In October 1993, a research center for the full-scale study of safety and diagnosis technology was established on a trial basis for the first time in the industry in the "KEIHAN PLAZA" of the Kansai Science City. The Research Institute of Safety and Diagnosis Technology introduced many new methods such as computer simulation while engaging in industrial and academic research. Also, the Center promoted collaboration with a wide range of specialist research institutions and produced many outstanding results. Later, to conduct further full-scale research, the Institute expanded its facilities and personnel, and moved into the present head office in February 1996. In April 1999, the Tokyo Research Institute of Safety and Diagnosis Technology was opened.

Research Institute of Safety and Diagnosis Technology and Inspection Systems

The dream of safety engineering of founder, Takashi Yamaguchi

In regard to the development of safety inspection technology
The origin point of technical development is to know things, to see jobsites, and to grasp the needs for safety. Here, we have the first thought and, then for the second thought, we should probe the possibilities of the first. Then, with the third thought, we should embody products and technologies.

The importance of safety technology education
The mentality to observe safety is the starting point of safety. I have approached education committees and so forth throughout the country and was enable to convince Kiryu Technical High School to establish a ?Safety Control Technology Course.? I have been asking not only technical high schools but four-year universities to open such courses. The late Tomio Senda, the pioneer of non-destructive inspections in Japan, set up a non-destructive inspection course at Osaka University, but I sincerely hope that a course in safety and diagnosis technology be created. My dream is to have technical high schools, career colleges, and universities offer an integrated education on safety engineering.

Strategies for the future
I would like to set up a true safety engineering system that would organize various safety technologies and establish a safety culture theory. Then, based on these, I would like to structure a global safety engineering network that would unify and centralize the risk control of structures using satellites. The Research Institute of Safety and Diagnosis Technology is achieving various results as the first step towards the tackling of such projects on a global scale.