James Bierschbach, PE, PMP, is a Mechanical Engineer, a registered Professional Engineer in Fire Protection, a certified Project Manager and a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) with extensive experience in the nuclear power industry. As a Power Practice Leader, Mr. Bierschbach coordinates with JENSEN HUGHES operations teams worldwide to meet the needs of Power Clients, develop strategies to introduce new services to clients, and support clients with their strategic planning. His nuclear power project experience includes code consulting, electrical systems, fire detection systems, fire protection evaluations, security system designs, modifications, conceptual studies, project management, digital I&C, and infrastructure upgrades at nuclear generating stations and DOE Facilities.
Mr. Bierschbach’s project expertise includes the support of fire alarm and detection system evaluations and modifications at nuclear generating stations. Modifications have included updating the fire alarm systems in the control rooms, interfacing multiple existing fire suppression and detections systems, and upgrading the system to meet the site’s licensing commitments. Related design work has included upgrading analog equipment to digital, cyber security, EMI/RFI analysis, 50.59, system programming, minimizing fire watches and system downtime.
Additional project highlights include the management and design of a large wireless modification at a power facility planned to install wireless for over 95% coverage. The design included running new fiber throughout the controlled facility and installing equipment in environmental cabinets. Mr. Bierschbach has also managed and designed a Radio/Integration Communication Study and Procurement Specification. The study provided multiple options to upgrade the radio system in phases to mitigate system downtime and maximize life of the existing fiber network. The study benchmarked five (5) vendors based upon 35 unique requirements.