Welcome to Short Courses

Short Courses 

  • Four acclaimed critical courses will be offered on the day before the conference. 


Details on Course 1


  • A one-day seminar designed for individuals who require an understanding of the principles, techniques and applications of the key Nondestructive Testing methods. This program is supplemented with PowerPoint presentations about the principles of NDT and practical applications to provide a basic comprehensive knowledge of NDT’s major methods. Emphasis is placed on basic procedures, techniques, applications, advantages and limitations as related to industry requirements for each method. 
  • Examples of NDT devices supplement the lectures to enable the attendee to obtain a better understanding of the general theory, uses and variables of the methods presented. This will end with a focus on the management of NDT and its practitioner certification programs with regional issues in order to gain an appreciation and address the challenges ahead to better realize the full potential of NDT. 
  • A copy of the “Handbook of Nondestructive Evaluation” by Charles J. Hellier, McGraw-Hill, Publisher, will be given to each attendee.  

Details on Course 2


  • A one-day seminar designed for individuals who require an understanding of the Basic principles of Radiation Safety. Emphasis is placed on Safety measures, local regulations and emergency procedures. A mock-up drill with a model radiography camera will be performed.
  • Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) requirements and its published Regulatory Guide will be summarized.
  • The following familiarization with Basic Radiation Safety will be presented: 

Course Content 

  • 1. Basic Concepts, types of radiation, activity, decay, half-life, sealed and unsealed sources, contamination, and ionization. 
  • 2. Basic Principles of Radiation Safety - Time, Distance and Shielding.
  • 3. Equipment - Gamma equipment and X-ray generators. 
  • 4. Radiation Units and Dose Limitation.
  • 5. Dose limitations.
  • 6. Dosimetry.
  • 7. Biological effects of radiation.
  • 8. Site Radiography - Controlled and supervised areas.
  • 9. Safety Equipment and Warning.
  • 10. Responsibility of BRS, RPO & RPA.
  • 11. Case studies of incidents related to industrial radiography, transport incidents, actions to take in event of emergency, and contingency plans.
  • 12. Summary of Legislation - FANR.
  • 13. Emergency Procedures.
  • 14. Emergency and Contingency Action Plans.
  • 15. Mock-up drills.

Details on Course 3


  •  This half-day short course covers the history, fundamentals and applications of electromagnetic inspection techniques, present and future.
  • It talks about what is arguably the most used and most versatile NDT technique: Electromagnetic Inspection. It is probable that no other form of nondestructive testing has a history of scientific creativity and practical development that compares with electromagnetic testing techniques which include Magnetic Particle, Magnetic Flux Leakage, Eddy Current, ACFM and Remote Field Testing.
  • Eddy current instruments are made by various well known manufacturers. The latest developments in the use of electromagnetics are mainly in the field of RFT, which is the fastest growing electromagnetic technique at present:

  1. Flat plate scanners
  2. Boiler tube scanners: hand held and automated
  3. Pit detectors for use on the outside of a coated pipeline
  4. Self-contained smart pigs for small diameter pipelines
  5. Self-contained smart pigs for large diameter pipelines
  6. Cased water well inspection tools, and many special probes for heat exchanger tube inspection
  7. Electromagnetic techniques and those driven by homeland security issues such as x-ray radiography and infrared and thermal imaging are expected to experience the fastest growth over the next five years.

Details Course 4


  • This half-day short course covers innovations in testing and monitoring over long and short ranges using:
  • Guided Wave Testing (GWT) methodologies. The presence of corrosion in petrochemical pipelines, where the structural integrity of the pipes is a fundamental requirement to avoid loss of containment and to conform to safety standards was the major driver for the development of a rapid screening method using guided waves at Imperial College in the 1990’s. 
  • Guided wave testing​ (GWT) methodology employ ​​axially traveling waves over many tens of feet have been used in industry for about two decades and are now a recognized method for the rapid screening of pipes and pipelines from a single accessible position. The method offers an enormous magnitude increase in the volumetric coverage in addition to access to restricted areas compared to local or spot NDT measurement methods and as a result, the energy sector currently use GWT methods to inspect and monitor in excess of one hundred million square feet of piping annually. It has been recognized that cost savings can be gained when using permanently installed sensors for monitoring instead of performing repeat measurements using conventional guided wave equipment. However, there are alternative ways to send and receive guided waves in order to test a few meters of piping either axially or circumferentially. A new and innovative tool that operates in this way for the quantitative measurement of wall loss particularly but not restricted to areas of piping that are not directly accessible will be introduced. The Quantitative Short Range scanning system quantitatively measures corrosion. 
  • The device employs patented algorithms and technology with multimodal circumferential guided waves to measure the minimum pipe wall thickness. Numerical modelling simulations will be used to describe details of the methodology and practical testing procedures. Results from verification experiments and tests on a range of pipe thickness and diameters are presented to demonstrate the step improvement in the capability of this technology for industrial applications such as measurement of remaining wall thickness at corrosion under supports (CUPS) and under corrosion scabs. This is envisaged and designed to be an independent verification and prove up tool. 

Details Course 5


  • This one-day refresher course will cover the theoretical principles and practical applications of Radiographic Film Interpretation and prepare candidates for RFI examination by presenting the following: 
  • Basic principles of the radiographic inspection procedure.
  • Basic Radiation Physics (characteristics of radiation sources).
  • Radiographic film processing, procedures, and recognize limitations in exposure quality.
  • Assessment of radiographic quality and viewing condition requirements.
  • Interpretation of radiographic codes and specifications and report writing based on code requirements.
  • Origins of defects and locate and recognition of radiographic images of defects with a high probability of detection.


  1. Review of the radiographic variables related to film interpretation 
  2. Basic Radiation Physics
  3. Film Characteristics and Types
  4. Exposure Techniques 
  5. Types of Illuminators and Radiographic Viewing Conditions
  6. Radiographic Image Quality Requirements
  7. Discontinuities and their Origins
  8. Radiographic Artifacts 
  9. Codes, Procedures, and Written Procedures  
  10. Radiographic Report Forms 
  11. Calibrating and Using Densitometers
  12. Evaluating Radiographs Related to Casting and Welds (practical)

Costs to attend


  • The fees for the full day Short courses will be 410 USD per entrant and 300 USD for the half day. For more information on this please email info@emeraldeventsme.com


  • ASNT, its individual members and corporate partners will benefit from gaining more job opportunities and market reach for their services and products, respectively.  
  • ASNT is here to develop the NDT industry throughout the Gulf region:  By organizing and managing the NDT profession, through much sought-after training and certification programs. 

Short COurses Intructors



  • Sebastian Z Fernandes has a Bachelor’s Degree in Metallurgical Engineering from IIT Bombay, Master’s Degree in Quality Management, is a IRCA registered Principal Quality Auditor, European / International Welding Engineer, and Chartered Engineer in the UK. He is also certified by ASQ as Certified Manager – Quality and Organizational Excellence. He holds ASNT NDE Level III certification in seven methods and ISO 9712 NDE Level III in addition to CSWIP Level III in Phased Array and ToFD.
  • He is currently the Secretary of the ASNT UAE Section and has been working in the fields of NDT, Quality Control and Assurance function in excess of 38 years. He has extensive experience in Radiographic Film Interpretation and Digital Radiographic Image Interpretation. He has interpreted in excess of a million radiographs of production welds and castings.
  • Sebastian has conducted several training programs in NDT and is currently engaged as Technical consultant to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK) and Manager – Metallurgy and Corrosion at Petrofac International, Sharjah.

NDT For Engineers


  • Danny Keck has over 45 years of experience in construction and maintenance NDT & Inspection in the Nuclear and Petro-Chemical industries and is currently an NDT / Inspection Consultant for Brunel Energy and others around the globe.
  • Danny spent 12 years with Saudi Aramco where he developed new and innovative Inspection and NDT technologies for use in its refineries and operating plants. His team was responsible for the Inspection of over 800 storage tanks as well as 1000’s of miles of pipelines and hundreds of pressure vessels. In 2004 Danny returned to BP where he worked until 2009, when he was transferred to Houston with BP as the Global NDT and Inspection Subject Matter Expert for BP’s Upstream Technology Team. During his time in Houston, Danny developed the first sub-sea High Energy Betatron system for radiographic work at depths of up to 10,000 feet under water. He was also instrumental in developing and introducing sub-sea EMAT technology for underwater pipeline inspection. Danny holds three patents in NDT systems, has multiple ASNT and ACCP Level III’s, is National Board Certified and has multiple API certifications. He is the Vice Chair of the Certification Management Council of ASNT and Technical and Education Council Director on the ASNT Board of Directors 

NDT For Engineers


  • Marwan Basrawi is the founding Director of ASNT’s Middle East Region 19 and founding President of DiTECHT Science & Technology Consultancy. He has served two terms on ASNT’s board of directors, been chairman of its Section Operations Council, and continues to be ASNT’s Regional Director in the Middle East since 2001, while currently leading ASNT’s Engineering Division as well as the International Ad Hoc Committee of the ASNT Board. He is also an ASNT Fellow for his distinguished and exemplary service to the nondestructive testing profession, and the founding chairman of ASNT’s Saudi Arabian Section (SAS) and is current President of the UAE Section, both sections being recipients of ASNT’s President Award for Operational Excellence. He continues to lead the establishment of organized and credible NDT in the region through training, certification, conferencing and active ASNT sections. 

Electromagnetic Techniques


  • Ankit Vajpayee has a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, is a registered Professional Engineer in Canada, a Chartered Engineer in UK, and a CGSB ECT Level II in Canada.
  • He is an active member in NDT Societies in USA, Canada, UK, Russia, Colombia and India. Ankit holds credentials in Electromagnetic Inspection Techniques (ECT & RFT) and is fully involved in their applied Research & Development. His affiliations include being Vice President of Global Business for the Russel Group of Canada, Technical Advisor for the PICA Corp of USA, Director of Russell Technologies in India, as well as being a Senior Technical Editor for ASNT. In addition to ASNT, he is also actively involved in Canadian Institute of NDE (CINDE), Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Association of Professional Engineers and Geologists of Alberta - Canada (APEGA), British Institute of NDT (BINDT), ASME, Sovet Glavnix Mexanikov, Russia (SGM), ACOSEND of Colombia, American Water Works Association (AWWA) and North American Society for Trenchless Technologies (NASTT). His publications include authoring over 30 technical articles and presentation of over 50 papers in conferences globally, as well being featured in interviews and recognitions internationally.

GWT Methodologies


  • Dr. David Alleyne is the CEO of GUL and was a co-founder of the company in 1998. He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London. His research at Imperial from 1987 addressed the exploitation of Lamb waves for the NDT of plate structures, followed by the pioneering foundational research on the guided wave testing of pipes. He has authored patents relating to guided wave testing equipment and was pivotal in the creation of the guided wave testing methodology, codes, standards and Level 3 certification. He has been the driver for the global commercialisation of guided wave NDT and monitoring methods and is the acknowledged world leader in the industrial application of this technology.
  • David leads all aspects of the business and has responsibility for the strategic vision and direction of the company. He has gained a wealth of invaluable experience from partners and clients from every corner of the world, which is reflected in the diverse and talented group of people within GUL and the emphasis placed on team work, quality, customer needs and innovation.

Radiation Safety


  • Ramamurthi Raghunathan is a Post Graduate in Radiation Physics from Bhabha Atomic Research Center, which is associated with Mumbai University, India. He is ASNT/ACCP and ISO 9712 Level III in Radiography Testing and four other methods. He has more than 25 years of field experience in Radiation Safety and has worked with most of Industrial Radioisotopes and  X-Ray machines, including the High energy Linear accelerator.
  • Raghunathan has more than 20 years of experience working as a Radiation Protection Supervisor and Radiation Protection Advisor in the UAE following the UAE’s Federal Nuclear Federation for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) and other U.A.E government Regulatory bodies. He is presently Technical Director of WENS Technical and Occupational Skill and Training LLC , listed by FANR as an Industrial Radiation Protection Training Service Provider, and by the British Institute of Nondestructive Testing as an approved BRS/RPS Trainer/Examiner.
  • Raghunathan has conducted several  Radiation Safety programs with theory and practical workshops that includes mock-up drills and emergency procedures.

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