hosted by 42nd QNDE

6th European-American Workshop on Reliability of NDE

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis – Minneapolis, MN, USA – July 26th – 29th, 2015

Preface 2015

In order to meet increasing demands for safety and reliability in the time of aging structures and demands for light-weight design, the development of appropriate risk management and life prediction tools is essential. Quantified Non-Destructive Evaluation techniques are the key enablers, providing substantive information about the integrity of materials, components, and systems. The design and 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 effects has been the focus of an international working group’s exchange of knowledge and experience over the series of European American Workshops on NDE Reliability. 
This working group, formed during the late 1990s has reflected on achievements and key lessons learned in the preparation for the 2015 session. One of the main lessons learned has been that the examination of NDE process reliability using our core reliability model must often 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 as a final finding. This means that our optimized deliverables should take the form of guidelines and mentoring, vs. specification.
Our modular reliability model helps to understand the sources and effects of different factors influencing the reliability of NDE. Through the continuous acquisition of knowledge, it became clear that apart from the technical intrinsic capability and the application factors, human and organizational factors play a crucial role, for which determination a systematic scientific psychological approach is needed. A deeper insight into the human factors from the psychological perspective revealed that the approach to dealing with human factors goes beyond the individual capabilities and the working conditions. A broader systemic view on human and organizational factors embedded in the industrial practice and even the national and international society is required.
Acquiring deeper understanding of the influencing factors is in the core of the workshop program. It provides a wealth of sessions of rich technical content. Oral presentations will be devoted to industrial demands as topical focus and to scientific progress in the evaluation of the reliability of NDE techniques. Those will include advanced modeling and Bayesian approaches, human factors and organizational context issues, as well as the presentation of already implemented integrated solutions at the end users sites. The special aim of this workshop is to explore “How to live holistic reliability in reality?”. From the technical side, it is of interest to come to an agreement on “How to deal with real parts and defects versus artificial ones?”. With respect to human factors and the organizational context, side we would like to further explore the issue of the flow of information and to ask “How to balance regulations versus culture?” A new topic arose with our “youngest child”: The challenge “How to describe the reliability of Structural Health Monitoring?”. In addition to the oral presentations, the poster presentations with encompass more illustrations of application examples.

The topics, which will be discussed during the main scientific sessions, will be further explored in break-out-sessions, which will be held on Wednesday morning in an “Open Space Technology” format. Each of these will provide an opportunity for an open discussion on presented and additionally raised topics. This highlight of the Workshop, which is in the core of our Workshop concept, will bring experts from multiple disciplines together to discuss open questions and come to an agreement on the direction the study of reliability should take in the future. For that purpose, we ask all the participants to take part by participating in the discussion and suggesting the discussion topics at the “wall of ideas” or simply let them pop up in time.

A further highlight of the workshop will be the pre-workshop tutorial on the “POD Basics” to be held by Daniel Kanzler from BAM. The aim of this tutorial is to offer the newcomers and the practitioners a chance to get acquainted with the basics of POD and its broad applications.
The workshop will be held for the first time in its history as a part of the 42nd RPQNDE hosted in the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN, USA. The connection to the biggest scientific conference about progress in quantitative NDE will open the doors to new mutual inspirations. Registration and organizational issues are carried out by the organizers of the QNDE (CNDE Iowa): please refer to We will share the plenary session, the poster session, banquet and food with the QNDE.
We cordially invite all NDE practitioners, scientists and, especially, early career colleagues in this field from Europe and America, as well as from all other continents to join us in Minneapolis, MN, USA from July 26th-29st, 2015 for the 6th European-American Workshop on Reliability of NDE.