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EXTENDE News - November 2023
CIVA 2023 SP2 is being released


  The Service Pack 2 of the current commercial release CIVA 2023 is being released and will be delivered within the next few days to our users with a valid maintenance contract.

It includes the correction of several issues, but also interesting and significant new features, such as the compatibility with the new *.nde format of Omiscan Acquisition files, new parameters to define weld geometries in CIVA UT, flexible and water filled wedges in CIVA UT, the possibility to simulate solid inclusion in CIVA GWT, and more.

You can check out our blog article for more information.
The EXTENDE team is growing

Adam PAcalis

  The entire EXTENDE team is delighted Adam Pacalis has joined us at our headquarters in Massy. Adam graduated with a Master's degree in Materials Science and Engineering with a strong NDT focus, since it followed an NDT college graduation. Two internships, at Framatome and Arcelor Mittal, allowed him to consolidate his knowledge base in NDT.

It is always an important opportunity for a company like EXTENDE to welcome someone with a fresh perspective, who shakes things up, doubts and questions them, and thus makes an invaluable contribution to the improvement of processes and to the emergence of new innovations.

Adam will be working with our technical support and consulting teams, and will undoubtedly quickly become a CIVA trainer as well.
Interesting articles in the eJNDT



  We would like to focus on two articles published by the e-Journal of Nondestructive Testing on NDT.net this month:

First, there is an article issued from collaborative works between EXTENDE and the South West Research Institute about co-simulating NDE inspections and Probabilistic Tolerance Damage risk scenarios. Non-Destructive Evaluation people need to know which flaw to detect and what level of sensitivity and reliability is required for safety. Probabilistic Tolerance Damage and risk assessment people need to know the Probability of Detecting (POD) the detrimental defects. For both aspects, a reliable statistical approach requires large datasets, which can be provided by simulation tools. Well then, let's work together!

Then, there is the paper from Ed Ginzel who has used the new CIVA AUT Pipeline module to simulate the calibration process on a qualification project of pipeline girth welds inspection. Unlike the standard ultrasonic module, the AUT Pipeline module can run the outputs from multiple channels, involving AUT systems such as the Zonal Discrimination technique.
Training sessions in 2024

CIVA Modules


Reliability in NDE training course

  Our intercompany training sessions for 2024 are scheduled on the following dates:

CIVA – Introduction and Applications
In Massy, France (UT and one additional module):
  • March 11th to 15th
  • June 10th to 14th
  • September 23rd to 27th
  • November 25th to 29th
In the U.S.A.:
  • April 08th to 12th (UT and Analysis modules)
  • September 16th to 20th (UT and ET modules)
Reliability in NDE
In Massy, France:
  • May 14th to 17th (in English EnglishEnglish)
  • October 15th to 18th (in French French)
In the U.S.A.:
  • April 24th to 26th (in English EnglishEnglish)
Feel free to contact us if you are interested in registering for one of these sessions.
CIVA Tip: Define tilted flaws in CIVA ET


  In CIVA ET Inspection Simulation (3D) module, there are some limitations on the flaw orientation when using canonical geometries (plates, tubes). Thus, in this module, with simple parametric components, the flaw tilt cannot be modified, and computations can only be carried out for flaws perpendicular to the specimen surface.

Since CIVA 2023, it is possible to define complex shape components in the Inspection Simulation (3D) module. These complex shape components can be obtained either from predefined geometries (blade root or groove, weld profiles) or from a 2D CAD profile extrusion. [...] Read more
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