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Tennessee Valley Authority

Provided support for TVAN Site Commercial Grade Dedication. Initial scope was a pilot program to provide a baseline cost analysis and estimated savings generated by dedication of parts and equipment instead of procuring as safety related. This project is part of the TVAN standardization effort.

Investigated equipment for suitability for application, obsolescence, commercial grade dedication, seismic qualification, configuration control, and environmental qualification. The team evaluated previously procured items, dispositioned bid exceptions and derived information from design basis documents for performing piece part Failure Modes and Effects Analysis. In the area of Material Control, developed procedures for procurement, identified recommended spare parts, reduced inventory requirements, consolidated material, reviewed maintenance work orders for correct material applications, quality assurance inspection requirements for purchase orders, and resolved material non-conformance's.

Reduced site inventory through stock consolidation / elimination of non-maintenance items and negotiating more responsive OEM delivery schedules to permit lower max./min. quantities. The preparation of Generic Procurement Data Sheets will provide a good mechanism to evaluate the need of the items currently stocked and the work procedures should encourage inventory reviews.

Reduce duplicate TIICS through stock consolidation / sale of excesses / scrapping inadequate material. Many inventory reductions are quickly achieved through TIIC vendor, manufacturer, and part number sorts. The opportunity to perform stock consolidations will be a normal outgrowth of the Generic Procurement Data Sheet development process.

Provided support for Sequoyah Nuclear Plant and Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in combining common Westinghouse supplied materials. Drafted technical evaluations and procurement data sheets used by both sites in a standard format.

Provided project management and engineering personnel for a 12+ person effort to develop Bills-of-Material for three TVA stations. MARATHON senior associates had leadership roles in process development/implementation. Also, MARATHON personnel were involved extensively with software requirements specification, design, and implementation to support BOM activities.

Provided critical leadership and experience to move the project from conceptual phase to production phase. This effort included building consensus between the station management of three plants/corporate on the BOM process, expected value, and project scope.

Developed more than 3,500 BOMs while streamlining procurement engineering process, implementing required process changes, and designing and specifying required software changes.

Also Performed:
  • Fire Protection Study at Watts Bar
  • Outage Support at Sequoyah and Browns Ferry
  • Spare Parts Services

Marathon also provided technical consulting support to Tennessee Valley Authority senior management in the development of their Information Technology (IT) strategy, and advised on current and emerging technology alternatives. Served as Project Manager in the design of TVA's Automated Procurement Engineering System as well as their Transportation Assignment Usage Billing system. Both systems utilized Oracle Designer/2000 for the analysis and design. Development of modules utilized Powerbuilder 5.0 and PL/SQL. For the transportation application, developed interfaces to the Oracle Financial Software Package. In addition, provided DBA training and support, as well as served as troubleshooter on complex problems requiring immediate resolution. Also served as the DBA in the implementation of TSW's EMPAC software at TVA's Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant. Duties included Database tuning and sizing, data conversion and migration using SQL*Loader and SQR scripts, and training and mentoring in-house developers and database administrators.


 

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