Since the inception of the governing standards that define the training and qualification of NDT personnel, technology has significantly moved on. As we move into the 4th industrial revolution and beyond what will the NDT inspector of the future look like? How will the evolution of technology affect the way we train our NDT operators? Are the current levels of qualification adequate? Will automation result in skill loss? So let’s take a brief look into what a future ‘NDT inspector’ may look like in the depths of the I4.0 world and what we should be thinking about now to enable effective product assessment to meet the demands of the industry we support.
Kevin Pickup, Lead Technologist - Product Verification , BAE Systems (Operations Ltd)