.m.

11:15 a.m.

10:15 a.m.

11:15 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

12:30 p.m.

11:30 a.m.

12:30 p.m.

1:15 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

1:15 p.m.

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3:00 p.m.

4:15 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

4:15 p.m.

5:00 p.m.

6:15 p.m.

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6:15 p.m.


In addition to presentations on a variety of technical subjects, the conference will have a “training” component on two specific areas:
  1. “Safety Software” – What is it?  Is my application safety software?  If so what do I need to do?
  2. Consensus Standards – What are some of the relevant standards that apply to my modeling or software development effort.

As part of this training component, both hardcopy (100 copies) and electronic (50 DVDs) of the following standards will be handed out to conference participants.
Please note that the standards were purchased by DOE EM, therefore priority for copies will be given to DOE EM personnel.  However, if there are sufficient copies, individuals in other program offices can have a copy as well.

  1. ANSI/ANS-10.2-2000(R2009): “Portability of Scientific and Engineering Software” (licensed copy purchased from ANS)

  2. ANSI/ANS-10.4-2008: “Verification and Validation of Non-Safety-Related Scientific and Engineering Computer Programs for the Nuclear Industry” ” (licensed copy purchased from ANS)

  3. ANSI-ANS-10.5-2006: “Accommodating User Needs in Scientific and Engineering Computer Software Development” ” (licensed copy purchased from ANS)

  4. DOE Guide 414.1-4: “Safety Software Guide for Use with 10 CFR 830 Subpart A, Quality Assurance Requirements, and DOE O 414.1C, Quality Assurance” (available for free from the DOE website: directives.doe.gov)

For questions about logistics, attendance, registration and lodging, please contact AMSAQ, Inc.:
Lynn Kletzkin                                                            Rachel Weisman
(301) 251-0300 x214                           OR                   (301) 251-0300 x214   
lynn.kletzkin@amsaq.com                                         rachel.weisman@amsaq.com

For technical questions for speakers or subject matter inquires, please contact:
Dr. John R. Shultz, CSQE
(301) 903-2422 - work
(301) 473-2907 - cell
John.Shultz@hq.doe.gov


PRELIMINARY AGENDA

Day 1 Morning: Software QA, Consensus Standards, and Software Verification & Validation (V&V)


9:30 – 9:40 Dr. John Shultz,

DOE - Dr. Shultz will give a brief introduction, explain safety and fire evacuation procedures, and hand out workshop material.


9:40 – 10:30 Scott Mathews and Gerald Reisz,
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) – Mr.  Mathews and Mr. Reisz will discuss the general topic of software QA, and provide examples of when undiscovered software bugs have resulted in fatalities or injuries.  A brief introduction to IEEE software standards will be presented, and some discussion of real-world examples of the impact of cyber security requirements on IT software or system implementation will be presented.


10:30 – 11:30 Debra Sparkman,
DOE – Ms. Sparkman was the primary author of the DOE Safety Software Guide (DOE G 414.1-4).  Ms. Sparkman will explain the concept of safety software, provide guidance for determining if your application should be considered safety software,  and help the audience understand what special precautions in model development should be considered if the model is safety software.


11:30 – 12:30 Dr. Charles “Chip” Martin
, American Nuclear Society (ANS) – Dr. Martin is the lead author for development of a new ANSI/ANS standard: ANSI/ANS 10.7 201X “Software Quality Assurance for Non-Real Time, High Integrity Software for the Nuclear Industry” and Dr. Martin was the lead author for ANSI/ANS 10.4 “Verification and Validation of Non-Safety-Related Scientific and Engineering Computer Programs for the Nuclear Industry”. In addition to discussing the new, draft standard, Dr. Martin will review several other relevant ANSI/ANS standards.  Copies of those standards will be handed out to attendees and will be available to the sites after the conference.


12:30 to 1:00
Lunch in the Germantown Cafeteria


Day 1 Afternoon: Technical Problems and Limitations in Tank Waste Modeling


1:00 – 2:00 Dr. Jeffrey T. Fong, P.E. and Dr. James Filliben,
National Institute of  Standards and Technology (NIST) – Dr. Fong will discuss:”A New Approach to Verification & Validation of Codes using a Statistical Plug-In for Uncertainty Estimation”


2:00 – 2:15 Dr. John Shultz and Dr. Mark Williamson,
DOE  -  Overview of modeling efforts that are supported and underway in EM-30, e.g. tank waste modeling in EM-31, and soil and groundwater modeling (ASCEM) in EM-32.


2:15 - 3:15 Tom Michener & Dr. David Rector
, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) – Mr. Michener and Dr. Rector will explain the process whereby experimental data is incorporated in multi-phase flow computational fluid dynamics models used for waste processing.  Emphasis will be made regarding the limitations of models due to lack of experimental data, the role data plays in the coefficients of the constitutive equations, and how models should be V&V’d to ensure they are representative of reality.


3:15 – 4:15 Dr. Eric Pierce,
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) -   Dr. Pierce will explain the process whereby experimental data is incorporated in multi-phase flow computational fluid dynamics models used for soil and groundwater modeling. The limitations and challenges of modeling waste transport and migration through difficult to characterize sub-surface strata will be discussed.


4:15 – 5:15 Dr. Rebecca Toghiani and Dr. Jeff Lindner (speaker),
Mississippi State University (MSU), Institute for Clean Energy Technology (ICET) - Dr. Lindner will discuss gaps in nuclear waste thermochemical properties databases and lessoned learned from chemical speciation models, with an emphasis on the use of OLI ESP.


Day 2 Morning: Technical Problems and Limitations in Tank Waste Modeling (Continued)


9:30 – 10:30 Dr. Rick Kuhn and Dr. Raghu Kacker,
NIST - NIST has studied software failures in a variety of fields (including 15 years of FDA medical device recall data).  Developers of large data-intensive software often notice an interesting phenomenon: When usage of an application jumps dramatically, components that have operated for months without trouble suddenly develop previously undetected errors. In a nuclear processing facility, undetected software errors that only show themselves as production ramps up could have serious consequences for the plant operator. This talk will focus on the following:  What causes software failures (e.g. logic errors, calculation errors, interaction faults,   inadequate input checking, etc…); and, Testing and analysis protocols that would have prevented failures.


10:30 – 11:30
Dr. Candido Pereira and Dr. Mihai Anitescu, Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) – Dr. Pereira and Dr. Antisescu will discuss simplified process models and process optimization under uncertainty.


11:30 – 12:30 Mike Shay, 
PNNL and Randy Kirkbride, Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) – Mr. Shay
will discuss integrating cost, material processing simulation, and clean-up performance metrics into a single consistent what-if tool for assessing the potential impact of alternative system configurations and new technologies. Mr. Kirkbride will focus to improvements in the Hanford Tank Waste Operations Simulator (HTWOS).


12:30 – 1:30 lunch


Day 2 Afternoon: IT System Coordination and Data Management


1:30 – 2:30 Dan Farmer
, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) Local Area Network Material Accounting System (LANMAS) - LANMAS is a database currently deployed at many sites in the DOE complex.  The database is used for item-level accounting of Special Nuclear Material, not for nuclear waste material.  A discussion will be presented on an approach to consolidating nuclear waste inventory information from various site databases onto the LANMAS platform.


2:30 – 3:30 Dr. Alejandro Sonzogni,
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), National Nuclear Data Center (NNDC)- Discussion of what information and capabilities NNDC can provide to improve consistency between DOE sites in the use of material property information and traceability of material properties information back to source documents to improve model software QA.


3:30 – 4:30 Bryan Long, additional speakers TBD,
Office of the DOE CIO – Mr. Long will discuss the DOE CIO application hosting service and approaches to improving software deployment consistency.    Also, the DOE CIO will host a discussion of the concepts of “Enterprise Architecture”, use of  software/model access controls and cyber security issues, data management, identity management, and the touch on the reporting requirements for software development (e.g. Clingher-Cohen act, OMB Exhibit 300 and Exhibit 53,)


4:30 – 5:30 –Dr. John Shultz,
DOE EM - The last hour of the conference will be an open discussion.  This open discussion will cover how consistency (and QA) of tank waste modeling can be improved, and will solicit suggestions from the audience regarding concrete ways to improve DOE-EM’s modeling program. The participants will be asked to fill out a brief opinion survey of tank waste modeling issues that should be considered for further analysis, or considered as topical areas for presentations in future meetings.

 

Contact Information

  • For questions about logistics, attendance, registration and lodging, please contact AMSAQ, Inc.:
    Rachel Weisman or
    Lynn Kletzkin                                                            
    (301) 251-0300 x213 or x214                          
    rachel.weisman@amsaq.com or lynn.kletzkin@amsaq.com                                          

    For technical questions for speakers or subject matter inquires, please contact:
    Dr. John R. Shultz, CSQE
    (301) 903-2422 - work
    (301) 473-2907 - cell
    John.Shultz@hq.doe.gov

     



Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Environmental Management
Office of Technology Innovation and Development Office of Waste Processing (EM-31)