Events Awards

Institute Awards 

The Institute presents the following five events awards:
The Jim Cottier Travel Scholarship

The Jim Cottier Travel Scholarship was introduced to aid the professional development of young BINDT members by attending an overseas conference.

Details of award:
A contribution towards travel, subsistence and conference fees, typically up to £1000 depending on particular circumstances (conference location, duration, etc).
Eligibility: Any individual full voting Institute member who is either a student or within the first five years of full-time employment.
Nomination arrangements: Candidates should submit an application that demonstrates how they will benefit professionally from the proposed visit. The application must be supported by a referee who would normally be their tutor or manager.
Committee responsible: Awards Committee.


2019 winner: N Shipway

A list of all previous winners of the Jim Cottier Travel Scholarship can be found here.


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 student or person in the early stages (first five years) 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 wh
en submitting their paper that they meet the criteria.
Committee responsible: NDT Technical Committee.

2019 winners: J M Watson, C W Liang, J Sexton and M Missous

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

The BINDT Annual Conference Paper Award
The BINDT Annual Conference Paper Award is an informal award presented at the end of the NDT Annual Conference for the best paper published in the conference Proceedings.

Details of award: Framed certificate and a £50 voucher.
Eligibility: Any author (or team of authors) who presents a paper at the NDT Annual Conference and has the paper published in the Proceedings.
Nomination arrangements:
A ‘Judging Panel’ of four NDT Technical Committee members is charged with the task of selecting the winner.


2019 winners: D Lines, Y Javadi, E Mohseni, M Vasilev, C MacLeod, R Vithanage, Z Qiu,
R Zimermann, C Loukas, E Foster, G Pierce and A Gachagan

A list of all previous winners of the BINDT Annual Conference Paper Award can be found here.

The Len Gelman Award

The Len Gelman Award is awarded for the best paper in the Proceedings of the CM Annual Conference by a student or person in the early stages (first five years) 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 e
mployment, who presents a paper at the CM Annual Conference and has the paper published in the Proceedings.
Nomination arrangements:
Anyone who notifies the Conference organisers w
hen submitting their paper that they meet the criteria.
Committee responsible: CM Technical Committee.


2019 winners: K Kalista, J Liska, J Jakl and V Vasicek

The 2019 Len Gelman Award was presented to K Kalista, J Liska, J Jakl and V Vasicek from the University of West Bohemia, Czech Republic, for their paper, titled: ‘Identification of seal dynamic force coefficients for turbine rotor monitoring purposes’.

A list of all previous winners of the Len Gelman Award can be found here.

The Annual NDT Conference Travel and Attendance Award/
Annual CM Conference Travel and Attendance Award

The Annual Conference Travel and Attendance Award aims to encourage attendance at the BINDT Annual Conferences by contributors from foreign nations.

Details of award:
The award consists of a contribution towards travel, subsistence and conference fees. The amount will be typically up to £750.00 and a free conference registration but will depend on particular circumstances. The award will be paid after the conference on the presentation of suitable receipts directly to the Conference and Events Department.
Eligibility:
Individuals from the profession of NDT or CM who wish to attend the Annual Conference but are unable to do so due to financial constraints. Applicants can be at an early career stage or experienced contributors.

Nomination arrangements:
Form to be completed by applicant on acceptance of
paper to be presented at the NDT or CM Annual Conference.

The Annual Conference Travel and Attendance Award aims to encourage attendance at the BINDT Annual Conferences by contributors from foreign nations.

CM 2019 winner:
Mr Subba Rao Ganti

The CM Conference Travel and Attendance Award was this year awarded to Mr Subba Rao Ganti, formerly with Qatargas.

Subba Rao Ganti has recently retired after a lifetime spent in condition monitoring and the CMTC felt it an appropriate award to honour that, as a retired person, he should wish to come from India to attend this conference and share his experiences with us all.

Subba Rao Ganti is Vibration Consultant at Sri Vijayadurga Machinery Vibration Solutions – Trainers & Consultants in Rajahmumdry, India. He has about 35 years of experience, out of which 30 have been exclusively in rotating equipment vibration analysis, training and troubleshooting for the oil & gas, power and petrochemical industries.

Subba Rao Ganti earned a BTech (mechanical) degree in 1983 from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in Hyderabad, India. He has served in reputed organisations such as NTPC, L&T and Masibus in India and General Electric (Bently Nevada division) and Qatargas Operating Company Ltd in the Middle East.

Subba Rao Ganti retired from Qatargas in May 2019 after serving there for approximately ten years and started his own training and consultation business. He has been a member of the Vibration Institute in the USA since 1998 and is a certified Category IV Vibration Analyst.

On receiving his award, Subba Rao Ganti said: “It is a great pleasure for me to receive this award and attend the CM conference in Glasgow as a foreign delegate from India.

“This conference turned out to be a great platform for the exchange of information and experience related to the condition monitoring of plant and equipment in a wide variety of industrial segments. The participants and paper presenters were a very good mix of research, academic and industrial backgrounds. There was excellent global participation from research and academic groups that shared their completed and ongoing projects, benefitting CM professionals at large."

NDT 2019 winner: Douglas O’Hare

The NDT Conference Travel and Attendance Award was this year awarded to Douglas O’Hare.

On receiving the award, Douglas said: “It was an honour to be chosen as the recipient of the BINDT Annual Conference Travel Award, as it allowed me to travel from the USA and attend all three days of the NDT 2019 Conference. The event was incredibly informative and I enjoyed many interesting presentations. The evening activities were also a great opportunity to learn and meet new people – the trip to RAF Cosford and the Conference Dinner were both memorable. I was glad to have the opportunity to present my apprenticeship project to a wider audience and hopefully inspired some employers to take on more apprentices!”

Further information on the Annual Conference Travel and Attendance Award and the full terms and conditions can be found here.


Aerospace Award
The Aerospace Award recognises significant contributions to the NDT community within the aerospace sector.

Details of award: Certificate and free entry to the Aerospace Event of that year, where the award will be presented (for groups, only one person will gain free entry).
Eligibility: Nominees can be individuals or groups who have made significant contributions to the NDT community either through R&D, technology innovation development or transfer, by developing strategies leading to new technology development and exploitation, by contribution to standards or by facilitating significant change within the aerospace sector. Nominations can relate to a specific technological innovation or for contributions to a number of innovations over their career, including those providing significant contributions in a support role. 

Nomination arrangements: Nominations will come from the Aerospace Committee (nominations may also be submitted by any other BINDT Committee). The NDT Technical Committee (NDTTC) will also be invited to submit nominations. 
Awarding
arrangements: The award will be made at the Aerospace Event by the Chair of the Aerospace Committee. The winner will also be asked to issue a plenary-style short paper on the content of the award.
Committee responsible: Aerospace Committee.

2019 winner: Mr J Biddulph

A nomination form can be downloaded here.

Further information on the Aerospace Award can be found here.

Details of all Institute Awards can be found here.


The Roger Lyon Apprentice of the Year Award
In recognition of the outstanding achievement of a Trailblazer NDT Apprentice who has successfully completed their end-point assessment through BINDT.


Details of award:
A certificate with a cheque for £250, an invitation to the NDT or CM Annual Conference Dinner and one night's accommodation at the conference.
Eligibility: A Trailblazer NDT apprentice who has completed their end-point assessment through BINDT.
Nomination arrangements: All apprentices will be automatically shortlisted following their end-point assessment. Using the PRI scoring sheets, the prize will be automatically awarded to the apprentice with the highest score. Any top scores that are tied will be referred to the Education & Professional Development Comittee, which will decide the winner.
Awarding arrangements: The certificate and cheque will be awarded to the winner at their choice of either the annual NDT or CM conference's evening dinner.
Committee responsible: Education and Professional Development Committee.


2018/2019 winner:
Douglas O’Hare 


Details of all Institute Awards can be found here.