Journal of
Civil Engineering and Construction Technology

  • Abbreviation: J. Civ. Eng. Constr. Technol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2634
  • DOI: 10.5897/JCECT
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 135

Review

Recent advances in non- destructive testing of concretes and structures: An outlook

Erhimona Okiemute Grace
  • Erhimona Okiemute Grace
  • Welding Engineering and Offshore Technology Department, Directorate of Engineering, Petroleum Training Institute Warri, Delta State, Nigeria.
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Andrew John
  • Andrew John
  • Welding Engineering and Offshore Technology Department, Directorate of Engineering, Petroleum Training Institute Warri, Delta State, Nigeria.
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  •  Received: 24 January 2019
  •  Accepted: 19 March 2019
  •  Published: 31 August 2019

Abstract

Non Destructive Testing (NDT) of materials and structures is one of the most common forms of quality control. The Nigerian infrastructure systems continue to deteriorate due to lack of integrity checks on some identified projects in both public and private sector. Analysis of various sectors in Nigeria revealed that there are abandon projects in building and constructions industry while major oil and gas facilities projects have been put in hold due to political instability and corruption, and lack of capacity development in research and development amongst others. Opportunities arising from the adoption of specialist approaches such as the Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are being understood and embraced in industries by many companies to extend the use of conventional NDT to advanced validated NDT methods and beyond. This study highlighted the steps used in choosing an effective NDT methods in the industry, introduced briefly the current approaches and methods adopted for structural integrity management of concretes, challenges faced in the industry due to lack of utilization of NDT methods including an outlook and future of NDT technology in the industry. It is expected that the study will stimulate innovative research and technology transfer aimed at bolstering the performance of NDT in the management of critical national assets.

Key words: Non-destructive test, structural integrity management, quality assurance, defect detection.