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Notice of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the Canadian Institute for Non-destructive Evaluation (CINDE)
Category: CINDE
Posted: Wed, Apr 5th 2017 at 8:02 AM

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2017 will be held June 6, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the NDT in Canada Conference in Quebec City.

All CINDE members are encouraged to attend and participate in the AGM. To help ensure that adequate space is available, please RSVP your intention to attend to the National Office: Email info@cinde.ca Phone: 905-387-1655 ext 221. 

During the AGM, Directors will be elected as needed and announcements made about the award recipients who made outstanding contributions through technical achievement and the advancement of NDT in Canada or through publication in the CINDE Journal.

The Nominations Committee develops the slate of Officers and Directors for each elective office or position on the Board becoming vacant at the close of the next Annual General Membership Meeting. To be an eligible Board candidate, the Secretary shall confirm that the nominee:

     1. Is a member of CINDE in good standing.
     2. Has indicated an understanding of the duties required and his/her availability and willingness to serve and fulfill the duties if elected.
     3. Has served on the Board as a member of the Executive Committee prior to being nominated for the position of Vice President.

Members can submit the name(s) of individuals for consideration as a Board member to the Nomination Committee by emailing the candidate's full contact information to info@cinde.ca

Call for Award Nominations for 2017
Category: CINDE
Posted: Wed, Apr 5th 2017 at 7:58 AM

The Canadian Institute for Non-destructive Evaluation (CINDE) has a long history of recognizing those people who have furthered the technical progress of NDT or made other significant contributions to the Canadian NDT / NDE community as a whole. For a list of past Award recipients, please click here.  Each year CINDE accepts nominations for the following awards:

W.E. Havercroft Award
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 outstanding contribution towards NDT in Canada. Contributions may be in any area including technical, educational or managerial capacities. Recipients will receive a life-time membership with CINDE.

Technical Achievement Award
Established in 1983, this award is given to an individual who has made an outstanding technical contribution to NDT in Canada. Recipients are selected on the merit of their technical achievement and the resulting paper as published in a recognized technical journal. Recipients will receive a one (1) year membership (or extension if an active member) with CINDE.

Fellow of CINDE
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.

Canadian NDT Research Award
For outstanding and sustained excellence within NDT research and development that has contributed to innovation and/or breakthroughs that have benefited Canadian society and industry partners. Recipient must be a CINDE Member in good standing.

Award Nomination Procedure
Awards are given out at the Annual General Meeting. Anyone can submit an award nomination for someone who they feel is a deserving individual per the award criteria. If upon review of the Awards Committee it is decided that nominees are insufficiently qualified, then no award will be conferred.  Nominations for these awards should be submitted to the Awards Committee, care of CINDE National Office in Hamilton:

     135 Fennell Avenue West
     Hamilton, ON L9C 0E5
     Fax: 905-574-6080
     Email: nominations@cinde.ca

If you would like to nominate or apply, download a nomination form here.

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Products Limited Announces Acquisition of Air Dynamics Company Limited.
Category: Industry
Posted: Fri, Mar 31st 2017 at 2:41 PM

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Products Group of Companies, a major re-seller and distributor of NDT equipment and supplies, announced on March 16th, 2017, the successful acquisition of Air Dynamics Company Limited, a leading supplier in the Canadian aerospace industry. The transaction is an integral part of the NDT Products strategic growth plan and continued expansion into Eastern Canada.

Air Dynamics represents major brands serving the aerospace market including 3M, PPG, Elixair, Marvel Aero, among others. Air Dynamics product mix includes aerospace sealants & adhesives, power supplies & accessories, marking equipment, tooling and ground service equipment (GSE). Air Dynamics is a Transport Canada licensed facility and is an approved supplier for major airlines, military and defense establishments and aircraft manufacturers and OEMs. Air Dynamics facility will remain in Baie‐D’Urfé, Quebec and NDT Products Limited will be managing and overseeing the company’s sales and operations under the leadership of M. Sean McKernan, President and CEO of NDT Products Limited.

The time has come to ensure continued growth and development for the company”, according to Bruce Truesdale, former President of Air Dynamics Company Limited. “Sean and I go back more than 25 years. I hand over Air Dynamics with pride and confidence that Sean, his team, and the Air Dynamic staff, will continue to keep Air Dynamics growing and evolving.”

We look forward to welcoming Air Dynamics to the NDT Products family” says M. Sean McKernan. “Air Dynamics is well-positioned in the aerospace industry and has a significant presence in Quebec and the Maritime Provinces. With this transaction, we will leverage on both companies’ strengths, utilize operational synergies and share best practices. Our team is looking forward to meeting Air Dynamics customers and welcoming them into the NDT Products family.

Media Contact:
Josh McKernan
Sales and Marketing Coordinator
Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Products
jsmckernan@ndtproducts.ca

CDPQ Invests $36.5 Million in Eddyfi, a Fast-Growing Test, Inspection, and Measurement Company
Category: Industry
Posted: Thu, Mar 30th 2017 at 4:30 PM

Today, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) announced an investment in Eddyfi, a manufacturer of advanced non-destructive testing (NDT) solutions. The CA$36.5 million investment combines a minority stake and a credit facility to fund the acquisition plan of the company.

Headquartered in Québec City, Eddyfi develops, manufactures, and commercializes NDT inspection technology globally—instruments, software, and sensors—for the inspection of key assets in the power generation, petrochemical and aerospace industries, to name a few. Eddyfi’s high-performance systems are used to assess the structural integrity of critical components and prevent downtime, financial losses, and casualties.  

With the implementation of its growth plan, Eddyfi is well-positioned to reinforce its status as a global industry leader. Its technologies are perfectly suited to respond to global market trends such as widespread aging critical infrastructure and increased inspection standards imposed on nuclear plants and oil & gas assets, for example.

“This transaction is well aligned with our commitment to help Québec companies expand internationally as part of their growth strategy,” said Christian Dubé, Executive Vice President, Québec at la Caisse. “Over the years, Eddyfi has innovated by investing in technologies to provide increasingly effective solutions better tailored to its clients’ needs. Today its equipment and software are recognized in more than 70 countries.”

“Over the coming years, our growth will be focused in particular on strategic acquisitions. After the acquisition of Silverwing and IPN in 2016, adding a financial partner became essential. However, we needed to be careful in selecting the partner that would best support our culture and style, and be aligned with the ambitions and the dynamics of our industry. Without a doubt, CDPQ is the perfect partner for Eddyfi,” said Martin Thériault, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eddyfi.

Eddyfi currently has close to 200 employees working in its offices based in Canada, France, the United Kingdom, the United States, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa.

About Eddyfi Technologies

Eddyfi Technologies is a label designed to maximize the potential of multiple advanced and niche NDT inspection technology brands. With its two centers of excellence in Québec City (Canada) and Swansea (UK), Eddyfi Technologies focuses on offering high-performance NDT solutions for the inspection of critical components and assets through two strong, complementary brands: Eddyfi and Silverwing. The company serves customers in more than 70 countries in such major industries as nuclear, power generation, oil & gas, and aerospace, leveraging its six offices around the globe, all staffed with NDT experts.

Read more at Eddyfi.com

Eddyfi Introduces the First Portable System for AC and ECT Tubing Inspection
Category: Product
Posted: Tue, Mar 28th 2017 at 4:28 PM
This new Reddy® eddy current testing (ECT) system is perfect for air conditioners and intended to replace aging solutions used in the inspection industry.

Committed to advanced NDT inspection technologies, Eddyfi is pleased to introduce a new addition to its Reddy line dedicated to AC and ECT tubing inspection. This new solution is designed to replace a wide range of existing aging ECT instruments used to inspect air conditioners and to perform other ECT tubing inspections. Most existing ECT instruments are bulky and have not evolved since their introduction, making them incompatible with modern realities where productivity and profitability are crucial.

More at https://goo.gl/KI1wY2.

Past Mohawk College students welcome to take advantage of our Refresher Training
Category: CINDE
Posted: Tue, Mar 21st 2017 at 10:32 AM
Our Refresher Training now includes Mohawk College students!   
 
We welcome past Mohawk College students to take advantage of attending the same course again within 3 years of the original course completion. 
 
Full details can be found here
Eddyfi Reinventing Pulsed Eddy Current. Again.
Category: Product
Posted: Thu, Mar 16th 2017 at 10:44 AM

The new wave of improvements pushes the limits of pulsed eddy current testing even further.

Dedicated to advanced NDT inspection technologies, Eddyfi is proud to announce the release of Lyft® version 1.2 and Lyft Pro, and the launch of its new improved line of pulsed eddy current (PEC) probes.

Version 1.2 of the Lyft software refines existing features in a number of ways. The compensated wall thickness (CWT) tool is nearly twice as precise compared to the previous version 1.1 and it can now be used on a wider range of defect types and shapes. Lyft 1.2 brings improved performances on small defects and the ability to size corrosion near massive metal objects/geometries such as flanges by actively compensating for their electromagnetic contribution, resulting in better flaw sizing and improved versatility.

Read the entire story at https://goo.gl/QWLjNl

 

WiFi for CINDE Students in Hamilton
Category: CINDE
Posted: Thu, Mar 9th 2017 at 12:32 PM
Need WiFi while attending a CINDE training class in Hamilton?  We have arranged with Mohawk College to allow you to gain access to a wifi-guest account.   Visit your Member area for login details (within your pre-course information under Task #11.    
 
 
 
TecScan introduces the ultraSCAN Mx Flatbed Squirter System
Category: Product
Posted: Mon, Feb 27th 2017 at 9:11 AM

TecScan is proud to introduce the ultraSCANTM Mx system which is specially designed for Ultrasonic Testing (UT) of Large Aerospace Composite Panels. With the increasing demand for composite components in the aerospace industry, inspection time is becoming a critical factor in overall production rates. TecScan’s flatbed scanners are designed for high throughput inspection of composite panels and components.

The standard configuration of the ultraSCAN Mx is a 5-axis system (X, Y, Y2, Z, Z2) with an inspection envelop of 3.5 x 2.5m. It comes with a specially designed water delivery system that provides a stable and repeatable UT signal. ultraSCAN Mx offers an efficient way to maximize the scanning rate with the use of multiple ultrasonic probes integrated into a specially designed water-box system. This multi-channel technology minimizes the amount of indexes required to scan the parts, reducing the total scanning time.. Instead of moving a single pair of probes across the surface of the parts, arrays of probes are used in pairs to scan across the inspected panel, the elements of the emitting array being fired simultaneously or one after the other.

Learn more at: www.tecscan.ca

Eddyfi Expands IRIS Product Family
Category: Product
Posted: Thu, Feb 16th 2017 at 2:04 PM

IRIS Kits Now Supporting 0.5 in Tubing up to 6.6 in Pipes

Dedicated to advanced NDT inspection technologies, Eddyfi is proud to expand its portfolio of internal rotating inspection system (IRIS) products to support tubing as small as 12.7 mm (0.5 in) in outside diameter (OD) to pipes as large as 168 mm (6.6 in) in OD. For the whole story, visit https://goo.gl/SVw4xG.

 
Zetec Partners with NDT Products Ltd.
Category: Industry
Posted: Tue, Feb 14th 2017 at 9:23 AM
Zetec Incorporated has recently partnered with Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Products Limited to help provide customers with industry-leading UT solutions for Ontario and Quebec. As a global leader in non-destructive testing solutions, Zetec provides fast, cost-efficient inspection solutions that give customers un-matched insight and control. Zetec serves as a single source for high-performance products and solutions in both eddy current and UT technologies. NDT Products Ltd. is a leading supplier of Non-Destructive Testing equipment, accessories & calibration services for the NDT industry. The company represents major OEMs in the areas of ultrasonic, radiography, eddy current, material analysis, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, remote visual inspection and now, both high-end ultrasonic and high-end eddy current solutions from Zetec.
 
For more information, visit www.ndtproducts.ca or contact sales@ndtproducts.ca.
CINDE Provides Improved Access To Training in Alberta
Category: CINDE
Posted: Mon, Feb 13th 2017 at 10:09 AM

The Canadian Institute for Non-destructive Evaluation (CINDE) is helping to improve access to its world-class training courses. “To support the people and companies that have been experiencing hard times resulting from a decline in oil and gas, CINDE is changing the pricing structure of our courses,” announces Glenn Tubrett, CINDE CEO. “We are happy to pass along these savings to help people who are entering the field and weathering the current economic conditions. We’re in NDT to help the industry and the people within it.

Training and development can be a very high cost for employers or employees looking to improve their capabilities.  However, not training can have far worse consequences – leading to loss of market and inability to keep up with competitors.  The new price for all courses will be $1190 for 1 week courses and $2250 for 2 week courses. This price change is a step toward ensuring that all stakeholders in the NDT community can remain competitive in the NDT industry.


As Canada’s NDT Society, we aim to improve the quality of education in non-destructive evaluation as well as assist the Canadian industry in its use of NDE. CINDE is dedicated to the growth of NDT and the success of our future non-destructive testing professionals. This new national strategy will provide support to the people and companies who have supported our organization for so long and help strengthen the industry as a whole.

To register for courses, please visit: https://www.cinde.ca/courses/

About CINDE:

The Canadian Institute for Non-destructive Evaluation (CINDE) was formed in 2001 from the merger of The Canadian Society for Nondestructive Testing (CSNDT) and the NDE Institute of Canada.  It is Canada’s not-for-profit, member-based, technical society dedicated to the people and companies engaged in the business of non-destructive evaluation (NDE), non-destructive testing (NDT), and inspection.  CINDE offers world-class NDT training, is a government approved full-service certification examination centre, and offers many member services including an internationally recognized conference and chapter events.  For more information, please visit www.cinde.ca and http://events.cinde.ca/.

For more information, please contact:

Don Courchesne
Member Services Coordinator
Email: memberservices@cinde.ca
Telephone: 1-800-964-9488 ext. 238

 
CNSC Updates to EDO forms and Website - CCSN Mise jour des formulaires d'OAE et de page web
Category: Industry
Posted: Wed, Feb 8th 2017 at 10:35 AM

(La version française suit)
Dear Industrial Radiography Licensees,

This message is to notify you that the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has recently updated the Exposure Device Operator (EDO) application forms and the CNSC’s EDO website.  These new EDO application forms are to be used for all future EDO applications.  However, the CNSC will continue to accept the old EDO application forms until February 28, 2017.  The EDO application forms have been redesigned in order to standardize the information submitted in EDO applications to help ensure that the CNSC receives all of the information necessary to process the applications.  These new application forms should reduce the need for CNSC staff to request applicants to provide additional information to support their EDO applications and should make the EDO certification processes more efficient.

The new application forms are now available on the CNSC’s EDO website: http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/nuclear-substances/exposure-device-operators/index.cfm

For initial certification as an EDO, we have updated the application form and created an EDO on-the-job training (OJT) attestation form that is to be included with each application for certification.  The EDO on-the-job Training Plan form provided in Appendix B of the Certified Exposure Device Operator Personnel Certification Guide (CSA PCP-09) can still be used to log the completion of each aspect of the OJT program; however, only the new EDO OJT attestation form is expected to be submitted with each application.

For renewal of an EDO certification, we have updated the application form and created an EDO employer attestation form that is to be included with each application.  We have also created a new sample CNSC EDO work log and CNSC EDO continuing education log for certified EDOs to use.  As stated in the updated application form for renewal of certification, EDOs will no longer be expected to submit supporting information regarding their EDO-related work experience or continuing education activities with their application.  However, we reserve the right to request this information after their application has been processed in order to verify that they are maintaining the appropriate records of their work experience and continuing education activities.

Also, we have updated the application form to apply for replacement of a damaged, lost or stolen EDO certification card to simplify the process.

Finally, we would like to remind you that, as mentioned in the letter sent to you in September 2016, as of January 1, 2017, the CNSC only considers a worker to be qualified to operate an exposure device if they have a valid EDO certification card, that is, an EDO certification card issued on or after February 1, 2013 that has not expired. If an EDO has a certification card that has expired or that does not have an expiry date, they need to submit an application for renewal of an EDO certification to the CNSC to obtain a valid EDO certification card.

Please feel free to send a message to the EDO email account (cnsc.edo-oae.ccsn@canada.ca) if you have any questions about the updated application forms or the EDO certification processes.

We recommend that you pass along this information to employees at your company who may be affected by these changes.

Regards,

Corinne Françoise
Director, Personnel Certification Division

                                                                                                                                      
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À tous les titulaires de gammagraphie industrielle,

Le présent message a pour but de vous informer que la Commission canadienne de sûreté nucléaire (CCSN) a récemment mis à jour les formulaires de demande d’accréditation pour les opérateurs d’appareil d’exposition (OAE) ainsi que les pages du site Web de la CCSN consacrées aux OAE. Il faudra dorénavant utiliser ces nouveaux formulaires de demande d’accréditation pour toutes les demandes d’accréditation concernant des OAE. Toutefois, la CCSN continuera d’accepter les anciens formulaires jusqu’au 28 février 2017. Les formulaires ont été retravaillés dans le but de normaliser les renseignements soumis dans les demandes ainsi que pour s’assurer que la CCSN reçoit tous les renseignements nécessaires afin de traiter les demandes. Ces nouveaux formulaires devraient réduire le nombre de requêtes de renseignements supplémentaires envoyées aux demandeurs pour appuyer leurs demandes d’OAE et rendre plus efficace le processus d’accréditation des OAE.

Les nouveaux formulaires sont maintenant disponibles sur la page Web de la CCSN consacrée aux OAE : http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/fra/nuclear-substances/exposure-device-operators/index.cfm

En ce qui concerne l’accréditation initiale d’un OAE, nous avons mis à jour le formulaire de demande et créé un Formulaire d’attestation de la formation en milieu de travail (FMT) d’un OAE qui doit être inclus avec chaque demande d’accréditation. Il est encore possible d’utiliser le Plan de formation en milieu de travail de l’OAE fourni à l’annexe B du Guide d’accréditation des opérateurs d’appareils d’exposition (CSA PCP-09) pour consigner l’achèvement de chaque élément du programme de FMT, toutefois la CCSN s’attend à ce que seul le Formulaire d’attestation de la FMT d’un OAE soit soumis avec chaque demande d’accréditation.

En ce qui a trait au renouvellement de l’accréditation d’un OAE, nous avons mis à jour le formulaire de demande et créé un Formulaire d’attestation de l’employeur d’un OAE qui doit être inclus avec chaque demande. Nous avons également produit des exemples d’un carnet de travail d’OAE et d’un carnet de formation continue pour OAE à l’usage des OAE accrédités. Comme il est indiqué dans le formulaire de demande mis à jour pour le renouvellement de l’accréditation, il n’est plus nécessaire pour les OAE de soumettre les renseignements concernant leur expérience de travail à titre d’OAE ni les activités de formation continue avec leur demande. Par contre, nous nous réservons le droit de demander ces renseignements à la suite du traitement de leur demande afin de vérifier qu’ils conservent des dossiers appropriés de leur expérience de travail et de leurs activités de formation continue.

De plus, nous avons mis à jour le Formulaire de demande de remplacement d’une carte d’accréditation d’OAE endommagée, perdue ou volée afin de simplifier le processus.

Enfin, nous souhaitons vous rappeler, tel que mentionné dans la lettre qui vous a été envoyée en octobre 2016, qu’à compter du 1er janvier 2017, la CCSN considérera qu’un travailleur a les compétences nécessaires pour faire fonctionner un appareil d’exposition seulement s’il détient une carte d’accréditation d’OAE valide, c’est-à-dire une carte non échue, émise le ou après le 1er février 2013. Ainsi, tout OAE dont la carte d’accréditation n’a pas de date d’expiration ou dont la carte est échue devra soumettre une demande de renouvellement de l’accréditation d’un OAE à la CCSN pour obtenir une carte d’accréditation d’OAE valide.

N’hésitez pas à envoyer un message au compte courriel des OAE (cnsc.edo-oae.ccsn@canada.ca)
si vous avez des questions au sujet des formulaires de demande mis à jour ou du processus d’accréditation des OAE.

Nous vous recommandons de transmettre cette information aux employés de votre entreprise qui pourraient être touchés par ces changements.

Recevez nos salutations distinguées.

Corinne Françoise
Directrice, Division de l’accréditation du personnel

Course confirmations NOW available in your CINDE member area
Category: CINDE
Posted: Fri, Feb 3rd 2017 at 1:52 PM
Your CINDE member/visitor area is the "HUB" of your NDT training career.  Whether you are a member or a visitor, we maintain your training records. 
 
Things you can do in YOUR member/visitor area:
Task #7   - Register for an online exam
 
Task #8  - Register for your training
 
Task #11 - Review past course marks, your notifications when you are interested in a course AND something NEW - review your pre-course confirmation to find out when class starts, parking, accommodations, etc.  This course confirmation was previously emailed to you upon receipt of payment, but history proved that it was just too hard to keep that "most important email" at the top of your inbox ;)   It's handy now, safe inside your CINDE member area - "Task #11".
 
Task #13 - Upload training prerequisites for review
 
Task #15 - Register for a workshop
 
Task #19 - Register for a written and/or practical exam
 
Task #24 - Need more reading material? 
 
Task #26 - Purchase items for the NDT in Canada conference
ASNT Expands Computer-based Testing for Candidates Worldwide
Category: Industry
Posted: Mon, Jan 30th 2017 at 10:31 AM

2017 is starting off with a major win for the nondestructive testing (NDT) industry and certification examination candidates. The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) is now offering computer-based testing (CBT) to certification candidates around the world.

ASNT CTO James Bennett remarked that CBT is a win for ASNT and candidates alike. “We are confident that CBT is a tremendous benefit to meeting the diverse schedules in the NDT industry. By creating a consistent scheduling and test taking experience for all candidates, we can ensure quality and quickly respond to any concerns.”

The previous model allowed candidates to only take examinations at authorized test centers (AEC’s) and limited approved locations at specific dates and times. With Pearson VUE as ASNT’s chosen CBT administrator, candidates will now experience streamlined scheduling by having the option to schedule via phone or online 24/7 and with a worldwide network of test centers including ASNT examination partners from which to choose.

AEC’s and National Sponsoring Organizations (NSO’s) remain trusted examination partners to the Society and the NDT community. Each AEC/NSO offers industry training opportunities and resources that non-AEC/NSO testing locations do not. Candidates may find a greater overall value in choosing an AEC/NSO as a testing center when scheduling examinations through Pearson VUE

Key benefits for ASNT and candidates include examination integrity safeguarding with added layers of security and candidate verification. Also, the majority of examination results to be given at the test site immediately.

Not only does CBT provides a consistent testing experience for all candidates but it also aligns with ASNT’s move towards a more efficient and cost-effective paperless environment. All applications for examinations are now entirely online to not only give candidates an intuitive, secure portal to upload required documentation, but also streamline the administrative process of gathering and assessing applications for completeness.

While this is a very different way of doing business than in the past, supporting a global membership of over 16,000 necessitates ASNT to be innovative and agile for members and all of those in the NDT community that look to ASNT examinations as critical professional credentials.

ASNT recently celebrated 75 years of creating a safer world last year because of its renowned commitment to supporting and promoting excellence in NDT. ASNT’s offering of CBT is one way that commitment is being upheld.

For more information, go to http://www.ASNT.org.

About ASNT
The American Society for Nondestructive Testing, based in Columbus, Ohio, is an international technical society with over 16,000 members that provides a forum for exchange of NDT technical information; NDT educational materials and programs; and standards and services for the qualification and certification of NDT personnel. As the industry’s largest society, ASNT exists to create a safer world and build awareness and appreciation for the impact of NDT. http://www.ASNT.org

Cyberhawk Helps Development of UK Drone Guidelines
Category: Industry
Posted: Mon, Jan 30th 2017 at 10:25 AM

Cyberhawk played a key role in the drafting of the ‘Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations Management Standards and Guidelines’, which were produced by Oil & Gas UK in conjunction with a working group. As well as Cyberhawk, this group included duty holders who have used UAS, industry and aviation safety experts and a limited number of additional UAS operators.

Cyberhawk were the first company to operate UAS in the North Sea back in early 2012, and has been one of the most significant contributors to the development of the guidelines.

Company founder Malcolm Connolly, the only person in the working group with first hand experience of operating UAS offshore, said: “The creation of these guidelines marks a step-change for the offshore inspection industry and reflects the fact that the vast majority of oil and gas operators, both offshore as well as onshore, are now using UAS. This has driven the need for an industry specific set of standards.

The UK offshore sector already boasts stringent safety and operating standards for other areas of aviation. The introduction of these guidelines marks an important milestone within the sector and a recognition that adoption of UAS technology will continue to grow with a clearer set of guidelines to work to."

“Training and competency play a key role in the new guidelines, as does the reliability of equipment being used and the track record and experience of the UAS operator in question. These guidelines significantly exceed the current minimum requirements set out by the UK CAA for general commercial UAS operations, which is a crucial factor in allowing the continued use of drones to improve the offshore inspection industry."

We are particularly pleased that Oil & Gas UK sought to involve the UAS operators themselves, which we believe has made a fundamental impact when compared with other industry specific UAS guidelines which have been produced elsewhere.”

Cyberhawk has been recognised at both the 2012 and the 2016 Oil & Gas UK Awards, where its UAS inspection solutions were named winners of the SME Business Innovation and Efficiency category.

Health, safety and environment director at Oil & Gas UK, Mick Borwell, said: “[UAS] technology is particularly attractive for its use in improving safety. For example, sending unmanned aircraft instead of people into confined spaces to conduct inspections reduces risk, and is also effective and efficient.

Article via the Cyberhawk website

Videoscope iRis DVRx with 3mm Thin Insertion Probe: Quality and Compact Size
Category: Product
Posted: Mon, Jan 30th 2017 at 10:02 AM

Fiberscope.net has added a small diameter iRis DVRx to their professional videoscopes product line. Previously, this modification of a popular iRis videoscope was available only with 4mm and 6mm articulating probes. The probe diameter is a crucial parameter which effectively defines the suitability of a video inspection device for a particular job. The iRis DVRx model is one of the most affordable PRO grade video borescopes in its market segment. Adding a small diameter option will definitely increase the spectrum of applications for this already popular model.

The new modification comes with a 3mm (0.118’’) probe, the ideal diameter for high precision inspections of aircraft and automotive engines. The extra durable tungsten braided probe features two-way articulation and ranges between 1.5 and 4m (4.9’ and 13.1’ respectively) in length. The superb quality image is provided by a top notch "chip on the tip" CMOS camera integrated in a short distal end. Expectedly, the probe is waterproof up to 14.7 psi as well as oil-proof and 5% saline resistant.

View more on fiberscope.net

DolphiTech to Release Extendable NDT Platform
Category: Product
Posted: Mon, Jan 30th 2017 at 9:55 AM

DolphiTech today announced plans to offer a new range of ultrasound instruments with extended capabilities for non-destructive testing and inspection of materials. Based on its ultrasound- and transducer technology DolphiTech will offer NDT solutions with interchangeable transducers for different materials and applications. Product launch is planned for October 2017. The new system – codenamed DolphiCam 2 – will include a choice of transducers over a wide frequency range. DolphiCam 2 will also include features for robotics integration, general network connectivity and remote expert inspections (Remote NDT). DolphiTech will also intensify its efforts to integrate 3D positioning, giving inspectors improved structural awareness through CAD data integration and more.

"The customers want flexible NDT systems based on ultrasound imaging technology. DolphiTechs current product range is optimized for CFRP, but we want to offer a complete solution for multi-material structures. Customers has asked us for flexibility to inspect different materials as well as multimaterial joints. And we want to improve the geometric access to the material, very important in the automotive industry. This is all now becoming a reality", says Eskil Skoglund, Head of R&D at DolphiTech.

View more on the DolphiTech website.

In Memoriam: Terry Paul
Category: Industry
Posted: Fri, Jan 27th 2017 at 3:51 PM

Entered into rest on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the West Haldimand General Hospital, Hagersville, in his 69th year. Beloved husband of Roberta (nee Fogan). Loving father to Bradley (Jodi) and Michael Henderson. Dear grandfather of Summer (William) and great-grandfather to Ellie Henry. Brother of Shirley Orr, Bow River, Alberta, Dale (Beth), Calgary, Alberta, Marvin (Sharlene) Rockford, Washington, Don (Bernice) Calgary, Alberta, and Laurel (Connie) Calgary, Alberta. Predeceased by his brother Jim, brother-in-law Dean Orr and sister-in-law Janice. Also survived by his sister-in-law Shirley, as well as many nieces and nephews. Terry served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 26 years as a Technician in the Air Force. Upon his retirement from the Military he took a job with OPG where he was employed for many years. Visitation took placeat the Miller Funeral Chapel, Caledonia, on Monday, January 9, 2017 from 7 - 9 p.m. followed by the service in the chapel on Tuesday, January 10 at 11 a.m.

CINDE offers sincere condolences to the Paul family.  Terry was employed with CINDE for many years and was held very highly within the organization and within the NDT community.

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