Publications Awards

Institute Awards 

The Institute presents the following three publications awards:


The William Gardner Award
The
William
Gardner Award is for the best paper published in the Proceedings of the Institute’s Annual Conference on NDT by a person in the early stages of their career.

Details of award: A certificate, a cash sum of £250 and free Institute membership for one year.
Eligibility: Anyone who is either a student or within the first five years of full-time employment, who presents a paper at the NDT Annual Conference and has the paper published in the proceedings.
Nomination arrangements: Anyone who notifies the Conference organisers when submitting their paper that they meet the criteria.

Committee responsible: NDT Technical Committee.

2017 winners: D Zhang, K Burnham, L Mcdonald, C Macleod, G Dobie, R Summan and G Pierce

The 2017 award went to D Zhang, K Burnham, L Mcdonald, C Macleod, G Dobie, R Summan and G Pierce for their work on ‘Remote inspection of wind turbine blades using UAV with photogrammetry payload’.

A list of all previous winners of the William Gardner Award can be found here.

The John Grimwade Medal
The John Grimwade Medal is for the best paper published in Insight in the preceding year.

Details of award:
An engraved silver medal plus certificates to author and co-authors. (A restricted fund covers the cost of the medal.)
Eligibility:
Any Institute member who has published in Insight will be automatically considered (co-authors need not be members but only the lead author receives a medal).
Nomination arrangements: Automatic. Shortlist prepared by Technical Committee.
Committee responsible: NDT Technical Committee.

2016 winners: Dr Chris Ward and Dr Colin Brett


The recipients of the John Grimwade Medal for 2016 are Dr Chris Ward and Dr Colin Brett for their paper, titled: ‘Acceptance for phased array inspection of small bore butt welds in power generation’, which was published in Insight, Vol 58, No 9, September 2016 (DOI: 10.1784/insi.2016.58.9.475).

Dr Chris Ward has worked in the power generation industry for 16 years, specialising in the plant integrity field, predominantly in NDE but also in mechanical engineering and metallurgy.

In 2010, while working in the industry, he gained a doctorate in NDE through the RCNDE EngD Centre. Dr Ward has worked on the phased array of small bore butt welds since 2009, both in validating the technique and carrying out inspections.

Dr Colin Brett has worked in the power generation industry for 33 years and is currently the Technical Head of Inspection Management at Uniper Technologies Ltd. He has developed and delivered NDE solutions for nuclear, coal, oil, gas and renewable generation assets. Dr Brett is currently a Vice President of BINDT.


A list of all previous winners of the John Grimwade Medal can be found here.

The Ron Halmshaw Award
Established in 1994 through the generosity of Dr R Halmshaw MBE, The Ron Halmshaw Award is for the best paper on radiography published in Insight in the preceding year.

Details of award: Certificate and a cash sum of £350 from trustee fund set up by Dr Ron Halmshaw.
Eligibility:
Anyone who has published a radiography paper in Insight will be considered.
Nomination arrangements: Automatic. Shortlist prepared by Technical Committee.
Committee responsible: NDT Technical Committee.

2016 winners: Changying Dang, Jianmin Gao, Zhao Wang, Yulin Xiao and Yalin Zhao

The 2016 winners are Changying Dang, Jianmin Gao, Zhao Wang, Yulin Xiao and Yalin Zhao for their paper, titled: ‘A novel method for detecting weld defects accurately and reliably in radiographic images’, which appeared in Insight, Vol 58, No 1, January 2016 (DOI: 10.1784/insi.2016.58.1.28).

The paper proposes a novel method (ANDM) for detecting weld defects in radiographic images using peak-valley index (PVI) and defect index (DI), which are defined in the paper. Using these parameters, the existence of weld defects is successfully detected from the radiographic image of the weld. Experimental results reveal that the proposed method achieves a successful detection rate of 98.5% and a false alarm rate of 2%, which shows significant improvement in the accuracy and reliability of detecting weld defects in radiographic images.

A list of all previous winners of the Ron Halmshaw Award can be found here.


Details of all Institute Awards can be found here.