The Far East Forum on Nondestructive Evaluation/Testing: New Technology & Application (FENDT), being held for the 5th time in 2009, provides a platform in China for NDT experts and professionals to learn about new industry methods, to hear about emerging trends from experts and to discuss new issues. It is also aiming to accelerate the scientific and technical development in the field of non-destructive testing and last but not least it is a very important networking event for professionals in the industry.

The 2009 FENDT, held June 11-14 2009 in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province in China, was organized by the Jiangsu Province Special Equipment Safety Supervision Inspection Institute (JSSEI), the Jiangsu Province Society for Nondestructive Testing (JSNDT), the Nanjing University (NJU) and the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA).

The forum focused on five specific topics: inspection theory and basic technology research, development of NDT inspection application technology, inspection of nuclear power equipment with NDT methods, high-tech applications and education and talent cultivation.

Mr. Sam Xu, trainer and examiner at SGS NDT Training and Examination Center, presented a paper in Chinese to an audience of around 150 attendees, titled: European NDT Personnel Training and Certification in China. In his presentation, Sam gave an overview of the different types of NDT certifications enhancing the importance of quality training and certification. During the presentation, Sam explained about the gaps between the current Chinese NDT certification systems and European systems (PCN / EN473) and how SGS are offering a solution to close this gap.

Sam explained in detail how SGS can provide training and examinations for NDT technicians, managers and surveyors not only in accordance with European standard EN473 but also with other worldwide standards such as ISO 9712 and independent certification for the SNT-TC-1A company based system. The main focus of the SGS Training & Examination Centre is the globally accepted and respected, Personnel Certification of the NDT scheme (PCN). After the 30 minute presentation, the audience, through the Q&A section, demonstrated a strong interest of the services offered by SGS.

In addition to this presentation, Mr. Norbert Trimborn, NDT expert at the SGS Global NDT – Special Examinations Center in the Netherlands, held a 2-day presentation on Time of Flight Diffraction (TOFD) for a group of 20 NDT specialists, who also expressed interest in SGS training services for this new technology.

Time of Flight Diffraction (TOFD) is a sensitive, accurate method for the Non-Destructive Testing of welds for defects. SGS hopes shortly to offer a PCN TOFD course to help certified personnel ensure better and safer inspections.

SGS also offers a fully integrated service pack combining Non-Destructive Testing (both advanced and conventional methods), inspection and Mechanical Integrity providing quality assurance and safety.


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