First workshop on NDT, CM and SHM requirements for civil structures

28-29 June 2022
Institution of Civil Engineers, London, UK 

The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT), in collaboration with the UK Research Centre in Non-Destructive Evaluation (RCNDE), the Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) and i3P, has scheduled a workshop considering requirements for civil structures.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together regulators, insurers, designers, civil and structural engineers, contractors, operators and owners of civil structures with the non-destructive testing (NDT), condition monitoring (CM) and structural health monitoring (SHM) communities to determine and document both current and future requirements for inspection, monitoring and asset management.

The high cost of maintaining ageing civil structures and the challenges in designing future digital and zero-carbon infrastructure require a coordinated approach to maximising the information available from non-destructive inspection and health monitoring for optimised lifecycle management. Due to the breadth of the civil infrastructure industry, this first workshop will focus on bridges, tunnels, retaining walls and culverts, but much of the discussion will be relevant to many other civil structures.

Through a series of invited presentations, the drivers and challenges of the civil infrastructure industry will be explained, together with a treatment of structural design, failure modes and the significance of defects. Inspection experiences from the field will be shared and a glimpse of potential future inspection technologies will enable designers to create more efficient, connected, reliable and sustainable structures that are effectively maintained, extend the life of existing structures and reduce lifecycle costs. Finally, two breakout sessions and a panel session will focus on capturing and recording the key NDT, CM and SHM requirements in a report to provide reference.

To view or download a booking form, click here.

Exhibitor information A commercial session for exhibitors will run alongside the workshop, on Tuesday 28 June 2022, showcasing the latest products, innovations and technology available to industry. This is an excellent opportunity for visitors to meet with industry colleagues, network and learn about the very latest NDT, CM and SHM technologies and services available from around the world.

There is a restriction on the number of spaces available and they are allocated on a 'first-come, first-served' basis. If your company is interested in presenting at this event or for further information, contact Karen Cambridge ( or Sharon McNally (

To download an exhibitor booking form, click here.


Concrete Preservation Technologies Ltd
Concrete & Corrosion Consultancy Practice Ltd 

Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA)
Inspectahire Ltd 
JR Technology Ltd 

Day one – Tuesday 28 June 2022
10.00-10.20Registration, tea, coffee and networking
10.20-10.35Welcome and introductionRobert Smith, Andy Moores and
Leo McKibbins

Session 1A: Understanding the industry – drivers, business, risk, dynamics and tensions
Chair: Robert Smith
10.35-10.55Regulatory viewpoint on the importance of asset informationSteve Dennis, Office of Rail and Road (ORR)
10.55-11.15Key issues in design and placement of insurance for the construction phase of civil engineering projectsAdam Davey, Marsh Speciality
11.15-11.35Rail owner perspectiveDavid Castlo, Network Rail
Road owner perspectiveHazel McDonald, Transport Scotland
11.55-12.15 Constructor drivers, business, risk, dynamics and tensions. Quality during construction; condition monitoring for construction purposes and for long-term monitoring and potential for overlapAndrew Threlfall, Costain Group plc
12.15-13.00 Lunch break
 Session 2: Design, failure modes, significance and effect of defects 
Metallics – iron, steel, cables, riveted, bolted, etc (fatigue, stress corrosion cracking, etc) and specifics of civil usage of metalicsAdrienn Tomor, Brunel University London
Concrete (all forms)
Masonry (brick and stone)
13.50-14.00 Discussion on drawing out NDT/CM/SHM requirements

Session 1B: Understanding the industry – drivers, business, risk, dynamics and tensions
14.00-14.40 Designer drivers – design philosophy; structural integrity; lifing; past, current and future design philosophies; removal of personnel from harm and CDM (for example, probabilistic design). [Hammersmith bridge case study]Tim Abbott and Leo McKibbins, Mott MacDonald Ltd
Asset life-cycle management, risk-based inspection (effect of climate change, carbon targets, etc)
Environmental drivers – net-zero requirements
14.40-15.00 Digital infrastructure (Industry 4.0) [Building information modelling (BIM). Digital twin/model] Dr Miguel Bravo-Haro, Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction 
15.00-15.10 Discussion on drawing out NDT/CM/SHM requirements
15.10-15.30 Coffee break

Session 3: Breakout session
15.30-16.30 1. Ownership drivers and NDT and CM requirements
2. Contractor drivers and NDT and CM requirements
3. Design drivers and NDT and CM requirements
4. Design, failure modes and effect of defects – NDT and CM requirements
5. What would solve the challenges identified?
16.30-17.00 Breakout session debrief 
17.00-18.30 Networking reception with wine and canapés sponsored by Inspectahire Ltd, MISTRAS Group, RCNDE and BINDT
Close of day one 

Day two – Wednesday 29 June 2022
09.00-09.30Tea, coffee and networking
Introduction – Briefing and summary of day one
 Session 4: NDT/CM/SHM experiences from the field
Chair: Colin Brett
09.50-10.10NDT/CM/SHM provider perspectiveJon Watson, MISTRAS Group
10.10-10.30NDT supply chain perspective – concrete testingShirley Underwood, Screening Eagle Technologies
10.30-10.50Examples in monitoring and load testing for civil asset managementDave Cousins, James Fisher Strainstall
10.50-11.10 Coffee break
Designer perspective (trade-offs between rate, quality, cost, etc) – case study and feedback from conference Q&A sessionTim Abbott and Leo McKibbins, Mott MacDonald Ltd
11.30-11.50 NDT of civil structures in the nuclear power industry and future requirementsPhil Pearson
11.50-12.10 Discussion and requirements capture 
Lunch break

 Session 5: Potential future NDT and SHM improvements – transfer from other sectors
Chair: Caroline Bull
12.40-13.10 Lifecycle of NDT techniques – R&D, tech transfer routes, validation of techniques, personnel training and qualificationsColin Brett, RCNDE and BINDT
13.10-13.25 Development of geoelectrical imaging for the remote condition monitoring of engineered structuresProfessor Jon Chambers, Shallow Geo-hazards and Earth Observation Department, British Geological Survey
13.25-13.40 Capacitive (non-contact) resistivity imaging: technology transfer from applied geophysics to NDT
Dr Oliver Kuras, British Geological Survey
13.40-14.00 Muon tomography (cosmic rays)Dr Jaap Velthusis, School of Physics, University of Bristol
14.00-14.20 The potential use of terahertz NDT on civil structures Dr Mira Naftaly, National Physical Laboratory and Chair of BINDT/ICNDT Terahertz User Group 
 Session 6: Breakout session
14.20-15.20 1. NDT/CM/SHM experiences from the field
2. Benefits of future NDT and SHM improvements
3. Highest priority future requirements 
4. Potential contributions from other sectors
5. Civil specific skills, training and certification requirements
15.20-15.40 Coffee break 
15.40-16.10 Breakout session debrief 
 Session 7: Panel session
16.10-17.00 Key requirements and the way forward
Close of day two

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: