How the use of digital technology can transform your business effectiveness

Using Digital technology has the power to transform how we manage nuclear (and non-nuclear) assets. Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) tools, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) can all combine to transform how we create and maintain existing and new assets in a more effective and creative way – providing benefits to designers, maintainers, human factors, ergonomics capabilities and those charged with operating and maintaining these assets.

The two speakers are based at Jacobs in the North-West. Jacobs has significant experience in utilising this technology in a range of areas in the Nuclear Industry. The presentation will help you understand the benefits of using this technology, the various ways in which basic data can be created, utilised and connected to improve your visualisation of the assets and how the imagery used can support the early decision making on asset design and maintenance, avoiding expensive errors and optimising performance. 

The presentation will be of interesting and informative to anyone who is curious about how this technology can benefit a business, wherever you may be on the Digital Technology learning curve.

  • Energy
  • Nuclear Power
  • Online
  • IET Technical Network webinar

Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.


21 Feb 2024

12:00pm - 1:00pm

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Ben Gafner

Ben Gafner

Visual Engineering Lead - Jacobs

I am currently the Visual Engineering Lead for Jacobs. My journey in the professional world began with a Mechanical Engineering apprenticeship in 2010 and since then have gained a BEng in Mechanical Engineering and over 12 years of experience in the Nuclear industry, contributing to projects from the initial Study Phase to Commissioning.

In 2019 I established a Virtual Reality department in my previous company. This accomplishment led to my current role, where I was tasked with integrating new Visualization tools into the engineering process at Jacobs.

In addition to my Mechanical Engineering background, I've always had a keen interest in Virtual Reality, Animation, and Asset design. I've found ways to draw parallels between the digital technology I enjoy in my spare time and its practical application in my work. My vision is to make engineering more accessible by eliminating barriers, whether they are related to hardware, software, or technical knowledge. We have already shown that by doing so, we can bring engineering work to a broader audience, reducing design changes, mitigating risks, and ultimately cutting costs on all projects.

My purpose behind this work is clear: to make the engineering work we do visible and comprehensible to as many people as possible, regardless of their technical backgrounds or access to expensive software/hardware. This mission has driven me throughout my career, and it continues to guide my efforts in the field of Visual Engineering.

Conor Pearson

Conor Pearson

Mechanical Engineer - Jacobs

I am a Mechanical Engineer for Jacobs working in West Cumbria. I began with Jacobs in 2016 as a Nuclear Degree Apprentice, studying for a BEng alongside progressing my professional development through a 5-year scheme. Through this time, I have worked in the Nuclear Industry across various frameworks, focusing mainly on assisting decommissioning activities.

Throughout my 7 years of experience in the nuclear space I have always strived to take an adaptive approach to the methods available to me. This has led me to working closely with Ben and the Visual Engineering team in developing visualisation and logistical tools for augmenting the delivery of projects to legacy clients - creating a local presence to showcase the potential of the capability that has been developed.

These tools have proven extremely popular for the use cases we have identified thus far, with promise to expand their application as we can expose the benefits of these new approaches to a wider audience. The benefits are tangible to those working across these areas on the day-to-day, ultimately cultivating an environment that aims to naturally upskill the collective understanding of the problems on a nuclear site, opening the doors for more efficient, risk-averse solutions.

As somebody for whom the practical elements of engineering design don’t come naturally, the measurable and meaningful improvements that have been made to my own output has driven me to champion digital technology as a resource of immense potential in breaking down the barriers associated with the practicalities of producing efficient designs for the Nuclear Industry and beyond. 





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