The South West Nuclear Hub is pleased to welcome Jacobs as its latest Applied Research member.
Jacobs, a global professional technical services company, focuses on challenging today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world's most critical problems and turning abstract ideas into realities that transform the world for good.
The UK is strategically important for Jacobs as the company’s second largest market after the USA. With more than 10,000 employees and a 150-year business heritage in the UK, Jacobs has made a long-term commitment to invest and grow here.
Jacobs supports hundreds of nuclear programmes worldwide, with more than 60 years of experience of providing provide solutions for the full nuclear life cycle: delivering next generation systems including fusion, small modular and advanced modular reactors, supporting existing facilities, waste management, decommissioning and remediation. We provide strategic advice, programme and project management, siting and environmental assessment, regulatory compliance, design and engineering.
In the South West, the company is playing a major role in engineering design, construction management, inspection validation and equipment qualification at Hinkley Point C. For the Ministry of Defence, Jacobs is Programme Delivery Partner for Defence Equipment and Support at Abbey Wood. The company also provides HMNB Devonport with engineering design and safety case support.
As an Applied Research member, Jacobs will bring significant expertise to the Hub’s key research themes such as Waste & Fuel Management, Structural Integrity and Digital Innovation. The company operates more than 12,000m² of nuclear laboratory and test rig space in Warrington, Cumbria and Slovakia, employing a multi-skilled team of technicians, graduate scientists and PhD-level specialists who apply innovation and technology to solve clients’ problems.
The University of Bristol and Jacobs currently collaborate on the EPSRC-funded SINDRI Prosperity Partnership, along with other Hub members EDF and the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC). This programme is accelerating the development of key components for digital twins – virtual models of physical entities – that can be used to assess the condition of components of nuclear power plants, and their need for maintenance or remedial work.
“Joining the Hub cements a strategically-important relationship with the university, which has a strong record of groundbreaking science and of spinning out innovation into industry,” said Jacobs’ Technology & Cyber Solutions Technical Director John Stairmand.
Many Bristol graduates have joined Jacobs, including from the MSc Nuclear Science and Engineering programme. The university also recently appointed Cristiano Padovani, Operations Manager in Jacobs’ Waste Management and Disposal team at Harwell, as a visiting professor.
Professor Tom Scott, Science Co-Director of the South West Nuclear Hub, said:
“Jacobs is an inspirational and globally leading company in nuclear. We’ve been diligently growing our joint research relationship for several years now and it is gratifying not only to see Jacobs come on board as a highly valued new member of the Hub, but also to see the company establish a substantial local presence at their new base in the city centre. Bristol really is the place to be when it comes to nuclear!”
Professor Mahmoud Mostafavi, Engineering Co-Director of the South West Nuclear Hub, also commented:
“We are delighted to formalise our significant work with Jacobs through their membership of the South West Nuclear Hub. Jacobs is the leading company in reducing the cost of nuclear through digital innovations such as developing digital twins in which Bristol has significant expertise.
The close collaboration between Jacobs and the Hub will undoubtedly initiate more joint projects such as SINDRI and expand our work together in new areas.”
Jacobs is challenging today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world's most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing, turning abstract ideas into realities that transform the world for good. With $14 billion in revenue and a talent force of approximately 55,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector.
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South West Nuclear Hub Applied Research Membership
The South West Nuclear Hub has three main tiers of membership, tailored to the type and size of your organisation. We deliver a whole host of specific benefits that will bolster proposals and contribute to future research wins. These benefits are shaped around our strategic pillars: Research, Innovation, People and Engagement.
Applied Research membership is aimed at companies and institutions with an interest in nuclear energy development, deployment and support throughout the lifecycle, including the supporting supply chains.