The Acadiana Section met on 24 February. Gabe Hollier gave opening comments. Points emphasized included the importance of attendance, membership, and promotion of education. Hollier thanked the sponsors (Capital Ultrasonics, QSA Global, National Inspection Services, Olympus, and Superior Inspection Services, LLC), introduced the Section officers, and noted they are otherwise listed on the Section website as points of contact.
The notion of Technician of the Year and Student of the Year awards was advanced; more news will be posted on the Section website as plans are finalized.
Hollier introduced Section Director Stephone Elam. Elam took the floor to roll out the new Section website. The website was accessed and projected for general viewing. Elam took attendees through the various tabs and the link to the ASNT National website. Sponsorship opportunities were stressed. The site has a page describing sponsor and business card levels.
Elam introduced and read a bio for the guest speaker, ASNT President L. Terry Clausing.
Clausing greeted the approximately 30 attendees and invited them first to eat. After the attendees had settled, Clausing gave a report on the latest ASNT International Service Center news. One big announcement was that a new executive director, Arnold “Arny” Bereson, had been chosen from a field of many applicants.
News about industry changes involving the ASME Nondestructive Examination and Quality Control Qualification and Certification Standard and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) requirements was shared and discussed. ASNT is striving to address ISO challenges with a new certification program.
Clausing also gave an interesting and entertaining technical presentation on “Infrared Thermography Imaging.” There were demonstrations with a current infrared imaging camera, in which various members of the audience were asked to participate. Questions were posed by both the presenter and the audience. After the presentation, Hollier and Ethan Dupuis presented Clausing with an authentic, engraved Acadiana Section stainless steel jambalaya paddle.Door prize drawings were held and plaques were presented to all of the Section sponsors in attendance.
Damian Shaheen (left) presented L. Terry Clausing with the Acadiana Section jambalaya paddle for his presentation on Society news and infrared thermography.
The Arizona Section held its February meeting at Rodehouse Restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona. Speaker Hubert Golden provided a presentation on chemical processes and how they relate to nondestructive testing. The conversation was well engaged and covered the effects of anodizing and other chemical processes and how they affect discontinuities for both liquid penetrant and magnetic particle testing. Golden is currently serving as a value stream manager, senior quality engineer and Performance Review Institute certifier source certifying agent at Jet Processing.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
On 25 February, the Atchafalaya Section hosted 15 members and guests at River Parishes Community College Technical Education Center for a meeting and dinner. There were three speakers on hand: Bruce Auguste, from Team Industrial Services, who gave a talk on “Eddy Current”; Joseph Corley, from Mistras Group, who presented on “Positive Material Identification—Optical Emission Spectrometry”; and ASNT President L. Terry Clausing, from Drysdale & Associates, Inc., who presented on “Temperature Measurement with Emphasis on Infrared Thermography.” The Section thanks MFE Rentals and Mistras Group for sponsoring dinner.
L. Terry Clausing presented on infrared thermography at the Atchafalaya Section meeting.
On 24 March, the Central Alabama Section held its third technical meeting with approximately 15 members in attendance at Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ Restaurant at the University of Alabama at Birmingham campus. The guest speaker, Claude Davis, gave a talk on the differences between the International Organization for Standardization and ASME standards for X-ray on welds.
Members of the Central Alabama Section met for a technical presentation in March.
Charlotte, North Carolina
The Charlotte Section hosted 27 members and guests at its 9 March meeting at Big Al’s Pub & Grubberia in Charlotte, North Carolina. Section Chair Roy Duce welcomed everyone and thanked Olympus for sponsoring the meeting. The honored guest was Ned Finney, Duke Energy Corp. principal Level III. Also in attendance was honored guest, ASNT President L. Terry Clausing. Clausing spent the day meeting with the North Carolina Student Section and toured the nondestructive testing training facility at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte. Members and guests enjoyed good food and drinks during the meeting.Finney presented the ASME Nondestructive Examination and Quality Control Qualification and Certification Standard (ANDE). Finney is the ANDE Testing Committee chair. The scope of ANDE is to develop an independent third-party centralized certification program and support training for nondestructive examination and quality control inspection personnel contributing to the development of a high performing workforce.
Charlotte Section Chair Roy Duce (left), with Sonaspection, presented Ned Finney, Duke Energy principal Level III, with a guest speaker award at the March meeting.
On 28 February, the Chicago Section participated in the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Engineers Week Expo, held at the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Campus in Wheaton, Illinois. The expo is designed to introduce students, grades K–12, to myriad technical professions related to the engineering field. The Engineers Week Expo features free family fun and education through interactive displays and exhibits. Among the many displays were model airplanes with a wind tunnel exhibit, lasers, robots, a cryogenics show, building design and architecture, electronics, and other hands-on activities.
There were 1000 to 1200 attendees at this year’s event, which provided a good target audience for an introduction to nondestructive testing, the inherent opportunities, and subsequently a meaningful and rewarding profession.
The Section displayed hands-on examples of magnetic particle testing (fluorescent and visual), liquid penetrant testing (fluorescent and visual), ultrasonics, phased array, and eddy current inspection, and a slideshow depicting computed tomography. The demonstrations were capably conducted by Jennifer Anaya and Stu Kleven, of Alloyweld Inspection Co., Inc.; Sal Razi, of Moraine Community College; Jared Sawyer, of Circle Systems, Inc.; Mike Kelly, of Olympus; and Tim Sears, of Lyondell Basell.
On 9 March, 21 members, guests, and students attended the Chicago Section meeting at Mack’s Golden Pheasant Restaurant in Elmhurst, Illinois. The speaker for the evening was Israel Vasquez, of Vastek Consulting in Hanover Park, Illinois. His presentation was centered on Revision 4 of AIA NAS-410, Certification and Qualification of Nondestructive Testing Personnel. Vasquez highlighted the many changes that could affect companies’ written practices. There were numerous deletions, additions, and replacements throughout the document. The most prominent changes were the inclusion of an annual performance review, the reduction in experience hours for ultrasonic and eddy current, and the additional training and experience hours for transitioning to digital radiography from traditional film usage. The ability to accrue experience in multiple disciplines has also been removed since there were reductions in experience hours. There were many questions and comments from the audience, and a lively discussion continued even after the meeting concluded.
Twenty-two members of the Cleveland Section met on 16 February to hear a presentation given by Frank Sattler. Sattler is the president of Sattler Consultants, Inc. and spoke on “ASME [Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code] Section V – Magnetic Particle and Liquid Penetrant Code Requirements 2015.”
Forty-six members and guests attended the Connecticut Yankee Section 11 March joint meeting with members from the local American Society for Quality, ASME, and Society of Women Engineers chapters at the Groton Elks Lodge. The guest speaker was Quentin Snediker, the shipyard director at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut. Guests for the evening included professors and engineering students from Three Rivers College, in Norwich, Connecticut; fellow ASNT members from the Connecticut Valley, Boston, and Narragansett Bay sections; and members from the other local societies. Snediker entertained the group, telling of the launching of the Charles W. Morgan, its 38th voyage, and several interesting stories of its life before it arrived at Mystic Seaport and the preparedness of its hull and internal machinery to meet the U.S. Coast Guard requirements. Snediker was presented a scale model of the Charles W. Morgan with a nametag identifying the date of the lecture and the different sections represented.
Mystic Seaport’s Quentin Snediker (left) received a model of the Charles W. Morgan from Connecticut Yankee Section Chair John Moran.
San Francisco, California
On 12 March, roughly 20 vendors and nearly 50 nondestructive testing (NDT) professionals gathered for a successful Vendor’s Night. The event was rich with experience and was a great meeting of minds well versed in NDT. After setup, there was networking and time for attendees to explore the booths. Afterwards, dinner was served. Near the end of dinner was a short program where the Section honored the life and contributions of one of its board members, Ken Garces, recently deceased. Heartfelt words were shared and members were encouraged to pay their respects. At the close of the event was a raffle, with various prizes donated by the vendors. All in all it was a great event.
The Golden Gate Section met for a Vendor’s Night in March, which included networking and dinner.
Newport News, Virginia
The Hampton Roads Section met on 10 March at the Buffet City Mongolian BBQ in Chesapeake, Virginia. Rick Stevens, from the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, led attendees in a roundtable discussion on “Maritime Nondestructive Testing Requirements for Naval and Commercial Shipyards.” In addition to Regional Director William Via, Jr., five members and six guests were in attendance.
Lewis & Clark
On 10 March, 16 members and guests of the Lewis & Clark Section met at Flying Pie Pizzeria to attend a talk by Gary Webb, a transportation security specialist on explosives for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Webb discussed the scope of the TSA’s responsibilities beyond the airport screeners, including trains, aircraft, mass transit, highways, and several others, and how automation and personnel training continue to thwart attempts by persons to attack Americans around the world. Webb reviewed the newest advanced imaging technology that is used in airports around the world to provide state-of-the-art security while offering the safest scanning techniques available to passengers. Webb reviewed the seven signs of terrorism that his staff continually trains on to help keep Americans safe. The Section would like to suggest other sections contact their local TSA representatives to arrange a similar enlightening, patriotic presentation.
Test Equipment Distributors, LLC hosted the dinner of gourmet pizzas.
Gary Webb (left) received a certificate of appreciation from Lewis & Clark Section Co-chair David Harris.
North Carolina Student Section
Charlotte, North Carolina
On 9 March, the North Carolina Student Section had the privilege of spending the day with ASNT President L. Terry Clausing. The day started with lunch at Queen City Q, a local barbeque restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina. Following lunch, six students gave Clausing a tour of the nondestructive testing facilities at Central Piedmont Community College. After the tour, the students enjoyed a discussion with Clausing on infrared thermography (IRT). An interesting fact members learned about IRT is that it is not intended to measure the temperature of an object. IRT devices are used to measure infrared radiation, or energy emitted by objects that are imaged by an infrared camera. The Section ended the evening with good food, great conversation, and camaraderie at a joint meeting with the Charlotte Section. The Section would like to thank Clausing for his time, support, and encouragement.
The North Carolina Student Section hosted the ASNT president and took some photos with an infrared camera: (from left, back row) Kyle Middleton, Remy Kasongo, L. Terry Clausing, Clara Herran, Bradley Brandt, and James Bardyn; (front row) Brandon Moore.
On 23 March, approximately 15 members and guests of the Old Dominion Section met at the Italian Kitchen in Mechanicsville, Virginia for a technical meeting. Regional Director Bill Via, Jr. shared news from the Society. Deonna Woolard also briefed the Section on its involvement with the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Science Fair that took place earlier in the month. The guest speaker sent his regrets that he was unable to attend, and expressed his hope that he would be scheduled again in the future.
The Section gave two awards in the senior category at the STEM Science Fair. First place went to Yug Rao, from Maggie L. Walker Regional Governor’s School, for “The Effect of Impact Variations on the Amount of Electricity Generated by Different sizes of Piezoelectric Transducer Stacks”; and second place went to Uday Patil, from the Science, Math, and Technology Center at Mills E. Godwin High School, for “Implementation of a Continuously Learning Artificial Intelligence to Classify and Compare Information Acquired from the Internet.”
Deonna Woolard was one of the Old Dominion Section attendees at the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Science Fair.
On 14 February, six couples from the Pacific Northwest Section gathered for a special Valentine’s Day outing. This outing was to honor those special people who encourage members’ professional development in the premier professional Society for nondestructive testing and certification. Held at iPic Theaters in Redmond, Washington, dinner was served during viewing of the film Kingsman: The Secret Service.
On 9 March, 14 members and five students gathered at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel at Southcenter, Tukwila, Washington. The featured speaker for the evening was Dave Hall, of L&W Research, Inc. Hall is an ASNT director at large and vice president of sales at L&W Research. After dinner the group enjoyed Hall’s presentation on irradiating diamonds using high energy X-rays to create different colored diamonds. Each hue created increases the value of the diamond by as much as an order of magnitude.
Speaker Dave Hall, of L&W Research, answered one of many questions from an interested audience at the 9 March Pacific Northwest Section technical meeting.
San Diego, California
The San Diego Section hosted its seventh technical meeting of the 2014–2015 year on 10 March at the Seven Seas hotel, in San Diego, California. There were 13 members and guests in attendance, including sponsor advertiser Mike White, of Met-L-Chek.
The speaker for the meeting was Yoseph Bar-Cohen, who presented on “Human-like Robots as Potential Future NDT Inspectors.” Bar-Cohen talked about his many years of research on robotics and implications for future use of these robots at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Nondestructive Evaluation and Advanced Actuators Lab, which he founded in 1991. From early on, Bar-Cohen’s work focused on materials that would deform under application of an electric current, similar to the action of a muscle. The first application of this muscle-like actuator was as a type of windshield wiper for application on a space probe. After landing on the surface of a space body, the probe and its sensors would be covered by dust. The wiper was needed to clear the field of view for certain sensors. After studying the properties of various piezoelectric and electroactive polymers, the latter were found to be best for muscle-like actuators. By 2005, the research had progressed to a point where Bar-Cohen established a worldwide competition for robots of any type that would wrestle with a human. The humans have won these competitions so far, albeit with decreasing margins.
Leading up to the current state-of-the-art technology, Bar-Cohen described how robots have been developed to react to human voice commands and even show a form of emotion. Examples of current or near-term applications in everyday life were shown, such as robots that help the elderly maintain their independence, robotic limbs actuated by the human brain, exoskeleton systems to enhance human physical strength, and self-driving cars. In Bar-Cohen’s opinion, robots will play increasingly important roles in the future, with the promise of great benefits but also the challenge of maintaining control over them. Robotized nondestructive testing, already in use to a limited extent with mechanical scanners, is an application one can visualize. There were questions and answers following the presentation.
Hans Weber presented Bar-Cohen with a gift for his presentation. The meeting concluded with a raffle, in which there were several winners. All in attendance had a great time.
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
The Saudi Arabian Section held its ninth technical dinner meeting for fiscal year 2014–2015 on 16 March at the Carlton al Moaibed Hotel in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia. The Section-sponsored meeting was attended by 145 members and guests.
Section Chair Fathi E. Al Qadeeb opened the meeting and welcomed everyone. He made announcements about the Saudi Arabian Level III refresher classes and exam that took place in April, as well as the radiographic film interpretation short course that took place in March.
Al Qadeeb then introduced the guest speaker, Keith Sinclair, of Eddyfi, who presented on “Tangential Eddy Current Array Probes for Crack Detection and Sizing in Carbon Steel Welds.”
After the presentation, everyone enjoyed a buffet dinner prepared by the Carlton al Moaibed Hotel.
Saudi Arabian Section Chair Fathi E. Al Qadeeb made announcements at the March meeting.
Johannesburg, South Africa
The Southern Africa Section hosted a special technical meeting on 18 February. Patrick Cabanis, from Olympus, gave a presentation on Olympus’s latest eddy current array equipment, OmniScan MX ECA. Chris Georgiou, from TechtraNDT Sales, arranged for this knowledgeable speaker to give a presentation and demonstration to ASNT members and their guests. The evening was well attended and was a great success.
The Section held its annual Golf Day at Benoni Country Club on 19 March. Members joined with the South African Institute for Non-Destructive Testing for the event. There was a wonderful atmosphere that bonded the local nondestructive testing community, and for the first time there was a team of women golfers. Each year, the Golf Day gets bigger and better.
Patrick Cabanis, of Olympus, spoke at the Southern Africa Section February meeting.
St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis Section members were granted a tour of the AvionAVTask facility on 12 March. AvionAVTask, located in Warrenton, Missouri, is a helicopter rotor blade repair shop specific for the Boeing Chinook helicopter. Knowledgeable staff taught participating Section members the fascinating military and civilian history of the Chinook while being shown the multiple nondestructive testing techniques used to inspect, diagnose, and balance the blades. AvionAVTask is the only commercial manufacturer listed on the Boeing Qualified Product List for the Boeing Chinook helicopter. Nondestructive presentations included radiography, bond testing using ultrasonics, infrared thermography, and acoustic testing, and a state-of-the-art process for balancing the repaired blades was also demonstrated.
St. Louis Section members took a tour of AvionAVTask in March: (from left) Jürgen Block, Don Baumer, Rick Evers, Steve Fults, Jeff Haley (host), Floyd Bell, and Tony O’Brien (host).
Members of the Chicago Section demonstrated nondestructive testing (NDT) methods and concepts to interested students at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Engineers Week Expo on 28 February. These events are a great way to introduce kids to the profession and encourage them to take on careers in NDT.
The Chicago Section at the Engineers Week Expo: (from left) Mike Kelly, Olympus; Jared Sawyer, Circle Systems, Inc.; Jennifer Anaya, Alloyweld Inspection; Chuck Johnson, Karden Sales; Tim Sears, Lyondell Basell; Sal Razi, Moraine Valley Community College; and Stu Kleven, Alloyweld Inspection.