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The Canadian Institute for Non-Destructive Evaluation (CINDE) was delighted to host the NDT in Canada 2015 Conference in Edmonton, AB from June 15-17.  This was the largest event that the annual conference series has had the pleasure of hosting, with over 250 attendees, 36 exhibitors, all sponsorship opportunities sold out, and over 45 presentations submitted.  A special thank you goes to the many members of the 2015 Organizing Committee for all of their hard work in making this conference such a success: Dr. John Baron (Folville Consulting), Mr. Larry Cote (CINDE), Mr. Marc Genest (National Research Council of Canada), Prof. Thomas W. Krause (Royal Military College of Canada), Prof. Xavier Maldague (Universite Laval), Dr. Catalin Mandache (Florida Institute of Technology), Brian Paradis (QCCC), Prof. Anthony N. Sinclair (University of Toronto), and Dr. Eric Sjerve (IRISNDT).

The event kicked off with our Mix ‘n Mingle Reception where conference participants and exhibitors connected over drinks and delectable food in the Exhibitor Area.  After hours of connecting with colleagues and enjoying the high-quality conference experience that CINDE is known for, attendees explored the venue for the rest of the evening.

The first day of technical presentations began with keynote speaker Doug Ochitwa, Senior Technical Specialist, Pipeline Integrity from the National Energy Board (NEB).  His presentation, NDE: An integral part of Pipeline Integrity, discussed the role of the NEB and how it fits into the inspection equation.   Mr. Ochitwa noted that “NDE plays a vital role in maintaining safety, and building trust in pipelines and the products that they transport.”  Once the keynote ended, attendees toured the exhibitor area and began the technical program shortly after.  

The first day saw 23 technical presentations on a variety of topics ranging from advances in inspection technology to general NDT.  A special session was organized to help promote dialogue between NDT researchers within Canada and industry partners.  This session ended with a panel discussion on current research and meaningful conversation between industry and academics to help steer the interest of industry in academic research.  CINDE is committed to assisting the development and advancement of NDT research in Canada and thanks Dr. Andreas Mandelis of University of Toronto for his assistance in facilitating the session.

The night ended with the Conference Banquet & CINDE Awards.  Industry professionals were honoured for their contributions while enjoying decadent dishes and wonderful wines. Firstly, the W.E. Havercroft award was presented.  Established in 1977, this award is named after William E. Havercroft who was widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of NDT in Canada. It is given to a member of CINDE who has made an outstanding contribution towards NDT in Canada. Contributions may be in any area including technical, educational or managerial capacities. Recipients receive a life-time membership with CINDE. This year’s award recipient was Dr. Michael Moles.

Unfortunately, Dr. Moles passed away in 2014, and so his award was presented posthumously. His career and accomplishments were highlighted to a standing ovation from those in attendance.  The award was accepted on behalf of the Moles family by a long-time colleague, Dr. Anthony Sinclair.

Mr. John deLuca was the second award recipient of the night; receiving the CINDE Fellow Award. Established in 1983, this award is given to a CINDE member who has made continuous and significant contributions to the advancement of NDT / NDE in the scientific, technical, educational, managerial or related areas. Nominees must have at least 10 years membership in CINDE, with 5 continuous years of membership immediately prior to the nomination. Larry Cote lauded Johns’ passion and dedication to teaching NDT for over 30 years and the consistently high praise he’s received from his students.

Finally, a special presentation was made to Cindy R. Finley, a long-time supporter, volunteer, and board member of CSNDT and the CINDE to acknowledge her long-term dedication and service to NDT. The night of great networking, conversation, and friendship ended on a very high note and attendees left the social event with a full day of excellent programming to look forward to.

Day 2 of the technical program began with Ray Philipenko, Senior Manager – Leak Detection at Enbridge Pipelines Inc. providing an interesting keynote titled, Safe and Reliable Systems.  He discussed the current activities that Enbridge is currently deploying to ensure pipeline integrity and environmental integrity, and the many safety, environmental, governmental, and social challenges posed. He also described an industry challenge test for cable based leak detection systems.  The “ELDER” program (Testing External Cable Leak Detection Sensors) simulates a leak scenario the same as a real leak event at full-scale that technology suppliers can try to detect. It was discussed as a major tool on the Enbridge path to zero incidents.

The attendees were then treated to a full day of technical programming, ranging from training & certification to new NDT technology. As the conference came to a close, it was time to choose the winner of the Grand Prize Draw.  In order to qualify, attendees had to visit all exhibitors, receive a sticker from them, and submit their exhibitor passport to the registration desk.  The winner was then selected at random by selecting a completed passport from out of the prize box.  Terry Clausing, the President of ASNT was the appreciative winner of the prize: an Apple iPad Air!

As exhibitors and attendees left the conference, there was buzz about where the next event would be held after such an excellent show.  Whispers of the next conference city were heard… Montreal… Edmonton… Toronto… Hamilton…who knows?! The next location will be announced when details are finalized, so keep your eyes on CINDE news!

Photo credit: Stephanie Cragg, Corporate Photography, Edmonton, AB