Case Study

AEP DC Cook Nuclear Power Plant
Containment Sump, New Remote Strainer and Waterway
3D Laser Scanning and Modeling


American Electric Power DC Cook Nuclear Plant Sargent & Lundy


The DC Cook Nuclear plant is located on 650 acres in Berrien County along Lake Michigan's Eastern shore line. The plant, which is owned and operated by American Electric Power (AEP), operates two pressurized water reactors which produce electricity for more than 1.5 million homes. In support of the plant's safety and services improvement projects, Meridian provided laser scanning and 3D modeling services along with design review assistance for the DC Cook Nuclear plant. The overall project scope was the design and installation of a New Remote Strainer and Waterway in the containment building sump area. The data was used to validate final design, for interference checking and for construction craft worker training. Benefits: In prior outages for similar plant upgrades, unexpected configuration issues arose. With the area captured in a digital scan and CAD model, the unexpected is planned for in advance. In addition to interference planning, Laser Scanning was a valuable tool for management briefing and crafting-outage worker training. With a goal to cut the outage time in half, Laser Scanning was an absolute requirement.