Essentials of Probabilistic Risk Assessment



Engineering Planning and Management, Inc. Instructors

William Brulé
Mr. Brulé is a Manager - Senior Analyst with over eighteen years of experience at EPM. He worked in the Safety and Systems Analysis Division of EPM for 10 of those years providing technical support to projects related to NFPA 805 transition, Appendix R analysis, Set Point Determination, and Equipment Qualification (EQ).

Mr. Brulé has managed a number of software projects implementing EPM’s software at several nuclear plants. He has also supervised data capture projects from paper to populate EPM’s Cable and Raceway database, EDISON. He has supported several data loads for clients and created software used internally that conform to EPM’s QA program requirements. Mr. Brulé is a Qualified Lead QA Auditor in accordance with the requirements of ASME NQA-1-2000. Since 2011, he has been providing training for EDISON and CAMP database software packages.


Edwin Fell
Mr. Fell has more than thirty years of experience in the nuclear industry, including over twenty years serving nuclear utilities on programming and engineering projects. He is a Qualified Lead QA Auditor in accordance with the requirements of ASME NQA-1-2000. His experience encompasses engineering support for NFPA 805 transition projects, software requirements analysis, configuration management techniques, quality assurance audits, Software Quality Assurance testing and documentation, data analysis and loading, training and implementation, and the modification of EPM nuclear software applications.


Andrew Howe
Mr. Howe is a recognized industry expert in PRA with over 20 years’ PRA experience in modeling and applications and has 35 years of commercial nuclear power experience in operations, licensing, reactor and system engineering. Mr. Howe has provided training throughout his over 20 year PRA career. During this period, he was previously licensed as a senior reactor operator and served in a variety of roles in Operations and Engineering. Beginning in 1992, Mr. Howe worked on the initial PRA for a nuclear power plant (IPE and IPEEE models) and continued to develop and enhance the PRA model thereafter, leading training of internal PRA staff. Starting in 2004, Mr. Howe worked at the US NRC where he was the lead reviewer and primary author of the safety evaluations for risk-informed licensing initiatives. Since 2012 both as an independent consultant and at EPM, he has provided direct support and consulting services to multiple U.S. and international organizations.


Steven McCoy
Mr. McCoy is an experienced PRA practitioner with 10 years’ PRA experience and over 10 years’ experience providing nuclear-related training. Mr. McCoy has over 35 years’ total nuclear experience and has a comprehensive background encompassing nuclear engineering design, systems and programs, nuclear operations (senior reactor operators license), emergency response, probabilistic risk analysis, nuclear licensing and procedure development with demonstrated continual success in managing individual and nuclear fleet level projects. As a PRA practitioner since 2007, Mr. McCoy has provided direct support to an operating nuclear plant by developing and updating PRA models with an additional focus on risk-informed programs and initiatives such as Maintenance Rule (10 CFR 50.65), other regulatory programs that employ risk insights such as the ROP (Reactor Oversight Process) and MSPI (Mitigating Systems Performance Indicator) and SDP (Significance Determination Process). During this entire period Mr. McCoy has provided INPO-accredited training to groups including nuclear plant management, licensed operators and engineers, as well as, training to industry groups.


David Miskiewicz
Mr. Miskiewicz is a recognized industry expert with 30 years of PRA experience in the nuclear power industry and over 20 years’ experience providing training. His experience ranges from the development of the initial PRA for a nuclear power plant (IPE and IPEEE models) to leading the industry-first application of a Fire PRA to NFPA 805. As a PRA professional, Mr. Miskiewicz has developed and delivered training over the course of his career, beginning in the early 1990s with standing up a site Maintenance Rule Program (10 CFR 50.65) including training of the initial plant review board and the system engineers responsible for the systems subject to this program. Since then, Mr. Miskiewicz provided training to groups ranging from site work management specialists in using the PRA model to manage operating plant risk (EOOS risk monitor) to corporate PRA engineers in PRA methodology and applications. Mr. Miskiewicz has extensive industry involvement with leading, presenting, and instructional roles, and he has served on numerous industry committees. Mr. Miskiewicz served as Chairman of the NEI Fire PSA Task Force, and is also a member of the ASME PRA Standard Subcommittee on Standards Maintenance and the writing team. Mr. Miskiewicz has extensive experience developing and running PRA software, including EPRI R&R, ePRA, online risk monitoring, HRA calculator, fire scenario evaluation, and component risk ranking.


Mark Schairer
Mr. Schairer has fifteen years of experience in fire protection engineering consulting, with a focus in the Nuclear industry. As a Technical Manager and Consultant he has supported and managed Risk-Informed Performance-Based (RIPB) fire analyses, including NFPA 805 transition projects, for more than one quarter of the nuclear power plants in the United States, as well as Canada, Asia, and Europe. Projects include Fire PRA, Fire Risk Evaluations, Fire Modeling, NFPA Code Compliance Reviews, Fire Protection System Design, Fire Hazards Analyses, Fire Protection Audit Support, and Fire PRA Peer Reviews. Mr. Schairer has provided training in Risk-Informed Performance-Based Fire Protection applications, mainly fire modeling, as well as classical fire protection program training. He has a comprehensive knowledge of fire modeling tools and applications including NIST’s FDS, CFAST, NUREG 1805 Fire Dynamics Tool, EPRI’s FIVE, and the NUREG/CR-6850 methodologies. Mr. Schairer is also a Qualified QA Lead Auditor in accordance with ANSI N45.2.23 and ASME NQA-1-2000.

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