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News items submitted by local sections for the month of July 2017


Charlotte, North Carolina

On 13 April, the Charlotte Section had a combined meeting with the Piedmont Section and the North Carolina Student Section to visit Hendrick Motorsports. The visit was guided by Jim Wall, engineering director for the engine program in the Engine Production and Development Facility in Concord, North Carolina. Twenty-five people from Charlotte participated in this interesting tour at the heart of NASCAR and observed firsthand the latest applications of nondestructive testing in the race world. The Section would like to thank Wall for hosting the visit.

The Charlotte Section held a combined meeting with the Piedmont and North Carolina Student Sections to visit Hendrick Motorsports.


Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Section met on 10 April with 18 guests and members in attendance at Crazy Pour in Villa Park, Illinois. The guest speaker was Nils Hase, the sales manager from Comet Technologies USA, Inc., a manufacturer of X-ray tubes. Hase’s talk for the evening was entitled “Portable and Industrial X-ray Production - How X-rays are Actually Made.” The discussion detailed the various types of X-ray tubes and the intricacies behind each type. His review compared the glass and metal ceramic types and efficiencies, as well as the effect of focal spot size on cooling requirements and future plans for advanced designs.

Chicago Section Chair Charles P. Johnson of Karden Sales (left) expresses appreciation to Nils Hase of Comet Technologies USA, Inc., for speaking at the Section’s meeting on 10 April.


Denver, Colorado

The Colorado Section held its April meeting at Elementum 3D, an advanced 3D printing materials research and development company, in Erie, Colorado. Six Colorado Section members and five invited students from University of Colorado Boulder attended the meeting.

Jacob Nuechterlein and Jeremy Iten from Elementum 3D were the guest speakers for the event. Their presentation was titled “Nondestructive Evaluation Needs for Additive Manufacturing of Metals and Composites.” They opened up their presentation by providing a short history about their company. Elementum 3D (formerly Sinter Print) is an additive manufacturing research and development company that specializes in the creation of advanced metals, composites, and ceramics. During the second half of the presentation, they provided a brief description on the directed energy powder bed fusion processes used to manufacture complex components from a variety of metals based materials, and from metal-ceramic composites and functionally graded materials. They also addressed the need for novel nondestructive evaluation methods and qualification challenges required to characterize these complex materials. Finally, they gave a tour of their facility and provided a live demonstration of the directed energy powder bed fusion processes.

Colorado Section Chair Anish Poudel (middle) presented the letter of appreciation and gifts to the speakers for the Section’s 13 April meeting, Jacob Nuechterlein (right) and Jeremy Iten (left) from Elementum 3D.


Cologne, Germany

On 2 February, the German Section met above the roofs of Munich at VECTOR NDT Training. Section officer elections were held. Meeting participants enjoyed a thrilling lecture by Dirk Koelbl (CIS GmbH) entitled “Qualification of Personnel – NDE According to the ASME Code.” Pleasant and interesting conversations were held over a typical Bavarian lunch with pretzels, veal sausages, and wheat beer. After these delicious snacks, Section Vice Chair Ralf Holstein presented the most important changes in the new edition of SNT-TC-1A 2016. Before closing the meeting, Section Chair Markus F. Hagen and Holstein delivered an exciting report on the ASNT Annual conference in Long Beach, California, where they both partook in ASNT’s 75th anniversary celebration.

Attendees of the German Section’s 2 February meeting enjoyed a presentation on qualification of personnel.

Greater Houston

Houston, Texas

On 18 April, the Greater Houston Section hosted its annual GHASNT Golf Outing at the Timber Creek Golf Club in Friendswood, Texas. Although this year there was a complete rainout for any golfing, 130 attendees stayed and celebrated a day off with food and drink.

 The Section would like to extend a huge thank you to Frederick S. (Skip) Hoyt and Becky Judkins for organizing, setting up, and pulling off successful golf outings year after year. The Section has too many golf outing sponsors to list them all, but special mention goes to Platinum Sponsor Mistras Group, Inc., and the many Gold Sponsors: MFE Rentals, Olympus NDT, Pro Inspection Services, QSA Global, SGS N.A., and Team Qualspec.

The following night,19 April, the Greater Houston Section put on its Vendors’ Night at South Shore Harbour Resort in League City, Texas. Vendors’ Night is an opportunity for members to gather in an informal setting to meet, mix, eat, and catch up with friends, customers, and vendors. This year included 41 vendors’ tables, and attendees who signed in totaled 185.

Attendees and vendors reported excellent food and service from South Shore Harbour Resort once again. Vendors stepped up and donated many door prizes for attendees. Thanks to Wendy Post from Oceanscan Ltd., who acted as the ticket announcer. Prizes included binoculars, restaurant gift cards, rounds of golf, and Houston Astros baseball tickets.

Greater Houston
The Greater Houston Section hosted its annual GHASNT Golf Outing on 18 April. ASNT President David R. Bajula (left) with Frederick S. (Skip) Hoyt, the co-tournament director.


Honolulu, Hawaii

The Hawaii Section’s 4 May meeting was held at Buzz’s Original Steakhouse in Pearl City, Hawaii. Attendees totaled 15 members and guests, including speaker John Waggoner of the Infrared Training Center (ITC). This was a social meeting where members and guests got to know others on the island in the nondestructive testing (NDT) business.

Waggoner, speaking on thermography and NDT methodology, is an ITC Senior Instructor, ITC Level III. He brings more than 25 years of experience in the electrical preventive maintenance and power quality assurance disciplines to ITC, having considerable experience in the instruction of infrared thermography and many other preventive maintenance topics.

Attendees of the Hawaii Section’s 4 May meeting holding the Hawaii Section banner (from left): Section Vice Chair Everrett H. Martin, Section Treasurer Jack R. Laws, Guest Speaker John Waggoner, Section Chair Derek Barbadillo, and Section Director Jayme J. Martin.


Chennai, India

The India Section successfully conducted its sixth technical meeting on 29 April in Chennai. There was a presentation by Chakravarthy P. Madhusudan and Krishna M. Reddy from Lucid Software Limited entitled "Role and Efficiency of Software in NDE."

Attendees of the India Section’s technical meeting held on 29 April enjoyed a presentation on software in nondestructive evaluation.

Lewis & Clark

Portland, Oregon

On 9 May, 18 members and guests of the Lewis & Clark Section met at Flying Pie Pizzeria in Portland, Oregon, to hear a presentation by Curt Powell  on how the loss of the submarine USS Thresher became the catalyst for an improved safety and inspection program called SUBSAFE. Since SUBSAFE’s inception in 1963, there has been zero noncombat losses of SUBSAFE certified submarines compared to one loss every three years before the program was put in place. The dinner was generously sponsored by Test Equipment Distributors.

Metro New York / Northern New Jersey

Lyndhurst, New Jersey

New Jersey members of the ASNT Metro New York/Northern New Jersey Section held a section meeting on 12 April at Frank's Pizza Restaurant in Brunswick, New Jersey. Thirteen members attended the meeting, which was led by Michael W. Allgaier. Attendees ranged from nondestructive testing (NDT) veterans of 40-plus years to NDT novices, whose job roles included technicians, engineers, and NDT company owners and managers.

After a round of introductions, Allgaier led a discussion about ASNT and how the Society helps and supports its members. As a long-time member of the Section, Allgaier was able to provide a history of the Metro NY/Northern NJ Section. Attendees also addressed various NDT training, qualification, and certification requirements, in addition to compiling a list of technical topics ideally to be addressed at future meetings.

Old Dominion

Richmond, Virginia

On 24 April, 15 members and guests of the Old Dominion Section gathered for a technical meeting at Calabash Seafood Restaurant. Irving J. Gray gave a presentation on 3D printing and the challenges of performing NDT on parts fabricated through this method, since it is very easy to build a part that is uninspectable. Regional Director William F. Via, Jr. was also in attendance, and provided the Section with an update on ASNT National and the Region.

Pacific Northwest

Seattle, Washington

Among the 24 members of the Pacific Northwest Section gathered at The Old Spaghetti Factory in Tukwila, Washington, on 10 April, were seven student members from Clover Park Technical College in Puyallup, Washington. The group gathered to participate in an informative presentation by William J. Tapia titled “UT Testing of Composites 101.” A member of The Boeing Company’s research and technology team, Tapia presented information on the differences between disbonds and delamination, focused versus unfocused transducers, and the three primary methods of composite materials ultrasonic inspection: pulse echo, through transmission testing, and resonance bond testing. In the two instances—disbonds and delaminations—the delamination is defined as an interply separation, and the disbond as a separation in the adhesive material between two bonded pieces. Following his informative presentation, a question and answer session was conducted for those enjoying a refresher and students hearing this information for the first time.

Section elections were then held for the 2017–2018 program year, the Section’s 60th year of chartered operation and service to the Pacific Northwest members of ASNT.

Pacific Northwest
Pacific Northwest Section Vice Chair Kathy Ferguson (left) presents section challenge coin, ASNT pen & pencil set, and certificate of appreciation to William J. Tapia for speaking at the Section’s 10 April meeting.


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Pittsburgh Section held a meeting on 20 April at the Springfield Grille in Mars, Pennsylvania, with ASNT Chief Technical Officer James E. Bennett as the speaker. Bennett provided the Section with an update on ASNT’s initiatives and how they influence existing and new certification holders to create a safer world.

Bennett is a former officer of the Pittsburgh Section and is now responsible for the certification, quality, and technical services provided by ASNT. The Section thanks Bennett for his generous offering of time and expertise.

Pittsburgh Section Chair John Markanich (left) and ASNT Chief Technical Officer James E. Bennett. Bennett spoke at the Section’s 20 April meeting.

San Diego

San Diego, California

On 4 April, the San Diego Section hosted the seventh Section Technical Meeting of the 2016–2017 year. The meeting was held at the Best Western Seven Seas with 18 members and guests in attendance. The speaker for the evening was Dr. Arnold “Arny” Bereson, executive director of ASNT.

Dr. Bereson provided an informative talk on the future of ASNT. There were several questions on the direction of the Society and what that means for the general membership. The world is changing, and ASNT needs to change as well to support membership globally.

The meeting also included customary raffles. Raffle prizes were sponsored by the San Diego Section; Michael V. McGloin, NDT Enterprises; and Larry G. Olsen, Northrop Grumman Corporation. All in attendance had a great time.

San Diego
San Diego Section Director Larry G. Olsen (left) shows his appreciation to ASNT Executive Director Dr. Arnold “Arny” Bereson (right) for speaking at the Section’s 4 April technical meeting.

Saudi Arabian

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabian Section held its 10th Technical Dinner Meeting for the fiscal year 2016–2017 on 20 April at the Dhahran Palace Hotel in Dhahran. The meeting was attended by 99 members and nonmembers, including guests from Bahrain Society of Engineers and the Section sponsored by Yusuf Bin Ahmad Kanoo Dammam.

Section Chair Abdullah M. Al Khalifah inaugurated the meeting and went over highlights for the Section, including a discussion on Level III examinations. Al Khalifah also showed a group photo from the Regional Planning Meeting (RPM) in Dubai organized by Regional Director Marwan F. Basrawi on 8 April, which was attended by Al Khalifah along with two other officers from the Section, and highlighted the points discussed during the RPM.

After the announcements, Al Khalifah asked the guest speaker Vignesh M. Mariappan, production manager at Olympus America, Inc., to start his presentation, “Techniques from Basic Phased Array to Advance Phased Array” which was very successful and knowledgeable for the audience and was highly appreciated. After the presentation, Al Khalifah presented an appreciation trophy to Mariappan with great thanks.


Door prizes were distributed to the raffle winners after the trophy presentation. After this, all the members and guests of the Section retired to have an excellent buffet lunch specially prepared by the Dhahran Palace Hotel.

Saudi Arabian
Attendees of the Saudi Arabian Section’s 10th Technical Dinner Meeting at the Dhahran Palace Hotel on 20 April enjoyed a presentation by guest speaker Vignesh M. Mariappan.


Shanghai, China

On 29 April, the Shanghai Section held its April meeting in Tianjin, with approximately 50 members in attendance. This is the second section meeting that was held in Northern China. The meeting was hosted by Li Debin. The speaker was Niu Weifei, vice president of Tianjin Special Equipment Inspection Institute. He gave a speech on the ASME boiler pressure vessel certification application process and its requirements for NDT. Qiu Dong, general secretary of Tianjin Association of Special Equipment Safety and Energy - Saving Center, gave a presentation on angle calculation of the water immersion oblique injection ultrasonic testing technique on gas cylinders. The Section appreciates Shanghai QiJi and Tianjin Special Equipment Institute for supporting and presenting to the meeting.

Approximately 50 members attended the Shanghai Section’s 29 April meeting, which included two presentations.

South Texas

San Antonio, Texas

On 3 May, the South Texas Section had its meeting at the Bombay Hall restaurant in San Antonio with 14 people in attendance. The first order of business was to officially vote on the new slate of officers for the 2017–2018 year for the Section. The slate was presented to the membership, and the new slate of officers was approved by the membership.


Following the vote, Sergey A. Vinogradov presented a technical discussion entitled "Use of MsS Guided Wave Technology for Anchor Inspection." The presentation was well received and several questions were answered.

Southwestern Ontario


The Southwestern Ontario Section hosted a meeting on 20 April at the Canadian Welding Bureau office in Milton. Pui Kei Yuen, director of the Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) National Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body, and ASNT President David R. Bajula delivered a very interesting talk on the latest trends in NDE certification.

The highlight of the event was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between ASNT and NRCan National Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body. Philippe Dauphin, the director general of CanmetMATERIALS at NRCan, and Bajula signed the MOU alongside Yuen. The MOU is great news for the Canadian NDT industry as NRCan Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body collaborates with ASNT to strengthen and improve the NDE certification programs. The MOU shows the strong desire between the two organizations to establish a working relationship in the field of NDT. The MOU aims to invigorate the desired engagement from both organizations and provide program improvements to the North American region, its users, and its stakeholders. Strategically, this may seed a credible pathway for further harmonization and mutual recognition of the technical requirements and certification schemes (ASNT Central Certification Program and Canadian General Standards Board) between the two national organizations that can enable improved mobility and transferability of goods, services, and resources.


The meeting was very well attended by ASNT members and nonmembers from the industry, and the news of the MOU was very well received. The Section looks forward to finalizing the agreement for reciprocity between the certification organizations in the near future.

Section Highlight

The Southwestern Ontario Section hosted a meeting on 20 April that included a signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between ASNT and Natural Resources Canada National Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body. The MOU shows the strong desire between the two organizations to establish a working relationship in the field of NDT.

Southwestern Ontario
A Memorandum of Understanding between ASNT and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body (NDTCB) was signed at the Southwestern Ontario Section’s 20 April meeting. Pictured: (in back) Southwestern Ontario Section Vice Chair Mark A. Gharghoury; (in front, from left) Southwestern Ontario Section Director Cindy R. Finley, Director of NRCan NDTCB Pui Kei Yuen, ASNT President David R. Bajula, and Southwestern Ontario Section Chair Parvinder Kaur Sidhu.