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Engineering the Future is an alliance of professional engineering organisations with a combined membership of 450,000 engineers. Their vision is of a thriving UK economy, based on innovative high value businesses and industries that build on UK national strengths and address the grand challenges of the 21st century.

Engineering the Future works to promote understanding of the contribution of engineering to the economy and society, and to increase the role of engineering in the development and delivery of national policy. In October 2010, Engineering the Future brought together a study working group to examine the lessons that could be learnt from recent civil nuclear power plant construction projects and how they should be incorporated into the proposed UKnew build programme. This resulted in the publication of the Nuclear Lesson Learned study.

In February 2012 the alliance published the first two of a series of best practice guides for the nuclear new build supply chain and related industries. These guides aim to help industry successfully deliver a new fleet of nuclear power stations by providing accessible information about best practice behaviours to all those involved. The guides follow an initial report, commissioned by the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Office for Nuclear Development, which identified five common lessons from past and current projects that could be applied to the new-build programme to help ensure timely and efficient delivery.

The new guides focused on three areas of nuclear construction – welding, concrete and safety culture, with specific recommendations for each. They were developed in consultation with industry and representatives from government, regulators, utilities, the supply chain and industry bodies.

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Best practice: Welding Best practice: Concrete Best practice: Nuclear Safety Culture

The leadership of Engineering the Future is drawn from the following organisations:

  • Engineering Council

  • EngineeringUK

  • The Institution of Chemical Engineers

  • The Institution of Civil Engineers

  • The Institution of Engineering and Technology

  • The Institution of Mechanical Engineers

  • Institution of Structural Engineers

  • The Institute of Physics

  • The Royal Academy of Engineering

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