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News items submitted by local sections for the month of February

Air Capital

Wichita, Kansas

On 7 November, Air Capital Section members and guests, including students from Cowley County Community College, gathered in Wichita, Kansas, at Metal Finishing Co. for a technical presentation by Flynn Spears. There were a total of 28 attendees. The meeting began with a social hour and pizza enjoyed by all and sponsored by the Section. Spears’ presentation, “Laser Shearography NDT on Aerospace Structures,” explained the laser shearography testing process in theory, application, and analysis. After the presentation, many attendees asked questions and Spears demonstrated the technique on composites. Spears was presented with a plaque of appreciation for his presentation.


Phoenix, Arizona

Twenty people attended the Arizona Section’s Annual November ASNT/Southwest Gaslight dinner and event. This year marked the Section’s fifth anniversary hosting this meeting. The event is always well received and enjoyed by guests and members as a relaxing way to celebrate yet another year among ASNT friends.


Charlotte, North Carolina

The Charlotte Section hosted 17 members and guests at its 14 November meeting, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The guest speaker was Marc Breit from Secu-Chek, GmbH. The group saw a demonstration of state-of-the-art ultraviolet (UV) light-emitting diode hand lamps and a very easy to follow explanation in how UV light works in discontinuity detection. Special thanks to Tom Flaherty, with Detek, for sponsoring the meeting.

The Section hosted 27 members and guests at its 3 December meeting. Members shared fun, food, music, and dancing to celebrate the spirit of the season. The main purpose of this celebration was to grow support and engage more members, students, and families in Section activities.

In November, speaker Marc Breit (left) received a recognition award from Charlotte Section President Paul Ogletree.


Chicago, Illinois

On 14 November, 10 members of the Chicago Section attended a tour of Dale Coyne Racing in Plainfield, Illinois. The Dale Coyne Racing team runs three Indy cars at races around the country, including the Indianapolis 500. The shop engineers and technicians demonstrated the use of wet fluorescent magnetic particle inspection and fluorescent water washable liquid penetrant on various parts, such as alloy steel steering struts and titanium nuts and bolts, along with a variety of other parts. The attendees were able to get up close and view the cars and special motors and transmissions as well as the multitude of composite parts that make up the airfoils on the car. Every car has a large number of sensors that provide feedback to the pit crew during the race, including tire pressure and temperature, G-forces, engine information, and driver information. The steering wheel manages a number of operations including shifting of the engine.

On 12 December, the Section hosted Brenda Collins, regional director for Region 12. Collins presented on “75 Years of ASNT…On to the Next 75.” Her presentation included a video that was presented at the Annual Conference. which showed the history of ASNT. She also gave a presentation from the Annual Business Meeting. The attendees were excited about the computer-based testing and also the partnerships that ASNT is forming with other societies. There were 18 members and guests in attendance.

Chicago Section members viewed a Dale Coyne Racing Indy car during their November tour of the facility.


Denver, Colorado

On 8 October, five Colorado Section members participated in the 2016 Colorado Springs Science Festival – The Cool Science Carnival Day at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS). The Cool Science Carnival Day was a day full of science activities in UCCS Campus.

The Section had a nondestructive testing (NDT) booth where liquid penetrant testing, magnetic particle testing, conventional shear-wave ultrasonic testing, and infrared thermography methods and techniques were demonstrated to passersby. Also, several application oriented NDT videos were shown. In addition to learning about NDT techniques, families and children had their photos taken using infrared, which they enjoyed the most. St. Louis Section members also discussed how individuals might consider a career in NDT and possible future opportunities in this field.

Columbia River

Richland, Washington

The Columbia River Section held a meeting on 8 December, at Collegium Café in Pasco, Washington, with seven members in attendance. Guest speakers Jerry Sooter and Alexander Seyfarth, from Bruker Elemental, presented an informal and technical presentation on handheld X-ray fluorescent and positive material identification application.

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Columbia River Section Chair Francisco Ramirez (center) presented a plaque to Jerry Sooter (left) and Alexander Seyfarth for their presentation.

Connecticut Yankee

Groton, Connecticut

Thirty-two members and guests attended the second Connecticut Yankee Section’s meeting at the Groton Elks Lodge in Groton, Connecticut, on 16 November. In attendance were members and guests, including new ASNT members and faculty from Norwich, Connecticut’s Three Rivers College and members from Narragansett Bay Section. The speaker for the evening was Clyde May, from VMI, Inc. May’s presentation was titled “A Close-up Look at Computed Radiography: Past, Present, and Future,” in which he addressed why continued support and involvement from organizations such as ASNT and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers is needed to help further digital radiography across all industries.

Earlier in the evening, Section Director Bob Feole outlined the new Level II courses offered by ASNT and steps needed in order to obtain these certifications.

Connecticut Yankee
Connecticut Yankee Section Chair James Porter (left) presented a Deck Prism to Clyde May and Section trophy to the group in appreciation for their presentation.

Greater Houston

Houston, Texas

The Greater Houston Section’s 9 November meeting was held at Hotel Icon, with 36 members and guests. Prior to the evening’s presentation, there was an Executive Committee meeting, with 13 committee members in attendance. The meeting was called to order by Rick Arnett, and Special Committee issues were addressed along with the approval of prior meeting minutes and the treasury report. Announcements included the many honors received by local Section members at the ASNT Annual Conference 2016 in Long Beach, California. Awards received included: Bo Dunn, for 50-year participation; John Chen was named an ASNT Fellow; Dave Culberson received the Robert C. McMaster Gold Medal; and Dave Bajula was installed as the president of ASNT. The November speaker was Joshua Robach, mill products and metallurgy manager for the U.S., from Tenaris. Robach holds a doctorate in materials science and engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His presentation was titled “Metallurgy, Defects, and NDT: The Origins of Indications.” The presentation detailed the many considerations in the manufacturing of steel and tubes, along with the problems and defects in their processes. Many thanks to Robach and to the meeting sponsors, Turbo Nondestructive Testing, Inc., Magnaflux, and Draco Global Solutions.

Section members conducted student outreach at Texas A&M University, Ocean Corp., and Wharton College. On 1 December, Section Director Jerry Fulin presented scholarship award checks to five students at Wharton College and had opportunity to talk with the students and staff. Fulin took a tour of the college program, during which he the chance to speak more about ASNT.

On 14 December, the Section hosted 73 members and guests at its annual holiday party at the newly remodeled South Shore Harbour Resort in League City, Texas. ASNT President Dave Bajula, Bonnie Blanchard, and Rhonda Storey were the masters of ceremony for the evening. Bajula welcomed everybody, wearing his presidential collar, and thanked the sponsors, Iris Inspection Services, Inc. and the Ocean Corp. Blanchard and Storey thanked those who brought gifts for the Marine Corp’s Toys for Tots program, and also announced the schedule for the evening and the periodic door prize drawings.

There was a Texas roundup dinner buffet. Each of the 10 tables had a winner who took home the centerpiece of either a lantern or pickup truck with a Christmas tree in the bed. A Monte Carlo casino night followed dinner, where there were tables set up for black jack, Texas Hold ‘Em, and roulette. Big winners at the games won grand prizes donated by Turbo Nondestructive Testing, Inc.; Ron Jackson and Casino Parties Unlimited; Oceanscan; Ltd.; Olympus; and ALX Industries. It was a fantastic evening.

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Greater Houston Section Director Jerry Fulin (third from left) presented scholarship checks to students at Texas A&M at the beginning of December.


Honolulu, Hawaii

The Hawaii Section participated at the Kailua High School Annual Career Fair on 6 November. Kailua High School, a 9th to 12th grade public high school, is located on the windward side of the island of Oahu. Demonstrating the nondestructive testing methods and assisting with the hands-on activities were Section Chair Derek Barbadillo, with magnetic particle testing; Director Donovan Barbardillo, with ultrasonic testing thickness; Director Jayme Martin, with corrosion scanning; and Treasurer Jack Laws. A longtime participant of this career fair mentioned that he has not seen a career display attract as many interested students as the Section booth did. It appears this will be an annual event for the Section. The career fair is held in the school gymnasium.

The newly reorganized Hawaii Section held a meeting on 8 December, at Buzz’s Steakhouse, Pearl City, Hawaii. Nine members and guests attended. The meeting was called to order by Section Chair Derek Barbadillo. Settling Section business was the topic for the evening, including finalizing the Section bylaws, getting bank account signatory authority for the chairman and treasurer, finalizing the annual projected budget, developing a Section newsletter, and setting the dates for the next four quarterly meetings.

Hawaii Section career fair participants, front to back (right side): Derek Barbadillo, Donovan Barbadillo, Jayme Martin, and Jack Laws.


Chennai, India

The India Section’s fourth section meeting was held on 18 December at Vatika Business Centre, Chennai. Section Chair B. Venkatraman began the meeting with a welcome address and announcements and called on Section Secretary Prakash Gokulanandam to go through the agenda. The agenda was a Section activities review, member feedback, and financial review. Section Director S. Kamaraj shared his experience from attending the ASNT Annual Conference and Council meetings.

The India Section held its fourth meeting in Chennai.

Lewis & Clark

Portland, Oregon

On 8 November, 11 members of the Lewis & Clark Section attended a presentation by David Harris discussing the new process control requirements associated with light-emitting diode (LED) ultraviolet A lamps as compared to mercury vapor lamps. Harris detailed the significant differences between the operational characteristics of LEDs versus mercury vapor lamps and how the user needs to openly address these differences in use and maintenance. Harris is an ASNT NDT Level III in PT currently working as a nondestructive testing evaluator for PCC Structurals, Inc., in Portland, Oregon. Dinner at Shari’s Restaurant was generously sponsored by Test Equipment Distributors, LLC.

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Lewis & Clark Section Treasurer Mike Dunbar (left) presented David Harris with a small token of appreciation for making a presentation to the Section.

Miami Valley

Cincinnati, Ohio

The Miami Valley Section met on 2 November, at American Testing Services, Ltd., in Miamisburg, Ohio, for a fascinating tour of its enlarged and modern facility. Eighteen members and guests enjoyed the presentation and demonstrations.

The Section met on 7 Decemver at Trinity Gastro Pub, in West Chester, Ohio for a wonderful holiday celebration. Sixteen members and guests came out and enjoyed the officers’ summary of ASNT activities that was provided.

Mohawk Hudson

Schenectady, New York

The Mohawk Hudson Section’s 13 December meeting at Van Dyck restaurant and lounge, in Schenectady, New York, was a presentation on “Lessons Learned During the Design and Construction of Major Bridge Projects in New York State,” by Christopher Millington, of the Federal Highway Administration FHWA. Currently, Millington is the major projects structural engineer for FHWA and is responsible for several bridge programs, including: geotechnical, complex structures, moveable bridges, bridge security, and tunnels. Millington’s technical presentation provided an overview of contract administration using design-build by sharing the lessons learned in design and construction from the New NY Bridge (Tappan Zee) project, Goethals Bridge replacement project, and the Kosciuszko Bridge project.

The meeting was attended by 18 members and guests.

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Members and Guests of the Mohawk Hudson Section at the 13 December dinner meeting.


Tulsa, Oklahoma

The October meeting of the Oklahoma Section was held on 18 October, at Savastano’s Pizza, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with the Section chair, treasurer, and secretary present. There were 14 members and 1 guest in attendance. Dinner and social hour preceded the meeting.

Old business concerning meeting location and fees were immediately brought up for discussion. Spartan College students want no/low cost meeting places and meals with numerous ideas presented. No decision was agreed upon. The topic was tabled for future discussion. No additional business was discussed.

Mitch Alexander, of Olympus, presented a very informative presentation on “Phased Array Ultrasonic Inspection.”

Old Dominion

Richmond, Virginia

On 17 October, 12 members and guests of the Old Dominion Section and Hampton Roads Section met at Rocco’s Smokehouse Grill, in Williamsburg, Virginia, for a technical meeting. They were joined by Regional Director Bill Via, of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). Attendees were enlightened by a presentation on building bridges with ASTM A1010 stainless steel, given by Via, as well as a quick overview on research being conducted by Old Dominion Section member Ed Darby, also from VDOT, on the risk of hot-dip galvanizing of large, prefabricated pieces.

The Old Dominion Section gathered at the Calabash restaurant, in Mechanicsville, Virginia, on 28 November. Section Chair Doug McAvoy discussed the progress in searching for a new permanent meeting site. Section Treasurer Gary Schepker presented an update of the section’s finances, and acting Section Vice Chair Ed Darby presented an update on the Section’s efforts to maintain gold status. Regional Director Bill Via provided an update on ASNT activities after the Annual Conference. Everyone thanked Deonna Woolard for putting the yearbook together. Overall there were 18 members and guests, several from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Bridge Division, to hear a presentation from Soundar Balakumaran, of the VDOT Research Council, on his work in nondestructive testing of concrete. At the conclusion of the meeting, Balakumaran received the traditional speaker’s gift of an engraved Jefferson Cup to remember the occasion.

Old Dominion
The Old Dominion Section held its second technical meeting for the 2016 planning year on 28 November.

Pacific Northwest

Seattle, Washington

Seventeen Pacific Northwest Section members and guests enjoyed an evening of camaraderie on 14 November. Included were seven students with their parents and spouses. After dinner, there was an engaging and interesting presentation on “Metallurgy in the 21st Century,” by Dan Wallem, of Boeing Co. His passion for the topic was transferred to several members and students.

The student directors brought news that a nondestructive testing (NDT) club had been started at Clover Park Technical College (CPTC). This club, while not a student section yet, will entertain membership from the welding, composite, and NDT programs at CPTC. Distinguished guests included the students, their instructors, and Samuel Bullard. Bullard was an award recipient at the ASNT 75th Annual Conference 2016, in Long Beach, California.

Award recipients from the Section were: Samuel Bullard (Award for the Advancement of Active Military and Veterans in NDT); Gary Georgeson (ASNT Fellow and Robert C. McMaster Gold Medal); and Steven Brady (Young NDT Professional Award). The Section also earned Gold Level status in the President’s Award Program, represented by Jeff Siegel.

On 12 December, 27 Section members, students, and guests, attended a social dinner and technical meeting at the Hilton DoubleTree Hotel in Southcenter near Seattle/Tacoma international airport. Organized by Kathy Ferguson to celebrate the holiday season and add a bit of festivity to the evening, each attendee was given a Christmas coffee cup filled with treats to take home. As always, good food and great conversation were enjoyed by all.

For the evening’s technical presentation, Blake Chenevert, of Delphi Precision Imaging, gave an engaging and informative presentation, titled “Introduction to Computed Tomography.” With this technology, the intricate internal structures inside of test objects of a variety of sizes, shapes, and materials, can be viewed as 3D images. The images are constructed by acquiring radiographic projections from incremental viewing angles taken from multiple positions from 0 to 180°. The individual projections are fed into a computer, where powerful algorithms work to reconstruct the test part’s internal structures into a whole 3D image, which can be rotated in space for viewing at any angle, allowing a qualified inspector to detect critical anomalies.

The rest of the evening consisted of socializing, networking, and discussions among the members and students in attendance. In addition, as a continuation of the 75th anniversary celebration, each attendee was given a ticket upon arrival to the meeting and a drawing was held to give away five copies of the beautifully constructed 75th ASNT anniversary book From Vision to Mission: ASNT 1941 to 2016. Three students from Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) were among the recipients of this historical compilation, which recounts the rise of ASNT from its roots as the American Industrial Radium and X-Ray Society to the prestigious American Society for Nondestructive Testing that it is today.

One of the winners of the drawing for the ASNT 75th anniversary book was a CPTC student named Cheyenne Yazzie. Yazzie is one of the first high school students to take advantage of CPTC’s “Running Start” program. This is a fantastic program where high school students can take college level courses and receive college credit towards a degree while still in high school.

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After his presentation at the November meeting, Dan Wallem (left) received a Section challenge coin and engraved pen and pencil set from Pacific Northwest Section Chair Kathy Ferguson.


Doha, Qatar

The Qatar Section held its first event of autumn on 12 October, organized jointly with the Center for Advanced Materials (CAM), Qatar University. More than 40 ASNT professionals and industry representatives attended a presentation and live demonstration of advanced nondestructive testing (NDT) technologies by Peter Toebben, from United NDT, GmbH, Germany. The attendees were first welcomed by Nasser Al-Nuaimi, from CAM, who gave an overview of the center’s activities and expressed a keen interest on future cooperation with the Section.

This event was a four-hour presentation with a live demonstration by United NDT and was also an occasion for the Section to invite Regional Director Marwan Basrawi to Doha. Basrawi gave a presentation about ASNT’s history and current presence both globally and regionally, together with management strategies, and encouraged the attendees to get involved with their local Section. There is a lot of growing interest in the region to get engaged with ASNT and the event even attracted visitors from Kuwait.

The United NDT presentation was followed with questions from the attendees. The focus was on “Advanced Ultrasonic Inspection Techniques Utilizing Conventional UT, Phased Array, and TOFD,” and at the end of the presentation, after a break, a live demonstration of the equipment was given. The demonstration was performed by technicians after two days of training by United NDT, and was found very useful by the attendees. The event finished with gifts to the speakers presented by Section Chair Mohanad Akilla. The event was sponsored by International Welding Center and Al Khalifa Co.

The Section also held a board meeting after the event, led by Basrawi. There was a discussion about current matters and future plans for the Section, and the Section was encouraged to adopt the new ASNT bylaws.

The Section held its last board meeting of 2016 on 14 December, and planned to start 2017 with some changes. The Section welcomed new board members Andrew Muirhead, Akhilesh Upadhyay, Bovet Dalangin, and Prabahar Chelladurai and is looking forward to a very busy 2017 with already a few events planned. The board aims to bring knowledge of new technologies to its Section members and others interested in knowing more about NDT.

ASNT Qatar Section members, along with with Regional Director Marwan Basrawi (standing, fourth from left) and Peter Toebben (standing, eighth from left), from United NDT, GmbH

San Diego

San Diego, California

On 1 November, the San Diego Section hosted its third technical meeting of the 2016–2017 year, at the Best Western Seven Seas hotel, in San Diego, California. There were 25 members and guests in attendance. The speaker for the evening was Jeff Davis, from San Diego Water Authority. The title of his presentation was “Code Changes for Conventional Ultrasonic Testing and Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing for Welding Inspection.” Davis’ talk covered upcoming code changes for AWS D1.1 and AWS D1.5 using phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT). In addition to the upcoming code changes to the American Welding Society process specifications, there was a discussion on how San Diego Water Authority has adopted specific requirements for the use of PAUT in lieu of radiography. This prompted a discussion from the attendees on the use of PAUT.

In addition to the talk on code changes there was a presentation on water pipeline installation in the city of San Diego. The talk was well received and had numerous questions concerning the equipment used, and what could be different in future applications within the welding codes.

Past Section Chair Hans Weber, standing in for Section Chair Aurapong McAnulty, thanked Davis for his informative talk and presented him with a certificate of appreciation and a speaker gift. To close the meeting, Weber acknowledged the first-time attendees and Section vendors in attendance.

 The evening concluded with the regular raffles and a 50/50 cash raffle. Raffle prizes were sponsored by the Section; David Waitt, of Fujifilm; Juan Diaz, of Testing Services & Inspection; and Larry Olsen, of Northrop Grumman.


Shanghai, China

The Shanghai Section had its first annual meeting on 31 October. The meeting was attended by 75 members and guests. Section Director Yongchang Xu greeted everyone in attendance and thanked them for supporting the Section. Later on, Section Vice Chair Jingyuan Ji give a brief introduction of the Section’s function and meeting agenda. The meeting was hosted by Program Committee Chair Chunguang Xu; four presentation were given and five exhibitors attended the meeting. Lei Jin gave a presentation on “Application of PAUT for Piping Welds on Offshore Platforms.” Sen Wang presented on “Application of TL Tandem Test Method in Narrow Gap Straight Edge Groove Weld.” Jiajie Song shared his experience on how to renew ASNT NDT Level III certificates. And Niu Wang gave a presentation on “Interpretation on SNT-TC-1A (2016).” The Section appreciates CHiNDT, Yxlon, SIUI, Shanghai NDT, and Carestream for supporting and presenting to the meeting.

United Arab Emirates

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

ASNT Region 19, through its local UAE Section, was featured for the first time at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC). This is one of the world’s largest meeting points for oil and gas professionals. ADIPEC 2016 provided a global platform for oil and gas organizations to do business with 110 000 attendees, 9000 delegates, 2500 exhibitors, 140 conference sessions, 25 international pavilions, 20 international oil companies, and 20 national oil companies.

MSPEC – Specification Management Consultants, LLC, an ASNT Corporate Partner, featured Region 19 at its exhibit, which it shared with New Tech Systems, Inc. in the U.S. pavilion. This exhibit was the only nondestructive testing related one in the U.S. pavilion.

The United Arab Section and nondestructive testing were on display at the 2016 Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference.

Section Highlight

There were approximately 65 exhibitors and 12 open lab demonstrations at the Colorado Spring Science Fair. Approximately 4000 people, mostly families with children ages 5 to 13, participated in this event.

Five Colorado Section members participated in the 2016 Colorado Springs Science Festival (from left): Section Chair Anish Poudel, Brian Lindeman, Aaron Cage, Nolan Hanson, and Secretary Mike Cross.