SAIW in Vienna for International Conferences and Meetings

SAIW executive director, Sean Blake, and systems and quality manager, Harold Jansen, represented the SAIW during two consecutive international conferences held in Vienna, Austria between 29 May and 7 June 2017.

The first-ever International Conference on the IAEA Technical Cooperation Programme: “Sixty years and Beyond – Contributing to Development”, was held from 30 May to 1 June. Prior to and following this conference, meetings of National Liaison Officers (NLOs) and Focal Points of AFRA Regional Designated Centres (RDC) were held. SAIW has been the Anglophone RDC for Africa since the late 1990s and was able to change the lives of 251 individuals from 21 different countries, with the cooperation and sponsorship of the IAEA, through SAIW NDT Level 1 to Level 3 training programmes. Since the successful conclusion of the Regional NDT development project in 2011, obtaining sponsorship for further development in NDT has been challenging and the objective of SAIW personnel was to identify future prospects for liaison between SAIW and IAEA in the field of NDT on the African continent.

The 8th International Conference on Certification and Standardisation in NDT – ‘5 years of EN ISO 9712 – What’s next / how to go on?’ was held on 6th and 7th of June 2017, with ICNDT (The World Organisation for NDT) Working Group 1 – Qualification & Certification and IEC (executive committee) meetings scheduled for the 5th and 7th of June, respectively. SAIW was represented on all these meetings with Harold Jansen presenting a paper during the conference titled ‘Competence of NDT Personnel’.

“The global standard for Qualification and Certification of NDT personnel, ISO 9712, is due for its systematic review and SAIW, in collaboration with SAINT, was privileged to represent the South African NDT industry at this international forum,” says Jansen.

“Representatives were able to actively participate within the various forums, prior to and during the conference, with proposed changes to the ISO 9712 standard being suggested from a South African perspective.

Both Sean Blake and Harold Jansen would like to express their gratitude to the SAIW Board for making this very important international interaction possible