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NDT Level 4 – A kick start to a Revolution in NDT

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

The two day International Conference on Non Destructive Testing and Industrial Quality held on 10-11 October 2010 concluded successfully at Dubai. The much awaited conference and the NDT Expo were inaugurated by Mr. Steven Nabil El Assaad, CEO & President of Al Sulaimi Group Holding. The Conference was scheduled in 4 sessions with a total of 12 paper presenters who astounded the audience with their presentation on various interesting topics. The event posed as a right stopover for the delegates and visitors to share and discuss information and ideas. NDT Level 4 conference is the first ever NDT conference to be organized in the UAE.

Besides the much awaited conference the major highlight of the event was the Global Excellence Awards ceremony which dazzled the most happening maritime hub of the world, Dubai on 11th October 2010. With more glitz and awe the award ceremony saw the stalwarts of the NDT industry come together to celebrate the outstanding contributions from the veterans of the industry. The glittering award ceremony was inaugurated by Mr. Ruurd Sybren Abma, COO, Ras Al Khaimah Gas Commission (RAK Gas) and Mr. Sohan Roy S.K., CEO, Aries Group of Companies.

Award Winners for various categories include “Best Training Institute” by “Global Training Institute”, “Group Five Construction” won the “Best Service Provider” award and “American Society of Non Destructive Testing” won the “Best NDT Organization” Award. “The Project Manager” award was given to “Mohammed Daoud, Manager (Projects & Quality Management), Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO)”. The “Best Training Video” award was won by “Emirates Technical and Safety Development Centre- ETSDC”. “Best QHSE Award” was bestowed upon “Unger Steel Middle East FZE”. “Euro Mechanical” won the “Best Calibration Facility” Award, “Turgen International” was bestowed upon the “Best Equipment Dealer” award. “Sonatest of Gammatec NDT Supplies” was awarded the “Most Popular Product” award. “NITON of Hillsborough Scientific & Technical Equipment Trading” was proclaimed as the “Most Innovative Product”. “Al Sulaimi Group Holding” was awarded the “Best NDT firm” award. “Velosi” was awarded the “Best Third Party Inspection Agency” and finally, the “Best Publication” award was bestowed upon “Gulf Oil & Gas”.

Winners of the Global Excellence Awards

Two Lifetime Achievement Awards were given out during the award night ceremony. Mr. Arvind Bhide, Director, Bhide Institute of Testing Technology was honored with the “Lifetime Achievement Award in NDT Service” and Mr. Shyam A Bhatia, Chairman, Alam Steel was honored with the “Lifetime Achievement Award in Entrepreneurship”. Global Excellence Awards was star studded where the crime of the NDT industry mesmerized the night with their presence.

NDT Level 4 is sponsored by Al Sulaimi Group and Hi Tech Inspection Services LLC, Silver partners for the event are Velosi and Modsonic, Bronze sponsors include The Gammatec Group of Companies, Olympus, EECI, Turgen International, Sigma Enterprises LLC, Sonatest, Phoenix and Oserix and Event associates include Dash Inspectorate Pvt Ltd, NDTS, Stork Cooperheat, ICM, Alfatech FZC, Albanna Engineering, Hillsborough, Kodak Industrex products. The conference Delegate Kit sponsor and registration area sponsor is BCTS and Beta Inspection Services respectively. Global Excellence Award sponsor is EIL (Emirates Industrial Laboratory). Award Nite registration area is sponsored by GE and Euro Mechanical. The event has been supported by The American Welding Society. Event Media partners are Petromin, The Marine World, Going to, Petrofinder, Bodo’s Power Systems, Gulf Oil and, Bvents, Oil Offshore Marine, Alexander’s Gas & Oil Connections. Also, the Event Intelligence support is provided by Aries NDT Division, UAE.

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Director General of Dubai Municipality opens PIANC-COPEDEC VII

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Acting Director of Dubai Municipality, Hussain Nasser Lootah, opened the seventh international conference on coastal and port engineering, PIANC-COPEDEC VII, and concurrent exhibition Waterfront 2008 today at InterContinental Dubai Festival City. Close to 1,000 industry professionals attended.

Addressing the Opening Ceremony, Mr Lootah underlined the significance and timeliness of the conference in light of the expanding development of waterfront engineering projects in Dubai and across the region.

Mr Lootah identified several vital touchpoints of the conference, including its focus on coastal and port infrastructure engineering, management and planning of ports and marinas, development of waterfronts and beaches, monitoring of beach movements, risk management for coastal areas, and the importance of protecting the coastal environment.

About Dubai Municipality’s involvement in PIANC-COPEDEC VII, he said, “We are presenting three papers showcasing best practices that deal with the main theme of the conference. These include a coastal process modelling-based Decision Support System for Live Management of the Dubai dynamic coastal zone, coastal modeling of the Dubai coastline with emphasis on morphological model validation, and shoreline management of the Dubai coast.

Following Mr Lootah’s address, Secretary General of the Abu Dhabi environment Agency, Majid Al Mansouri, noted climate change related issues that the world faces. He identified that the per capita share of potable water in West Asia decreased from 1,700 cubic metres to 907 cubic metres during 1985 to 2005. He also compared a 60% increase in the aridity of fertile land to a 75% increase in the population. He identified changes in consumer habits and increase in hazardous waste leading to ecological imbalances. “Our coasts are repeatedly subjected to development risks including increased pollution, salinity, and overuse of fisheries wealth, plus numbers of people now choosing to reside in waterfront areas, and the growing amount of industrial projects, water treatment plants, and power production.

Dr Ranjit Galappatti, Chairman of the International Organising Committee, commented that much progress has been made in the fields of coastal and port engineering over the last 25 years. PIANC-COPEDEC was originally established to provide a forum where coastal and port engineering professionals from developing countries could interact with colleagues from more developed areas. The goal of this was to exchange knowledge in both directions and empower those from developing nations to take a grater role in the development of their countries. Nowadays, professionals from developing countries are more confident and assertive about charting their own course of development.

Mr Eric Van den Eede, President of PIANC, welcomed delegates and introduced Brussels-based PIANC as a global organisation providing guidance for sustainable waterborne transport infrastructures for ports and waterways. He emphasised that, in effecting this role, PIANC’s core objective until 2010 is to address young professionals worldwide.

Following the Opening Ceremony, Mr Lootah opened Waterfront 2008, the exhibition of products, technologies and services featuring some 30 companies including sponsors Platinum Sponsor Sama Dubai, Gold Sponsor Roads and Transport Authority Dubai, and Silver Sponsor Dubai Maritime City.

Keynote addresses were then heard by His Excellency Nayef Al Kalali, Under Secretary of the Ministry of Works and Housing, Bahrain and Datin Paduka O.C. Phang, General Manager of Malaysia’s Port Klang Authority and President of the International Association of Ports and Harbors.

The technical conference began in earnest afterwards, with today’s sessions devoted to Port Planning, Coastal Resort Development, Wave Modelling, Sea States, Low Crested Structures, Shoreline Modelling, Measurement Techniques, and Wave Climate.

PIANC-COPEDEC VII continues until Thursday 28 February.

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