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Commercial Grade Dedication (CGD)

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    ​This seminar will provide a better understanding of how Commercial Grade Dedication is applied to meet Nuclear Quality Assurance requirements in the procurement of safety-related components. Referencing real world Case Studies, the four CGD item acceptance methods are presented. All participants are able to practice using a CGD Plan template, and upon course completion, receive a copy of the CGD Plan. A tour of Kinectrics’ CGD lab is also included in this session.

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    Course Outline

    History of CGD

    • What is CGD?
    • Quality and Nuclear Programs
    • Nuclear Procurement

    Critical Characteristics for Safety and Acceptance

    • Identifying the Safety Function
    • Identifying Critical Characteristics

    The Four CGD Item Acceptance Methods

    • Differentiate between the four acceptable methods for CGD:
      • Special Test and Inspection
      • CGD Survey
      • Source Verification
      • Supplier/Item Performance Record
    • Factors to determine which method is appropriate for various test requirements and scenarios
    • Combining Methods – making decisions based on accuracy, schedule constraints, costs and other factors

    Sampling Plans

    • Lot/Batch Sample Plan
    • Factors to consider in the selection of a sampling plan
    • How to differentiate between the sampling plans in the EPRI guidelines
    • Production traceability
    • Single and Multiple Manufacturer Traceability

    Developing a CGD Plan

    Template will be provided

    Who Should Attend

    ​The targeted audience for this course includes:
    • Procurement engineers
    • Design engineers
    • Buyers and supply chain personnel
    • Manufacturers without nuclear QA programs, who wish to sell their products to the nuclear industry

    Key Benefits

    ​Gain an understanding of:

    • How nuclear QA affects the procurement of safety-related components
    • How the CGD processes can satisfy the nuclear QA safety requirements
    • Understanding QA criteria for nuclear power plant specifications:
      • Z299 Series
      • 10 CFR 50
      • EPRI NP 5652
    • Tour of the Kinectrics CGD lab


    • Serena Krause BSc., Nuclear Engineering

      Serena is a Senior Engineer in Nuclear Products and Engineered Services responsible for the performance of all or assigned portions of  nuclear technical programs.​

    • Garreth Coelho

      Garreth Coelho, B. Eng. is a mechanical engineer and Service Line Leader for Commercial Grade Dedication in the Kinectrics Nuclear Products and Engineered Services Department.


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    Training Locations

    • Head Office

      800 Kipling Ave., Unit 2
      Toronto, Ontario, M8Z 5G5




    • Pickering

      940 Brock Road, Unit 11
      Pickering, Ontario, L1W 2A1




    • Cincinnati

      7251 E. Kemper Road,
      Cincinnati, Ohio, 45249