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 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 member 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.

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 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 the Technical Committee.
Committee responsible: NDT Technical Committee.

2018 winners: Dr Colin R Brett, Dr David A Gunn, Dr Ben A J Dashwood, Simon J Holyoake and Dr Paul B Wilkinson

The recipients of the John Grimwade Medal for 2018 are Dr Colin R Brett, Dr David A Gunn, Dr Ben A J Dashwood, Simon J Holyoake and Dr Paul B Wilkinson for their paper, titled: ‘Development of a technique for inspecting the foundations of offshore wind turbines’, which was published in Insight, Vol 60, No 1, January 2018 (DOI: 10.1784/insi.2018.60.1.19).

Dr Colin Brett has worked in the power generation industry for 35 years and is currently the Technical Head of Inspection Management at Uniper Technologies Ltd, based near Nottingham in the UK. He has developed and delivered NDT solutions for nuclear, coal, oil, gas and renewable generation assets. He currently serves on the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT)’s Council and Technical Committee.

Dr David Gunn is an engineering geophysicist who has spent 25 years at the British Geological Survey (BGS) developing novel geophysical seismic and electrical methods. Recent innovations include the development of time-lapse resistivity monitoring systems for imaging the dynamic groundwater movement in earthworks infrastructure and remotely operated vehicle (ROV)-mounted non-contact ultrasonic systems for diagnosing the condition of monopile foundations.

David has a BSc in geophysics from Reading University and a PhD in geophysical instrumentation from Manchester University. He is currently Principal Scientific Officer at BGS.

Dr Ben Dashwood is an engineering geophysicist who, prior to joining BGS, worked in consultancy, undertaking a wide range of near-surface geophysical surveying predominantly in the transportation sector. His present research investigates how geotechnical parameters may be determined/monitored non-invasively via geophysical proxies, with a particular focus on the use of seismic techniques.

Ben has a BSc in geophysical sciences from the University of Southampton and a PhD in palaeomagnetism and structural geology from the University of Plymouth.

Dr Paul Wilkinson has been a theoretical geophysicist at BGS for 15 years, researching and developing geophysical imaging and monitoring techniques. Recent innovations include time-lapse electrical resistivity monitoring for earthworks infrastructure stability, surface movement detection using geoelectrical monitoring data and modelling ultrasonic diagnosis of monopile foundation condition.

Paul has a BSc in physics from the University of Birmingham and a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Nottingham. He is currently Senior Scientific Officer at BGS.

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 the Technical Committee.
Committee responsible: NDT Technical Committee.

2018 winner: Stefano Ridolfi

The 2018 winner is Stefano Ridolfi for his paper, titled: ‘Gilded copper studied by non-destructive energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence’, which appeared in Insight, Vol 60, No 1, January 2018 (DOI: 10.1784/insi.2018.60.1.37).

Stefano Ridolfi is a nuclear physicist devoted to cultural heritage. Working at the Sapienza University in Rome, he teaches an archaeometry course in science applied to cultural heritage.

Stefano is CEO of Ars Mensurae, the first spin-off company in Italy specifically devoted to the development and use of portable non-invasive systems for the analysis of cultural heritage objects.

Stefano owns three patents and is author of several scientific papers and book chapters related to the optimisation and use of portable energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) systems.

His current field of research is the development of portable macro X-ray fluorescence (MAXRF) (XRF scanners) systems.

Stefano has been married to Luisa for 25 years and has three children, Samuele, Flaminia and Rebecca.

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

Details of all Institute Awards can be found here.