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Solving Industrial Challenges in Non-Destructive Evaluation

Webinars 30 September 2020

TWI is pleased to announce that we are holding a free-to-attend webinar titled ‘Solving Industrial Challenges in Non-Destructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring’ on 30 September 2020.

Brief introduction

This webinar will cover many of the industrial challenges currently being faced in Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) and how our technical experts are working to address these challenges and produce solutions for a range of industries including aerospace, oil and gas, and infrastructure. Our experts will be discussing how their work in the automation of inspection, adapting inspection for harsh and challenging environments, and remote health monitoring solutions are being driven by industrial demand. This webinar will also give the opportunity to discuss future developments with our experts and how TWI could work with your organisation to address some of the inspection and monitoring challenges that you may be facing currently.

TWI’s Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) Business Group is one of the largest and most experienced NDE groups in the world, having been at the forefront of conventional and advanced NDE technologies for over 40 years.

NDE exists in every industrial sector, often dealing with how things are made, joined and why they fail. At our free-to-attend webinar you can speak directly to our experts and explore our cutting-edge capabilities – providing you with the opportunity to find out more about our advanced NDE solutions.

Who should attend:

  • NDE Engineers
  • Infrastructure Managers
  • Test and Inspection Engineers
  • Development Engineers
  • Plant Managers
  • Inspection and Fleet Managers

This webinar is held ahead of our Non-Destructive Evaluation Showcase event, which is to be held at our Cambridge Headquarters on Tuesday 3rd November. To find out more and register, please click here.

A full programme will be published shortly.


Prof. Ian Cooper - Technology Fellow - Advanced NDT

Prof. Ian Cooper

Technology Fellow - Advanced NDT

Ian is a Chartered Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in non-destructive testing (NDT). On joining TWI in 2005 as a principle project leader at the specialist NDT Centre in Port Talbot, he specialised in the NDT of composites. More recently his work has concentrated on advanced NDT methods and automated robotic inspection systems, and he was promoted to Technology Fellow in 2015. A recognised expert in the inspection of composites and other difficult materials, he leads the highly successful IntACOM programme, developing rapid automated inspection systems for composites and complex geometries. In 2016, he and his co-authors were awarded the John Grimwade Medal for a paper on this work. He is a Fellow of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing and is widely published in NDT and aerospace journals. He is a Vice President of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) and is active and influential on a number of committees that guide the development, application, training and certification of NDT. In 2016, he was made an Honorary Professor of Practice at the University of Wales, Trinity St David. In 2019, Ian received the BINDT Ann Birt award for NDE research and development and technology strategy development.

Prior to joining TWI, Ian served for 27 years in the RAF as an aircraft engineer, initially responsible for weapons and assisted escape systems, he later moved to non-destructive testing, leading the area team responsible for operations in Europe. His final posting was to the NDT HQ, where he played a significant role in the development of area scanning systems for composites during the introduction to service of new aircraft, including Typhoon, and the adoption of emerging technologies for NDT across all three services.

Channa Nageswaran - NDT Team Manager

Channa Nageswaran

NDT Team Manager

Channa has been working at TWI Cambridge since 2003 following the completion of an undergraduate degree in Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College London. In 2008, while working at TWI, Channa gained an Engineering Doctorate degree from the Metallurgy Department of the University of Birmingham on the development of phased array ultrasonic techniques for inspection of inhomogeneous anisotropic materials.

Channa undertakes research and development of ultrasonic techniques, manages the Integrity, Inspection and Materials programme of the Core Research Programme of TWI and is the Chairman of the Sub-Commission for Ultrasonic Testing in Commission V of the International Institute of Welding.

Graham Edwards - Consultant, Non-Destructive Testing Group

Graham Edwards

Consultant, Non-Destructive Testing Group

Graham Edwards has over 45 years of experience in Non-Destructive Testing (NDT). Along with several other graduates, he started his career in NDT with the Unit Inspection Company, where he received training in all aspects of NDT and weld inspection. In 1973, he was one of the first ultrasonic test technicians to gain CSWIP approval. For the next four years, he worked in the North Sea offshore oil, the French nuclear power and Middle Eastern petrochemical industries. In 1977 he joined Baugh and Weedon Ltd as an applications engineer, and was involved in the development of the award winning ‘Seaprobe’ underwater ultrasonic test equipment. In 1981 he became a lecturer in the School of Applied NDT at The Welding Institute (TWI), before moving over to the NDT Research department in 1986. There, his research projects included NDT of plastics and composites, expert systems, and acceptance criteria in BS5500 for ultrasonic testing. He also set up the specialist site services team. While at TWI, he collaborated with the French Welding Institute on the NDT of fillet welds and was seconded to the Edison Welding Institute in the USA for two years to set up the NDT section there. In 1997 he moved to Plant Integrity (PI) Ltd, a subsidiary of TWI, as a plant assessment engineer, and ran many of the early inspections using the Teletest Long Range Ultrasonic Test (LRUT) system.

After 7 years as an independent consultant in NDT, he moved back to TWI in 2005 and has since managed many collaborative projects in topics ranging from guided wave inspection of aircraft wiring to robotic inspection of mooring chains. He is currently in the Monitoring and Inspection Research section (CSM) at TWI, where he is developing continuous monitoring techniques for quality control during manufacture and structural health in service.

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