Nordic Nuclear Symposium, Stockholm Sweden, November 26-27

The Nordic Nuclear Society holds its annual symposium in Stockholm during late November.  The two day conference attracted nearly 300 attendees and featured 50 speakers to promote information exchange and sharing of experiences.  There are ten operating nuclear plants in Sweden, four operating plants in Finland, one new nuclear plant under construction, and one more in the planning stage.  With hydro power offering no new capacity and with limited carbon fuel sources, the nuclear industry is vibrant and accepted as a safe and non-emitting source of electricity.  Senior VP Ken Aupperle was invited to speak on Project Management, Integration, and Simplified Management Systems.  The abstract for his presentation:

Project Management in the nuclear power industry has received much attention recently. It is fair to ask why many projects are plagued with chronic schedule delays, cost overruns, and quality issues while so many advanced management system technologies, practice standards, and digital tools are available.  The global nature of a new nuclear or modification project involves many organization players, suppliers, regulators, cultures, and languages.  Project management is mostly art, leadership, and motivation; and only partially science.  The author concludes that most projects have created data that overwhelm the ability to focus on key project management decision-making information.  He also believes that the increased level of detail and automation has actually decreased stakeholder ownership and accountability.  This presentation provided insights regarding the art & science of project management, integration, training, leadership, teamwork, and open communications.  It addressed industry PM practice guides and theory, the fundamentals that are keys to success, leadership and resources, and the importance of keeping management systems simple.

Toshiba Holiday Reception, Washington DC

Ken Aupperle and Philip Moor were invited to attend the Toshiba Holiday reception, along with approximately 200 nuclear industry leaders, representing owners, constructors, and US government officials.  Nearly 50 Toshiba executives from the US and Japan were on hand.  Three Toshiba executives made remarks concerning Toshiba’s commitment to nuclear energy and its partnerships with US companies and the US federal government.  TVA and DoE officials also spoke about the positive relationships and shared visions with

Norcross office is relocating to Greensboro, Georgia

The Norcross office will be closing the week of November 4th and relocating to:

1021 Parkside Commons

Suite 102

Greensboro, GA 30642

Existing phone numbers remain.

National Women’s Business Enterprise Certification

High Bridge Associates has been granted certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) affirming that the business is woman-owned, operated and controlled.



High Bridge Associates announces Teaming Agreement with Altran Solutions

High Bridge has finalized an agreement with Altran Solutions Corporation to provide Project Controls services to clients and prospective clients effective August 14, 2013.Altran Logo


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.



New Morenci Mine imageHigh Bridge Associates is providing Consultant Services to Jacobs in Tucson, AZ providing planning, scheduling and estimating services for the Jacobs Minerals Division for client Freeport-McMoRan at their Morenci Copper Mine Project.  The plant is going through major modifications to their existing facilities. The range of services provided by HBA includes supporting strategic planning for the engineering, construction, and commissioning strategy.  Personnel are working in Tucson and on the Plant site in Morenci, AZ.  The Projects cost are $1.7 billion and the duration is 26 months.  The plant is scheduled to be made operational in early 2014.

Description: Morenci is an open-pit copper mining complex.

  • Location: Southeast Arizona, about 50 miles northeast of Safford.
  • Ores: The Morenci mine is a porphyry copper deposit that has oxide and secondary sulfide mineralization, and primary sulfide mineralization. The predominant oxide copper mineral is chrysocolla. Chalcocite is the most important secondary copper sulfide mineral and chalcopyrite the dominant primary copper sulfide.
  • Processes and facilities: The Morenci operation includes a 50,000 mtd concentrator that produces copper and molybdenum concentrates; a 68,000 mtd crushed-ore leach pad and stacking system; a low-grade run-of-mine leaching system; four solution extract (SX) plants; and three electrowinning (EW) tank houses that produce copper cathode. Morenci also has a concentrate leach direct-electrowinning facility, which was commissioned in third-quarter 2007 and processed copper concentrate until early 2009 when it was placed on care-and- maintenance status.


US NRC, March 12-14 25th Annual Regulatory Conference (RIC)

philip-moor ken-aupperleHigh Bridge principals Ken Aupperle and Philip Moor attended the NRC RIC Conference in North Bethesda where nuclear power industry representatives from the US and around the world gathered.  This annual conference is held by the US NRC to provide an update regarding regulatory operations, policies, initiatives, and emerging requirements.  Opening remarks during the first day Plenary Sessions were provided by Eric Leeds, NRC Office of Nuclear Regulation; Allison MacFarlane, NRC Chairman; and Bill Borchardt, NRC Executive Director for Operations.  Over a dozen technical sessions during the two day event covered a wide range of topics including Knowledge Management, Small Modular Reactors, Risk Applications, Vendor Performance, Cyber Security, and Safety Culture.

New High Bridge Contract Award

Entergy LogoHigh Bridge Associates has been awarded a contract to provide estimating services in support of Entergy’s Fleet-wide Fukushima modifications at Pilgrim, Vermont Yankee, Indian Point Units 2 and 3, J.A. Fitzpatrick, Palisades, Arkansas Nuclear One Units 1 and 2, Waterford, River Bend and Grand Gulf  Nuclear Power Stations.  The High Bridge team will develop high level conceptual estimates of the implementation costs associated with the list of Tier 1 modifications as well as establish and document the scope of work, estimate basis and assumptions associated with the material and labor costs of field implementation for each modification.

IAEA National Workshop in Cairo, Egypt

Mr. Ken Aupperle is a Senior Vice President with High Bridge Associates with over 40 years of project management experience supporting commercial nuclear power and large government scientific programs. He provides support to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The IAEA is a United Nations affiliate organization responsible for promoting global guidelines and standards for the peaceful use of commercial nuclear energy. As a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Project Management/Controls, Planning, and Integration for IAEA Technical Cooperation Planning/Training Missions with IAEA Member Nations, he has had assignments in Egypt, Kuwait, and Vienna. He recently completed an assignment as part of an IAEA Expert Team conducting a national workshop in Cairo, Egypt to provide assistance and guidance to the Egyptian Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA) and other organizations involved in Egypt’s nuclear power infrastructure development program. The mission was to help them establish integrated management systems that support and promote a strong safety and security culture. To this end, the expert mission was designed to share information, experience, and best practices on the implementation of management systems and the management of nuclear power plant projects by owner/operators and regulatory bodies in other Member States.