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Publication: e-Journal of Nondestructive Testing (NDT) ISSN 1435-4934 (NDT.net Journal)
Report: The 3rd International CANDU In-service Inspection and NDT in Canada 2010 ConferenceCanadian Institute for NDE (CINDE)27, Hamilton, ON, Canada
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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