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


Charlotte, North Carolina

On 20 March, the Charlotte Section had its monthly meeting at Sticky Fingers Ribhouse. The guest speaker was Jeremy Renshaw from Electric Power Research Institute Charlotte, who presented on “Dry Fuel Storage Canister Inspection.” Renshaw shared information about the challenges for examining dry fuel storage canisters in nuclear power plants, present state, field trials, qualitative and quantitative overview of NDE technologies in the field, and new technologies under development. The meeting was sponsored by Olympus and was attended by 13 participants.

Jeremy Renshaw from Electric Power Research Institute Charlotte (left) with John F. Burke (right). Renshaw presented on dry fuel storage canister inspection to the Charlotte Section during its 20 March meeting.


Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Section of ASNT met on 13 March with eighteen guests and members in attendance at the Crazy Pour in Villa Park, Illinois. The guest speaker was Larry H. Strouse from the Federal Railroad Administration, part of the Department of Transportation.

Strouse is an ASNT NDT Level III in six methods and an American Welding Society  Certified Welding Inspector. He is also certified by the American Society for Quality in five disciplines and is an ASNT Fellow. His talk for the evening was entitled “Nondestructive Testing in the Railroad Industry – A Federal Perspective.” The discussion detailed the various activities of the Federal Railroad Administration, especially with regards to tank cars and the hazmat regulations governing the inspection of them. Specific inspection intervals are set out and a number of NDT methods are recognized, such as liquid penetrant testing, magnetic particle testing, ultrasonic testing, radiographic testing, and visual testing. The American Association of Railroads is responsible for having qualified repair shops to carry out the inspections under Appendix T of their regulations.

Strouse indicated that there are about 350 000 to 400 000 tank cars in service and about 350 repair stations with the United States, Canada, and Mexico. A single accident can be catastrophic, so probability of detection studies are being conducted to try to set a 90% confidence level that cracks will be found. Efforts are underway to try to reduce the critical flaw size through the use of nondestructive testing. The personnel qualifications are called out as SNT-TC-1A; however, the CP-189 requirements are applied so that the hours and training are mandatory rather than a recommended practice.

Chicago Section Chairman Charles P. Johnson of Karden Sales (left) expresses appreciation to Larry Strouse of the Federal Railroad Administration.


Cleveland, Ohio

The Cleveland Section held its March 20 meeting at Bucci’s J-Bella in Strongsville, Ohio. Nineteen members and guests attended this meeting. They had the pleasure of having Dave Marcyjanik give a very informative and entertaining presentation regarding the Pittsburgh Air National Guard and their operations, mainly refueling of many types of aircraft from F 18 to C S's. Marcyjanik also gave a very insightful look into Nadcap's stance on open book tests in accordance with NAS 410.


Denver, Colorado

The Colorado Section held its March meeting at Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI) on 9 March. Safety is TTCI’s highest priority. At the beginning of this meeting, a briefing was conducted by TTCI safety manager, Srba Lalic, to acquaint all meeting attendees and to ensure everyone knew how to respond in case of an emergency.

Semih Kalay, Senior Vice-President of TTCI, welcomed ASNT members and provided a brief overview of TTCI. TTCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Association of American Railroads,, and is considered one of the world’s foremost rail-related research, testing, and training organizations. TTC is a secure 52-square mile facility that has 48 miles of test track and also house state-of-the-art laboratory and training facilities. TTCI provides its customers—which include freight and passenger railroads, freight and passenger rail suppliers, and government agencies from throughout North America and the world—with railway research, consulting, testing, system engineering, inspections, training, and technical support. Gregory A. Garcia, ASNT Board of Directors member, recognized TTCI for organizing this section meeting and tour by presenting a Colorado Section appreciation plaque to Kalay.

Anish Poudel, longtime ASNT member, then provided brief overview of the cracked wheel detector research at TTCI. The presentation started by providing brief overview of the wheel failures and the need for reliable, efficient, and real-time nondestructive evaluation systems for timely detection, characterization, and reporting of critical flaws in wheels to assure safety and integrity of the railroads. Several technologies that were explored and studied by TTCI for potential deployment in North American railroad environment were presented. Poudel, with the help of ASNT member Brian Lindeman, also provided live demonstration of the state-of-the-art Tycho automated cracked wheel detector system at TTC.

Columbia River

Richland, Washington

The Columbia River Section meeting was held on 9 March at Crazy Moose Casino. The meeting was dedicated as a section business meeting. Topics discussed included ideas for reaching the Section’s growth goal by reaching out to similar organizations and schools, as well as publicizing Section events.

Greater Houston

Houston, Texas

The Greater Houston Section hosted 50 members and guests at their monthly meeting and International Chemical and Petroleum Industry Inspection Technology (ICPITT) committee meeting on 8 March at the Hotel Icon in Houston. Conference Chair C. Deal Moore presided over the ICPIIT meeting, Board Chair Jeff Wagner presided ran the Business Meetings, and Vice Chair Rick Arnett ran over the Executive Committee.

As this month was the Section’s Awards Night, the Greater Houston ASNT Technicians of the Year and Scholarship Award winners were honored. The Greater Houston Section encourages the study of nondestructive testing (NDT) by providing financial assistance to students pursuing an NDT program of study which leads to a degree or certificate in NDT at a junior college or NDT training facility within the Houston area. The Sherlock scholarship, awarded to students enrolled in an NDT-related course at a University or College, memorializes the late Charles N. Sherlock, who was a colleague and friend to many members of the Greater Houston Section. The Smith Scholarship, awarded to students enrolled in an NDT-related course at a University or College, memorializes the late Gerald E. Smith, who was also a colleague and friend to many members of the Greater Houston Section.

Directors at Large Jerry Fulin presented the Scholarship winners and Samuel R. (Roger) Jordan presented the Technicians of the Year. Greater Houston recognizes Level I, II, and III technicians separately. Winners included Jason B. Burleson (Level I), Tyler Smith (Level II), and John Z. Chen (Level III). Scholarship winners included Brandon Hernandez, George Rodriguez, Michael Tran, Kristofer Christoferson, Delsi Arana, Joe Garza, Matthew Ortiz, Jacinto Torres, Amulfo Mendoza, Tim Riemer, Manuel Gutierrez, Xavier Benitez, Maximilano Ortiz, Abel Solis, Dale Stein III, Brook Ann Beesley, Amador Ramirez.

At the end of the awards, Jerry Fulin presented a short program on “The UT tribulation of very large valve castings.”

Greater Houston
Students from Ocean Corporation were awarded scholarships by the Greater Houston Section. From left: Michael Tran, Brandon Hernandez, ASNT Director at Large Jerry Fulin, Brooke Ann Beesley, and Kristofer Christopherson.


Honolulu, Hawaii

The Hawaii Section was called to order by Chair Derek Barbadillo on 2 March at Buzz’s Original Steakhouse in Pearl City, Hawaii. Twelve members and guests attended. The Hawaii Section newsletter drafted by Jayme J. Martin was the main topic for the evening, along with finalizing the Section Bylaws, suggestions for speakers, and the “Who’s Next” Campaign.

Twelve members and guests attended the Hawaii Section’s 2 March meeting.


Kuwait City, Kuwait

The Kuwait Section organized its third technical presentation in the current program year (July 2016 to June 2017) on 10 April at the Kohinoor restaurant in Fahaheel, Kuwait, on “EMAT Guided Wave Application For Incoloy, Alloy Furnace Tube and Pipe Support Inspection.” The presentation was delivered by S. Gunasekaran, a renowned and valued NDT professional. Shanmugom S. Murugan introduced the speaker to the audience.

The program was sponsored by the Section and about 17 professionals attended the meeting. Section Chair Al-Enezi Nayef Ma’ashi appreciated the speaker’s effort to deliver the presentation in comprehensive and interactive manner.

Attendees of the Kuwait Section’s technical presentation on 10 April in Fahaheel, Kuwait.

Lewis & Clark

Portland, Oregon

On 10 April, eight members of the Lewis & Clark Section met at Flying Pie Pizzeria in Portland, Oregon for the monthly section meeting. During the meeting, Emery E. Roberts, Region 16 Regional Director, gave a brief talk regarding upcoming opportunities provided by ASNT for Section leadership and the benefits of the various Sections sending representatives to the upcoming Regional Planning Meeting. Roberts also highlighted the improvements ASNT has made in the way of electronic certification exams and instantaneous results of those exams.


Following gourmet pizza sponsored by Test Equipment Distributors, David N. Hamilton gave an informative talk on the various testing that his employer, Northwest Testing, provides to the public through the building industry. He provided examples of some concrete and rebar testing, explained the new use of carbon fiber reinforced polymers, and the tests these new materials undergo. Hamilton explained the use of radiation to test the density of soil as well as the use of ultrasonics to test the integrity and characteristics of concrete to ensure the materials meet the various ASTM standards imposed for the safety of the public. Hamilton’s presentation was very well received by the group.

Lewis amp Clark
David N. Hamilton (left) received a small token of appreciation for his presentation to the Lewis & Clark Section from Michael Dunbar, Section Treasurer.


Minneapolis, Minnesota

Seventeen members, students, and guests attended the Minnesota Section dinner meeting on 23 March at the American Legion in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The Section was honored to host David R. Bajula, 2016–2017 ASNT President, as featured speaker. Bajula presented an interesting and informative presentation titled "The Ultimate Safety Moment," including an overview and discussion on honesty, excellence, accuracy, respect, and teamwork (H.E.A.R.T.); ASNT's strategic plans and goals; ACCP certification program; and ASNT's Center for Excellence. The Section Board also met to elect a new slate of Officers/Directors and to identify meeting and tour dates for the upcoming year.

ASNT President David R. Bajula addressed the Minnesota Section at its 23 March dinner meeting.

Mohawk Hudson

Schenectady, New York

The April meeting of the Mohawk-Hudson Section included a visit to Quad/Graphics, a printing company, in Saratoga Springs, New York, followed by dinner at El Mexicano Restaurant also in Saratoga Springs. Quad/Graphics is an American printing company based in Sussex, Wisconsin. It was founded on 13 July by Harry and Elizabeth Quadracci. The company has 39 printing facilities in the United States, as well as facilities throughout Europe, Canada, and Latin America. Quad/Graphics prints numerous magazines, including BusinessWeek, Milwaukee Magazine (a title the company owns and self-publishes), Time, Sports Illustrated, People, and Maria Trinidad.  One of their locations outside Wisconsin is in Saratoga Springs, where many of the nation’s top catalogers and publishers are concentrated.

Mohawk Hudson
Members and guests of the April meeting of the Mohawk Hudson Section.

Narragansett Bay

Providence, Rhode Island

The Narragansett Bay Section held a meeting on 28 February at the Atwood Grill in Johnston, Rhode Island. There were 25 members in attendance. Past President and Chair of the Board of Directors Kevin Smith gave a talk on Alloy Analysis with XRF and LIBZ technology. Smith brought along equipment to demonstrate. An evening of learning and fun was enjoyed by all.

At the 28 March meeting, Stephen Pflanz, the regional sales manager for Carestream NDT, gave a talk on changing from film radiography to computed radiography. The meeting was attended by 28 members.

North Atlantic

Shellfield, United Kingdom

Members of the North Atlantic Section travelled to Silverwing (part of the Eddyfi Group) for a section meeting. Based in the Wales’ second city, Swansea, Silverwing has a global presence in the tank inspection market.

Jim Costain, Silvering’s VP Sales, together with Jonathan Jones, Training Manager, showed the Section around their impressive facilities. In addition to building and shipping equipment from their Swansea base, Silverwing, in partnership with the South West School of NDT, offer accredited training and examinations in magnetic flux leakage.

Following the tour, Neil Pearson took the Section through the tank mapping software, which processes data from the tank floor inspection systems. The data handling capabilities triggered a lot of discussion and questions. The Section visit coincided with the release of the Scopion II, a magnetic UT crawler for tank walls utilizing a dry coupled probe. In a demonstration, Pearson removed the batteries so that the engineers present were able to inspect the inside of the equipment. Attendees were also able to explore the Phased Eddy Current Array system – LYFT and the FloorMap.


The section would like to thank Jim Costain, Jonathan Jones, Stefan Parmentier, and Neil Pearson for hosting the visit. (Officially, it was highly educational–but really, it was like leaving children alone in a toy shop!)

North Atlantic
Attendees of the North Atlantic Section’s meeting, held at the Silverwing (part of the Eddyfi Group) facilities in Swansea, Wales.

Old Dominion

Richmond, Virginia

On 27 March, 12 members and guests of the Old Dominion Section gathered at Calabash Seafood in Mechanicsville, Virginia, for a technical presentation on full matrix capture and the total focusing method for ultrasonic testing from Alan Caulder of Advanced OEM Solutions. Region 3 and 4 Regional Director Bill Via was also in attendance, and brought the Section up to speed on the actions of ASNT. At the end of the meeting, Caulder was presented with a traditional Jefferson Cup from the Section.

Old Dominion
Old Dominion Section Chair Doug A. McAvoy, Jr. (left) presents a traditional Jefferson Cup to Alan Caulder, who presented at the Section’s 27 March meeting.

Pacific Northwest

Seattle, Washington

Twenty-five members of the Pacific Northwest Section gathered at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Tukwila, Washington, to listen to the presentation entitled “Full Matrix Capture & The Total Focusing Method” by Alan Caulder of Advanced OEM Solutions. Full Matrix Capture (FMC) is hardware data acquisition of phased array ultrasonic testing data and Total Focusing Method (TFM) is a software post-processing of the data captured by FMC. The data may be post processed years after capture, if necessary with new generation software. TFM is an improvement of the synthetic aperture focusing technique. Indications, which may be interpreted as a planar discontinuity when processed with the TFM algorithms, may turn out to be two or more rounded indications. The trained operator can thus make a correct interpretation of data. Among the members in attendance were six students and two instructors from the nondestructive testing club at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, Washington, Puyallup campus. After Caulder’s presentation, he answered questions from the audience.

Pacific Northwest
Vice Chair Kathy Ferguson (left) presents an ASNT pen and pencil set and section coin to the evening’s speaker Alan Caulder.


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Pittsburgh Section held a meeting on 14 March. It was a joint meeting with American Welding Society at the RJ Lee Group, Inc. in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. The Section would like to thank the host, James V. Pellegrino, and many others at RJ Lee Group, Inc., for the tour of their facilities and the excellent presentations at the various stations. RJ Lee Group, Inc., is an industrial forensics analytical laboratory and scientific consulting firm. Dinner was held at Palmieri’s Restaurant.

From left (check with Pat): Pittsburgh Section Chair John A. Markanich; James V. Pellegrino, RJ Lee Group, Inc.; and Donald C. Stoll, AWS Chairman.

Section Highlight

The Colorado Section held their March meeting at Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI), a secure 52-square mile facility that has 48 miles of test track and also houses state-of-the-art laboratory and training facilities. TTCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Association of American Railroads and is considered one of the world’s foremost rail-related research, testing, and training organizations.

The Colorado Section enjoyed a demonstration of the cracked wheel detector research at Transportation Technology Center, Inc., as part of their 9 March meeting.