Authors and attendees from around the world were welcomed to the CANSMART workshop for Smart
Materials & Structures, NDT in Aerospace and the NDT in Canada 2011 conference which was held
in Nov 1-4, 2011 in Montreal, QC. Hailed as a resounding success,
it attracted over 160 people with exhibitors, authors, students, and
international delegates from the United States, France, Italy, Germany,
China and Japan to beautiful downtown Montreal.
Getting acquainted at the Early Bird Mix n
Mingle reception are (l to r) conference cochairs
Cindy Finley (Canadian Institute for NDE),
Christian Boller (Fraunhofer IZFP), George
Akhras (Cansmart) and Level 3 sponsor Tracey
Cunningham (SAIT Polytechnic).
Everyone at the event was indebted to the support of the Sponsors
which included Level 3 sponsor SAIT Polytechnic for the Early Bird
mix n mingle reception, Level 2 sponsor Zetec for the Print Program,
and the Level 1 sponsors CINDE Ontario chapter for six free
student passes, the Quebec CINDE Chapter, Mohawk College, GE
Measurements and Control Solutions and the International Pressure
Equipment Association (IPEIA) for the daily coffee breaks, the
Canadian Institute for NDE for the lanyards and USB thumb drives,
and NDT.net for the Conference Management System (CSM) digital
The opening plenary by Brenda Kulfan
about the Observations of Natures
Creations and Evolutionary Development
inspired the audience and set the tone for
the rest of the conference.
Plenary speaker Holger Speckmean from
Airbus accepts his speaker gift for his
forward-thinking presentation about the
Remote NDT as a new possibility for Inservice
Aircraft using On-line Maintenance
Session chair Christian Boller thanks
Uwe Ewert for his excellent technical
presentation about the Inspection of
Plastics Fiber Composites with X- and THz
Session chair George Akhras thanks Alan
Browne for his fascinating presentation
about Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) Heat
SAIT instructor George Gavelis shares
insights about his career in NDT with
several of the students that attended.
Pictured left and center are George Akhras (Director Cansmart) and
Cindy Finley (Chair CINDE) with 6 Royal Military College engineering
students who attended free due to the generous sponsorship of the
Ontario Chapter of CINDE.
Conference co-chair George Akhras
congratulates Ms. Cheng Yang, the 2011 IOP
Best Paper Award Winner.
The morning and afternoon of the first
two days of the conference opened
with plenary sessions which featured
four exceptional presentations from
Brenda Kulfan (Boeing, retired) Uwe
Evert (Federal Institute for Materials
Research and Testing BAM), Holger
Speckman (Airbus) and Alan Browne
(GM Research Labs).
The technical program had two tracks
of technical sessions with papers
about research for smart materials
and structural health monitoring,
technical applications for NDT in
aerospace and general industry, and developments in NDT training and certification.
The Career Zone had academic institutions such as SAIT Polytechnic, Mohawk College and the Centre
technologique en aérospatiale (CTA) to share information about their academic programs and for students to post
Students browsed the job postings and had the opportunity to meet prospective employers.
During the Awards banquet, these worthy individuals
were recognized for their technical and professional
contributions with CINDE Director and Past President /
CEO Doug Marshall as the emcee. The award winners
(pictured l to r) were: Dr. Michael Moles - Technical
Achievement; Tim Deagnon - CINDE Fellowship; Walter
Weber - W. E. Havercroft; Tim Auger - CINDE Fellowship.
Some of the CINDE awards date back to 1977 and all of
the recipients can be viewed on the CINDE website at
The Exhibit area allowed suppliers of leading NDT
technologies and services to showcase their wares and
stamp the ballot for the Grand Prize Draw held during the
Many other important contributors to the conference
were also acknowledged at the dinner, including the
Technical and Scientific Program committees and session moderators, but especially the CINDE staffers who
worked so hard behind the scenes to organize the event and make everything work smoothly.
The technical program on Friday was followed by the announcement of
the winner of the 2011 IOP Best Paper Award Winner Ms. Cheng Yang
of the Center for Sensor Systems and Institute of Mechanics and Control
Engineering - Mechatronics, University of Siegen, Germany for her paper
entitled A Novel Piezoelectric Paint Sensor for Non Destructive Testing
(co-written with Prof. Claus-Peter Fritzen). She was also the lucky winner
of the conference Grand Prize of a Sony cybershot digital camera.
Planning for the NDT in Canada 2012 conference is already well underway,
and it will reprise the 2010 collaboration with the Candu Owners Group
(COG) international in-service inspection workshop. For more information
and regular updates, please visit http://events.cinde.ca/.
Reported by Larry Cote
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