• ISA Nuclear and Fossil Fuel Power Plant Standards Committees conduct successful, productive meetings and seek to broaden membership

    During the recently held ISA Power Industry Division (POWID) Symposium in Kansas City, Missouri, ISA standards committees conducted two intensive days of meetings.

    The ISA67 Nuclear Power Plant Standards Committee garnered a large group of attendees and held several productive meetings. Currently, the major standards work involves revisions of standards by ISA67.01, Transducer and Transmitter Installation for Nuclear Safety; ISA67.04, Setpoints for Safety-Related Instrumentation Used in Nuclear Power Plants; and ISA67.06, Performance Monitoring for Nuclear Safety-Related Instrument Channels in Nuclear Power Plants.

    Individuals who are interested in contributing to this work and have expertise in the field, are encouraged to contact Eliana Brazda, ebrazda@isa.org, for more information. During the ISA67 main committee meeting, Chair Robert Queenan recognized long-time members of the group for their dedication and involvement. An important topic during the meeting centered on attracting new participants. Insightful feedback was provided by both veteran employees and more recent inductees into the nuclear power plant industry. 

    In the past year, the ISA77 Fossil Power Plant Standards Committee published documents on unit/plant demand development, instrument piping installation, HMI--hard panel alarms, and compensated differential pressure based drum level measurement. In addition, a new technical report, ANSI/ISA-TR77.30.01-2015, Power Plant Control System Dynamic Performance Test Methods and Procedures, will be available in July.

    At the June 2015 meeting, ISA77 committee and subcommittee members met to review work in progress and devote time to addressing comments and editing. Current work involves fossil power plant automation, selective catalytic reduction control systems, and definitions and design considerations.  Similar to other ISA standards committees, ISA77 is seeking additional involvement and anyone interested in participating or finding out more about ISA77 may contact Brazda at ebrazda@isa.org.

    Both ISA67 and ISA77 plan to hold their next face-to-face committee and subcommittee meetings in conjunction with the 2016 ISA POWID Symposium. WebEx meetings and conference calls are expected to support and facilitate work during the year.

    By Eliana Brazda