Project Management, Risk Management and Policy in the RD World: Example of the GTRI-Convert Program
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative Reactor Conversion Program (GTRI-Convert) supports minimization of highly enriched uranium (HEU) use in the world by converting research and test reactors as well as isotope production facilities from HEU to low enriched uranium (LEU). The program is a continuation and expansion of the Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors (RERTR) program that was established by DOE in 1978. Argonne has successfully led the technology development for conversion of these reactors since the very beginning of the program - 1978. On behalf of DOE’s NNSA, Argonne is responsible for both technical details and project support of GTRI-Convert. In those roles, Argonne is required to conduct formal project management and risk management activities and to report to NNSA on conversion progress.
Why are project management and risk management required and what do they entail? This presentation will answer these questions using the example of GRTI-Convert – a complex, multinational and multi-institutional program. The presentation will also demonstrate how R&D, project management and policies are interconnected and interdependent. The increasing importance of this interdependency in today’s world will be highlighted.