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Seismic engineering is a constantly developing science and every earthquake highlights new issues and areas for development. In the immediate years following such events the issues are investigated, design practice changes and improvements occur to ensure the built environment is as safe as the state of the practice allows. This level of innovation and change does not happen in the nuclear industry, where I believe it is still common practice to use methods and techniques developed in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Clearly it is important to future proof any analyses that are carried out with robust and validated methods, but we should also be looking to innovate and improve the status quo. This paper will highlight a selection of issues where the author believes the UK nuclear industry should move on, and provides examples and potential consequences of resisting change.

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