HBA Senior Vice President Ken Aupperle recently returned from France where he spoke as a Subject Matter Expert in lessons learned and project management key success factors at ITER Organization (IO) Headquarters in Cadarache.  Ken had several large audience presentations.  In smaller meetings with ITER management personnel, he had the opportunity to discuss issues that are critical to supporting the project transition from design and manufacturing to construction and installation. Director-General Osamu Motojima was in attendance.

In late November, Ken has been invited to attend the Nordic Nuclear Conference in Stockholm, Sweden and will be speaking on “Project Management, Integrated Project Teams, and Training”.

ITER (an acronym for International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor and Latin for the way) is an international nuclear fusion research and collaboration project.  It is currently constructing the world’s largest Tokomak nuclear fusion reactor located at the French government CAE (Commission Energy Atomic) facility in the south of France near Aix-en-Provence.  The ITER project aims to make the long-awaited transition from experimental studies of plasma physics to a full-scale fusion energy heat source for the next generation of electric power plants.  The project is funded and staffed by seven member entities (Domestic Authorities) including the European Union, India, Japan, China, Russia, South Korea and the United States.  Site construction activities began in 2009 and initial operation is expected around 2020.