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

Capital of Texas

Austin, Texas

The Capital of Texas Section met on 27 February at Austin Community College (ACC) Riverside Campus in Austin, Texas, for a presentation by Carleton L. Smith of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives). Smith introduced SCORE’s mentoring services, which are free and intended to help startup and growing local businesses. He addressed questions brought up by several of Warren Donworth’s ACC NDT students regarding starting a new inspection business. Topics included market research, developing a business plan, business/legal structure, brand development, financing and cash flow, and managing growth. He also mentioned ASNT’s certification program being a good background for entry into a niche market. Seventeen members and guests attended the presentation, which lasted about two and a half hours.

Capital of Texas
The Capital of Texas Section held a meeting on 27 February that included a presentation by Carleton L. Smith from the Service Corps of Retired Executives. From left: Mike Scioli, Capital of Texas Section Director Warren Donworth, Raymond Duran, and Smith.

Central Ohio

Columbus, Ohio

The Central Ohio Section met on 22 February at S-E-A Limited’s new corporate facility for a dinner presentation and tour. Greg Chojecki presented on the use of nondestructive testing methods in material failure analysis. A tour of the facilities included S-E-A’s vehicle dynamics labs, world-record-holding candle testing center, and testing bays. For nearly 50 years, S-E-A has remained at the forefront of forensic failure analysis. The Central Ohio Section is a member of the Columbus Technical Societies, which includes local chapters of the American Welding Society, American Association of Mechanical Engineers, ASM International, Society of Women Engineers, and Association of Women in the Metal Industries. Approximately 45 central Ohio professionals and students attended. Brian Frye of ASNT’s International Service Center presented Chojecki with an ASNT clock.


Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Section joined with Moraine Valley Community College and Olympus Corporation to conduct a continuing adult education class on 16 January. The class was hosted by Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Illinois, and was held in the Fogelson Theater. The topic was “A Tutorial on Ultrasonic Phased Array Inspection,” with a focus on scan plans, sizing of defects, equipment, transducers, and examples of tests. The class was presented by Jonathan Stevenot, (advanced product technical support) and Mike Kelley (sales engineer) from Olympus Corporation. The four-hour class addressed an explanation of the hardware involved, especially the phased array probe and the elements of which it consists. The principles of advanced phased array scanning were highlighted as well as data collection, defect sizing, and analysis. Time of flight diffraction ultrasonics was also addressed. A comparison was made based on the advantages and limitations of both ultrasonics and radiography. Several different phased array units were set up and connected to the projection system so the attendees could see the application of phased array in real time. Certificates of completion were issued to the 40 attendees at the end of the sessions.

The Chicago Section also participated in the DuPage Area STEM Expo on 24 February. The Expo is geared toward students in grades K–8; however, all ages attended. All types of scientific disciplines, areas of study, and professions were represented. Among others, displays and presentations included a cryogenics show, architectural design, solar power, a drone demonstration, and a toy building brick robotics display. The Section displayed, demonstrated, and provided hands-on opportunities in the magnetic particle, fluorescent, eddy current, and ultrasound techniques, while CR/CT slides and animations were shown on a laptop. An insight into the NDT profession was shared with as many as 200 to 250 students.

Chicago Section members at the 2018 DuPage Area STEM Expo (from left): Chuck Johnson, Karden Sales & Consulting; Ray Momsen, Bureau Veritas; Julie Russell, guest; Jean O. Bridge, Caterpillar; Dave Doyle, Pipefitters Local 597; Mike Kelley, Olympus; and Sal Razi, Moraine Valley Community College.


Cleveland, Ohio

The 19 February meeting of the Cleveland Section, held at the Brew Garden, was attended by 17 members and guests. Olympus Technical Sales Representative Al Calhoun gave a very informative presentation on the use of a handheld XRF unit used for positive material identification (PMI) and technology used to obtain the information. It was surprising to find that a miniature X-ray tube was part of the unit.


Denver, Colorado

On 16 February, the Colorado Section met at NDE Services Inc., with a gathering of nine members. Honorary member and industry veteran Ward D. Rummel was also in attendance. The initial topic of discussion consisted of a board meeting and future planning of officers, roles, and bylaw discussion before the next term starts. Additional discussion included website modifications, treasurer budget information, and gift ideas for future and new members. Jesse A. Grantham provided a quick status update on the upcoming joint AWS and ASNT event. He stressed the fact that these kind of joint activities will help the community grow together, as NDT and welding go side by side.

The main presentation was given by Anish Poudel, PI-NDE at the Transportation Technology Center Inc. (TTCI). The title of his talk was “Porosity Characterization in Composite Laminates Using Acoustography NDE.” This presentation was based on his prior work at the Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, in collaboration with Santec Systems Inc. The presentation started with the concept of composites, the industries using composites, and the future of the industry. Poudel also explained the working principles of acoustography NDE. Acoustography NDE is a broad-area, nearly real-time ultrasonic imaging technique that provides an alternative to point-by-point UT. In this approach, a novel, wide-area acousto-optic (AO) sensor is employed to provide whole-field ultrasonic images analogous to real-time X-ray imaging.

The topic then moved to the technique of inspection and a case study between through-transmission ultrasonic (TTU) inspections versus TTU acoustograpy NDE. The conclusion of the study validated the acoustography technique and the speed at which inspection can be performed. Also, his research employed multiple composite laminates of different ply thicknesses, with wide ranges of porosity prepared by altering the curing pressure during the processing stage. The acoustography NDE technique, operating at 5 MHz and 3.8 MHz, was able to show contrast in ultrasonic images obtained for composite laminates with varied porosity levels. It was demonstrated that the ultrasonic absorption coefficient showed an increasing trend with the increasing level of porosity in composite laminates. Destructive tests such as acid digestion and microscopy were also coconducted to quantify distribution of porosity levels in composite laminates. The mechanical property, inter-laminar shear strength (ILSS), of CFRP decreased with the increasing void content. These findings are significant because acoustography NDE is being developed as a faster alternative to traditional ultrasonic inspection of composites, and porosity is an important anomaly to quantify utilizing NDE methods.

Colorado Section Chair Anish Poudel receiving an award for his presentation to the Section at its 16 February meeting. From left: Terry J. Taylor, Mark B. Mason, Doron Kishoni, Ward Rummel, Christopher Rizzi, Jesse A. Grantham, Poudel, Robbie J. Gall, and David C. Berscheid. (Not pictured: Section Director Gregory A. Garcia.)

Greater Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Greater Philadelphia Section met at the dining room of Wegmans Food Market. Attendees were Jason Tucker and Steve Walmsley of Laboratory Testing Inc., Charles Young of Pennoni Associates, Jim Korchowsky of Team Industrial, and Dave Crosson and Bob Rich of SPS Technologies. Topics included the June golf outing, Vendor Night, the Section’s 75th anniversary, an upcoming membership survey, and the need for volunteers for technical presentations and companies that could provide tours.

Hampton Roads

Newport News, Virginia

The Hampton Roads Section gathered for a dinner and monthly meeting on 13 February. Discussions included the then-upcoming joint meeting with AWS in March and the Section’s current President’s Award point standings. A “Stump The Expert” questionnaire provided the technical portion of the meeting.

The Section held a joint meeting with the local AWS section and area students on 8 March. The meeting was held at the Peninsula Workforce Development Center at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Virginia, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Thirty-five members of ASNT, AWS, and local industry, along with students, were in attendance. Round-robin demonstrations were provided by local NDE companies. NDE methods demonstrated were dye penetrant testing, magnetic particle testing, eddy current testing, conventional ultrasonic testing, phased array ultrasonic, and computed radiography.

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The Hampton Roads Section held a joint meeting with the local AWS section on 8 March that featured round-robin demonstrations by local NDE companies.


Chennai, India

The India Section successfully conducted its fourth technical meeting on 15 February at Chennai with nearly 30 members in attendance. The meeting was chaired by Section Chair B. Venkatraman. The technical talk was given by Daniel Suriamurthy and was titled “Leak Testing: An Overview.” The meeting was sponsored by Vibrant NDT Services and cosponsored by Qtech Inspection Services, Chennai.

Attendees of the India Section’s 15 February technical meeting, which included a presentation on leak testing by Daniel Suriamurthy.

Lewis & Clark

Portland, Oregon

On 13 March, the Lewis & Clark Section of ASNT held its monthly meeting at Flying Pie Pizzeria. Regional Director Emery E. Roberts offered insight on how to keep the Section strong and engaged, and reminded the group of the Section Leaders Conference in June and the then-upcoming radiation safety course in April. Following the business meeting, Terence Fistler , regional technical sales manager for NDT Systems, made a technical presentation on bond testing to the group. Bond testing is similar to ultrasonics, but introduces a much lower frequency—a vibration—into the test specimen to test for the presence of disbands, delaminations, foreign material, and various other defects in carbon, aluminum, and honeycomb glass fiber specimens. This lower frequency provides a much higher probability of detection of certain defects in these materials over traditional testing methods. Test Equipment Distributors Inc. sponsored the dinner enjoyed by 13 members and guests.

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Lewis & Clark Section Co-Chair David F. Harris (left), presents Terence Fistler with a small token of appreciation for his presentation to the attendees of the Section’s 13 March meeting.


Minneapolis, Minnesota

On the evening of 18 January, 13 members, students, and friends attended the Minnesota Section’s fourth event of the year, “A Technical Presentation on Digital Imaging.” Larry Volkmann of VJ Technologies delivered the presentation at the American Legion in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Topics presented included large-scale CT applications, the use of digital imaging outside of the NDT community, and high-energy digital imaging applications, followed by a round of questions, answers, and discussion. The Section would like to extend thanks to Volkmann and VJ Technologies for an extremely interesting and informative presentation.

Attendees of the Minnesota Section’s 18 January meeting enjoyed a presentation on digital imaging by Larry Volkmann of VJ Technologies.

Mohawk Hudson

Schenectady, New York

The Mohawk Hudson Section held a meeting on 5 March at the Van Dyck Restaurant & Lounge in Schenectady, New York. There were 13 members and guests in attendance. The meeting featured a presentation titled “Some Specialty Tools for the Structure Inspection and Performance Monitoring Toolbox” by David Kosnik of CTLGroup located in Skokie, Illinois. Kosnik discussed applications of some specialty tools—small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS or “drones”), acoustic emission monitoring, and structural performance instrumentation and monitoring—in inspection, assessment, maintenance, and preservation of in-service structures such as buildings and bridges. These tools can be applied at various points throughout the structure life cycle, from construction and commissioning, to regular in-service inspections, to preservation, retrofit, and life-extension efforts. In each case, inspection and monitoring efforts were designed specifically to answer particular questions regarding aspects of the ongoing utility and serviceability of the structure and to support decision-making.

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Attendees of the Mohawk Hudson Section’s 5 March meeting, which featured a presentation on specialty tools.

Narragansett Bay

Providence, Rhode Island

The Narragansett Bay Section held a meeting on 27 February at the Atwood Grill in Johnston, Rhode Island. There were 28 members in attendance. Dennis M. Donovan of Coastal Inspection gave a talk on underwater inspection. John A. Stringer, an ASNT past president, was also in attendance. All attending enjoyed the talk and asked many questions.

Narragansett Bay
Dennis M. Donovan gave a presentation at the Narragansett Bay Section’s 27 February meeting. From left: Donovan, Section Chair Robert A. Feole, and Section Vice Chair Robert A. MacLellan.

North Alabama

Huntsville, Alabama

The North Alabama Section met on 12 March at the Yellowhammer Brewery in Huntsville, Alabama, and listened to a presentation given by Chris Watters, who works for Hitachi managing the southeast program for sales of electron microscopes. Watters was the lead conservator on the June 2011 rotation of the H.L. Hunley (a Civil War submarine), a project that merged engineering and industrial practices with the conservation field.

North Alabama
Chris Watters gave a presentation on the June 2011 rotation of the H.L. Hunley to attendees of the North Alabama Section’s 12 March meeting.

Old Dominion

Richmond, Virginia

The Old Dominion Section held its February meeting in conjunction with the Richmond Area Joint Engineers Council at the annual banquet at the Jefferson Hotel in downtown Richmond, Virginia, on 22 February. Six members and guests attended to enjoy dinner and hear the banquet program, which included the presentation of several awards for high school students competing in essay and video presentation contests promoting and expressing an interest in engineering. The keynote address was delivered by Clayton P. Turner, deputy director of the NASA Langley Research Center. He spoke about the current and future programs underway at NASA, and how they support the space program and yield benefits for the country.

Pacific Northwest

Seattle, Washington

The Pacific Northwest Section held a meeting on 12 February at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Tukwila, Washington. The meeting included a presentation by Richard H. Bossi titled “NDT of Composites.” The presentation covered all aspects of NDT of composites, including the various methods, history, recent advancements, and the types of defects and porosity that exist.

Section Chair Kathy L. Ferguson gave a presentation on 16 February at Everett High School in Everett, Washington. Her presentation was titled “Introduction to Robotic Design and Women in Engineering and NDT.” The presentation included a lab where students made robotic arms from materials provided by The Boeing Company. Ferguson’s presentation described her career as a materials engineer and how she combines both failure analysis and NDT to determine the root cause of component failures in service. She also described various careers in NDT and invited the student to come to a Section meeting and to check out the Section’s website to learn more.

Pacific Northwest
Pacific Northwest Section Chair Kathy L. Ferguson presents Richard H. Bossi with a certificate of appreciation and an ASNT pen and pencil set for his presentation at the Section’s 12 February meeting.


Greenville, South Carolina

The Piedmont Section held a vendors’ night on 20 February. The event was a success with 15 members in attendance. The Section would like to thank the following members for their dedication: Dana Todd, Vermon S.A.; Tommy J. Boyer, MPM Products Inc.; Scott S. Cagle, Peltec Services Inc.; and Ronald (Matt) Ruggles, Applied Technical Services Greenville.


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Pittsburgh Section held a meeting on 18 January at the Springfield Grille in Cranberry Township. The speaker was Tom Ott, the manager of technical services of Proceq USA. His presentation was titled “Advances in NDT of Concrete Structures.” With Ott’s expertise in ultrasonic inspection, as well as other techniques in concrete inspection, it was a very informative and enjoyable presentation. The Section would like to thank Ott for his valued contribution.

At the Section’s February meeting, the speaker was Brenda L. Collins, technical director of Sherwin Inc. The meeting was held on Thursday, 22 February at the Springfield Grille. Collins is the current ASNT Regional Director for Region 11. Her presentation was a back to basics overview on how to select the best NDT method, as well as a discussion of some current ASNT issues. The Section would like to thank Collins for her time and contribution to the Section.

Pittsburgh Section Chair John A. Markanich (left) with Tom Ott, who presented about NDT of concrete structures at the Section’s 18 January meeting.

Rockford Stateline

Rockford, Illinois

The Rockford Stateline Section held a combined meeting with AWS on 13 March at Thunder Bay Grille in Rockford, with good food, drinks, and educational solutions from insightful, intelligent members. The guest speaker was Stuart A. Kleven from Alloyweld Inspection Company Inc., who spoke on new inspection methods for the International Space Station’s adding a new pod in space.

Rockford Stateline
Attendees of the joint meeting of the Rockford Stateline Section and AWS, held on 13 March at Thunder Bay Grille in Rockford.

San Diego

San Diego, California

On 6 March, the San Diego Section hosted its sixth Section technical meeting of the 2017–2018 year. The meeting was held at the Best Western Seven Seas in San Diego with 35 members and guests in attendance. The meeting was also vendors’ night, and there were 12 vendors supporting this event. Vendors covered a wide range of products for applications of basic NDT methods as well as emerging technologies. The vendors were MPM Products, Met-L-Chek Company, Chemetall, Sherwin Inc., Fujifilm, Inspection Technologies Inc., UniWest Corp., Eddyfi, YXLON, Olympus, Kimtron Inc., and NDT Enterprises.

Section Chair Denise L. McKay presented each vendor with a certificate of appreciation for their efforts and supporting the San Diego Section. The evening concluded with the customary raffles. Raffle prizes were provided by Met-L-Chek Company; Inspection Technologies Inc.; Fujifilm; Sherwin Inc.; and the San Diego Section. The Section wishes to thank all in attendance for a great event.

San Diego
The San Diego Section’s March technical meeting was a vendors’ night, with 12 vendors supporting the event.

Saudi Arabian

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabian Section held its eighth technical dinner meeting for the fiscal year 2017–2018 on 12 February at the Carlton Al Moaibed Hotel in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. The meeting was attended by 136 members and nonmembers, including guests from the Bahrain Society of Engineers.

Section Past Chair Fathi E. Al-Qadeeb inaugurated the meeting with a warm welcome and an overview of Section highlights. After the announcements, Al-Qadeeb introduced the guest speaker, Jim Costain, VP of sales for Eddyfi. Most of the students (22) from the Pakistan International School Al Khobar, who recently obtained membership, along with 10 nonmember students from the Industrial Technical Training Institute (ITTI), participated in the meeting, which included a live demonstration of four technologies presented by Costain. Al-Qadeeb joined in the demonstration and translated information from English to Arabic for the ITTI students. After the presentation, a question/answer session was held and technical questions were satisfactorily answered by the guest speaker. 

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Saudi Arabian Past Chair Fathi E. Al-Qadeeb elaborates on the Silverwing mapping system for students from the Industrial Technical Training Institute (ITTI), Dammam, at the Section’s 12 February meeting.

South Texas

San Antonio, Texas

The South Texas Section held a meeting on 28 February at the Royal Inn with 11 attendees. Jesse Delgado from IHI Southwest Technologies Inc. gave a speech on phased array sectorial scanning (PASS) for inspection of valves.

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Attendees of the South Texas Section’s meeting on 28 February, which included a presentation on phased array sectorial scanning.

Section Highlight

The Central Ohio Section held their 22 February meeting at S-E-A Limited’s new corporate facility. The meeting included a dinner presentation by Greg Chojecki and a tour of the facility.

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Attendees of the Central Ohio Section’s 22 February meeting enjoyed a tour of S-E-A Limited’s new corporate facility and a dinner presentation.