Breakfast Meeting on sensitization on Nondestructive testing (NDT) Methods

Date and time: 
Thu, 2017-07-06 16:57
Location / Venue: 

Safari Club Hotel, Lilian Towers: University Way

Group Photo During Breakfast Meeting

Group Photo During Breakfast Meeting

The Institute of Nuclear Science & Technology successfully hosted a breakfast meeting on 6th July 2017 at Safari Club Hotel-Lilian Towers. The purpose of the meeting was to offer sensitization on socioeconomic gains of employing nondestructive testing (NDT) in built environment and infrastructure.  It also provided a platform for the Vision 2030 key stakeholders to exchange ideas on how NDT can improve product quality in their organisations. Stakeholders were drawn from the Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board, National Construction Authority, Kenya Air Force, State Department of Housing and Urban Development, Geothermal Development Company, Radiation Protection Board and the University of Nairobi.

Currently, Kenya is experiencing an accelerated growth in infrastructural developments, particularly in real estate, transport and energy sectors. These developments are going to provide an enabling environment towards achieving Vision 2030. Therefore, It is important that constructions in these areas be inspected for their structural integrity to ensure quality, safety, reliability and sustainability during the construction phase as well as during their operation period. Otherwise, it may lead to loss of lives as has been recently observed in the housing sector.

Among the various inspection methods, nondestructive testing (NDT) is superior.  It involves inspection of a structure without necessarily obtaining a sample and taking it to the laboratory for analysis. The major NDT methods include magnetic particle testing, liquid penetrant testing, radiographic testing and ultrasonic testing.  Typical applications cover a broad scope that includes the inspection of aircraft, pipelines, roads, bridges, trains and railway lines, power stations, oil refineries, residential and industrial buildings. The Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology, a unit within the College of Architecture and Engineering of the University of Nairobi has acquired equipment on these methods. These equipment will be used to train engineers and scientists to give them skills they can use when they join the workforce. The Institute has staff with the required academic and professional skills.

The INST has further organised a three-day training on NDT methods from 12th to 14th July 2017 at the Institute’s NDT laboratory. The cost of the training is Ksh 30,000 per participant, which is payable to the College of Architecture and Engineering KCB account 400-634-003.

 

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Tue, 2030-12-31 16:57

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