Services in seismic adequacy evaluation
We provide consulting and engineering services in areas where increased demands are placed on safety and reliability of the critical equipment.
Rizzo Associates Czech is a significant international engineering and consulting company based in Pilsen providing the safety and protection services for hazardous equipment, structures and infrastructure during their design, operation and decommissioning. Our services can be used by equipment manufacturers, civil engineers, state institutions, plant operators and the public.
Although we focus on territories where VVER-type nuclear reactor technology has been installed in the past, our services have been used in the past by customers in Europe, Russia, Pakistan, South Africa, South Korea and the United States.
As a matter of policy our staff engineers participate in creation, modification and renewal of national and international standards, regulations, guidelines and similar important documents related to our scope of activities. One of the most significant factors of our professional activity is a continuous and close co-operation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), with National Nuclear Regulatory Authorities, with various standard development organizations and many other national and international organizations (ÚJV Řež, a. s., VUJE, a. s., ŠKODA JS, a. s., ÚJV Řež, a. s. (including Energoprojekt division), Paul C. Rizzo Associates, Siemens, Westinghouse, Curtiss-Wright, and others).
In 2001, an indirect method of evaluating the seismic adequacy of equipment installed at VVER-type nuclear power plants under the name GIP-VVER was presented to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). This method has become one of the recommended practices since 2003.
Since 2006, our company has created a joint project platform with accredited laboratories of the Military Technical Institute of Ground Forces, Vyškov in providing seismic qualification tests for components of the nuclear power plant safety systems in accordance with the IEC 60980 and IEC/IEEE 60780-323 standards.
Rizzo Associates Czech, a.s. is part of the global engineering group RIZZO. More information about this group can be found at www.rizzointl.com
About the company
Stevenson and Associates (S&A) as an engineering consultancy company was founded in Cleveland, Ohio (USA) by Dr. John D. Stevenson.
Paul C. Rizzo Associates, Inc. was founded, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA) by Dr. Paul C. Rizzo.
Stevenson and Associates, office in Czech Republic s. r. o. was founded by Dr. Rudolf Masopust and Dr. John D. Stevenson.
GIP-VVER (Generic Implementation Procedure) method for evaluation of seismic adequacy of VVER-type nuclear power plant equipment and components was handed over to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna.
Stevenson and Associates, Office in Czech Republic s. r. o. was acquired by global engineering company Paul C. Rizzo Associates, Inc. based in the USA.
Since 2006, our company has created a joint project platform in the implementation of experimental programs of seismic qualification of safety-related equipment components of nuclear power plants with accredited laboratories of the Military Technical Institute of Ground Forces, Vyškov.
20 years anniversary since the founding of Stevenson and Associates, Office in Czech Republic a. s., the integration of the company into the structure of Paul C. Rizzo Associates, Inc. Change of business name to Rizzo Associates Czech, a. s.
25 years anniversary since the founding of Stevenson and Associates, Office in the Czech Republic a. s. (respectively Rizzo Associates Czech, a. s.) in Pilsen.
Obtaining the Certificate of the quality system of Rizzo Associates Czech, a.s. with the requirements of ČOS 051672 (AQAP 2110) from the Office for Defense Standardization, Cataloging and State Quality Assurance.
Obtaining the Certificate of the quality system of Rizzo Associates Czech, a.s. with the requirements of ISO 19443:2018 standards focused on the provision of services important from the point of view of nuclear safety.
Our work meets the quality criteria established in our Quality Assurance Program (QA) based on the standard ISO 9001:2015, ISO 19 443:2018 and AQAP-2110 (ČOS 051672) and based on the requirements of documents IAEA SSS No. GS-R Part 2 and GS-G-3.1; US NRC 10 CFR 830.120 (2000); ANSI/ASME NQA-1 (2008).
ISO 9001:2015 – DNV CERTIFICATE
Certificate COS 051672 (AQAP 2110)
ISO 19443:2018 – Certificate
(Decision of the State Office for Nuclear Safety – providing of services significant for radiation protection.