Educating the future NDT engineer seminar and Burns Supper 2024

Friday 26 January 2024
The Lynnhurst Hotel, Johnstone, UK 

This one-day seminar, will take place from 10h00-15h00 at the Lynnhurst Hotel on Friday 26 January 2024.

NDT engineers and technicians of the future will have to cope with the increasing complexity of NDT equipment, digitisation and artificial intelligence, as well as a widening range of applications in NDT, CM and SHM – all extending well outside the scope of current formal education and NDT training. This has led to calls for new qualifications (‘NDT Engineer’ and ‘Level 3+’), which are becoming available internationally.

The seminar will examine:
  • What is available now as NDT education for engineers, across relevant disciplines of mechanical, electrical, civil, aero, etc?
  • What will be required in the future at apprenticeship, bachelor, master, PhD/EngDoc and CPD levels for the next generation NDT specialist?

A group of UK and international expert speakers will address these topics and a panel (including industry representatives) will consider what more could/should be provided in future by the education sector, equipment companies and training organisations.

The Lynnhurst Hotel is ideally placed in Johnstone, which is just 10 miles from Glasgow Airport. Glasgow City Centre is within easy reach and Johnstone railway station is just a few hundred metres away.

To view or download the seminar booking form, click here.

(all presentations, the exhibition and Burns Supper will be held in the Ballroom)

10h00-10h30Registration and networking
Morning session chair: Professor Tony Gachagan, University of Strathclyde, UK
10h30-10h45 Welcome and introduction to the seminar Dr Mike Farley, ICNDT
Skills for NDE 4.0
Caroline Bull, AWE, UK, and Director of RCNDE, UK
NDT skills and education needs in Asia
Dr Sajeesh K Babu, President of NDTSS and Chair of ICNDT
Syllabus for future NDT integrity engineer
Professor Peter Trampus, Academia NDT International, Hungary
12h00-14h00 Lunch and commercial session
Afternoon session chair: Mark Perston, Oceanscan Ltd, UK 
Skills needs for NDE – near future and longer termDavid Gilbert, CEO of BINDT, UK
Skills gaps in current knowledge/qualifications and needs for advanced NDT
Colin Bird, ICEC Secretary, UK
14h50-15h15 Industry view on current and future skills needs for NDT and vision for NDT education in ScotlandSamantha Macinnes Rankin, Babcock International, UK, and Tony Gachagan, University of Strathclyde, UK
15h15-15h45 Panel session Panel members to be selected from presenters and exhibitors
15h45-15h50Seminar close Dr Mike Farley, ICNDT
17h00Networking lounge closes
18h00 Burns Supper bar opens 
19h00 Burns Supper starts 

An NDT table-top exhibition will run from 10h00-16h00. The exhibition is open to all members, non-members, visitors and students FREE of charge. (Free attendance does not include lunch). Delegates of the seminar have the opportunity to visit the exhibition during the tea/coffee and lunch breaks.

To view or download the exhibitor booking form, click here.

 Agility NDT Ltd
Dolphitech Ltd 
Elcometer Ltd 
Evident Europe GmbH 
Guided Ultrasonics Ltd 
IMechE Argyll Ruane
Oceanscan Ltd 
Peak NDT Ltd
TPAC (The Phased Array Company)

In the evening from 18h00 for 19h00, following a networking period, the venue will host the Annual Burns Supper, a celebration of the life and works of Robert Burns, with music, songs and dancing.

Individual tickets or company tables can be booked, subject to availability. Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

To view or download the Burns Supper booking form, click here (an additional charge of £42.00 + VAT per head applies for the Burns Supper).

For further information contact:
Events and Awards Department, The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing, Midsummer House, Riverside Way, Bedford Road, Northampton NN1 5NX, UK. Tel: +44 (0)1604 438300; Email: