Non-Destructive Testing Site Basics

Non-Destructive Testing
Performing radiographic testing in-house offers several conveniences over outsourcing the service. However, some facilities might feel in-house NDT is unattainable due to space limitations or cost. While there are upfront expenses associated with non-destructive testing radiation room construction, the fast payback makes it worth the investment. Using modular, temporary non-destructing testing radiation vaults makes in-house NDT even more accessible for facilities on a budget.

The first step to site planning for your non-destructive testing radiation room is contracting with experts who understand radiation and shielding requirements. This often includes a radiation physicist and construction experts who can determine the type of room needed for your industrial radiography equipment and NDT testing application.



As with any radiographic testing room design, you need to consult a qualified radiation physicist. These specialists know how to calculate your needs from a shielding perspective, making everything as safe as possible without sacrificing layout, performance, and accessibility.

A physicist should be involved in the early design stages to review critical factors like:

  • The type of industrial radiography equipment being used and how it’s positioned in your radiographic testing room
  • Your facility layout, including the radiographic testing room’s proximity to workstations, meeting areas, hallways, and other areas of foot traffic
  • Radiation shielding requirements based on occupancy and proximity to neighboring facilities or businesses
  • Potential environmental factors affecting your non-destructive testing site
  • Additional design considerations related to testing and safety

Another responsibility of the physicist overseeing your NDT x-ray vault construction is working with safety officers and state and federal agencies to approve your design and testing area promptly. Radiation physicists are well-versed in industry terminology and know which questions to ask. You can also count on them to submit the correct paperwork to the right people, helping you get the approvals needed to keep your NDT x-ray vault construction project on track.

Once construction is complete, the physicist tests your industrial radiography equipment to ensure the non-destructive testing room meets shielding requirements.

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Matter Fabs designs and builds modular radiographic testing rooms for NDT facilities. Our turnkey process handles your project, from the initial design consultation to the final build and usage approval, eliminating the uncertainty surrounding NDT x-ray vault construction.

Our licensed radiation physicist makes recommendations based on your NDT equipment type to ensure compliance with local and state shielding requirements. The team also includes experienced engineers, project managers, physicists, and construction experts to oversee your project.

The MatterVault™ radiographic testing vault is pre-designed to your specifications for fast, easy installation by our NDT x-ray vault construction experts. With a semi-permanent design, our modular non-destructive testing radiation rooms provide a perfect solution for facilities of any size.

  • Expand NDT testing capabilities at a fraction of the cost of permanent construction
  • Temporary and removable—ideal for leased spaces
  • High-level shielding to accommodate any industrial radiography equipment
  • The flexible footprint allows for large or small room designs and installation almost anywhere

Take your radiographic testing in-house with the MatterVault™ non-destructive testing radiation testing vault. Call us at (844) 216-2746 to learn about our unique shielding solutions for NDT x-ray vault constriction.