Verification & Validation Process - Revision Life Cycle
ETAP products comply with U.S. Code of Federal Regulations as well as other quality assurance standards.
ETAP believes that a well-defined and effective QA process that thrives on continuous improvement is the best vehicle to transform powerful ideas into powerful products.
The ETAP Quality Assurance Program strictly enforces policies and specific procedures that ensure the reliability of all ETAP software.
For nuclear - high impact facilities, all releases of ETAP go through an intensive Verification & Validation (V&V) process throughout the revision life cycle. Verification is the process of determining whether or not the products of a given phase of the revision life cycle fulfill the requirements established during the previous phase. Validation is the process of evaluating software at the end of the revision life cycle to ensure compliance with software requirements.
The V&V method for ETAP is extensive, consisting of thousands of test cases that encompass each and every calculation module, user interface, persistence, reports, plots, library data, etc. The test cases include a comprehensive comparison of study results and system performance against hand calculations, field measurements, industry standards (ANSI / IEEE, IEC, UL, etc.), and other established methods in order to ensure and verify the technical accuracy and performance stability of ETAP. The V&V process for the ETAP engineering libraries allows for 0% error in the library data based on published manufacturer data.
ETAP Validation Test Cases and Comparison Results