Past events

Take a look back at some of the previous NVEC events.

2020 events

8th December 2020

Nuclear Institute’s Digital SIG:

Special Interest Group Meeting

The meeting will hear an update from two key ‘digital’ projects currently being funded by the BEIS Nuclear Innovation Programme (NIP); the first from Jacobs on Nuclear Virtual Engineering Capability (NVEC) and the second from NNL on Project FAITH (Fuel Assemblies Incorporating Thermal Hydraulics).  There will also be an update on the work on digital standards from Ferroday and Brabyns.


10:00 Welcome, Ray Chegwin & Philip Isgar
10:10 Update from Chair and Board of Trustee sponsor, Philip Isgar & Alastair Laird
10:20 Update on BEIS NIP project – Nuclear Virtual Engineering Capability (NVEC), Albrecht Kyrieleis, Jacobs
10:50 Update on BEIS NIP project: Project FAITH (Fuel Assemblies Incorporating Thermal Hydraulics), Mark Bankhead, National Nuclear Laboratory
11:20 Break
11:30 Sellafield – Future Asset Performance project, Andrew Cooney, Sellafield
11:45 ICURe project – Use of digital twinning, Dr Anhad Sandhu, Exeter University
11:50 Update on Standards, Norman Swindells (Ferroday) & Nick Archer (Brabyns)
12:20 Any other business / Date of next meeting, Philip Isgar
12:30 Close

*This is an invite only event through KTN-UK*


23rd September 2020

​SME Workshop

This half-day workshop was organised by Digital Catapult and Jacobs involving the NVEC partners and eight selected SMEs. The discussions were focussed on exploring the role that SMEs and their cutting-edge technology solutions could play in addressing key challenges of the nuclear sector in association with the NVEC programme. Opportunities for future collaboration were identified.

Digital Catapult undertook an SME outreach activity and with NVEC partners shortlisted relevant SMEs covering a range of technology areas including Artificial Intelligence, Distributed Ledger Technologies, Internet of Things and Immersive Technologies to take part in the workshop.

NVEC – SME Summary

23rd January 2020

Nuclear Governance Event

A Simulation Framework: INDE

British Academy, London

Thursday 23 January, 2020


Digital innovation and transformation is high on the agenda across many organisations and sectors. The current Nuclear Innovation Programme, funded through BEIS, highlights the urgent need to accelerate the development of digital frameworks if we are to deliver the scale of ambition around competitiveness and efficiency. The creation and delivery of integrated digital frameworks for industrial sectors raises issues beyond the technological requirements and requires careful consideration around governance and stewardship of such national assets.

We’d like to invite you to help shape the thinking around delivery and further development of national digital infrastructures, by joining us as a panel member at the Thought Leadership Roundtable.

Companies attending:
Wood PLC, University of Liverpool, University of Manchester, UKAEA, Jacobs / NDA, NNL, EDF, Rolls Royce, ARUP, KTN.

Shaping the direction and a strategy for the implementation and maintenance of national digital infrastructure assets.

2019 events

3rd December 2019

NVEC Engagement Event

 London Royal Academy

Thursday 3rd December 2019


The core NVEC project team held an engagement day with BEIS and NIRO at the Royal Academy in London. The event highlighted both phase 2 progress and the benefits of a collaborative nuclear virtual environment. BEIS and NIRO attendees had the opportunity to meet the project team, ask questions and learn more about the project; constructive discussions took place on both the challenges encountered and the opportunities for the project.

22nd October 2019

IOP event

Phase 1 of the programme – Digital Reactor Design

17th – 18th September 2019

Simulation and Modelling 2019

Conference Aston, Birmingham


As engineering inevitability moves into the digital era, it continues to face challenges around simulation and modelling. There is a huge pressure on companies across all industries to move towards total simulation and digital testing in order to avoid the heavy costs associated with physical testing and the building of physical prototypes.

To support all engineering industries, the Simulation and Modelling 2019 conference will provide a forum to discuss the latest developments being made with computer aided and virtual engineering. Explore the advances being made with integration, optimisation and validation, from design stage right through to manufacturing.


  • Hear from leading companies using simulation and modelling including Rolls Royce, Airbus, Amazon Web Services, Wood Group, Caterpillar Global Mining, EDF-Energy, Jaguar Land Rover, and AMRC with Boeing.
  • Discover new modelling techniques that impact industrial design output and competitiveness though more accurate models and efficient design.
  • Identify key challenges and potential solutions relating to a topic of your choice in roundtable discussion.
  • Learn from those working on new methods and approaches to the common challenges across industry.
  • Influence the next generation of software tools by discussing your specific needs and challenges with software developers.
  • Hear directly from suppliers and get an update on the latest technologies in our dedicated exhibition space.


For more information and to register, please click here.

2018 events

27 September 2018

Nuclear Digital Environment Engagement Event – Liverpool

The Digital Reactor Design project group, held a further stakeholder workshop at the Foresight Centre in Liverpool.  Joined by over 50 nuclear and related sector organisations, the partners highlighted progress to date.  In addition to a comprehensive presentation, including outlining future opportunities for organisations to get involved in the project, the team provided highly visual demonstrations of the main use cases.

The final session included group sessions to discuss sector views around the key issues and benefits of the  project and provided input and suggestions for future developments.

August 2018

BEIS project integration session with Frazer-Nash for thermal hydraulics (Gloucester)

July 2018

KTN SIG Event (Cumbria)

3 May 2018

Key Stakeholder Workshop  – London

A key stakeholder event outlining the progress to date, future developments and discussions around industry requirements was held recently at the University of Liverpool in London campus, 33 Finsbury Square.  The programme included presentations by the project partners, industry discussion sessions and a range of interactive demonstrations.


International collaboration event with Oak Ridge (Daresbury)

2017 events

25 September 2017

Key Stakeholder Workshop
Understanding the wider nuclear industry concerns and needs. Information captured in Requirements Capture Report

August 2017

Stakeholder Workshop 2 (Birchwood)

27 July 2017

Regulatory Workshop
Understanding requirements of regulatory requirements and capture for the programme and architecture design

May 2017

Overview of Phase 1 with US DOE (Daresbury)