What is SAINT?

SAINT is the South African Institute for Non-destructive Testing formed in 1968 and made up of persons involved in Non-destructive Testing (NDT) in South Africa and neighbouring countries. It is governed by its constitution and an annually elected COUNCIL where “all members” are volunteers. SAINT is registered with SARS as a Non Profit Organization.

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Historical Background to SAINT

When the Bureau of Standards (SABS) was established by an Act of Parliament in 1945, one of its missions was: Create, Introduce to Industry test methods that would improve the quality of South African products (or words to that effect). A division of Non-destructive Testing was established circa 1950 – 1951 in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Physics. In 1964 it was decided to establish an independent Department of Mechanical Engineering. From 1 April 1965, together with the newly established independent Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, a rearrangement of divisions between the 3 engineering departments took place and the division of Non-destructive Testing was transferred to the Mechanical Engineering department.

The SAINT stand at the 18th WCNDT. From left, Keith Cain – Honorary Secretary, Dr Manfred Johannes – Immediate Past President, Robin Marshall – Administrative Secretary, Dr Mike Farley – Chairman of the ICNDT, Butch Davies – Chairman for the WCNDT local organising committee – Marketing

Mr. Pieter Scribante assumed duty as Director of Mechanical Engineering in April 1965, and was told by the then head of the Division of NDT that the SABS was the accredited organisation to represent South Africa at the International Conference of NDT. He attended the 5th WCNDT held in Montreal, Canada, in 1967. On his return to South Africa Pieter started discussions with other interested parties that with the idea to form a Society of NDT independent of the S.A. Bureau of Standards. In late 1967 a meeting was held to air this idea more widely. To quote Mr. Scribante “It was one of the most difficult meetings I have ever chaired”, the meeting had to be abandoned since an agreement could not be reached! However,Pieter did not give up. Additional meetings were held and were more fruitful.

Eventually the 1st Annual General Meeting was held in September 1968 at which the S.A. Society for Non-destructive Testing was born, later to be renamed Institute. Mr. Pieter Scribante assumed duty as Director of Mechanical Engineering in April 1965, and was told by the then head of the Division of NDT that the SABS was the accredited organisation to represent South Africa at the International Conference of NDT. He attended the 5th WCNDT held in Montreal, Canada, in 1967. On his return to South Africa Pieter started discussions with other interested parties that with the idea to form a Society of NDT independent of the S.A. Bureau of Standards. In late 1967 a meeting was held to air this idea more widely. To quote Mr. Scribante “It was one of the most difficult meetings I have ever chaired”, the meeting had to be abandoned since an agreement could not be reached! However,Pieter did not give up. Additional meetings were held and were more fruitful. Eventually the 1st Annual General Meeting was held in September 1968 at which the S.A. Society for Non-destructive Testing was born, later to be renamed Institute.

This forms a brief precis, detail of which was kindly provided by Mr Pieter Scribante, Founder Member and Past President of SAINT. (For the full transcript of Pieter’s “History of SAINT – A Memoir” look out for it in SAINT’s soon to be published first NDT Handbook

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND TO NDT


The need and desire to look into objects, materials and components is as old as the ability of mankind to form materials and to produce useful articles.

The SAINT stands at the 18th WCNDT. From left, Keith Cain – Honorary Secretary, Dr Manfred Johannes – Immediate Past President, Robin Marshall – Administrative Secretary, Dr Mike Farley – Chairman of the ICNDT, Butch Davies – Chairman for the WCNDT local organising committee – Marketing.

The discovery of ionizing radiation – called x-rays since those days – and the ability to utilise this radiation to produce images of objects, lies more than 100 years back. Through this discovery the foundation for modern non-destructive materials testing was laid.

Today it is impossible to imagine the launch of an aeroplane, the construction of a high-speed train system, the manufacture of safety critical motor vehicle components, fabrication through welding, etc. without the involvement of NDT.

In almost all branches of engineering NDT is the eye of the engineer into the component. In fact today NDT is the key to Quality Control in all spheres of engineering and SAINT strives to assure a professional NDT industry in South Africa.

You are invited to become a member of this winning team.

ACHIEVEMENTS


  • SAINT has cooperated closely with the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) and the South African Institution for Welding (SAIW) to put the South African Qualification and Certification Committee (SAQCC) for NDT in place in 1985.
  • SAINT cooperates in the Representative Advisory Forum (RAAF) of SANAS.
  • SAINT has hosted the 2nd African NDT Conference.
  • SAINT successfully hosted the 18th World Conference in NDT in Durban, South Africa, during April 2012.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?


Corporate Member
  • Have the right to appoint two representatives who shall have equal rights to Individual members.
  • 4 hours free NDT Level III assessment and input into your quality system for NDT.
  • A free entry A5 colour page entry into SAINT’s handbook.
All Members
  • A copy of SAINT’s newsletter Spectrum.
  • A copy of SAINT’s Handbook.
  • A partner to assist in disputes regarding NDT issues – independent NDT level III review and advise.
Who can join SAINT?

Any person involved in any way with NDT, whether individual or companies interested in accomplishing the objectives of the Institute. This includes operators, technicians, technologists, engineers, NDT company personnel, third party inspections, organizations and NDT equipment supply companies, companies involved in or using NDT.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES


To Protect

  • To advance the use of NDT professionals and the need thereof relating to safety of the public, employees and components to ensure a safe working environment in accordance with the OSH Act and Mines Health and Safety act.
  • To endorse and enhance work place safety in accordance with the OSH Act and Mines Health and Safety act by incorporating non-destructive testing within a documented manufacturing, assembly and in-service-inspection / maintenance program.
  • To promote the protection of the public and end-users by professional bodies from malpractice.

To Maintain

  • To develop, establish, facilitate, manage and promote the NDT profession within the South African industry.
  • To promote public and end-user understanding and trust in the NDT professions which includes service providers, qualification and certification facilitators, moderators and evaluators; and equipment manufacturers and suppliers.
  • To promote the necessity and obligation of non-destructive testing within the manufacture, assembly, engineering and maintenance environment to ensure as designed operation of plant.
  • Encourage international leading practice and the raising of esteem for all professions in South Africa
  • Facilitate access to and analysis of data related to NDT professions
  • Support the development of a national career advice system through recognised certification bodies and training authorities.

To Advance

  • To devise, inform, monitor and continually update the benchmark standards of competence, both academic and practical, required in the practice of the NDT profession.
  • Encourage and facilitate the development and implementation of continuing professional development through recognised certification bodies, authorised qualification bodies and approved training organisation as well as in-service training and experience programs documented in the company quality manual and managed by recognised and appointed NDT Level 3 individuals.
  • To encourage social responsibility and accountability within the NDT profession through a code of ethics
  • To promote the status of NDT professionals by professional registration and to enhance the pride of all involved in the NDT industry.

PAST PRESIDENTS OF THE INSTITUTE


1969/1970 – P SCRIBANTE