2019 Annual Short Courses

Annual 2019

SHORT COURSE A: Monday, November 18, 8:00 am: NDE 4.0: Ideas, Basics, Technologies, Applications and How to Implement - with Emphasis on UT and RT Techniques, Johannes Vrana, VRANA GmbH

This course will help the audience see the benefits of the new technologies due to the industry 4.0 developments. Those technologies are developed by a huge community outside of the NDE world, but they have a huge impact on it. Participants will get a basic understanding of Industry 4.0 and how to use this to shape the future of NDE which will improve NDE's customer satisfaction.

This course is for anyone who wants to shape or understand the future of NDE including:

  • Leaders:All those who wonder why we need new products/technologies in the market and how to overcome some of the challenges of NDE including CEOs, CTOs, VPs,R&D / Engineering, Chief Engineers, and/or small business owners
  • Managers: All those who address how to manage new product development & introduction including technology managers and business development managers
  • Experts: All those who want to understand the new technologies coming from the Industry 4.0 communities.
  • Researchers:All those who are involved in generating ideas and influencing what to develop

The 4-hour training will cover five items: The basics of Industry 4.0, realizing the current challenges of NDE, how NDE can become one of the major players in the NDE community, examples how NDE 4.0 has already been implemented in UT and RT and an ideation to create new NDE 4.0 business cases.

About Johannes: Johannes has a PhD in Nondestructive Evaluation; an MS in Physics; 15+ years in automated UT, thermography, data processing, QA, QM, and specification harmonization.  Johannes is a proven expert in the field with approximately 70 publications and 100 lectures. 

SHORT COURSE B: Monday, November 18, 1:00 pm: NDT Fixture Design Additive Manufacturing, Robert Woodward, CABVI

This course will cover the electronic design of NDT fixtures using free 3D modeling software. It will cover basic plans and instructions for printing and modifying 3D models and is for anyone interested in building their own in-house prototypes.

Participants will gain knowledge of free and for-charge 3D modeling software, be able to develop a plan for the purchase and implementation of 3D printing software, and understand and access 3rd party 3D printing resources and capabilities.

About Robert: Robert has an ACCP Level III in UT, MT, PT, and UT with experience in both designing and 3D printing of NDT fixtures for application in aerospace and structural business sectors.

SHORT COURSE C: Tuesday, November 19, 1:00 pm: Automating Data and Processes, Jesse Groom, AVI

This class is designed for people who either manage others or are involved with reporting/ record keeping using various software such as Excel and Access. The intent is to show what can be done, how to find resources, and inspire others to develop their own solutions.

During this short course participants will look at common data sets, different ways to store the data, and different software to use ACD, including Access and Excel, will be demonstrated. Attendees will be engaged by an open conversation type classroom and encouraged to talk about their data issues and examples of solutions will be shown. The goal of the class is to inspire confidence and encourage individuals to try the trial and error method. Many individuals don’t start projects because they seem too complicated and do not know where to start. This will be done by preparing and displaying PAUT data in a Virtual Reality head set.

About Jesse: Jesse is a self-taught computer whiz. He has learned on the fly how to automate tasks such as reporting and data manipulation to increase productivity and accuracy. Most of his automation work has centered on PAUT inspection as well as petro-chem mechanical integrity evaluation and records keeping.

SHORT COURSE D: Wednesday, November 20, 1:00 pm: Benefits and Capabilities of Neutron Radiographic Testing, Joshua McCumber, Phoenix LLC

Neutron radiography is a NDT technique that has been under-utilized due to cost and lack of access to neutron radiographic facilities. Individuals interested or involved in radiographic testing who may be unaware of the complimentary information that can be gained by using neutron radiography will benefit from this short course. This complimentary information is based on attenuation factors that differ between neutrons and x-or-gamma rays. Manufacturers of complex parts through additive manufacturing processes or large high-density items that may not be well suited to x-rays may also find the benefits of neutron radiography intriguing. Manufacturers of composite materials, turbine blade manufacturers, and OEM's utilizing investment casting techniques may be interested to see how neutron radiography, after contrast enhancing with Gadolinium, can find residual ceramic core material leftover from chemical leaching and dissolving processes.

This course is intended to be interactive where Q&A sessions can be used to answer general questions for the benefit of the wider audience. The hope is that with better understanding of neutron radiographic techniques, attendees will be able to better understand how neutron radiography can add value to their testing programs and product lines. Attendees will:

  • Gain a basic understanding of neutron radiography
  • Understand neutron radiographic capabilities and limitations
  • See recent and on-going research in academia and industry in neutron radiography
  • Understand applications where neutron radiography is most effective

About Joshua: Joshua is the Radiography Project Manager at Phoenix, LLC responsible for creation and implementation of the Phoenix NDT/NDE program and Manager at the Phoenix Neutron Imaging Center for government and commercial radiography. ASNT IRRSP-RM, ASNT Level 3 Neutron Radiography, Responsible Level 3 at Phoenix, LLC. He is a graduate student at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Explosives Engineering, graduate student at University of Wisconsin, Madison in Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics. He is an honorary assistant professor at University of Wisconsin, Madison Radiographic Testing Laboratory. Mr. McCumber has 11 years of experience in the nuclear field and 9 years of experience in nuclear nondestructive testing. His role at Phoenix is to oversee the design, construction, and operation of the world's first commercial, dual-energy, neutron radiography center based on particle accelerator technology.   His research focus for the last 4 years has been on neutron radiography of energetics and explosives for the aerospace industry and the Department of Defense. He possesses an undergraduate degree from Excelsior College in nuclear engineering technology and a graduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley in nuclear engineering.

SHORT COURSE E: Thursday, November 21, 9:00 am: Introduction to Digital Radiography, George Hodges, Hodges NDT

This is an introductory course for anyone interested in learning the basics of Digital Radiography.  The differences in Digital and Film Radiography will be discussed, but knowledge of film inspection is not a requirement to benefit from this course.  Technicians, Engineers, Managers, Procurement Officers, or anyone interested in DR theory, the basic principles and capabilities of Digital X-ray systems, and general industry requirements will benefit from this course.

Participants will be introduced to basic Digital Radiography theory, Computed Radiography equipment, Digital Detector Array equipment, comparison and contrast to film, and areas of additional study they should pursue to better understand DR technology and its application.  Training and experience requirements for ASNT and NAS410 certification will also be covered. Attendees will be invited to participate in open discussions of the subject matter throughout the training program to bring their questions and experiences in Radiography for how DR is or can be applied to their industries and applications.

About George:  George Hodges was employed as a Test Engineer by the US Army's Redstone Test Center in Huntsville Alabama from 1987 through 2017. He retired to pursue opportunities as an Engineering Consultant in Radiography assisting organizations in developing and improving their NDT programs with focus on Digital Radiography.  During his tenure with the Army, Mr. Hodges earned the position of Government Responsible Level III in RT and the designation as a US Army Subject Matter Expert in RT, CR, DR, CT, and Flash X-ray.  Responsibilities included implementing and conducting test programs with a wide range of low and high energy x-ray equipment, Flash X-ray testing on military ordnance and other hardware, and managing the design, procurement, construction and installation of X-ray test labs and field systems.  Mr. Hodges served as chairman and other positions on the steering committee of the Defense Working Group on Nondestructive Testing (DWGNDT) for more than 10 years, and was instrumental in the formation of Federal Working Group on Industrial Digital Radiography (FWGIDR), where he acted as one of three Directors leading a team of over 300 industry experts.  One of the primary accomplishments of the FWGIDR was the publishing of “Recommended Training Curriculum for Digital Radiography Personnel” for Levels 1, 2 and 3, which is the basis for current DR training requirements and programs throughout the industry.  His education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with emphasis on Aerospace Technology from Memphis State University, and extensive training and personal study in the fields of Radiography, Flash X-ray, Ballistics, and Environmental testing.  He is an ASNT Level III – RT, and NAS410 Level 3 in film and non-film radiography for Hodges NDT, LLC.  Mr. Hodges is an active member of ASNT serving as Regional Director for Region 6, Vice Chair of the North Alabama Section, and a member of the Penetrating Radiation Committee.