15 February 2021

Rosatom will introduce a remote monitoring system during the construction of a multipurpose fast neutron research reactor (MBIR), which is being erected at the site of the state scientific center of the research institute of nuclear reactors (SSC RIAR) in the city of Dimitrovgrad, Ulyanovsk region.

The press service of the industrial center for capital construction (OCKS) of Rosatom reported that work is currently underway to introduce a new tool for managing the MBIR construction project - remote monitoring of construction using digital and unmanned technologies. The received data from unmanned aircraft, satellites, ground laser scanners are processed and analyzed in specialized systems. Such a remote monitoring system has already been successfully tested by Rosatom State Corporation in 2020 at the Rooppur NPP construction project in Bangladesh. The results of this pilot project showed that the integrated use of remote monitoring tools multiplies the speed of data collection from the entire construction site, and is characterized by high accuracy and transparency of the information received. Such technologies provide an opportunity to promptly identify deviations in the project, make the necessary management decisions in a timely manner, and mitigate risks, which ultimately forms a qualitatively new process for managing a construction project.

The remote monitoring system implemented at the MBIR project will allow using unmanned aerial vehicles to receive prompt and reliable information about the progress of construction work, analyze and predict deviations. With the help of ground-based laser scanning, the system will make it possible to quickly detect deviations of the facility under construction from the design parameters, including equipment and engineering networks. This eliminates the likelihood of hiding defects.

The unique technical characteristics of the MBIR reactor under construction, designed to provide the nuclear industry with a modern and technologically advanced research infrastructure for the next 50 years, will allow solving a wide range of research tasks that will become the basis for creating new competitive and safe nuclear power plants in the future.


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