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The World of NDE 4.0: Let the Journey Begin

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Digital transformation of nondestructive inspection systems is inevitable. Pursuit of this opportunity amid uncertainty makes “a well-defined purpose” and “robust process” essential. This conversation will provide an overview of the purpose of NDE 4.0 (why?), underlying technologies (what?), and ways to overcome the challenges (how?) to successfully pursue the confluence of emerging digital technologies with the evolving physical world of nondestructive inspection.

The speakers’ objective is to inspire readers, leaders, and the community to address the next revolution in this new digital-physical confluence in nondestructive evaluation, with a purpose to concurrently enhance safety and bring economic value to stakeholders of the inspection ecosystem. System-level integration of digital technologies such as machine learning, extended reality, artificial intelligence, and automation will create a platform where specific applications can evolve to make inspections more reliable and cost-effective.

The NDE 4.0 revolution can be compared to the development of the smartphone where the integration of wi-fi, processor, memory, GPS, camera, display, and a bunch of other sensors has completely changed the world in 10 years, in ways that were not originally perceived. Such is the exponential power of digital-physical integration in NDT. We cannot predict all of the changes, but we must prepare and work through the challenges associated with technology integration and adoption for nondestructive testing and evaluation.


  • Dr. Ripi Singh

    Dr. Ripi is a seasoned digital transformation coach with over 30 years of experience in developing digital systems and transforming businesses throughout Asia, Europe, and the USA. His experiential diversity spans academia, fortune 500, and small businesses across Asia, Europe, and the USA. Ripi has won several national and corporate honors, authored 20 books, given over 300 lectures, and earned two patents. He is a US delegate to ISO 56000, Chair of NDE 4.0 for the ASNT, and a member of several university advisory boards. Ripi holds a Ph.D. in Engineering, a post-doc from Georgia Tech, and an Executive MS in Business Strategy from RPI. In 2022, he was awarded the Robert C McMaster Gold medal by ASNT for significant contributions to the industry.

  • Dr. Johannes Vrana

    Dr. Johannes Vrana is an entrepreneur, physicist, consultant, author, speaker, and trainer with 15+ years experience in NDE and 20+ in data science. His work ranges from applied ultrasonic testing to quantum optics, from quality assurance to science, and from large-scale industries to start-ups. Some of the highlights of his work include a Ph.D. on thermography, former Chairman of the Siemens NDE Council, implementation of ultrasonic computed tomography into serial production, and co-author of the book The World of NDE 4.0: Let the Journey Begin. Dr. Vrana is leading multiple groups in national and international societies, mainly regarding NDE 4.0, digital transformation, and automated testing. He is well-published, editor of the Journal of NDE, editor-in-chief of the Handbook NDE 4.0, and received multiple awards.His company Vrana GmbH specializes in NDE and digital transformation consulting and solutions, R&D, training, and software development. Vrana GmbH offers holistic cyber-physical solutions including NDE and Sensor IIoT integration, digital twin design, and value creation from data.

May 5, 2022
Thu 3:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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