In order to meet increasing demands for safety & reliability in our daily life and the infrastructure around us, the development of appropriate risk management and life prediction tools is essential. Quantified Non-Destructive Evaluation techniques are key enablers, providing substantive information about the integrity of materials, components, and systems. The design & life management functions of an organization achieve confidence in reported NDE process reliability through robust validation procedures. The process of developing these procedures, understanding and communicating their effect has been the focus of this working group.
This working group, in operation since the late 1990s has reflected on achievements and key lessons learned in preparation for the 2013 session. One of the lessons learned has been that the examination of NDE process reliability using our core model often must undergo substantial further optimization within a particular industrial application field. For example, nuclear power and aerospace are dealing with much higher demands, or at least different demands, than conventional industries like water tube production. Additionally, the determination of the system reliability in relation to system parameters should be considered as an optimization process rather than a final finding. This means that our optimized deliverables should take the form of guidelines and mentoring, vs. specification.
Our modular reliability model achievement helps to understand the sources and effects of different influencing factors. One of the highest influences arises from Human Factors, which deserves in its turn a systematic scientific psychological treatment. A deeper insight into the psychological influences of the human factor will relieve the choice of an adapted testing procedure, which then also can lead to improved working condition of the individuals involved. And furthermore the already established experience with the model and its embedding in industrial practice might help to find the delta between reliability in the field and inspection qualification.
The design of the workshop program is very much supporting this goal. It provides a wealth of sessions of rich technical content. Oral paper presentations will be devoted to industrial demands as topical focus and scientific progress in evaluation techniques including advanced modeling and BAYES approach, human factor issues as well as the presentation of already implemented integrated solutions at the end users sites with the special issue of this workshop to explore “What is the delta between qualification and our reliability models and the actual reliability of NDE in the field?” and also to a new topic, our “youngest child”: The reliability of Structural Health Monitoring. The first evening will be devoted to the poster presentations with more illustrations of application examples. The posters will be evaluated by a chosen committee and the best posters will be presented in the poster evaluation session in short talks. The topics of the main sessions will be further explored in structured break-out-sessions which will be held on Thursday morning in an “Open Space Technology”-format. Each of these will provide opportunity for open discussion on presented and also additionally raised topics which fully supports our work-shop concept. To assign to each break-out-session a topical profile we ask you to bring your proposals and questions to the indicated leaders before the workshop or simply let them pop up in time.
And to provide essential down time from all the sure to be lively discussions, a social evening in a traditional Bavarian restaurant will feature “Octoberfest”-atmosphere’.
The workshop is hosted by the Seminaris CampusHotel Berlin belonging to the Free University Campus near BAM (Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing) which is proud to have since 2006 a unified department for NDE, providing an outstanding assembly of modern methods and tools for non destructive testing together with long term development & application experience. Visits to the different labs is possible after the conference.
A further highlight of the workshop is the pre-workshop tutorial on “POD Basics” offered by Lloyd Schaefer. For newcomers, basics for POD-applications can be learned where Lloyd Schaefer’s long term experience in NDE applications in industry will make the POD tools feasible for practitioners. Also for the tutorials you are asked to send your choices to the organizers.
We cordially invite NDE practitioners as well as scientists from Europe and America but from all other continents as well and especially early career colleagues new in this field to join us in Berlin from October 7-10, 2013 for the 5th European-American Workshop on Reliability of NDE, following the 10th NDE conference to be held in Cannes, France!