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News items submitted by local sections for the month of May 2013

Connecticut Yankee

Groton, Connecticut

The Connecticut Yankee Section hosted a joint meeting with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society for Quality and Society of Women Engineers at the Groton Elks Lodge on 5 March with 50 members and guests in attendance. The speaker of the evening was U.S. Navy Captain Darlene K. Grasdock, commanding officer and supervisor of shipbuilding, conversion and repair, Groton, Connecticut. Grasdock entertained the group while sharing her career experience, visions in professional development, courage, responsibilities and life values. This inspirational speaker left the group with the challenge to make the most of each day. Section Vice Chair Mike Tsao presented Grasdock with a replica of a deck prism as a token of the Section’s appreciation.

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The Connecticut Yankee Section held a joint meeting in March: (from left) meeting coordinator Mike Tsao, American Society of Mechanical Engineers New London Section Chair Matt Andel, Guest Speaker Captain Darlene K. Grasdock, Connecticut Yankee Section Chair John Moran, Society of Women Engineers New England Shoreline Section Chair Beth Peterson and American Society for Quality Thames Valley Section Chair Mike Severino.

Golden Gate

San Francisco, California

The Golden Gate Section met on 14 March for a joint meeting with the American Welding Society San Francisco Chapter and a Vendors’ Night. It was also a special surprise acknowledgement night for longtime Section member Fred Lockwood; he was the nondestructive testing (NDT) Instructor at Contra Costa Community College from the 1970s to the 1990s and mentor to many students now active in NDT in the Bay Area and beyond. The Section has nominated Lockwood for an ASNT Mentor Award.

The Section wishes to thank all the vendors for taking the time to exhibit at the Vendors’ Night, which is the most popular meeting each year. There were more than 70 attendees, including approximately 12 vendors, guests and students.

During the meeting, Dave Arms delivered the treasury report. Dan Kerr then discussed incorporation status. Kerr also announced that the MT/PT training class would be delayed and would hopefully be coordinated by April/May.

Greater Houston

Houston, Texas

The Greater Houston Section hosted 29 members and guests at a meeting at Brady’s Landing on 13 March. Section Chair Mike Oden welcomed everyone and thanked the meeting sponsors: DTM Enterprises, Fugro Consultants, Inc., Hocker, Inc., NDT Seals, Inc. and the Ocean Corporation. Meeting announcements included reminders for upcoming events such as Vendors Night, the golf outing and the International Chemical and Petroleum Industry Inspection Technology (ICPIIT) Conference. After a round of introductions there was a door prize drawing, with prizes awarded from the sponsors.

The plan for the evening was to announce the scholarship recipients and Technician of the Year. Unfortunately, the communication with the scholarship candidates was unclear, and the three winners had not been selected. No nominations for Technician of the Year were submitted, so no award could be given. Oden instead enlisted the help of three speakers to discuss current aspects of the Section’s activities.

Skip Hoyt, of Marathon Galveston Bay Refinery, spoke about the golf outing in April. The golf outing is a great event that raises a significant amount of money for the Section’s scholarship fund. Hoyt presented a slideshow and gave a detailed description of the event and what it does for the Section.

Greg Hudkins, of ExxonMobil, spoke to the group about the ICPIIT Conference scheduled for 12–15 June. Hudkins outlined the format for the show, talked about the history of the event and explained that the Section is one of the few sections to host an event of this nature, which are usually held on a national level.

Section Treasurer John Chen, of Schlumberger, walked members through a PowerPoint presentation, titled “Section Finances 101,” which included primary sources of income and expenses for the Section, duties of the treasurer and financial oversight advisor, and the results of the Section’s last two quarterly audits. It was an outstanding presentation. Oden thanked all three speakers on behalf of the Section.

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Greater Houston Section speakers from the March meeting: (from left) Skip Hoyt, Greg Hudkins and John Chen.

Hampton Roads

Newport News, Virginia

On 12 March, the Hampton Roads Section met at Peking International Buffet, in Hampton, Virginia. Ten members and two guests were in attendance. David Finke, of Eaglecrest Enterprise, Ltd., provided an interesting presentation on “Requirement of Welding and NDT for the Navy.” The presentation detailed the challenges of determining Navy welding and nondestructive testing requirements. The winner of the free dinner was Apena Azeez, and the winner of the ASNT Maglite flashlight was Phil Britton.

Members of the Hampton Roads Section met in March to discuss welding and nondestructive testing in the U.S. Navy.


Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The OKC Section had its first technical meeting at Crossroads Institute’s facility in south Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on 26 March. Seventeen members and two guests were in attendance. The meeting opened with ASNT Chair Robert J. Potter officially presenting the OKC Section charter to Section Chair Walter R. Matulewicz. Following the presentation of the charter, Mitchell Alexander, of Olympus NDT, Inc., gave a one-hour presentation about “Ultrasonic Phased Array Inspection.” Alexander brought an Olympus OmniScan MX2 and transducer modules for weld, small-diameter tubular and composite plate inspection. A board meeting immediately followed, in which incorporation under IRC 501(c)(6) was discussed, as well as various corporate sponsorship possibilities.

OKC Section Chair Walter R. Matulewicz (left) was presented the new Section’s charter by Chair of the Board Robert J. Potter.

Old Dominion

Richmond, Virginia

The Old Dominion Section met on 25 March at the Italian Kitchen in Mechanicsville, Virginia. There were 12 members present. The speaker was Christopher Taylor, the welding technology program chair at Lenoir Community College. Taylor brought a Lincoln VRTEX 360 virtual reality arc welding trainer to the meeting. This machine is a computer-based system that allows students to practice their welding skills in a simulated environment. One of the benefits to this program is its eco-friendly system, which enables cost savings on materials and waste. The VRTEX provides guidance on how to make a proper weld and can do shielded metal arc welding (stick), gas metal arc welding (metal inert gas) and flux-cored arc welding.

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Old Dominion Section member Chris Workman (left) and guest speaker Christopher Taylor tried out a virtual reality welding trainer.

Pacific Northwest

Seattle, Washington

Thirty-four attendees from five different local radiographic firms attended the 9 March Radiation Safety Refresher sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Section. Section Chair Tim Burkholder began the morning by providing a brief overview of ASNT, as well as the Section and its meetings, outings and events. Presentations were given by Bruce Busby, of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Jennifer Serne, of the Washington State Department of Health; and David Frlan, of Thermo Fisher Scientific. This was the 11th year Busby has assisted by speaking at the seminar. Emery E. Roberts led a challenging game of Radiation Safety Jeopardy prior to lunch.

Twenty-four members, including new members, students and instructors, came together at the Rock Salt restaurant on Lake Union in Seattle, Washington, on 14 March. Roy Goodall, of Goodall Productions, Inc., delivered a presentation on the trials and tribulations of infrared inspection following dinner. Goodall’s accomplishments include detection of water entrapment in composite materials and detection of water in various hotels and stator cores in powerhouses, such as Grand Coulee Dam. Of particular interest was the ability to predict if a racehorse would be in the top three at the finish of a race. The use of infrared testing technology in predicting horse race outcomes has been used since the 1930s.

Other organizations represented at the meeting included Clover Park Technical College (CPTC); Boeing; Mistras Services; C&D Zodiac; ABW Technologies; L&W Research, Inc.; AcousticEye, Ltd.; Wiss Janney Elstner Assoc., Inc.; and Laser Technologies, Inc. Electronic copies of the 2012–2013 Region 16 Yearbook were distributed, along with membership applications. Tony Song, from CPTC, became a new Section member at the meeting as well.

Future meetings will be at the Rock Salt unless otherwise noted on the Section website. All members are urged to sign the guestbook at each event and the Level III certificate of attendance, as appropriate. There will be a year-end cash prize drawing. The more meetings one attends, the higher one’s chances of winning.

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Attendees of the 9 March Pacific Northwest Section meeting listened to Bruce Busby describe some of the risks and misconceptions associated with radiation work.

San Diego

San Diego, California

The San Diego Section hosted a meeting on 5 March at the Best Western Seven Seas hotel, in the Lord Jim Room, with 20 members, guests and vendors in attendance. Charles Craig provided an informative presentation on “ASNT Codes of Conduct (Ethics) and how this relates to Professional Engineering Ethics.” Craig provided several examples of unethical situations. One such example was the overhaul of the USS Thresher. The Thresher was the lead boat in her class of U.S. Navy nuclear powered attack submarines and was lost at sea 10 April 1963, with 129 on board. The loss of this submarine during deep-diving tests helped lead to the implementation of the rigorous submarine safety program known as SUBSAFE.

The Section would like to thank Craig for a great presentation. The Section also thanks the vendors for their support.

Southern Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

The Southern Africa Section has hosted many interesting talks over the last year. The March meeting was no exception. Philippe Rubbers, of SCM NDT, gave a well-attended presentation, titled “Tips to Enhance Phased Array.” He first gave an overview of equipment and probes, and then covered the advantages of modeling for phased array inspection applications.

An informal pizza supper made the evening a great success.

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The March meeting of the Southern Africa Section included a presentation by Philippe Rubbers on phased array testing.

Section Highlight

A group of more than 30 Section members who meet in Sacramento, California, met on 21 March. The meeting was a special tour of the McClellan Nuclear Research Center at University of California, Davis, located on the old McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento. Hal Egbert and his colleagues provided a very interesting tour and explanation of the large multipurpose facility, including an operating reactor for neutron radiography. Dinner was also provided to attendees.

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Members of the Golden Gate Section took a tour of the McClellan Nuclear Research Center as part of their March meeting.