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Nebojsa Orbovic's Great Enthusiasm for Nuclear Safety

Abstract of the technical paper/presentation presented at:
SMiRT26, Potsdam, Berlin, Germany
July 10–15, 2022

Prepared by:
Thambiayah Nitheanandan
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission


Nebojsa Orbovic, fondly remembered by his colleagues and peers as “Neb,” was well known for his extraordinary passion for civil and nuclear structures, broad knowledge and a keen interest in new technical challenges. He made significant contributions to the safety of nuclear structures through several versatile research projects he passionately undertook in the course of his career. He joined the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission in February 2008. He worked as a Technical Specialist in the Engineering Design Assessment Division of the Directorate of Assessment and Analysis.

Neb obtained his Dipl. Ing. (MSc) in Structural Engineering at the University of Belgrade, Serbia, and began his career the same year at INGEROP, a French consulting company based in Courbevoie, in the Paris region. He worked as a designer on large infrastructure projects such as high-speed railway (TGV Brussels–Marseilles) bridges and the access viaducts at the Paris – Charles de Gaulle Airport. In 1996, he joined the Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN), also in the Paris region. He worked there until 2004 as a civil/seismic expert reviewing seismic design and assessing a wide range of nuclear facilities. In 2004, he emigrated to Canada and joined Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), working on the Advanced CANDU Reactor (ACR) designs ACR700 and ACR1000.

Neb held a number of leadership positions within the Nuclear Energy Agency, International Atomic Energy Agency, American Concrete Institute, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers and International Association for Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology. He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. He was a licensed engineer in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec, and a voting member of the ACI 349 Committee for Nuclear Safety-Related Concrete Structures and ASME Section III Division 2 for Concrete Containments.

The presentation will highlight Neb’s profound enthusiasm for structural and seismic engineering and his relentless drive to improve the understanding of structural behaviour during accident conditions.

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