Frequently asked questions (FAQ)


1. Who is this Society intended to serve?
InSIS is a professional society intended to serve all professionals working in the area of Structural Integrity, the science and engineering that affects strength, durability and safety of machines and structures. These include educators, researchers and practicing engineers, working in disciplines targeting assurance or evaluation of strength, durability and safety of engineered products prone to structural defects.  These also include professionals in the area of damage mechanics, CAE, structural health monitoring, repair technology, failure analysis and It unites professionals in all spheres of engineering, as diverse as biomedical and electronics because every engineered product faces the threat of mechanical failure.

2. Why one more Society? In what way is InSIS different from other professional societies such as IIM, ISAMPE, etc.?
Today’s engineering activity is multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary. All practicing engineers as well those who prepare them in colleges and those, who support them in research have to deal with what causes materials and structures to behave the way they do. Such structures may be civil constructions. They can also be biomedical implants, just as they can be electronic circuit boards. Each of these is built from a different class of materials, demands a somewhat different method to analyse, test, etc. But all these fall into the single domain of Structural Integrity. Obviously, it unites many, who are already members of other professional societies in related areas. These include IIM, ISAMPE, NDT, Failure Analysis, etc. Each of these plays an important role in a particular discipline. InSIS extends the sum of these by providing a platform for collaboration between a wide variety of professionals, in order to advance their professional pursuits and in the process, also elevate the quality of design, manufacturing and operation of engineered machines and structures in the country.

3. How will InSIS achieve these objectives through its programs?
Our objective is to organize targeted Workshops and other learning avenues<br>
as demanded by our member community. An annual conference will show case<br>
india’s expertise in the science and application of structural integrity.<br>
InSIS hopes to serve as a platform for academia – industry exchanges and<br>
partnerships to foster targeted R&amp;D. Of course, the work in this area will<br>
be showcased through conferences partnered with other Societies and papers<br>
forwarded to leading international journals.

4. Is InSIS any different from ESIS in Europe? Or ICF? Or ASTM Committees E8 and D30?
Similar in one sense and different in others. InSIS statutes are very similar of ESIS and ICF in terms of the disciplines of Structural Integrity, Fatigue and Fracture. InSIS will also build close working relationships with ASTM, ESIS and ICF with regard to conferences and publications. However, the priority of InSIS is India specific. It relates to the enormous professional and business potential presented by the industrial environment of India. Our country operates an enormous collection of imported equipment and structures that may be ageing and in pressing need of life extension and rejuvenation. We also have made rapid progress in development of indigenous technology related to nuclear, space and now, aerospace. All these also present growing opportunities related to Structural Integrity. The Indian situation is different from that in US and Europe. There is the huge opportunity available in India to apply already available knowledge related to Structural Integrity. This will be the primary focus of InSIS. Our objective is to organize targeted Workshops and other learning avenues as demanded by our member community. InSIS hopes to serve as a platform for academia – industry exchanges and partnerships to foster targeted R&amp;D. Of course, the work in this area will be showcased through conferences partnered with other Societies and papers forwarded to leading international journals.