Non Destructive Evaluation (NDE)
Non-Destructive Evaluation is a means of assessing the structural integrity of assets and structures or materials without damaging them. Also known as Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), the term applies to a range of methods from Visual Inspection and Magnetic Particle Inspection, to more advanced disciplines such as Eddy Current Inspection and Ultrasonics.
The various techniques and disciplines are designed to compliment each other to provide the client with a complete and thorough product inspection coverage.
Of critical importance to all NDT techniques is the professional ability (of the inspector) to interpret the results generated and to understand where they fit into an assessment of the integrity of the structure as a whole.
The inspector must not only be highly skilled in the detection of flaws and defects, but must also be extremely competent in recording the findings and displaying the results in a technical yet clear manner to the client.