With non-destructive testing (NDT) being a popular option in the oil & gas industry as well as other sectors, the NDT Resource Center is a great starting resource to learn more about NDT testing, services, educational options and NDT standards among other things.
If you’re relatively new to NDT or are thinking about getting involved in this sort of testing, here’s a great description from the NDT website:
The field of Nondestructive Testing (NDT) is a very broad, interdisciplinary field that plays a critical role in assuring that structural components and systems perform their function in a reliable and cost effective fashion. NDT technicians and engineers define and implement tests that locate and characterize material conditions and flaws that might otherwise cause planes to crash, reactors to fail, trains to derail, pipelines to burst, and a variety of less visible, but equally troubling events. These tests are performed in a manner that does not affect the future usefulness of the object or material. In other words, NDT allows parts and material to be inspected and measured without damaging them.
They go on to further explain one of the more obvious benefits of NDT, namely the balance between “quality control and cost effectiveness.” The NDT Resource website also gives some examples of NDT with real-life scenarios for storage tanks, pipeline inspection and more.
For additional information regarding NDT as well as test procedures and reports as they pertain to document control, please see the detailed video below that we produced.