International Conference on NDE 4.0
26 – 28 April 2022 in Munich, Germany AND 14/15/20/21 April 2021 Virtually

Message of the Chair concerning COVID-19

On behalf of the entire organisation team of the 1st International Conference on NDE 4.0, we hope that this message finds you in good health, wherever you are opening this website looking for news. 

COVID-19 has created unprecedented worldwide challenges for our industry, our conference and everyone in the NDE 4.0 family. However, it also shows the need for the digitalisation of NDE and all ongoing NDE 4.0 activities.

Due to the shift of WCNDT 2020 to summer 2021 the planning of the 1st International Conference on NDE 4.0 was changed as follows:

  • Virtual Conference 14/15/20/21 April 2021, four days of invited presentations on the subject of NDE 4.0 (3 hours every day, 2 slots to accomodate all time-zones)
  • Face-to-Face Conference 26 - 28 April 2022 in Munich, the call for abtracts is online.

In order to ensure the health and safety of all participants we keep monitoring the further development of COVID-19 and the worldwide situation and will keep you posted on any further changes. Please stay healthy in the meantime.

Dr. Johannes Vrana
Conference Chair


Industry 4.0 is the ongoing fourth industrial revolution, based on digitisation, crosslinking and networks and lives on data for its feedback loops and one of its biggest and most valuable data sources is NDE. Industry 4.0 leads to an improved production and design by analysing the data stored in digital twins and provided by the industrial internet of things. Measures like artificial intelligence, big data processing, or augmented reality allow to evaluate and visualise the data. Blockchains allow ensuring modification-proof storage and traceability and 5G the wireless connections needed by Industry 4.0.

This will lead to big changes in NDE. First, the Industry 4.0 emerging technologies can be used to enhance NDE technologies and NDE data processing. Second, a statistical analysis of NDE data provides insight into reliability, inspection performance, training status, consistency, and value of the inspections. Finally, NDE is the ideal data source for Industry 4.0.

This first conference on NDE 4.0 is devoted promoting a broad exchange on all subjects regarding NDE 4.0. The conference provides a unique opportunity for users, scientists, equipment suppliers and all who are interested to discuss the following topics:

Presentations addressing the topics mentioned above and considering any NDE methods proposed such as thermal imaging, eddy current, ultrasonics, optics, x-ray testing and many others will be most welcome.

Opportunities for technical visits to relevant IIoT companies are planned.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Munich.

Dr. Johannes Vrana
Technical Committee NDE 4.0
Dr. Matthias Purschke
Executive Director and member of the board of DGZfP

NDE 4.0 Short Course

In addition to the main technical program, the conference will be complemented by one-­day short course on Monday, 25 June 2021, taking place at the DGZfP training centre in Ismaning (close to Munich).

More information will be provided in time.

Best Papers

After the conference, all papers will be evaluated by the NDE 4.0 conference committees and the best papers will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation

These papers should not already be published in any conference proceedings or journals and the work should be original and new. A peer review process by independent, anonymous expert referees is performed.