Report by Larry Cote and Jennifer Kovacs (CINDE).
The 3rd International CANDU In-service Inspection workshop and NDT in Canada 2010 Conference was a resounding success! Over 200 people including international delegates from China, Germany, Romania, South Korea and Mauritius converged on the Hilton Suites Toronto/Markham Convention Centre and Spa from June 14 to 17 to learn about the in-service inspection of CANDU nuclear power plants as well as nondestructive evaluation research, and inspection and testing practices as found in other manufacturing areas. Welcoming messages were received from David Miller, Mayor of Toronto; Frank Scarpitti, the Mayor of Markham; Brad Duguid, Ontario.s Minister of Energy and Infrastructure; and Christian Paradis, the federal Minister of Natural Resources which is home to Canada.s NDT certification agency. Their greetings and welcome messages are available at the CINDE Events website at http://events.cinde.ca/
The event had a great start Monday evening, courtesy of the SAIT Polytechnic which sponsored the early bird mix 'n mingle reception. Attendees enjoyed canapes and hors d'oeuvres as they met old acquaintances and introduced themselves to the 21 companies in the exhibitor area. The exhibitors had many opportunities over the next 2 days to explain their products and services to researchers and practitioners involved with ISI, NDE and NDT inspection.
Delegates learned a lot in the exhibitor area.
The first two days of the conference opened with plenary sessions that addressed a wide variety of topics. Conference co-chair Dr. John Baron of the CANDU Owners Group (COG) opened Tuesday by welcoming everyone and expressing his great pleasure at such a good turnout. The first plenary speaker was Paul Spekkens, VP of Science & Technology Development at Ontario Power Generation (OPG), and he discussed "A Utility Perspective on Inspections". This was followed by John Zirnhelt of the Acuren Group who shared his insights about workforce demographics and the state of "Training, Education and Qualification for NDT". Blair Carroll from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) concluded the plenary session with an overview of "Inspection Requirements for CANDU Nuclear Power Plants Operating in Canada".
The Wednesday plenary sessions began with opening remarks from conference co-chair Dennis Domenichini, Chair of the Canadian Institute for NDE (CINDE), who thanked the COG for allowing CINDE members to attend the COG ISI workshop to learn and
contribute their technical talents to the program. The Wednesday plenary sessions included Jeremy Wolfe of EMI Stantec Ltd. who discussed "Risk Based Inspection Strategy for Corrosion Under Insulation", Greg Selby from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) who delved into "Achieving Reliable Examinations in the Field: Qualification Is Only the First Step" and Fulvio Mini from AVEOS who gave a stimulating message based on his experiences in aerospace / aviation NDT about the importance of strong leadership to ensure that people are engaged and contribute as much as they can to "NDT Reliability in the Aerospace Industry".
Dennis Domenichini thanks Fulvio Mini of AVEOS for his plenary presentation.
The next 2 1/2 days saw 54 presenters deliver presentations for two tracks with multiple sessions for New Technology, New Applications, Qualification, Engineering and Operation Experience. A presentation in the Qualification session by P.K. Yuen, Manager of the NRCan NDT Certification Agency, was of high interest as it provided an overview of the CAN-NDT-2010 document which will serve as a guide to NDT qualification and certification for Canada.s NDT certification program. Also described were some projects such as the visual inspection certification program, and department goals such as developing a quality management process to pursue compliance and accreditation to the ISO 17024 standard for Conformity assessment - General Requirements for Bodies operating Certification of Persons.
Attendees gained valuable knowledge.
The conference dinner was sponsored by the Quality Control Council (QCC) and also served as an evening of professional recognition. A CINDE Technical Achievement award was presented by the CINDE Chair Dennis Domenichini to Gilles Rousseau of Quebec Hydro. The prestigious CINDE W.E. Havercroft award was presented to Dr. Jean F. Bussiere by the CINDE Nominations and Awards Committee Chair, John Zirnhelt. Some of the CINDE awards date back to 1977 and all of the recipients can be viewed on the CINDE website at http://www.cinde.ca/awards.shtml.
Dr. Jean Bussiere thanking the CINDE for his well deserved W.E. Havercroft Award
Gilles Rousseau (c) accepting his Technical Achievement
award from John Zirnhelt (l) and Dennis Domenichini (r)
The technical resumes of the award recipients are very impressive, and illustrate how the NDT community in Canada can make valuable contributions to the field of NDT that are easily on a par with those of other subject matter experts around the world. It was noted that in addition to his technical accomplishments, Dr. Bussiere is also the long standing research editor for the CINDE Journal, and that without the volunteer help of him and his staff, that the CINDE Journal would not be as widely regarded as it is today.
Many other important contributors to the conference were also acknowledged at the dinner, including the Technical Program committee (John Baron, Evan Choi, Kisang Jang, Dennis Domenichini, John Zirnhelt and Larry Cote), the Session Leaders (Phil Ashwin, Mike Kozluk, John Stecjuk, Dave Mennie and Laura Obrutsky), the workshop presenters (Troy deSouza and Shane Turcott), the support staff (Suneeta Kapur, Debbie Luey, Jennifer Kovacs and Brian Cote), the Career Zone representatives from SAIT Polytechnic (Tracey Cunningham, Monica Carvajal and Brad Donaldson), Durham College (Katy Zaidman) and Mohawk College (Maureen Minaker), as well as all of the sponsors, exhibitors and presenters.
Delegates checking the job ads at the Career Zone
The presence of over 40 students at the conference, some of whom also participated as presenters, was applauded and seen as boding well for Canada's future NDT workforce.
Students with CINDE Chair Dennis Domenichini (l), Ontario Chapter Chair John Stecjuk (r)
and Durham NDT program professor Katy Zaidman (r)
Reported by Larry Cote and Jennifer Kovacs.
Laptop winner Willie Huang (c) with Jennifer Kovacs (l),
Suneeta Kapur (r) and John Baron(far r)
After the technical program finished on Thursday it was followed by lunch and a series of prize draws leading up to the Grand Prize of a laptop and accessories that was won by Willie Huang, a conference presenter and student from the Royal Military College of Canada. Congratulations Willie, we know you.ll put the laptop to good use for your studies!
As delegates. thoughts turned to their return trip home, speculation began about ideas and partners of interest to the CINDE membership for the next NDT in Canada conference. If you have any conference ideas please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Check the CINDE websites and the CINDE Journal for news and updates about our future conference plans.
Canadian Institute for NDE (CINDE)