ASNT Digital Imaging Denver 2022 Takeaways

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Posted on May 03

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ASNT Digital Imaging Denver 2022 Takeaways

HUVR sponsored the American Society of Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) Annual Digital Imaging Conference and Trade Show in Denver, Colorado last week.  Meeting such a wide variety of experts and technicians in X-ray and CT scanning technology in the avionics, petrochem and O&G industries definitely delivered some great insights.

AI/ML application to CT scans

Critical pieces of many industries—like avionics—require in-depth CT scans to verify that no defects are present. These CT scans can often exceed 15 hours in length and be made up of over 1600 individual scans. This obviously is a massive time investment. Through the application of deep learning and neural networks, the same resolution of a CT scan can now be accomplished in a fraction of the time, often achieving a reduction of between 3 and five times. So the same scan that previously took 15 hours can now take 4 without the loss of any fidelity. This is a great application of post-image processing to reduce the delivery time of a final report, and a huge boost in productivity.

The industrial world is rapidly moving into digital space. This can mean a 3D representation of an entire oil refinery or a 3D laser scan of an air body. Being to overlay digital imagery onto these models helps localize the location of defects and anomalies. This technology can monitor the life of an anomaly on an F35 or allow a remote support engineer to understand the nature of a piping defect in a refinery halfway around the world. Providing context to these images and scans will deliver immense value from cradle to grave for assets.

Data Management is a challenge…but done properly can be the solution

The structure of data in legacy systems can often be a hindrance to advancement in our Big Data present, and will continue to hamper development as we gather more and more native digital data in the future. Data locked in inaccessible legacy systems can easily be lost as inspection best practices digitalize and does not lend itself to easy access for technicians. By moving now to capture that data on an open-ended platform, companies can prevent it being lost forever.

Furthermore, attendees stressed that they are looking for new solutions to fill the experience gap, improve asset performance and integrity while complying with regulatory requirements.

This was no great surprise to us at HUVR as we have heard the same thing through the advice of our network of advisors, such as Earl “The Tank Whisperer” Crochet. HUVR’s IDMS platform is purpose-built to meet this need. It aggregates, automates and analyzes inspection data seamlessly so that service providers and asset owners alike can confidently leverage all of the unique and specialized inspection technologies showcased at ASNT’s 2022 Digital Imaging show.

If you’d like to know more about our plans for the future, or how we can help you today, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’d love to talk it through with you, as the future is not on the horizon: it is already here.

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