7th European-American Workshop on
Reliability of NDE
September 4 – 7, 2017 in Potsdam, Germany


We cordially invite all NDE practitioners, scientists and early-career colleagues – active or interested in the field of NDE reliability – to attend the 7th European-American Workshop on Reliability of NDE (7th EAW). Although called “European-American”, the Workshop has drawn substantial international attention over the years and the interest spans over several continents – a tradition we wish to keep and pursue.

Aims and Content

The aim of this Workshop is to acquire a deeper understanding of factors influencing NDE reliability and of their interplay in NDE practice. Furthermore, we wish to open a dialogue about reliability between scientists and practitioners in order to advance the field as a whole. The topic in focus is the discussion of interconnections and dependencies between different influencing factors. Thereby, we aim to:

Advances in reliability

  • Understand how the influencing factors are interconnected and how this knowledge can be used to increase the NDE reliability in the praxis
  • Discuss the role of POD in relation to fracture mechanics for the entire component safety and integrity assessment and associated risks
  • Explore new application domains, such as the railway

POD development

  • Develop approaches for
    • the reliability assessment of structural health monitoring
    • the capability of NDT to size defects
  • Develop POD modelling approaches, with the special focus on how human factors can be taken into account
  • Address new challenges associated with composites and strongly scattering media

Human and organisational factors

  • Deepen the understanding of the human and organisational factors affecting NDE reliability
  • Develop strategies for
    • Transferring human factors knowledge into practice
    • Promoting the positive side of human factors
  • Identify the responsible parties and activate them to take reliability and human factors as their priority


Workshop Program
Sept. 5 – 7, 2017

Oral and Poster Presentations

(duration 2.5 day)

The program aims to provide a wealth of sessions with rich technical content. As in the previous years, the presentations will be dedicated to industrial demands, scientific progress in the evaluation of the reliability of NDE, and to human and organisational factors.

Optional: NDE Reliability Tutorial for Practitioners
Sept. 4 – 5, 2017

(duration 1.5 days)

This tutorial offers a wide range of reliability topics and is intended not only for colleagues, who are not yet familiar with reliability as a topic, but also for regulators, service providers, end-users, and scientists, who encounter reliability-related problems in their daily practice and wish to obtain skills that will serve as a starting point in overcoming those problems.

The tutorial will be divided into three parts:

a) Human and organisational influences on NDE reliability
b) Basic principles of the probability of detection (POD) and the problem of real defects
c) Advanced principles of POD: Multi-parameter POD for industrial systems


Kongresshotel Potsdam

Am Luftschiffhafen 1
14471 Potsdam, Germany

Arrival By train

We have special conditions in the conference hotel (until August 20, 2017):

Reservation code: EAW Reliability of NDE

Single room, Sept. 3 – 4, 2017: 87.00 € per night
Single room, Sept. 4 – 8, 2017: 95.00 € per night

Your reservation please send to

e-mail: info@hukg.de
fax: +49 331 90770-777

More hotels can be found at the Potsdam Tourism web site.


The Organizing Committee invites partners from industries to participate actively in this international event through sponsorship. Basically, every sponsor will be acknowledged by publishing the name and logo

  • in all publications printed with respect to this workshop
  • on this web site
  • on sponsor poster in the registration area


The European-American Workshop has a history of almost 20 years. Over this time, a wide range of topics have been discussed. The first Workshop, in 1997, set the path to contemporary reliability models by suggesting the Modular Reliability Model – today widely accepted by the reliability community. The model depicts the reliability of an NDE system as a function of intrinsic capability, application factors, and the human factors. It was during the fourth EAW in 2009 that organisational context – nowadays acknowledged as probably the most relevant factor – was added to the model. During the six workshops that have been held to date, main reliability concepts were clearly defined; scientists and practitioners engaged in an open discussion on how reliability can be incorporated into industrial practice and where the differences still lie; the basic probability of detection (POD) concept was further developed, acknowledging the complexity of the influencing factors, both in the laboratory as well as in the practice; the challenges of reliability for structural health monitoring were addressed; advantages and disadvantages of new tools, such as the computer simulation, were discussed; and the importance of human and organisational factors in the concept of reliability were brought to the forefront of everyone’s attention.

Key Dates

  • Deadline for Abstract Submission: Feb. 28, 2017
  • Presenting Authors Registration: May 15, 2017
  • Tutorial: Sept. 4 – 5, 2017
  • Workshop: Sept. 5 – 7, 2017
  • Submission of Full Paper: Sept. 15, 2017