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The Client Challenge

Our client participated in a Technical Screening Submission for imported backfill aggregates to ultimately inform the selection of those suppliers to be taken forward to receive the formal Invitation to Tender (ITT) on the Sizewell C, SZC, project.

The Sizewell C project site is located on the Suffolk Coast, approximately half-way between Felixstowe and Lowestoft, to the north-east of the town of Leiston. The proposed nuclear power station will be located immediately to the north of the existing Sizewell B power station.

The purpose of the technical screening was to evaluate supplier production controls, sourcing, and material performance of the proposed sources. It also acted as high-level confirmation that the proposed sources would be able to supply to the project timescales and overall logistics.

The rigorous analyses required for nuclear classified materials meant that every consignment would have a suite of tests prior to delivery, to be submitted upon delivery. Some specification limits were provided. Other testing would be used as reference data against the testing associated with aggregate deliveries to the Sizewell site. Importantly, all information provided as part of the submission would be audited for verification purposes.

Our Solution

The priority in support of this submission was efficient, systematic data management. Ultimately, we collated a data set of over five hundred multi-page documents covering two sources of materials, one UK-based and the other in Scandinavia.

A series of 26 British Standard materials tests were in scope where multiple samples were put through each test. Our client outsourced the materials testing to a UKAS- accredited testing house and we also managed relations and outputs from that supplier on behalf of the client. For control, we assigned each test sample with a unique identifier and structured a document to capture test progress, results, and narrative. This control document became the headline of the submission in summarising the test outcomes for each source of material.

In support of a clear audit ‘walk though’, the unique identifiers of each sample automatically referenced a primary record underpinning the test outcomes. These individual records were prepared to detail the material source, date/time of sampling, date/time of testing, the British Standard test, the method of analysis, the test outcome, and an interpretive narrative. 

Beneficial Outcomes

Our systematic approach to data capture, analysis, and reporting offered numerous benefits to the client in gaining a competitive edge, driving innovation, and making data-driven decisions.

Efficient data capture provided a foundation for informed decision-making, identification of trends, patterns, and insights. The approach enabled us to inform our client of emerging opportunities and potential risks early on allowing them to capitalise on opportunities and mitigate risks before they escalated.

Analysis of the data led to the discovery of new opportunities for innovation. Insights of this nature meant our client could develop methodological refinements, creating added value for the customer.

The compliance and regulatory requirements of British Standard testing were supported through our systematic data management and reporting approaches that ensured accuracy and efficiency, avoiding potential penalties and legal issues.

Our methods provided evidence-based insights that our client used for communication purposes, both internally and externally, helping build credibility and trust with stakeholders.