NDT, NDE, NDI... In the world around us, these little three letter combinations are a big deal. Nondestructive testing (NDT) has a reputation. Like any form of quality control, there are lovers and haters of it; however, NDT is well known for being one of the most well-respected.
All Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) or examination methods comprise the following steps: the search for, and detection of the discontinuities, the indication or recording or signal–processing of those detected discontinuities, and the human interpretation of that indication, record or signal.
While advancements in automation and technology have enabled efficient acquisition of large volumes of nondestructive examination (NDE) data, the advancements in the analysis of collected data have been largely stagnant.