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NDT.net Issue - 2008-11 - NEWS

The 17th WCNDT 2008 Multimedia Review

R. Diederichs57
NDT.net112, Bad Breisig, Germany
NDT-wide, China, event, Exhibition, conference
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Issue: 2008-11
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Video Introduction
All WCNDT 2008 Videos

WCNDT 2008 CD-Proceedings
The 17th World Conference & Exhibition on Nondestructive Testing took place in Shanghai, China from 25-28 October 2008. Although the conference was postponed from its original dates in August 2008 due to the earthquake disaster in China, the conference received a high number of participants. From a total of 764 registered delegates, 530 came from 50 countries and 234 were domestic. 490 papers have been presented, 436 oral and 54 poster presentations. The graph (right) shows the number of participants of the top 10 countries. Dr. Rong S Geng, President of the 17th WCNDT, opened the conference. For more of his talk listen to the video or read the foreword in the CD-proceedings.

Although the technical sessions where quite well attended, as usual, the most attractive topic was ultrasonic phased arrays. Undoubtedly the most interesting aspect of this event was the exhibition. 202 organizations presented their products and services. In just the first day the exhibition was visited by 3000 people.

ICNDT General Assembly, the meetings of the ISO TC-135 NDT Committee and the Policy and General Purposes Committee of the International Committee of NDT (PGP-ICNDT) were held simultaneously with this Conference. During the ICNDT meeting the new chairman Mike Farley was elected to replace Douglas Marshall. Also in this meeting the German Society for NDT (DGZfP) was elected to hold the 19th WCNDT 2016 in Munich. But before we look so far into the future, the 18th WCNDT will take place in South Africa probably in April 2012. The WCNDT 2012 was introduced by its President Manfred Johannes as well during the closing ceremony other main NDT events like the APCNDT 2009 in Japan and the ECNDT 2010 in Russia where introduced.

Participants in Shanghai where enthusiastic about the social program which included a welcome dinner with Chinese food on the first evening and another evening featuring a Chinese classic concert.

Highlights of this event were captured on videos and photos which you can access via the links below.

WCNDT 2008 Photos
WCNDT 2008 Videos
WCNDT 2008 CD-Proceedings
490 Papers of the CD-Proceedings in the Database


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