Publications Awards

Institute Awards 

The Institute presents the following three publications awards:


The William Gardner Award

Award criteria

Purpose: For the best paper published in the Proceedings of the NDT Annual Conference by a person in the early stages of their career (subject to a satisfactory oral presentation). The person concerned (or one of them, if there is more than one author who qualifies) must also present the paper in person at the conference and, at the discretion of the session chair, answer any questions from the audience.

Details of the award: A certificate and a cash sum of £250. Also, free membership of the Institute at an appropriate grade for one year.  

Eligibility: The author of the paper must either be a student or within the first five years of full-time employment. He/she need not be a member of the Institute. In the case of multiple authorship, the early career-stage criterion must be satisfied by the first or second named author. If other authors also satisfy the criterion, the cash award is shared between all those authors satisfying the criterion, with each receiving a certificate. The free membership for one year is for the presenting author only. 

The proposal regarding the first or second named author aims to ensure that the person being presented with the award has made a substantial contribution to the paper. Otherwise, there is a risk that the award could go, for example, to a multi-author paper having just one early career-stage author who only played a minor role in the work being reported.

Frequency: Yearly, if a suitable candidate is deemed.

Nomination arrangements: The author of an abstract and full paper for the event can indicate they wish to be considered when submitting online.

Four members of the panel are to be appointed by the NDT Technical Committee (NDTTC). Each judge will be invited to score the entries on a point scale of 0 to 3 and send the scores to Karen Cambridge, who will total the scores, and the entry receiving the most points will be declared the winner, subject to a satisfactory oral presentation.

Entries: Entries should be submitted by selecting the BPA option on Manuscript Central

Awarding arrangements: The award will be made mainly on the basis of the quality of the written paper, rather than on the quality of the oral presentation. This will allow the judging process to be completed before the conference. However, a check will be made to ensure that the quality of the oral presentation of the proposed winner is acceptable. Furthermore, candidates should demonstrate by the way they present the paper and answer any questions that they have made a substantial technical contribution to the paper.


Publicity:
 The award will be fully reported in Institute publications.

Presentation: The prize will normally be presented at the end of the NDT Annual Conference, though another appropriate Institute event may be chosen if necessary.

Committee: NDT Technical Committee.

Past winners

The William Gardner Award was not awarded in 2021.

Past winners:
2002    Dr C Holmes
2003    Dr D Kleiner
2004    Dr C Holmes
2005    I Pettigrew
2006    D Caravaca
2008    A Sorsa
2009    C J Lane
2010    C Charlesworth
2011    Dr A Chertov
2012    Dr L Bai and E Escobar-Ruiz
2013    M Felice
2014    A McGilip
2015    J Rose
2016    F A Biruu, E Balaban, E Ahmad and M Missous
2017    D Zhang, K Burnham, L Mcdonald, C Macleod, G Dobie, R Summan and G Pierce
2018    Don Pieris
2019    J M Watson, C W Liang, J Sexton and M Missous
2020    No Award



The John Grimwade Medal

Award criteria

Purpose: This prestigious award inaugurated in 1981 commemorates the late E J Grimwade MC HonFInstNDT, a major pioneering figure in the NDT world. The medal is awarded annually for the best paper by an Institute member to appear in the Institute’s journal in the preceding year.

Details of the award: The best paper is selected from articles published by Institute members in Insight during the preceding year.

Eligibility: To be eligible, the article must be contributed by an Institute member.

Frequency: The prize will be awarded annually and will only be issued if suitable nominations are received.

Nomination arrangements: Articles published by a member of the Institute are selected from Insight and circulated to a judging panel for consideration. The judging panel will comprise the NDT Technical Committee (NDTTC) Chair and the Honorary Technical Editor, plus two other NDT members (nominated by the NDTTC Chair).

Awarding arrangements: A medal will be presented to the author who is an Institute member; all authors will receive a certificate and Institute pin.  

Publicity: The award will be fully reported in Institute publications and the Secretariat will issue details in a press release to the technical and engineering institutional press.

Presentation: The medal and certificate will be awarded at the NDT Annual Conference, though another appropriate Institute event may be chosen if necessary.

Committee: NDT Technical Committee.




Past winners

2020 winners: Dr Tomasz Pialucha, Dr Brian Pavlakovic, Dr David Alleyne and Professor Peter Cawley

The recipients of the John Grimwade Medal for 2020 are Dr Tomasz Pialucha, Dr Brian Pavlakovic, Dr David Alleyne and Professor Peter Cawley for their paper, titled: ‘Quantitative measurement of remnant thickness in corrosion under pipe supports’, which was published in Insight, Vol 62, No 11, November 2020 (DOI: 10.1784/insi.2020.62.11.642).

Dr Tomasz Pialucha is the R&D Director of Guided Ultrasonics Ltd (GUL), holding a master’s and PhD in mechanical engineering from Imperial College London. His research at Imperial was related to the theoretical and experimental study of ultrasonic methods for testing adhesive joints. Tomasz had a successful career in the City of London spanning 25 years. He joined GUL in 2013 and since then has authored patents relating to the new quantitative short-range guided wave technique and manufacture of the QSR1 system.

Dr Brian Pavlakovic is the Technical Director of Guided Ultrasonics Ltd, a company he co-founded in 1998. He holds a BA, BSc and MSc in engineering science from the Pennsylvania State University and a PhD from Imperial College London for the study and theory of leaky guided waves in non-destructive testing (NDT). Brian won a prestigious Marshall Scholarship award and co-wrote the Disperse software package with Professor Lowe. Brian has authored a number of patents relating to guided wave testing theory and equipment manufacture and holds Level 3 certification in guided wave testing.

Dr David Alleyne holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from Imperial College London. He has been the CEO of Guided Ultrasonics Ltd since 2016, a company he co-founded in 1998 to exploit the technology he developed during his research at Imperial College.

David has authored and been instrumental in many of the foundational patents relating to guided wave testing and monitoring and was pivotal in the 1999 introduction of long-range testing using the torsional mode and in the creation of the guided wave testing methodology, codes, standards and Level 3 certification ever since. He has been the driver for the global commercialisation of guided wave methods for over 30 years and is the acknowledged world leader in the industrial application of this technology.

This leadership is founded on the continual innovation of guided wave technologies, including more recent developments such as improved data processing routines, quantitative corrosion profile scanning methodologies (QSR) and area monitoring with data analysis tools that bring artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to the centre of in-service non-destructive testing and evaluation (NDT&E).

Professor Peter Cawley received BSc and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Bristol in 1975 and 1979, respectively. In 1986, he completed a Diploma with Distinction in teaching and course development in higher education from the Institute of Education, University of London.

He worked in industry from 1979-1981 and then joined the Mechanical Engineering Department, initially as a lecturer and then successively senior lecturer, reader and professor. He is now Head of Department and leads the Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) research group. He is also the principal investigator of the UK Research Centre in Non-Destructive Evaluation (RCNDE), which has its head office at Imperial College. He has published over 190 refereed journal papers and a similar number of conference papers in this field and holds four current patents.

Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) (elected in 2006) and of the Royal Society (elected 2010). He is a director of a spin-out company (Guided Ultrasonics Ltd) set up to exploit technology developed in his research group and was Chair of a second spin-out (Permasense Ltd) until it was acquired by Emerson Inc in 2016.


Past winners:
1980    Mr S I Ibrahim and Mr V N Whittaker
1981    Mr D A W Pullen
1982    Mr R F Lumb
1983    Dr J M Farley and Mr J L Thomson
1984    Mr A N Robinson, Mr P Nolan and Mr G A Raine
1985    Mr C N Owston
1986    Dr D N Shackleton

1987    Dr J Ogilvy
1988    Dr P Highmore and Dr K A Short
1989    Dr G A Georgiou
1990    Dr P A Cawley
1991    Dr A McNab

1992    Dr J R Rudlin and Dr L C Wolstenholme
1993    Prof J H Bungey
1994    Dr F A Wedgwood
1995    Mr R A Smith
1996    Dr A McNab and Dr A Cochran
1997    Prof G Hayward, Mr R Banks and Mr R Farlow
1998    Prof G Hayward and Mr P Reynolds
1999    Dr A Khalid
2000    Dr B W Drinkwater, Dr A M Robinson and Dr R J Freemantle
2001    Mr R A Smith and Dr G R Hugo
2002    Dr S Dixon, Dr C Edwards and Prof S B Palmer
2003    Dr L L Morgan, Mr P Nolan, Mr A Kirkham and Mr R Wilkinson
2004    Dr E A Birt, Mr L D Jones, Mr R A Smith and Prof C B Scruby
2005    Dr A Sophian, Dr R S Edwards, Prof G-Y Tian, Dr S Dixon, Dr D Topp and Dr M Smith
2006    Mrs A Whittle
2007    Prof P Cawley
2008    Dr L Nelson
2009    Dr R A Smith    
2010    Mr C Lane
2011    Prof D P Almond
2012    Prof P Cawley
2013    Prof D Mery

2014    Prof P Cawley, Dr N Brierley and Dr T Tippetts

2015    Dr C Mineo, Prof S G Pierce, Mr B Wright, Prof I Cooper and Dr P I Nicholson
2016    Dr Chris Ward and Dr Colin Brett
2017
    Professor Peter Charlton, Dr Stephen Mosey, Dr Miles Weston and Dr Mark Sutcliffe
2018    Dr Colin R Brett, Dr David A Gunn, Dr Ben A J Dashwood, Simon J Holyoake and Dr Paul B Wilkinson
2019    Dr David A Gunn, Simon J Holyoake, Dr Ben A J Dashwood, Dr Paul B Wilkinson,
            Dr Colin R Brett, Humphrey C Wallis, Wayne Leman and Professor John G Rees




The Ron Halmshaw Award

Award criteria

Purpose: The Ron Halmshaw Award is awarded for the best paper published in Insight in the preceding year, on any aspect of industrial radiography or radiology.

Details of the award:
 The prize is in the form of a certificate and a fixed award sum (£350) by cash from the Ron Halmshaw Fund. (In the case of non-members, part of the prize would be one year's membership.)

 

Eligibility: To be eligible, the paper must be on the appropriate subject and may be contributed by a member or a non-member.

 

Frequency: Yearly, if a suitable candidate is deemed.

 

Nomination arrangements: All members of the Institute’s NDT Technical Committee will be invited to submit nominations for the award.

 

Entries: Entries submitted (on a form to be made available by the Institute) will be sent to the Secretary of the Institute.

Awarding arrangements:
 In January each year, a memo is issued to the judging panel, containing voting instructions, marking sheet, shortlist of name(s), paper title, issue, month and page number and a voting form embossed with the Institute seal. The deadline for return to the Secretariat is 31 March. A judging panel of three is appointed by the NDT Technical Committee.

 

In the interest of achieving fair, bias-free results, a system is operated that requires each panel member (any listed authors excepted) to vote anonymously to the Awards Secretary, who is responsible for totalling up the points awarded and notifying the winner to the Secretary.

 

Publicity: The award will be fully reported in Institute publications and the Secretariat will issue details in a press release to the technical and engineering institutional press.

 

Presentation: The prize will normally be presented at the NDT Annual Conference, though another appropriate Institute event may be chosen if necessary.

Committee: 
NDT Technical Committee.


Past winners

2020 winners:
Andreas Michael Stock, Gabriel Herl, Professor Dr Tomas Sauer and Professor Dr-Ing Jochen Hiller

The 2020 winners are Andreas Michael Stock, Gabriel Herl, Professor Dr Tomas Sauer and Professor Dr-Ing Jochen Hiller for their paper, titled: ‘Edge-preserving compression of CT scans using wavelets’, which appeared in Insight, Vol 62, No 6, June 2020 (DOI: 10.1784/insi.2020.62.6.345).


Andreas Michael Stock has been working with the Fraunhofer Research Group for Knowledge-Based Image Processing as a Research Assistant at the Institute for Software Systems in Technical Applications of Computer Science (FORWISS) at the University of Passau since 2017. Before that, he studied computer science and mathematics in Passau, Germany, and Cambridge, UK. Currently, he is focusing on applying wavelet-based methods to the analysis and processing of computed tomography (CT) data.

Gabriel Herl has been working as a Research Assistant at the Fraunhofer Application Center for Computed Tomography in Metrology (CTMT) since 2015. Before this, he studied technomathematics at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität (FAU) in Erlangen, Germany, with emphasis on optimisation. The focus of his research is on metal artefact reduction for CT, especially using different object positions or robots for additional viewing directions.

Professor Dr Tomas Sauer is Head of the Research Group for Knowledge-Based Image Processing of the Fraunhofer Development Center for X-Ray Technology EZRT of the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS. He is the holder of the Chair of Digital Image Processing at the Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Passau, Germany, and Director of the FORWISS research institute at the University of Passau. His work, which includes signal decomposition, wavelets, geometric modelling and numerical mathematics, is the theoretical foundation of the research conducted by the group.


Professor Dr-Ing Jochen Hiller was Head of the Fraunhofer Application Center for CTMT of the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS. He currently holds a professorship in computed tomography at the faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT), Germany. His work focuses on CT-based dimensional metrology, uncertainty evaluation and calibration methods for CT measurements, correction procedures for reducing image artefacts and robot-based CT.

Past winners:
1995    J-E Holmström
1996    Dr E A Birt
1997    A B Wooldridge, Dr R K Chapman, Dr G A Georgiou, I Munns and G S Woodcock
1998    Dr S Ekinci, N Bas, M Aksu, A Yıldırım, M Bingöldag, T Kurtcebe, M Dogruöz, S Sarıçam and N Yılmaz
1999    A McNulty, J McNab and W K J Greenwood
2000    P R Vaidya
2001    R R da Silva, M H S Siqueira, L P Calôba and J M A Rebello
2002    A G Vincent, V Rebuffel, R Guillemaud, L Gerfault and P Y Coulon
2003    Dr G A Georgiou and Mr C R A Schneider
2004    S Smalley and G Wilson
2005    D Mery, D Hahn and N Hitschfeld
2006    Dr G-R Jaenisch, C Bellon, U Samadurau, M E Zhukovskiy and S V Podoliako
2007    V Rebuffel and J-M Dinten
2008    S F Burch and B A Stow
2009    Q Shen, J Gao and C Li
2010    K Arunmutha, P Arun Kumar, T Saravanan, J Philip, T Jayakumar and B Raj
2011    Dr S F Burch
2012    V Riffo and D Mery / J Guo, L Zeng, B Li and W Yu
2013    X Zhao, J-J Hu, T Yang and F Wang
2014    W Gao and Y H Hu
2015    Ge Lijing, Li Linsheng, Xie Jialong and Lin Guoxiang
2016    Changying Dang, Jianmin Gao, Zhao Wang, Yulin Xiao and Yalin Zhao
2017    Domingo Mery, Vladimir Riffo, Irene Zuccar and Christian Pieringer
2018    Stefano Ridolfi
2019    Johann Kastner, Christian Gusenbauer, Bernhard Plank, Jonathan Glinz and Sascha Senck

Details of all Institute awards can be found here.