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Air Capital

Wichita, Kansas

For its first meeting of the year on 1 October 2015, 28 members and guests of the Air Capital Section gathered in Wichita, Kansas at the Candle Club for a presentation by guest speaker and past ASNT Chair of the Board Ricky Morgan. Guests in attendance included members of the local American Society for Quality, section 1307.

The meeting began with a board meeting, then a social hour followed by a dinner that all attendees enjoyed, sponsored by the Section. Morgan gave a presentation on “Las Vegas High Roller—Conception to Completion,” where he gave details on the creation of the High Roller ferris wheel on the Las Vegas Strip. The presentation included the fabrication, inspection, codes used, and different stages of the construction of the project. Following the presentation, Morgan answered questions and was presented with a plaque and an ASNT multifunction knife as a thank you for the support and great presentation.

Central Ohio

Columbus, Ohio

The Central Ohio Section held a joint meeting with the American Welding Society (AWS) at La Scala Italian Bistro in Columbus, Ohio on 22 September 2015. There were 41 members, students, guests, and vendors in attendance. Randy Dull, P.E. gave a presentation on “Predicting and Controlling Welding Distortion,” a brief overview of welding distortion and how to select the proper distortion control techniques. The presentation included an explanation about how distortion happens, a comparison with some distortion control techniques, and a demonstration of distortion predicting software. After the presentation, Dull received a gift certificate from Board Director Jim Worman. Worman is the AWS Columbus section chair for 2015–2016. The Section would like to thank Dull for this informative and interesting presentation. The Section would also like to thank AWS for its support and cooperation.

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The Central Ohio Section meeting featured a presentation by Randy Dull.


Charlotte, North Carolina

The Charlotte Section hosted 13 members and guests at its 12 October 2015 meeting at Big Al’s Pub & Grubberia in Charlotte, North Carolina. Section Chair Roy Duce welcomed everyone and thanked Magnaflux for sponsoring the meeting. The honored guest was Henry Stephens, nondestructive testing (NDT) training manager with Electric Power Research Institute.

Stephens presented “American Society of Mechanical Engineers Nondestructive Examination (ANDE) Standard and Implementation Status.” The scope of ANDE is to develop an independent third-party centralized certification program and supporting training for NDT and quality control inspection personnel contributing to the development of a high performing workforce. Standard ANDE-1 is a systematic approach to training technicians, performance-based testing, and psychometric principles. ANDE-1 was approved by the American National Standards Institute on 22 April 2015.

Charlotte Section Chair Roy Duce (left), with Sonaspection, presented honored guest Henry Stephens with a speaker award at the October meeting.

Greater Houston

Houston, Texas

The Greater Houston Section’s 14 October 2015 meeting was held at Brady’s Landing restaurant, with 45 members and guests.

John Nyholt reported that the fall educational program turned out very well. He wished to thank Oceaneering International, Inc. and the Section for the sponsorship of the seven educational spots. There were a total of 14 attendees in all. The course was taught by Eugene Lo and Bruce Stetler, from Eddyfi. Eddy current tubing and surface testing theory and applications were clearly explained to attendees through lecturers, demonstrations, and hands-on experience. Both ferrous and non-ferrous samples with real-world discontinuities were tested by the Eddyfi Ectane 2 instrument as well as the Reddy instrument with the Shark surface eddy current array probe.

The October meeting speaker was John Chen, of Schlumberger. He presented “Introduction to Welding Engineering From a User’s Point of View.” Topics included how to design welds, commonly used welding processes, the qualification of welding procedures and welders, and how to designate welds in drawings. Welding deformation and residual strength were also discussed.

The Section appreciates Chen’s time and effort, and also thanks all of the meeting sponsors: NDS Products, NOV Tuboscope, 3E NDT, LLC, and Magnaflux.

Greater Houston
The Greater Houston Section raised money for their Section’s scholarship fund.

Hampton Roads

Newport News, Virginia

The Hampton Roads Section held a joint meeting with Old Dominion Section in October. The group met at Rocco’s Smokehouse Grill in Williamsburg, Virginia. The speaker was Mike Welling, director of the radioactive materials program of the State Health Department.

Welling gave an interesting presentation pertaining to up-and-coming regulations. The presentation also included an open forum to discuss member thoughts and opinions.

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There were 18 members and guests in attendance for the joint Hampton Roads Section and Old Dominion Section meeting in October.

Old Dominion

Richmond, Virginia

On 28 September 2015, 24 members and guests of the Old Dominion Section met at the Italian Kitchen in Mechanicsville, Virginia for a technical meeting. Attendees discussed current business, including the Section’s new Facebook page, the 2015 Christmas social, and a class in November 2015 on liquid penetrant testing and magnetic particle testing hosted by the Section for Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) structural inspectors. Attendees also viewed a presentation by ASNT President Kevin Smith on the organization’s Strategic Plan and passed a motion to enroll the Section in eVA, Virginia’s vendor and contractor clearinghouse, for the purposes of establishing a business relationship with VDOT. Overall, it was a successful meeting.

Old Dominion
ASNT President Kevin Smith (left) received a memento from Old Dominion Section Chair Doug McAvoy, Jr.


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Pittsburgh Section’s September meeting featured past ASNT Chair of the Board Roger Engelbart as the guest speaker. There were 20 in attendance. The Section thanks Engelbart for his informative presentation about the strategy and goals of ASNT and his vision for the growth of ASNT both locally and nationally.

The Section would like to welcome Bob Nichol as the Section vice chair and Jesse Groom as the Section secretary. Nichol is well known to the organization and a welcome addition to the Section officer team. Groom is doing a great job with the website and newsletters and was also the October speaker.

San Diego

San Diego, California

On 6 October 2015, the San Diego Section hosted its second technical meeting of the 2015–2016 year. The meeting was held at the Best Western Seven Seas hotel, in San Diego, California, with 22 members and guests in attendance. The speaker for the evening was Randy Jones, who spoke on “The Outrageous Personalities of Material in Testing.”

Jones’s presentation covered a comparison of materials being tested to human personalities as well as detailed how various materials respond to different test methods. He showed that materials are like people: both have descriptive characteristics, like tall, dark, and handsome, with distinctive personalities and traits. These different personalities give materials their various strengths and weaknesses. By these, they define the nondestructive testing method or methods that can be used. Jones had an interactive discussion with the attendees on material characteristics and traits along with applications and test methods that will and will not work.

The presentation was well received by all in attendance. Section Chair John Morris presented Jones with a gift on behalf of the Section for his outstanding presentation.

To close the meeting, Morris acknowledged the vendors and sponsors in attendance. The raffle sponsors for the evening were: Jones, Inspection Technologies, Inc.; Larry Olsen, Northrop Grumman; and the Section. All in attendance had a good time.

Saudi Arabian

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabian Section held its fourth technical dinner meeting for the fiscal year 2015–2016 on 12 October 2015 at the Carlton al Moaibed Hotel in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia. The Section-sponsored meeting was attended by 125 members and guests.

Section Chair Fathi E. Al Qadeeb inaugurated the meeting with a warm welcome and announcements. The topic of the meeting was “Eid Greetings Festival,” and Section highlights were also discussed. After the meeting, attendees enjoyed a dinner specially prepared by the Carlton al Moaibed Hotel.

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Saudi Arabian Section October meeting attendees included 23 new student members from the Technical Institute of Engineering and Petroleum in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, along with Region 19 Director Marwan Basrawi (front row, sixth from left), Section Chair Fathi E. Al Qadeeb (front row, fifth from left), and Chair of the Section’s President Award Program M.J. Anjum (fourth from left).

Section Highlight

The Air Capital Section has a lineup of events for the coming year that includes presentations on phased array and acoustic emission, as well as a fundraiser, board elections, and a joint meeting with the American Society for Quality.

Air Capital
Air Capital Section meeting attendees: (back row from left) ASNT Past President Bob Potter, Mike Daehling, John Saunders, and Joe Clasen; (front row from left) Gian Suazo, Jay Amos, ASNT Past President Ricky Morgan, and Hollie Becker.