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Elements of Sustainable Life Cycle Engineering

19 May 2010
07:12 PM
Sustainable Life Cycle Engineering is the discipline and art in which a knowledge of the mathematical
and natural sciences gained by study, experience, and practice is applied with judgment to specify
practical constructs or collection of different elements (that can include people, hardware, software,
facilities, policies, and documents) that together (primarily through the relationship among the
elements) produce results not obtainable by the elements alone for research, development,
designing, manufacturing, construction, commissioning, operation, maintenance, decommissioning
and rehabilitation in such a manner that the utilisation of ecosystems and their resources is
maintained by the systems' intended configuring of qualities, properties, characteristics, functions,
behaviour and performance so that society, its members and its economies are able to meet their
needs and express their greatest potential in the present, while preserving resources, biodiversity
and natural ecosystems for the needs or options for future generations.

• knowledge of the mathematical and natural sciences gained by study, experience, and practice
• specify practical constructs or collection of different elements primarily through the relationship
among them
• research, development, designing, manufacturing, construction, commissioning, operation,
maintenance and decommissioning
• the systems' intended configuring of qualities, properties, characteristics, functions, behaviour and
performance
• meet their needs and express their greatest potential in the present, while preserving resources,
biodiversity and natural ecosystems for the needs or options for future generations

Hypothesis 1:
The objectives of Sustainable Life Cycle Engineering can be achieved through the application of a
variation on the Systems Engineering Process as per ISO 26702 and ISO 15288.

Hypothesis 2:
The management of Sustainable Life Cycle Engineering can be achieved through the application of a
variation of the ISO 15288 in conjunction with ISO14000 series. (By applying ISO15288, ISO9000

Outcomes for the research:


• Proposals for national and international best practises in the development and design of industrial
and energy plants based on current practises for Systems Engineering and Systems Engineering
research.
○ Identification of the stakeholder classes and the role players in them, e.g. UN, Government,
Investors, Owners, Operators, Workers, Society, etc.
○ A process for performing Sustainable Life Cycle Engineering
○ Methods for managing the Sustainable Life Cycle Engineering
○ Methods for performing Sustainable Life Cycle Engineering
• Specifications for typical tools to support the Sustainable Life Cycle Engineering process
• How to support a typical regulatory process with the necessary technical information from
Sustainable Life Cycle Engineering, e.g. an IEA, NEA and IAEA regulatory frameworks and all its
derived requirements documents and guidelines. The NERSA and NNR frameworks can then be
measured against the IAEA, NEA and IEA recommended frameworks. Determine if the USA regulatory
framework can be used in a South African context.
○ Hypothesis 3: The USA regulatory frameworks cannot be applied to the South African
environment.
○ Hypothesis 4: IEA and IAEA frameworks can be applied to the South African environment.
• Does South African legislation and regulatory frameworks support Sustainable Life Cycle Engineering
process?
• How does Sustainable Life Cycle Engineering process support the national priorities of the South
African Government?
• Profile requirements for managers and engineers who wants to practise Sustainable Life Cycle
Engineering.
• The training requirements for managers and engineers who wants to practise Sustainable Life Cycle

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Engineering.
• The training requirements for managers and engineers who wants to practise Sustainable Life Cycle
Engineering.
• Specification of the national support network (similar to INPO, NEI and EPRI in the USA and WANO on
international level) that needs to be in place to support Sustainable Life Cycle Engineering.
• Interface definitions and specifications with current professional organisations.
• Integration specification of Sustainable Life Cycle Engineering with programme management.
• A typical Sustainable Life Cycle Management Plan.
○ Required deliverables per stage
○ Integration of different disciplines and specialities
○ The level of input required from the various disciplines and specialities, e.g. on this level the
design calculations and design innovations that leads to a specific material choice for a heat
exchanger or power pipe bears no meaningful input to the integration of a sustainable life
cycle, but the material's life cycle is more of interest as well as the qualification level of the
engineer doing the design, the material technician making the material and the maintenance
personnel maintaining the heat exchanger together with the applicable procedures and
information systems.

Possible areas of cooperation with other disciplines and specialities:


• Mathematics including applied mathematics, statistics and operational research.
• The various EBIT disciplines.
• Environmental sciences
• Natural sciences
• Economics
• Sociology
• Political Sciences
• Law
• Philosophy
• Strategic and future studies
• Etc.

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