LA GAUDE, FRANCE - 02 Jul
2007: IBM (NYSE:
IBM) today announced that it is establishing a
Global Center of Excellence for Nuclear Power in La Gaude, France, to
support safe, reliable and efficient electricity generation by energy
The new Center extends IBM's on-going
work with leading nuclear power companies to support improved design,
construction, safety and operation of power plants based on IBM software,
hardware, consulting, and services industry offerings. These include IT
systems design and architecture consulting, high performance computing,
advanced simulation/modeling capabilities, plus Enterprise Asset
Management and Plant Lifecycle Management solutions aimed at both the
extension of existing nuclear power plant life, as well as streamlining
new plant construction.
IBM has extensive experience in
consulting and design of IT systems for the nuclear industry in France,
where 80 per cent of energy is generated by nuclear power. The company
strengthened its commitment and acumen in the nuclear power industry with
two key acquisitions in October 2006: MRO Software and FileNet. Through
establishment of the new Center of Excellence, IBM will extend access to
this expertise to clients worldwide as energy companies develop roadmaps
based on nuclear power generation.
"France possesses world-class
expertise in the area of nuclear power," said Frederic Bauchot, Lead
Architect, IBM Center of Excellence for Nuclear Power. "Establishment of
the Center enables IBM to utilize not only local IBM talent and experience
in nuclear systems design and implementation, but also advanced skills of
a leading nuclear power market.
"This initiative reinforces IBM's
globally integrated enterprise strategy -- drawing on local specialist
skills and knowledge to serve clients across the globe. This is very
timely, as policy makers in Europe, Asia and the U.S. are examining ways
to constrain carbon emissions while at the same time diversify their
respective energy portfolios."
Based in the IBM Industry Solutions
Center in La Gaude, France, the Global Center of Excellence for Nuclear
Power will also capitalize on IBM competencies established in the
deployment and modeling of nuclear equipment in nearby Cadarache, site of
the International Thermo Nuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) fusion
project. The new Center joins IBM's global network of Centers and research
labs focused on the Energy & Utilities Industry. These include IBM
Industry Solution Centers in Dallas, Texas, USA; Tokyo, Japan and Beijing,
China, as well as the IBM Austin Research Lab in Austin, Texas, USA.
"Today, there are more than 30
countries worldwide operating nuclear reactors for electricity generation.
In these countries, nuclear power plant license extensions and new plant
construction are driving the need for sophisticated risk modeling and
information tools that ensure safe and reliable operations," said Guido
Bartels, General Manager, IBM Global Energy and Utilities Industry. "IBM
is uniquely qualified to help the nuclear power industry meet these needs.
This Center is consistent with our long-term strategic vision that a
diverse energy portfolio -- including nuclear power, and renewable energy
-- as well as more efficient fossil generation, and a smart grid are the
key to meeting growing global energy demand while protecting the
The Center will support nuclear power
operators' successful implementation of innovative IT systems; define and
share best practice business processes for safety, reliability, compliance
and efficiency; provide tools and consulting methodologies that enable
effective business and IT alignment; ensure a robust IT infrastructure and
architecture to support deployment of strategic enterprise applications;
and serve as a demonstration center for joint IBM and industry partner
The Center of Excellence for Nuclear
Power will host a portfolio of IBM and Independent Software Vendors'
applications that are targeted to the nuclear power industry, as well as
support the IBM Maximo Asset Management Solution. Maximo is one of the
core applications used by nuclear power operators to help manage critical
operational and IT assets throughout their life cycle. The Center will be
closely connected to Maximo development labs in the U.S. and Brazil to
help customers worldwide successfully implement the Maximo Nuclear
Today's announcement follows on IBM's
recent $10 million investment program at IBM La Gaude. Establishing a new
La Gaude Industry Solution Center that recreates real-life client
scenarios across a number of industries, the newly-designed 10,000 sq ft
(930 sq m) facility successfully connects industry-specific trends with
advanced technologies and technical solutions, leveraging technical and
business integration from across the company.
Currently featuring retail, consumer
products, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, insurance and telecommunications
simulations, the 'hands on' approach employed at La Gaude allows clients
and IBM specialists to collaborate and work together to design and develop
solutions that address clients' business challenges.
IBM La Gaude also hosts industry
specialists applying Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) principles and
other technologies to deliver value to customers. SOA allows companies of
all sizes to reuse their existing investments in software and hardware, so
that their businesses are run more efficiently, flexibly and securely. The
new Center of Excellence builds upon this approach.
In addition, the Center of Excellence
for Nuclear Power will forge strategic relationships with other industrial
partners of the nuclear power industry, as well as industry regulators.
The IBM Nuclear Advisory Council will provide governance for the new
Center of Excellence.
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Notes to Editors:
Members of the IBM Nuclear Advisory
Council include representatives from DTE Energy, Southern Company,
Constellation Energy, as well as Michael Golay, Professor of Nuclear
Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Rick Machon,
Founder of Machon & Associates and former Site Vice President and Nuclear
Chief Operating Officer, Tennessee Valley Authority; and Craven Crowell,
Managing Director of Mercer Management Consulting's Nuclear Practice and
former Chairman of Tennessee Valley Authority.
According to the Nuclear Energy
Institute (NEI), nuclear power may produce the lowest impact on the
environment of any energy source, because it does not emit carbon dioxide,
nitrous oxide, sulphur oxide, mercury, or particulates. Nuclear power also
has the lowest fuel-cost-per-generated-megawatt-hour. However, many
challenges still exist in managing a nuclear power station, ranging from
fuel lifecycle management and life extension of nuclear power plants, to
maintenance and work optimization, to executing reliability programs. To
address these challenges, nuclear power companies need to apply innovative
thinking, coupled with advanced technology, to develop appropriate
IBM strengthened its commitment to and
expertise in the nuclear power industry with two key acquisitions in
- MRO Software, the
leading provider of asset and service management solutions -- October 5,
- FileNet, a
leading provider of business process and content management solutions --
October 12, 2006
Since 2003, MRO
Software has been working with the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI),
customers, development partners and the MRO Software Nuclear Advisory
Council. These collaborative relationships led to the introduction of
Maximo Nuclear, an SOA-based application which was developed with the deep
functionality required to support key processes in the Standard Nuclear
Performance Model (SNPM).
FileNet has a content management
system with advanced workflow which is used for the extensive
documentation processes in the nuclear power industry by a range of
utility companies. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's public
information system, ADAMS, is powered by FileNet.