The purpose of this standard is to define the objectives of a configuration management
process for DOE nuclear facilities (including activities and operations), and to provide
detailed examples and supplementary guidance on methods of achieving those objectives.
Configuration management is a disciplined process that involves both management and
technical direction to establish and document the design requirements and the physical
configuration of the nuclear facility and to ensure that they remain consistent with each
other and the documentation.
The size, complexity, and missions of DOE nuclear facilities vary widely and
configuration management processes may need to be structured to individual facilities,
activities, and operations. It would generally be inappropriate to apply the same
configuration management standards to widely different activities, for example, a reactor
facility and a small, simple laboratory. The detailed examples and methodologies in this
standard are provided to aid those developing their configuration management processes;
however, they are provided for guidance only and may not be appropriate for application
to all DOE nuclear activities. The individuals defining the configuration management
process for a particular nuclear activity will need to apply judgment to determine if the
examples and methods presented in this standard are appropriate for the activity.
Nevertheless, the basic objectives and general principles of configuration management
are the same for all activities. The objectives of configuration management are to:
(1) establish consistency among design requirements, physical configuration, and
documentation (including analysis, drawings, and procedures) for the activity, and
(2) maintain this consistency throughout the life of the facility or activity, particularly
as changes are being made.
This objective and the relationship between design, documentation, and the actual
physical plant configuration of the facility, activity, or operation are illustrated in