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One of the more significant aspects of geomechanical data collection within the scope of the HLW project is the integration of quality assurance into existing processes. Processes need to be established by those individuals responsible for the conduct of work, and ongoing improvements made to ensure the efficiency, usefulness, and integration of individual processes and process steps. Evaluating these processes against the requirements of quality assurance helps to ensure that products generated by these processes satisfy the goals of transparency, traceability, reproducibility, retrievability, and review. That is, effective implementation of quality assurance ensures that work is adequately planned, conducted in a controlled manner, thoroughly documented and reviewed, and subjected to independent oversight.


The introduction to 10 CFR 50 Appendix B defines quality assurance as "all those planned and systematic actions necessary to provide adequate confidence that a structure, system, or component will perform satisfactorily in service. Quality assurance includes quality control, which comprises those quality assurance actions related to the physical characteristics of a material, structure, component, or system, which provide a means to control the quality of the material, structure, component, or system to predetermined requirements." As written, a number of the 10 CFR 50 Appendix B requirements (e.g., Criteria 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, and 15) are not directly applicable to geomechanics investigation in HLW project, but involve concepts that can be adapted and provide value to such work. Each of the eighteen criteria consists of a concise statement of requirements, which the implementing organization must demonstrate adequacy of implementation and compliance. For the suggested system, a simple requirements matrix was prepared to identify the applicability of each criterion. In order to satisfy the goals of transparency, traceability, reproducibility, retrievability, and review, geomechanics investigations for the HLW projects must be conducted under an approved quality assurance program.

10 CFR 50 Appendix B Criteria

Applicability

 1.Organization

Applies

 2.Quality Assurance Program

Applies

 3.Design Control

N/A

 4.Procurement Document Control

Applies

 5.Instructions, Procedures, Drawings

Applies

 6.Document Control

Applies

 7.Control of Purchased Materials, Equipment, and Services

Applies

 8.Identification and Control of Materials, Parts, and Components

N/A

 9.Control of Special Processes

N/A

10.Inspection

N/A

11.Test Control

N/A

12.Control of Measuring and Test Equipment

Applies

13.Handling, Storage, and Shipping

N/A

14.Inspection, Test, and Operating Status

N/A

15.Nonconforming Materials, Parts, or Components

N/A

16.Corrective Action

Applies

17.Quality Assurance Records

Applies

18.Audits

Applies

Software Quality Assurance*

Adopted

Scientific Investigation and Data Management*

Adopted

Sample Management*

Adopted

* 10 CFR 50 Appendix B does not explicitly provide requirements for these areas.


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QA programs

Sandia National Laboratories NWMP online documents

Organization and Quality Assurance Program

Preparing and Approving Quality Assurance Implementing Procedures

Technical Procedures


Sample Control

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