NEWS | September 18, 2023

Webinar Recording - Ask the Structure: Applications of Nondestructive Evaluation


Nondestructive evaluation (NDE) describes investigative methods used to assess conditions that are not readily visible within construction elements. These techniques can be used to evaluate new or existing construction and range from basic methods like visual assessment and hammer sounding to more advanced methods like shear wave ultrasonic tomography. Applicable to concrete, steel, wood, and other construction materials, NDE techniques are utilized in quality control for new construction, troubleshooting for new or existing construction, and condition evaluation of existing construction.

In this webinar, WJE engineers and NDE practitioners Joshua White and Heather Todak summarize the basics of various NDE technologies and use project examples to illustrate the benefits of utilizing NDE to solve problems for vastly different project applications, including a newly constructed building with failing adhered tile veneer, a historic structure undergoing an adaptive reuse project, a fire-damaged reinforced concrete building, and new construction with the potential for internal concrete defects.

By the end of the webinar, you will be able to:

  • Explain the basic physical principles of multiple NDE methods
  • Identify applications for which NDE can be a useful problem-solving tool
  • Describe instances where NDE methods may require destructive verification
  • Evaluate the benefits and limitations of common NDE technologies

There will be plenty of time for your questions during the presentation. Attendees are eligible for one American Institute of Architects (AIA) HSW Learning Unit.