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NDT and Offshore Energy Joint Technical Group Meeting

Technical Groups 26 March 2019

Joint NDT Condition Monitoring and Offshore Energy Technical Groups Meeting:
Non-Destructive Testing and Inspection in the Offshore Energy Industry

Learn about the latest achievements and developments regarding non-destructive testing and inspection in the offshore energy industry, and the challenges encountered.

This event includes presentations and presenters from an event held in Aberdeen on 21st November 2018, which was popular and well attended. By request the event is being repeated at TWI's headquarters near Cambridge for those in the South and mainland Europe who find this a convenient location.

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) is used throughout the lifecycle of an offshore installation and this meeting will look at advances in its use from new construction to in-service inspection.

Conventional methods such as ultrasonic testing, magnetic particle inspection, eddy current testing and visual inspection have been used for offshore inspection from the early days. In recent years NDT technologies have advanced dramatically aided by developments in sensors and the increase in capabilities in digital capture and signal processing. Remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) routinely undertake subsea visual inspection and the use of drones is becoming common. This meeting is intended to illustrate innovative NDT methods which are available and applied for offshore inspection.

Who should attend   

The meeting will have valuable content for inspection personnel, non-destructive testing specialists, materials engineers,  welding engineers and project engineers working in the offshore energy industries.     

Benefits of attending

  • Learn about the latest applications and developments regarding non-destructive testing and inspection in the offshore energy industry, and the challenges encountered
  • Network with fellow professionals working in inspection, materials, welding in the offshore industry
  • Participate in informal technical discussions with companies working in the offshore energy industries.


Download latest programme for the event

Registration Fees

TWI Industrial Members: £35 + VAT (£42)
The Welding Institute Professional Members: £35 + VAT (£42)
Student or Retired Members: £15 + VAT (£18)
Non Members: £95 + VAT (£114)




Meet the team

Gary Luckett

Advanced Specialist, Olympus

Been involved in NDT for over 11 years primarily focusing on advanced ultrasonic techniques.  Previously to his current role as Advanced Specialist for Olympus has worked as a level 3 consultant primarily to the Oil and Gas industry to assist in the development, validation and training of Phased Array and ToFD inspections and currently holds level 3 qualifications for Ultrasonics and Phased Array.

Stephen Burch

NDT Director, ESR Technology

Dr Stephen Burch has more than 30 years of experience in NDT mainly in the fields of digital ultrasonics and digital radiography. He currently works for ESR Technology, and is based at Milton Park in Oxfordshire, where he heads the NDT group. He also manages the HOIS joint industry project for improved NDT in the oil and gas industry. He is the principal author of many of the HOIS recommended practice and guidance documents, some of which are publicly available. He has presented technical papers at numerous NDT conferences, including WCNDT and ECNDT.

He was recently presented by BINDT with the Anne Birt award for “significant contributions to technology innovation, technology transfer or technology strategy in the field of NDT”. He is the principal UK national expert for the development of Radiographic Standards via the CEN committee TC 138 WG 1 and also the ISO committee ISO TC 44 SC 5 WG 1.

Niels Portzgen

Technical Authority, Applus RTD

Niels Pörtzgen studied Applied Physics at the Delft University of Technology and he joint Applus RTD in 2000 as an NDT engineer in the R&D department. He worked on projects related to the development of ultrasonic phased array technology for girth weld inspection. As a part time effort, he remained connected to the Delft University of Technology, where he conducted a PhD research related to ultrasonic imaging which formed the basis of the IWEX technology. After completion of his PhD work in 2007, he joined the pipeline department of Applus RTD and was tasked to introduce the IWEX technology to the industry. He completed an MBA in 2012 and today he works as a Technical Authority for the pipeline department of Applus RTD from the head office in Rotterdam. 

John Lilley

General Manager, Sonomatic

John Lilley is certified to ASNT Level 3 in four disciplines, and is a Chartered Engineer with over 40 years’ experience in NDT.  After working in Europe for a number of years, he owned and ran an NDT training school in the UK for two years.  He joined Sonomatic in early 1988 to establish the field services side of the business.  He was appointed General Manager in 2005.  The company develops and qualifies technology for its own use to provide specialist inspection solutions together with associated engineering support services in onshore, topsides and subsea applications.  

Dr. Chris Worrall

Principal Project Leader – Adhesives, Composites and Sealants

Chris Worrall is a principal project leader responsible for composites joining, manufacture, processing and testing. He is a metallurgy and materials science graduate, with a PhD in the impact of composite sandwich materials. Chris has spent ten years in Japan working in the automotive, aerospace, renewable energy and rail transport industries.

Before leaving the UK, he worked in a research laboratory on the processing of novel thermoplastic composite materials, improving the toughness of composites, and developing test methods for composite materials. His 30 years of composites experience covers composite-to-metal joining, dielectric characterisation, mechanical testing of composite materials, finite element analysis, design of composite structures, and manufacturing technology for composite materials. He successfully led TWI’s technical, exploitation and dissemination activities in the FP7 FibreChain project, which won a JEC innovation award. Chris is part of the Surflow™ team at TWI that recently won the Composites UK Innovation award.

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