Training Courses Offered by Sparkman & Associates, LLC

Safety Software Quality Assurance at Defense Nuclear Facilities

This 4-day course examines the Software Quality Assurance (SQA) requirements found in DOE Order 414.1D and the preferred consensus standard (ASME NQA-1) for software used in DOE defense nuclear facilities. Participants will gain an understanding of the application of the requirements of the DOE Order and the ASME NQA-1 Standard in developing, using, maintaining, and procuring software used in defense nuclear facilities. There are three sessions in the course. A comprehensive examination is conducted to reinforce the student’s knowledge.

Session 1 topics include: Why Safety Software Quality? DOE 414.1D Software & Safety Software Requirements, Quality Assurance Program Requirement Criteria and Safety Software Quality Assurance Work Activities Comparison, Safety Software Grading, and Software Quality Assurance Review Helps.

Session 2 topics include: ASME NQA-1 Requirements for Software, History, Purpose of Standard, Part I and Part II Software Requirements, and Keys within the Requirements.

Session 3 topics include: Components of a DOE Documented Safety Analysis (DSA), Finding safety software in a DSA, and Potential Keywords and Phrases.

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What Students Will Learn

Graduates will be able to describe the regulatory requirements, standards, and guidance associated with computer software used in defense nuclear facilities, explain how requirements of ASME NQA-1 applies to computer software such as design and analysis software including use of spreadsheets, custom developed software, embedded software, and acquired software including software dedication, identify the elements of a QA Plan for computer software activities, and prepare/conduct a computer software audit.

Who Should Attend

Design, software, and quality engineers; regulators; licensing and procurement personnel; program managers; and auditors. Participants should have a general understanding of the software development life cycle and nuclear quality assurance process.

Course Materials Students Receive

  • ASME NQA-1a-2008 (2008 with 2009 Addenda), Quality Assurance Requirements for Nuclear Facility Applications
  • DOE O 414.1D, Quality Assurance
  • DOE G 414.1-4, Safety Software Guide for Use with 10 CFR 830 Subpart A, Quality Assurance Requirements, and DOE O 414.1C, Quality Assurance
  • Guide for Assessing Safety Software Quality Assurance Programs at Defense Nuclear Facilities
  • Course Examination
  • Course Exercise Sheets
  • Course Completion Certificate

Course History

As a mature professional training course for engineering and quality assurance practitioners, regulators, procurement personnel, and program managers, it has a proven history of providing a solid foundation of knowledge. This course capitalizes on years of evaluation experience of safety software and design and analysis software. It also builds upon multiple and diverse training seminars of the Department of Energy, professional software training courses, and finally, on formally approved technical development training of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.

Software Quality Assurance for R&D at DOE Facilities

This 3-day course examines the Software Quality Assurance (SQA) requirements found in DOE Order 414.1D and the preferred consensus standard (ASME NQA-1) for software used in DOE. Participants will gain an understanding of the application of the requirements of the DOE Order and the ASME NQA-1 Standard in developing, using, maintaining, and procuring software. This course provides a knowledge and exercises for applying ASME NQA-1 to research and development projects. A comprehensive examination is conducted to reinforce the student’s knowledge.

Course content includes but is not limited to:

  • Reviewing current DOE software quality assurance requirements
  • Discussing types of software, safety software types, and software work activities applicable to high integrity applications for research projects
  • Discussing DOE’s software grading approach/procedure
  • Relating how the 10 quality assurance criteria of 10 CFR 830 and DOE Order 4141.1D apply to software and safety software work activities
  • Discussing software quality assurance assessments
  • Explaining the purpose, role, organization, and application of NQA-1-2008 with 2009 requirements in meeting DOE’s software quality assurance requirements
  • Explaining the application of NQA software requirements to software projects in research and development.
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What Students Will Learn

Students will be able to: describe the regulatory requirements, standards, and guidance associated with software used by DOE, explain how requirements of ASME NQA-1 applies to software such as design and analysis software including use of spreadsheets, custom developed software, embedded software, acquired software, applicable SQA requirements for research and development projects, identify the elements of a QA Plan for computer software activities, and prepare for/conduct a software assessment.

Who Should Attend

Project Managers, Quality Managers, design, software, and quality engineers; regulators; licensing and procurement personnel; program managers; and auditors. Participants should have a general understanding of the software development life cycle and nuclear quality assurance process.

Course Materials Students Receive

  • ASME NQA-1a-2009 (2008 with 2009 Addenda), Quality Assurance Requirements for Nuclear Facility Applications
  • DOE O 414.1D, Quality Assurance
  • DOE G 414.1-4, Safety Software Guide for Use with 10 CFR 830 Subpart A, Quality Assurance Requirements, and DOE O 414.1C, Quality Assurance
  • Guide for Assessing Safety Software Quality Assurance Programs at Defense Nuclear Facilities
  • Course Exercise Sheets
  • Course Completion Certificate

Course Availability

These courses are offered at your facility. Please contact us at sparkmand@sparkmanandassociates.com for available course dates, prices and logistical coordination.

Instructors

Dr. W. San Horton
Ms. Patricia Loo
Ms. Debra Sparkman