Integration Group for the Safety Case (IGSC): Data and information management
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Managing the ever-increasing amounts of information and knowledge across a project lifetime spanning multiple generations is a challenge faced by all repository programmes. The IGSC has identified a variety of tools that can be used to structure and thus better manage and transfer this knowledge, and has examined the issues around using metadata within national programmes. It has also identified the need to keep the safety case consistent with evolving and expanding requirements, design specifications and data changes (termed “configuration management” by some programmes). In addition, another key issue is to present safety cases to stakeholders in a way that effectively communicates and builds confidence in safety, including not only the technical aspects of safety, but also organisational structures and the legal and regulatory framework. 

Publications and reports

Radioactive Waste Repository Metadata Management (RepMet)

Launched by the IGSC in 2018, RepMet analysed and investigated the application of metadata within national programmes for radioactive waste repositories. The initiative identified numerous benefits of using metadata within national programmes, including more structured management of information, meeting statutory requirements, and ensuring that data quality is consistent with requirements. The initiative also noted that metadata have a role to play at all stages of the lifecycle of a radioactive waste repository.

Safety case communication and stakeholder interaction

The IGSC has been explicitly addressing safety case communication and stakeholder interaction in its work. A major milestone was the IGSC report "Communication on the Safety Case for a Deep Geological Repository", based on review of national and international examples of communication on safety-relevant issues and stakeholder interaction. The report was reviewed by NEA’s Forum on Stakeholder Confidence (FSC), and the collaboration led to broader co-operation with the FSC while organising a joint workshop on “Communication on the Safety Case for a Deep Geological Repository” in 2017 and a joint topical session on “Managing Uncertainty in Siting and Implementation – Creating a Dialogue between Science and Society” in 2019.

Approaches and Methods for Integrating Geologic Information in the Safety Case (AMIGO)

The programme aimed to advance current understanding of the the safety case, identify where future work is needed and reduce uncertainties. After a series of workshops, it concluded that concepts such as ‘geosynthesis’ and ‘safety functions’ have provided useful mechanisms to prioritise and synthesise geoscientific information and to relate this information directly to the safety case.

  • Workshop in 2003 "Approaches and methods for integration geologic information in the safety case"
  • Workshop in 2005 "Linkage of geoscientific arguments and evidence in supporting the safety case"
  • Workshop in 2008 "Approaches and Challenges for the Use of Geological Information in the Safety Case"