Research Focus Areas

The research institute RIVK specializes in holistic solutions to gain knowledge from data.

Data and information form the basis for the engineering of tomorrow and for modern value creation. In order to lay the foundation for this, interdisciplinary research is elementary - starting with the necessary domain knowledge regarding data acquisition, through the transfer and fusion of the data, to the processing of the information gained from it into knowledge and action. In all these steps, the reliability of the data sources, the human-in-the-loop, and the processing algorithms must be taken into account.

Value Creation/Engineering

Risk Assessment
Reliability Engineering
Structural Integrity
Probabilistic Lifing
Predictive Maintenance

Data Science

Digital Twin
Digital Weave
Cyber-Physical Loops
Data Fusion
Holistic Solutions

Sensor Domain Knowledge

Technology Assessment
Semantic Interoperability
Testing & Monitoring Optimization


Modular Model
Design of Qualification
Model Assistance
Design for Inspection

Your Expert

Dr. Johannes Vrana
CEO Vrana GmbH & Director RIVK gGmbH

Physicist with PhD in NDE
20+ years in Data Science and 15+ years of Sensors
Led various NDE projects, like the implementation of SAFT, development of automated inspection systems, and NDE 4.0


Dr. Daniel Kanzler
Founder applied NDT Reliability & Director RIVK gGmbH

15+ years of reliability
Leading the international PoD initiative at ICNDT
Leading German NDT/E reliability standardization efforts




"World of NDE 4.0" published

Digital transformation of the inspection systems is inevitable. Pursuit of this opportunity amidst uncertainty makes a well-defined purpose and robust process essential. This book provides an overview of the purpose of NDE 4.0 (why?), underlying technologies (what?), and ways to overcome the challenges (how?) to successfully pursue the confluence of emerging digital technologies with the evolving physical world of inspection.

NDE 4.0 YouTube Channel

Welcome to the World of NDE 4.0 March 24th 2020 the YouTube Channel regarding NDE 4.0 was started. We hope you enjoy this introduction and all following videos.

DGZfP Application Award 2019

2019-05-27 the german society for non-destructive testing (DGZfP) awarded the core team (Dr. Werner Heinrich (Siemens), Dr. Karsten Kolk (Siemens), Dr. Hubert Mooshofer (Siemens), and Dr. Johannes Vrana (VRANA GmbH)) with the application price 2019.


Welcome to World of NDE 4.0

Welcome to the World of NDE (non-destructive material evaluation / testing) 4.0 This is a short introduction to this YouTube Channel.

The Four NDE Revolutions

The Four NDE Revolutions

What is Industry 5.0?

The term Industry 5.0 was coined during the last 6 years. However, what does it mean? Is Industry 5.0 the fifth industrial evolution? What is the difference between Industry 4.0 and 5.0? Is Industry 5.0 the true evolution? What could be the fifth industrial revolution?


The World of NDE 4.0


Publisher: Amazon, ISBN: 979-8462514210

Digitization, Digitalization, and Digital Transformation

Handbook of Nondestructive Evaluation 4.0 08/2021, At Cham
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-48200-8_39-1
Publisher: Springer

Handbook of NDE 4.0

08/2021, At Cham
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-73206-6
Publisher: Springer, ISBN: 978-3-030-73205-9

Reliability Evaluation and Connection to NDE 4.0

Handbook of Nondestructive Evaluation 4.0 08/2021, At Cham:205-237
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-48200-8_3-1
Publisher: Springer

Value Creation with Cyber-Physical Loops

Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation 07/2021; 40(3):61
DOI: 10.1007/s10921-021-00793-7