A Report from Germany (WCNDT 2016, Part I)

Guten Tag! As I write (in June for the July issue) I am in the heart of Munich, Germany with the ASNT Executive Committee and senior staff, attending the 19th World Conference on Non-Destructive Testing (WCNDT). This year’s event was organized by the German Society for Nondestructive Testing, DGZfP, in conjunction with the International Committee on Nondestructive Testing (ICNDT). Though we are only settling in on the first official day, we have been in preliminary conference meetings and meeting with ICNDT for three days. I can confidently say that this already proving to be an exceptionally valuable event.

Many of our sister societies from around the world are here this week. We’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to meet with a number of representatives and officers from these organizations to further our mutual understanding and strengthen our common commitment to create a safer world.

As ASNT President Kevin Smith explains in his letter this month, and as I noted within my first letter in January 2016, listening and engaging is critical to our success and effectiveness at achieving our goals. The WCNDT has afforded the officers of the Executive Committee and the senior staff the chance to gather and share concepts and programs that, after the conference is over, we can utilize to better serve ASNT and its members.

One meeting of particular importance was a gathering of societies in the Pan-American Conference for Nondestructive Testing on the first day of the conference. At this meeting, we engaged in an open dialogue about the ways to best serve the global NDT community through a close collaborative spirit and action in harmonizing or efforts in the Americas. I look forward to our growing partnerships and, in the future, implementing ideas we’ve shared.

Another meeting that I believe will have a positive impact was a gathering of the societies of ICNDT, also prior to the beginning of the event. Here, we had opportunities to offer suggestions and ideas germane to building relationships and governance and how these elements can be integrated into global programming. It has been exciting to see ASNT’s level of engagement grow in the last year to where we can be active in working with our partners and sister societies to determine directions that affect the global direction of NDT.

In parting, I’d like to commend the DGZfP and the ICNDT for organizing and delivering an exceptional conference. As the week continues, I’m eager to continue engaging in meeting room and hallway conversations with old and new friends. I wish I could share more with you now, but my deadline for this letter is fast approaching. For the August issue of Materials Evaluation, I promise I will have a full report!

As always, I welcome your thoughts and ideas for how ASNT can best serve the global NDT community. Please feel free to e-mail, call, or visit us here at the International Service Center.

Beste Grüsse aus München!


Dr. Arny Bereson
Executive Director
The American Society for Nondestructive Testing