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News items submitted by local sections for the month of March 2018


Phoenix, Arizona

During the Arizona Section’s November 2017 meeting at the Annual Southwest Gas Gaslight Dinner, George M. Hopman of NDE Solutions and Level III extraordinaire presented his two papers from the ASNT Annual Conference.

Arizona Section Chair Michael T. Childers (right) with George M. Hopman, who presented at the Section’s November 2017 meeting.

Capital of Texas

Austin, Texas

The Capital of Texas Section met on 18 January at MFE Enterprises, Inc. in Dripping Springs, Texas, for a tour of the MFL tank floor manufacturing facility and an educational presentation on the MFL method and its application to detecting metal volume loss in aboveground storage tank floors. The guides, Bryan Duke and Bill Duke, discussed the history of tank floor inspection and the evolution of MFE as a company. MFE has expanded in the last couple of years to include NDT equipment rental with offices worldwide. Thirteen members and guests attended the tour, which lasted about two and a half hours.

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Bryan Duke explaining the principles of MFL tank floor inspection to attendees of the Capital of Texas Section’s 18 January meeting at MFE Enterprises, Inc.


Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Section met on 15 January with 21 guests and members in attendance at the Crazy Pour restaurant in Villa Park, Illinois. The guest speaker for the evening was ASNT President David A. Mandina. Mandina owns Mandina’s Inspections in Harvey, Louisiana, and is an ASNT NDT Level III in five methods with a number of other qualifications from other countries as well.

Mandina’s talk addressed requirements for training and the need to interface with ISO 9712 and the global community, while protecting the interests of ASNT’s members. He also reviewed the ASNT organization, its Board of Directors, and elected officers and their duties. His devotion to the professionals who make up the “rank and file” of ASNT was undeniably evident. Mandina emphasized the teamwork concept, with illustrations from his on-the-job experiences and related how they formed his leadership philosophy. He strongly encouraged all members to be informed about the issues that are put forth for vote. Mandina passionately expressed the importance of involvement in the local sections, the recruitment of new members, and providing feedback to the national organization.

Chicago Section Chair Chuck Johnson of Karden Sales (right) expresses appreciation to ASNT President David A. Mandina for his informative and motivating presentation at the Section’s 15 January meeting.


Cleveland, Ohio

The Cleveland Section held a meeting on 20 November 2017 at the Brew Garden, which was attended by 22 members and guests. Unfortunately, the scheduled presenter could not attend the November meeting due to illness. The Section’s board of directors did not skip a beat; they decided on a roundtable discussion, which included all 22 attendees, that generated a lively discussion on some questions regarding Level III recertification and utilizing the point system, and offered a number of creative ideas to increase participation in the monthly meetings. A possible disaster turned into a very productive meeting. The Brew Garden provided excellent food as well as the craft beers enjoyed by many of the attendees.


Honolulu, Hawaii

The Hawaii Section participated in Kailua High School’s annual Career Fair on 17 November 2017. Members demonstrated ultrasonic testing, magnetic particle testing, and borescopes at the fair.

Lewis & Clark

Portland, Oregon

On 12 December 2017, seven members of the Lewis & Clark Section attended a presentation by Jay Zimmerman, western region sales manager of Carestream NDT. Zimmerman’s presentation covered computed radiography basics and the development of the technique to the point where it has progressed today. Zimmerman had a quiz afterward, and Ryan A. Sims of International Inspection won the $25 gift card prize, which he donated back to the Section’s golf tournament for 2018. Test Equipment Distributors sponsored the meal of gourmet pizza at Flying Pie Pizzeria.

On 16 January, eight members of the Lewis & Clark Section attended a presentation by Mark R. Powlison, NDT Manager of KPFF Consulting Engineers, regarding NDE in the building industries. Powlison’s presentation covered various subjects, including load testing, ground penetrating radar, structural wood, cold form framing, and in particular, ethics of inspection. NDE Professionals sponsored the meal of gourmet pizza at Flying Pie Pizzeria.

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Mark R. Powlison (left) receives a token of appreciation from Lewis & Clark Section Co-Chair David F. Harris for his presentation at the Section’s 16 January meeting.

Miami Valley

Cincinnati, Ohio

The Miami Valley Section met on 6 December 2017 at Miami Valley Gaming for a very festive holiday celebration. Twenty members came out for the meeting. The Section’s board met on 17 January at Uno Pizzeria & Grill in West Chester, Ohio, for a meeting. Seven members and guests came out to work on Section issues and concerns and make plans for the future.

Mohawk Hudson

Schenectady, New York

The Mohawk Hudson Section held a meeting on 17 January with 18 members and guests in attendance, including ASNT Regional Director Larry Mullins. The meeting featured a presentation on “Advances in High Energy X-ray Digital Detector Arrays” by Clifford Bueno of GE Global Research in Schenectady, New York. Large area X-ray digital detector arrays (DDAs) are finding increased application in high energy (~1 to 16 MeV) medical imaging (portal therapy), security scanning (cargo screening), and nondestructive testing (additively manufactured component inspection) for fast radiography, laminography, and computed tomography modalities. Bueno addressed the physical alterations of a series of 20 cm square DDAs for use in these applications.

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Attendees of the Mohawk Hudson Section’s 17 January meeting enjoyed a presentation on digital detector arrays.

Northern New England

Newington, New Hampshire

Ten members attended the January meeting of the Northern New England Section. Shane E. Hodgson, division manager at Acuren Inspections, Inc., spoke about digital radiography. Hodgson provided an interesting talk and showed a presentation on radiography using digital media instead of film. He provided a history and compared differences between film radiography and digital radiography. Members actively participated with many questions. The Section also conducted a planning meeting, where members discussed plans for a year-end social outing.

Old Dominion

Richmond, Virginia

The Old Dominion Section held its December meeting at the Hanover Tavern and Barksdale Christmas Play on 1 December 2017. Twenty members and guests gathered to enjoy dinner and the evening play after a brief address from William F. Via, Jr., the Section’s Regional Director.

Pacific Northwest

Seattle, Washington

The Pacific Northwest Section celebrated its New Year’s holiday party at ACME Bowling, Billiards & Events with a delicious catered banquet and dessert bar on 5 January 2017. Everyone had a great time bowling and shooting pool. Families brought children, and there was even one family with three generations. Altogether, the Section had eight children under the age of 12 show up, and they loved bowling. Each child was given $5 in quarters to play in the arcade room. Everyone laughed and played hard all night long—just like kids—building connections and lasting friendships.

The Section held a meeting on 8 January at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Tukwila, Washington. The meeting included a presentation by Lennart Schulenburg from VisiConsult Sales and Marketing. The presentation was both educational and fun. It incorporated videos that demonstrated automated defect recognition technology. The students, as well as the radiography engineers that came, were completely engaged in the presentations and asked many insightful questions.

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Friends and relatives accompanied members of the Pacific Northwest Section for their New Year’s holiday party.


Greenville, South Carolina

The Piedmont Section held a meeting on 12 December 2017. There were nine members in attendance. Dale S. Hope gave an excellent presentation on NDT life at Cape Canaveral. The Section would like to thank Hope for taking the time to support his Section.

The Section held another meeting on 16 January. Tommy J. Boyers gave a presentation on mentoring in the NDT industry: a topic everyone is affected by as members try to get more young people involved in the industry. The Section also discussed the vendor night planned for 20 February. There were 12 members in attendance.

Piedmont Section Treasurer William C. Plumstead (right) presented Tommy Boyers with a copy of ASNT’s From Vision to Mission: ASNT 1941 to 2016 for his presentation at the Section’s 16 January meeting.

Rockford Stateline

Rockford, Illinois

The Rockford Stateline Section’s December meeting at the Thunder Bay Grille conference room in Rockford, Illinois, had 12 attendees. Timothy P. Hughes started the meeting with a discussion on picking a design logo for the Section, and then welcomed the guest speaker, Mike L. Kelley from Olympus. Kelley presented on the advantages of phased array: having “a paint brush of sounds in all directions” versus a single line of sound. He also talked about ultrasonic versus radiography, real-time digital acquisition, and the pros and cons of each.

Rockford Stateline
The Rockford Stateline Section’s December meeting included a presentation by Mike L. Kelley from Olympus.

San Diego

San Diego, California

On 5 December 2017, the San Diego Section hosted its fourth technical meeting of the 2017–2018 year. This event was a Christmas spouse/significant others night. The meeting was held at the Best Western Seven Seas in San Diego, California, with 29 members and guests in attendance.

The speakers for this event were Marijo Davis and Miguel Corona. They enacted a lively skit about Wyatt Earp and his third wife, Josie. After their “arrival” at the San Diego train station, they talked about Earp’s past, from the town of Tombstone to a series of business ventures: mostly successful, quite a few of them in San Diego, and several associated with horse racing. Earp was prosperous. The skit ended with Earp’s deciding to travel to San Francisco. The audience greatly enjoyed the presentation.

Each guest (spouse or significant other) received a gift from the Section. Following the presentation was the Christmas “white elephant” raffle, which really put the audience in a festive mood. All in attendance had a good time. The Section wishes to thank the San Diego Section vendors in attendance for bringing gifts to share: Peter E. Pelayo, Met-L-Chek; Phil Fetto, Chemetall; and David R. Waitt, Fujifilm.

San Diego
The San Diego Section’s meeting on 5 December 2017 was a holiday spouse/significant others night, and included a lively skit about Wyatt Earp performed by Marijo Davis (left) and Miguel Corona (right), pictured here with Section Chair Denise L. McKay (center).

Saudi Arabian

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabian Section held its sixth technical dinner meeting for the fiscal year 2017–2018 on 18 December 2017 at the Carlton Al Moaibed Hotel. The meeting was attended by 86 members and nonmembers, including guests from the Bahrain Society of Engineers. Section Chair Abdullah M. Al Khalifah inaugurated the meeting with a warm welcome and an overview of the Section’s highlights, including information about Level III examinations.

After the announcements, Al Khalifah invited the guest speaker from NDT & Corrosion Control Services, General Manager Leela M. Murugan, to start his presentation. After the presentation, a question/answer session was held and technical questions were satisfactorily answered by the guest speaker.

Saudi Arabian
Saudi Arabian Section Past Chair Fathi E. Al-Qadeeb (third from left) presents a trophy to guest speaker Leela M. Murugan (center). From right: two representatives from NDT & Corrosion Control Services, Section Chair Abdullah M. Al Khalifah, Murugan, Al-Qadeeb, Section Vice Chair Muhammad J. Anjum, and Section Director Vijay V. Vesvikar.


Shanghai, China

The Shanghai Section’s 2018 Phased Array Special Topic Seminar was successfully held in Yantai, China, at the Hujing Hotel on 6 January. The seminar was organized by the Section and cosponsored by Shandong Yuan Zhuo Inspection Technology Co., Ltd. A total of 94 NDT experts from all over China participated in the seminar. This seminar was focused on exchange and discussion of phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT) technology.

The presentations included the following: Jin Lei, a member of the Section, provided an overview of the Section and the purpose and process of the seminar; Cao Haijing from the China Classification Society Industrial Corporation’s nondestructive testing laboratory presented on PAUT application process approval and flow path; Chen Li from Wuhan Zhongke Innovation Technology Co., Ltd. discussed PAUT for bolts used in wind power; Zhang Qinggang from Zhongxin Sea-Land Engineering Co., Ltd. shared PAUT detection for thin-walled carbon steel piping butt weldseams; Li Jianfeng from Beijing Zhouzhan Lucheng Technology Co., Ltd. introduced PAUT imaging simulation technology in welding testing; Zhong Dehuang from GE introduced the corrosion detection application of PAUT; Wang Xiaoning from Olympus introduced PAUT for LNG weldseams with 9% Ni steel material and distance-gain-size PAUT technology; Wang Guocun from Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore Ltd. introduced ISO 13588 Non-destructive testing of welds —Ultrasonic testing — Use of automated phased array technology and ISO 19285 Non-destructive testing of welds — Phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT) — Acceptance levels; Lv Bo from M2M NDT, Inc. presented on ultrasonic phased array beam forming and focusing technology; Liu Enkai from Shandong Nuclear Power Equipment Manufacturing Co., Ltd. introduced the research on PAUT for butt weldseam instead of X-ray detection for nuclear power steel safety shell; and Shen Haixiao from Shanghai UNINDT introduced the PAUT process design and experimental demonstration of welding seam. At the end of the reports, the experts discussed the topics in depth.

This seminar provided the chance to expand the influence of the Shanghai Section, while the sharing from NDT experts helped participants to understand PAUT and its application. The participants all benefitted from the seminar, and the Section hopes to conduct more academic exchange activities in the future.

The Shanghai Section held a special topic seminar on phased array on 6 January, which included several presentations from experts in the field.

Southern Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

The Southern Africa Section held its first committee meeting of the year at the School of Applied Non-Destructive Examination on 16 January. Topics discussed were upcoming ACCP examinations, the golf day in March, the NDT conference in February, and potential speakers for upcoming technical evenings this year. The Section was also delighted with the profit that was made on sales of the 2018 desk pad, which replaced the traditional wall planner.

United Arab Emirates

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates Section held its first technical dinner meeting of the year at the Crowne Plaza Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on 20 January. This meeting was sponsored by Eddyfi Technologies. Before Eddyfi’s presentation, Section Chair Marwan F. Basrawi spoke about the Section’s organization of the upcoming regional conference, GNDT Expo 2018, which is to be held in Dubai, UAE, 25–27 September 2018. After this announcement, Emad Javais, Eddyfi’s sales manager for the UAE and Saudi Arabia, gave a well-received presentation on the advanced array of technologies and equipment that Eddyfi brings to the region through its relatively recent acquisition of three other equipment suppliers: Silverwing, TSC, and Teletest. This was followed by a discussion led by Section Secretary Sebastian Zeferino Fernandes about local certification issues and challenges, during which it was announced that a Certification Oversight Committee had been formed by the Section to better control authenticity of certifications in the UAE. Dinner was served thereafter, allowing further networking among the 37 members in attendance.

United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates Section President Marwan F. Basrawi (left) thanks Eddyfi’s Sales Manager Emad Javais for his presentation at the Section’s 20 January meeting.

Section Highlight

Members of the Hawaii Section demonstrated ultrasonic testing, magnetic particle testing, and borescopes at the Kailua High School’s annual Career Fair on 17 November 2017.

Hawaii Section Director Jayme J. Martin (left) demonstrated NDT techniques at the Kailua High School’s annual Career Fair on 17 November 2017.