The Keys to PIANOS
Plataforma IberoAmericana Nuclear de Operadores en el área de Seguridad
In 2010, the IAEA began with an idea of building a regional nuclear safety network among the three Latin American nuclear operators: Nucleoeléctrica Argentina SA, Eletrobras Eletronuclear (Brazil), Comisión Federal de Electricidad (Mexico). This idea was then formalized into a draft terms of reference document for future development.
As time progressed, from November 2011 through October 2012, eight peer review missions were conducted in which twenty-six Latin American representatives participated. Many good practices and valuable outputs resulted from these missions, which further prompted the need for information exchange among the professionals who participated in the missions.
Shortly thereafter, the first IT expert mission to Rio de Janeiro (7-9 November 2012) took place, in which the first PIANOS prototype and an integrated management plan for its implementation were both agreed and developed. Thus, the Plataforma IberoAmericana Nuclear de Operadores en el área de Seguridad, otherwise known as PIANOS, was born!
What is PIANOS?
PIANOS is a web-based information sharing platform hosted by the IAEA. It is dedicated to supporting collaboration and knowledge sharing among professionals located within the Latin American nuclear power utilities.
Who Can Join PIANOS?
Any professional from the Latin American nuclear power utilities can join PIANOS and are free to exchange information in the language of their choice: Spanish, Portuguese and English. Eventually, the information sharing platform will be enlarged to include professionals from Spain’s nuclear operators as well as other regions. Eventually, the platform may be expanded to include another dedicated area for IberoFORO members to share their information.
How Does PIANOS Work?
The “forum” provides members with an online medium for open safety-related discussions, to which any member can leave messages and expect to see responses to those messages.
The “blog” simply speaking is a social networking option that provides members with the ability to record their experiences, list information or detail a recent safety situation, or ask a question, to which other PIANOS members can then join in the conversation and share their points of view on the topic for further discussion
“My profile” describes a member’s skillset, expertise and education. This allows members to connect with other members on topics of interest to them both as well as to share valuable information or discuss issues that may arise.
The on-line Library supports sharing and archiving of documents as well as saves information from discussions and various exchanges from the Forum and the Blog area.
What Are The Next Steps For PIANOS?
IAEA officially launched PIANOS on 10 July 2013 from Vienna, Austria; this launch was broadcasted simultaneously through video teleconference at Eletrobras Eletronuclear in Brazil, at Laguna Verde Nuclear Power Plant in Mexico and at the nuclear operator ENDESA in Spain. Many users and non-users attended the launch and considered it very motivating.
PIANOS expansion for the future looks forward to Spain joining its network. With operators from seven nuclear power plants and five utilities, Spain can benefit from using this platform and through its combined experience its users will also help broaden and increase the PIANOS knowledge network base.
In the meantime, all members are invited to join in and play PIANOS, and are encouraged to take advantage of the user-friendly interface to communicate and share their experience as well as to actively participate in growing a strong, enriched knowledge network for operators.
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