Members of ICNDT, thank you for your support on my third
year leading the international organisation. I had great
support from Dr Farley during the transition, which helped
to continue the operations of ICNDT.
We have crossed the midway mark of 2019; the world has been
through major trade tensions, which has disrupted growth. With
uncertainty high and confidence low, investment has suffered and
various industries have taken a hit; however, the service quality
needs are increased due to great demand in standard-related and
technological changes. The NDT sector is continually growing against this uncertainty.
National societies should gear up to cater to multiple industry segments.
ICNDT started its year with an IEC and annual meeting, which were held in Glasgow.
The new fee structure was implemented this year and I would like to thank all of the Group
A members for their significant contribution to the growth of ICNDT and its activities.
A slight growth has been seen in ICNDT MRA Schedule 1 signatories and Schedule 2
registration, an updated list of which can be downloaded from the ICNDT website.
This year I was able to attend a Scottish Branch meeting of the British Institute of
Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) and deliver a presentation. I was also able to attend the
inauguration of the DACH conference, a regional conference held in Europe for Germanspeaking nations (organised by the national societies of Austria, Germany and Switzerland),
which was well attended. This year, the conference featured an exhibition, which was well
attended by manufacturers as well. I also attended the opening of the Canadian Institute for
Non-Destructive Evaluation (CINDE) Annual Conference in Edmonton, Canada.
WG3 meetings were held in May 2019 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, which were well
attended and involved planning for the upcoming workshop on ICNDT Specialist Groups.
ISO 9712:2012 is going through a detailed review by ISO/TC 135/SC7; the last meeting was
held in Edmonton, Canada. ICNDT WG1 inputs are incorporated in the review process.
Most of our ICNDT member representatives participated in the meetings. The next revision
can be expected in late 2020 or early 2021.
The ICNDT Advisory Committee Meetings and WG1 meetings are expected to be held
during the next Pan-American Conference for Nondestructive Testing (VII PANNDT), which
will be held between 21-24 October 2019 in Mexico City.
The 20th World Conference on Non-Destructive Testing (WCNDT 2020) is taking
shape and is to be held 8-12 June 2020 in Seoul, Korea. I would request that members
distribute the call for papers in their country and promote the event for greater international
participation. I expect to see more valuable papers concerning advanced NDT and Industry
4.0 in order to keep up with industrial changes.
I would also welcome every one of you to Singapore in December 2019 to participate in the
World Congress for Condition Monitoring (WCCM 2019), which is supported by ICNDT WG6.
I wish you every success in your organisation for the rest of the year.