The Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) Web Manual is intended to fill in a critical knowledge gap between the practitioners dealing with highway-asset performance challenges on a day-to-day basis and the researchers developing and refining NDE technologies serving them. To make the NDE Web Manual more accessible and useful to practitioners and transportation agencies, the manual was conceived as a “problem-focused” tool as opposed to a “technology-focused” tool. That is, the manual presupposes the common case where a practitioner has already identified a specific infrastructure element and/or type of anticipated deterioration or defect and is seeking an NDE technology (or technologies) to provide better characterization. Through a simple interface, users can search for technologies relevant to specific materials, types of deterioration, and/or infrastructure elements and can easily find definitions and descriptions of unfamiliar terms through the comprehensive glossary.
The NDE Wed Manual’s goal is to provide concise and unbiased guidance to help practitioners navigate their way through a complex and changing landscape to identify the technologies that can serve their specific need.