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Autonomous Aerial Robotics for NDT Inspections

Drones and other aerial robotic systems are quickly solidifying their place in the industrial inspection process.

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Drones and other aerial robotic systems are quickly solidifying their place in the industrial inspection process. They have quickly come from “is this possible?” to routine in the plant setting, managed by entire teams of people at asset-owning and service-providing companies. These aerial robots started off as manual and difficult to control but are rapidly approaching fully autonomous in their operation and data analysis.

In this presentation, we will answer some of the following questions:

  • How far are aerial robotics, such as drones, from being fully autonomous in the plant setting?
  • What prevents drones from being autonomous now?
  • What is the difference between operational autonomy and data autonomy?
  • What will this mean for NDT inspectors?
  • Can asset owners and inspectors trust the data that is being collected by autonomous robots?

Webinar agenda:

  • Introduction
  • Live demonstration of new aerial robotic technology
  • Overview of automation levels
  • Discussion about the future of autonomous robotics
  • Q&A throughout


Christian Smith

Christian Smith is one of the founding members of Interactive Aerial and serves as the company’s President. He oversees Interactive Aerial’s sales team and global distribution partners, along with managing day-to-day company operations. Christian has been involved in aviation for over 12 years. He studied business at the University of North Dakota where he also became a commercial pilot and Certified Flight Instructor. Under his leadership, Interactive Aerial is modernizing how inspections are carried out today through successful drone technology. Christian has given many presentations about robotic technology over the years and looks forward to presenting to ASNT attendees!

About American Society for Nondestructive Testing

The American Society for Nondestructive Testing, Inc. (ASNT) is the world's largest technical society for nondestructive testing (NDT) professionals. Through our organization and membership, we provide a forum for exchange of NDT technical information; NDT educational materials and programs; and standards and services for the qualification and certification of NDT personnel. ASNT promotes the discipline of NDT as a profession and facilitates NDT research and technology applications. 

ASNT Mission Statement

ASNT exists to create a safer world by advancing scientific, engineering, and technical knowledge in the field of nondestructive testing.™

ASNT Strategic Objectives

  1. Increase participation in society’s activities.
  2. Promote an inclusive vision across ASNT’s membership and the NDT community.
  3. Be a premier provider of NDT/NDI/NDE/NDC information including publications, references, archives, training and conferences.
  4. Support national and international acceptance and use of ASNT’s services.
  5. Promote advancement of research and implementation of NDE technology.
  6. Grow ASNT through partnership with industry, government, professional organizations and educational institutions.
  7. Advocate and provide NDT personnel certification.
  8. Maintain ASNT’s fiscal stability in order to fulfill the society’s mission.

ASNT will identify paths for lifelong education and career development within the NDT profession including theory, application and skills for the practitioner, engineer and researcher.

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