Capital of Texas
The Capital of Texas Section met on 12 September at the Hideaway Kitchen & Bar restaurant in Austin, Texas, to host a presentation by Sergey A. Vinogradov of the Southwest Research Institute, who is also the winner of the ASNT 2018 Research Recognition for Innovation. Vinogradov gave a talk describing how ultrasonic guided waves are formed and used in many different applications, including tubing and piping, storage tanks, flat plates, and structural health monitoring applications. He also covered the physics of the magnetostrictive guided wave technique along with advantages of this methodology. Nineteen members (many current NDT students) and guests attended the presentation, which was followed by a spirited question and answer period.
Capital of Texas Section Past Chair and Membership Director Scott Miller (left) with Sergey A. Vinogradov. Vinogradov gave a presentation at the Section’s 12 September meeting.
The Central Ohio Section held a meeting on 19 September at the Crowne Plaza in Columbus, Ohio. There were a total of 32 attendees, including nine ASNT members, along with an additional 23 members of the other Columbus Technical Societies (CTS) member societies. ASNT was the host society for this meeting. A grilled pork chop dinner was served by the Crowne Plaza and enjoyed by all in attendance. This was the first CTS meeting of the 2018–2019 meeting season and a great start to the season.
ASNT member Alexander Leybovich, founder and chief technical specialist of NDT Custom Programming & Applications Engineering LLC, delivered a presentation on advances in ultrasonic testing of metallic bonds. Leybovich is an electrical engineer who holds an M.S. in electrophysics and vacuum science. He has more than 35 years of working experience in cross-disciplinary fields of semiconductor thin film technology, material science, and NDT applied to R&D and manufacturing of electronic devices and electronic consumables (sputtering targets). As an R&D engineer and later manager of the material evaluation lab and NDT at TOSOH SMD Inc. in Grove City, Ohio, Leybovich pioneered development and deployment of advanced techniques for nondestructive testing of sputtering targets by creating de facto industry standards for material cleanliness evaluation. Leybovich’s primary expertise lies in the field of advanced industrial immersion ultrasonics, including methods, instrumentation, and customized software.
Central Ohio Section Secretary Donny Didion (left) presented Alexander Leybovich with a Central Ohio Section Clock for his presentation at the Section’s 19 September meeting.
The Chicago Section met on 10 September with 24 guests and members in attendance at Crazy Pour in Villa Park, Illinois. The guest speaker for the evening was Jeffrey J. Diehm of Avonix Imaging. Diehm gave a presentation titled “High Resolution-High Voltage Imaging.” He described the use of 3D computed tomography and 2D digital radiography using various types of detectors. He made a comparison between 100 and 200 micron detectors and the use of microfocus versus minifocus 450 kV X-ray tubes. He also addressed the work done at Avonix Imaging to produce customized computed tomography systems. Diehm stressed obtaining the customer’s needs before offering any type of system.
Chicago Section Secretary Stuart Kleven of Alloyweld Inspection (right) expressed appreciation to Jeffrey J. Diehm of Avionix Imaging for his presentation at the Section’s 10 September meeting.
On 11 September, the Colorado Section met at NDE Services Inc. with an attendance of 10 members and guests. Steve Jelfs, an NDT specialist at DÜRR NDT GmbH & Co. KG, gave a very interesting presentation on the history of DÜRR NDT and their evolution from the medical industry into industrial NDT. Steve covered direct radiography, selecting the most appropriate detector, direct radiography tips and tricks for image enhancement, and pros and cons of switching to direct radiography.
Attendees of the Colorado Section September meeting, which featured a presentation by Steve Jelfs (second from the right).
Thirty-nine members and guests attended the Connecticut Yankee Section meeting at the Groton Elks Lodge 2163 on 19 September, in Groton, Connecticut. In attendance were members and guests of the Section, several members from the Boston Section, and professor James R. Sherrard, who brought 13 new members from the Norwich, Connecticut–based Three Rivers Community College. Also in attendance were past ASNT Presidents Robert A. Feole and John A. Stringer from the Narragansett Bay Section. Section Chair Rachel L. Taylor outlined the new bylaws and parliamentary procedures for the Section. Guest speaker Stephen Pflanz, Carestream Health Inc., gave an enlightening presentation on the history of radiography and the evolution into digital radiography. Taylor presented an ASNT-logoed jacket to Pflanz in appreciation for his educational presentation.
Connecticut Yankee Section Rachel L. Taylor (left) presented Stephen Pflanz with an ASNT jacket for his presentation at the Section’s 19 September meeting.
Great Salt Lake
Salt Lake City, Utah
On 18 September, the Great Salt Lake Section met at the Ogden-Weber Technical College (OWTC) for a presentation and tour of the nondestructive inspection (NDI) area of the college given by full-time instructors Kenneth E. Bakes and Kirk N. Lawson. Thirty members, guests, and students were in attendance. A strong showing of students from OWTC and Salt Lake Community College was a welcome sight to the Section, as the leadership has set a priority to get the students involved in ASNT. Bakes gave a PowerPoint presentation discussing the NDI program and the college history in general. A tour of the facility, equipment, and classroom areas were given after the presentation.
Attendees of the Great Salt Lake Section’s 18 September meeting.
The Greater Houston Section met on 12 September. The meeting was held at the Republic Grill at the Battleground Golf Course in Deer Park, Texas. The first monthly meeting to kick off the 2018–2019 season was well attended with 65 members and guests. Prior to the evening’s presentation, there was an executive committee meeting.
Section Chair John R. Huffman opened the meeting with several announcements about the program year and the 2018 ASNT Annual Conference being held in Houston, Texas. Huffman also recognized the incoming Executive Committee Chairs for the 2018–2019 program year. Samuel (Roger) Jordan made an announcement about getting nominations in for the Section’s Jerry Fulin Technician of the Year Award, as well as recognizing guests who come to the meeting from other sections of ASNT. Donald D. Sackett, with SciAps Inc., gave a presentation on measuring carbon in L-grade stainless. The presentation highlighted the importance of the new technology and how it could be utilized to solve problems in the industry. This meeting was graciously sponsored by Mistras, NDS Products Inc., Turbo NDT, and SciAps Inc.
Greater Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
A group of Greater Los Angeles Section members held a meeting in Ventura County on 5 September at La Dolce Vita Ristorante in Oxnard, California. Six members attended the meeting led by Regional Director, Region 15, Michael V. McGloin, who spoke about the process of chartering a section of ASNT. Future meetings in Ventura are being planned.
The Hawaii Section held its third quarterly meeting of 2018 on 20 September at the Big City Diner in Aiea, Hawaii. The meeting was called to order by Section Chair Derek Barbadillo. Eight members and guests attended. Business discussions included plans to meet again at the new meeting location, the design and purchase of polo shirts and t-shirts for officers and members, elections for the December 2018 meeting, an Olympus presentation in October or November, and participating in the Kailua High School Career Fair. The first issue of the Section newsletter was planned.
Attendees of the Hawaii Section’s 20 September meeting. From left: Edward Martin, Jeff Goff, Mrs. Link, Doug Link, Derek Barbadillo, Ed Chang, Jack Laws, and Jarrett Sano.
The India Section held its first one-day technical meeting of the 2018–2019 program year at Grand Chennai by GRT Hotels in Chennai, India, on 18 August. In attendance were ASNT Executive Director Dr. Arnold Bereson and 2017–2018 Chairperson of the Board David R. Bajula, who were warmly welcomed by the India Section Chair B. Venkatraman. Bereson and Bajula each addressed the Section members and interacted with them. Bereson and Bajula also congratulated the India Section sponsors during this event. The theme of the technical meeting was “Creating a Safer World with NDE and Its Advances.” Event speakers included Samaresh Changdar from Baker Hughes, a GE Company; Anantha Murthy from Baker Hughes, a GE Company; and Menaka Murugesan from Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research. Fifty-seven members attended the meeting. The event was jointly sponsored by C/Mos Processors and Baker Hughes, a GE Company.
Kuwait City, Kuwait
The Kuwait Section held a technical presentation on 29 August at Kohinoor Restaurant in Fahaheel, Kuwait. The program was sponsored by Kuwait Oil Co., and about 29 professionals attended the meeting. D.M. Tripathi outlined the agenda of the Section meeting. Section Membership Director Sangili Gunasekaran introduced the speaker S. Mathusoothanan to the audience. Mathusoothanan delivered a presentation titled “Internal Corrosion Monitoring in Oil and Gas Industry—An Overview,” and it was a well-received explanation with practical figures and an equipment demonstration. The Section appreciates the presenter for his contribution to the Section as well as to Kuwait society. Suriya Prakash presented a memento to Mathusoothanan, and Ambrose Gilbert Regu presented an appreciation certificate. Section Treasurer Shanmugom S. Murugan coordinated the arrangements; M. Rajput proposed the vote of thanks in appreciation of the speaker’s effort.
Attendees of the Kuwait Section’s 29 August meeting.
The Miami Valley Section’s board held an open meeting on 8 August at BRAVO Cucina Italiana in West Chester, Ohio, to finish planning for the Section’s 2018–2019 program year. A great time was had by all, and the board is looking forward to the upcoming program year.
The Miami Valley Section met on 12 September at Premier Shooting & Training Center in West Chester Township, Ohio, to kick off the 2018–2019 program year. Seventeen members came out to enjoy some shooting practice, which included some friendly competition and great fellowship. The Section is looking forward to the upcoming program year.
The Miami Valley Section kicked off its 2018–2019 program year with a meeting at Premier Shooting & Training Center on 12 September.
Schenectady, New York
Twenty members and guests attended the 18 September dinner meeting of the Mohawk Hudson Section, which included a tour of STS Steel Inc., a private company specializing in fabrication of large elements such as bridge girders and cofferdam sections. STS Steel has approximately 42 employees covering engineering, drawing, review, and estimating, some of whom are AWS D1.1 and D1.5 certified welders. The facility is located at the site of the historic ALCO steam locomotive factory. Following the tour, attendees retired to Druthers Brewing Co., at the new Mohawk Harbor waterfront destination, for dinner.
The Mohawk Hudson Section’s 18 September meeting included a tour of STS Steel Inc.
Providence, Rhode Island
The Narragansett Bay Section held a meeting on 25 September at the Atwood Grill in Johnston, Rhode Island, with 28 members in attendance. ASNT Past President Robert A. Feole gave a talk titled “How an NDT Career Can Be Exciting and Profitable.” ASNT Past President John A. Stringer and Regional Director, Region 1, John P. Moran were both in attendance at the meeting. All attending enjoyed the talk and asked many questions.
The Narragansett Bay Section held a meeting on 25 September. From left: Regional Director, Region 1, John P. Moran; ASNT Past President Robert A. Feole; ASNT Past President John A. Stringer; and Connecticut Yankee Section Chair Rachael Taylor.
North Carolina Student Section
Charlotte, North Carolina
On 20 September, the North Carolina Student Section met in the Central Piedmont Community College’s open NDT lab area in Charlotte, North Carolina. Twenty students, staff, and visitors enjoyed a catered lunch where the 2018–2019 officers were sworn in by the ASNT past president and founder of Technologies Consulting International Inc., Hussein M. Sadek. The following students are the officers for this year: Chair Zachary Baze, Vice Chair Chris Scola, Treasurer Joshua Armstrong, and Secretary Jeff Pugsley. Also attending the meeting was current Charlotte Section Chair Dick Hooper.
Following the conclusion of the meeting, Sadek spoke with the Section about his education and how his career in NDT had progressed from entering the industry until now. The students found his story to be inspirational and an exciting preview of what their own successful NDT careers can become.
ASNT Past President Hussein M. Sadek swearing in the 2018–2019 North Carolina Student Section officers at the Section’s 20 September meeting. From left: Vice Chair Chris Scola, Treasurer Joshua Armstrong, Sadek, Chair Zachary Baze, and Secretary Jeff Pugsley.
Northern New England
Newington, New Hampshire
On 19 September, the Northern New England Section officers held a board meeting attended by six officers. At the meeting, the officers set the dates for six proposed meetings, and the group also discussed holding a joint technical meeting with AWS. The officers also discussed purchasing an online meeting program that would allow members to remotely participate in meetings. The goal is to have some such software in place for the 5 December business meeting.
The Section is also looking into selling sponsorships for meetings and for a calendar. Officers want to create a logo for the Section and plan to solicit members to provide ideas. In addition, the Section would like to create a newsletter where members take turns writing about NDT-related topics. Debra Mattson agreed to write the fall newsletter and will ask members to contribute news to be included in the newsletter.
The Old Dominion Section held its September meeting on 24 September at the Calabash Seafood restaurant. The Section conducted a business meeting reviewing its activities since the previous June meeting, including reviewing and approving the meeting schedule for the 2018–2019 planning year. Eighteen members and guests were present to hear the then-incoming president of ASNT, Scott P. Cargill, talk about his experiences becoming involved in ASNT at the national level and a review of the status of ASNT overall. At the conclusion of the meeting, Cargill was presented with the Section’s traditional speaker’s gift, a Jefferson Cup engraved with the meeting date and his initials.
Old Dominion Section Chair Ed Darby (left) presented then-incoming ASNT President Scott P. Cargill with a Jefferson Cup for his speech at the Section’s 24 September meeting.
The Pacific Northwest Section held a meeting on 10 September at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Tukwila, Washington. Ten members came out to hear a presentation given by William H. Wahmuth, quality control supervisor for ABW Technologies. Wahmuth’s presentation was titled “Fabrication & Inspection at ABW Technologies.” The presentation was both educational and fun, and gave an overview of Wahmuth’s early underwater welding and X-ray inspection years along with a historical background of dive welding in the early 1970s. Wahmuth started welding right out of high school, and later joined Taylor Diving & Salvage in Louisiana. He spent the next 12 years working all over the world, specializing in underwater burning. Wahmuth had many other job roles in welding and inspection (including a stint in teaching) before he eventually ended up in Everett, Washington, in 1988. He has been a member of AWS since 1987 and ASNT since 2004.
Pacific Northwest Section Chair Kathy L. Ferguson (right) presents William H. Wahmuth with an ASNT pen and pencil set for speaking at the Section’s 10 September meeting.
Greenville, South Carolina
The Piedmont Section held a technical meeting with eight members in attendance on 19 September at the Local Cue in Greenville, South Carolina. Matt Ruggles of Applied Technical Services presented on computed tomography. The presentation included many images and videos of inspections of various parts. It included some of the newer capabilities that are available using modern systems and software. Ruggles spoke about the many different technical considerations involved for each individual setup, including the importance of understanding the customer’s needs, which in turn improves efficiency and the client relationship.
The members also decided to support a charity for Christmas, and the group is considering the Toys for Tots program run by the US Marine Corps Reserve. The Section members also discussed the need for a unique Section logo. Members are encouraged to submit logo ideas (in any format). The member who submits a logo that is used will receive a $100 prize.
Piedmont Section Treasurer and Educational Director Bill Plumstead Sr. (right) thanked Section Director Matt Ruggles for his presentation at the Section’s 19 September meeting.
The Rockford Stateline Section held a meeting on 11 September at the Thunder Bay Grille in Rockford, Illinois. Josh E. Loukus, Ph.D., of REL Inc., traveled all the way from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to present to the Section. Loukus delivered a presentation on turnkey automated fluorescent penetrant inspection (FPI). The presentation included a demonstration of an REL Glo-Black LED UV lamp. Many questions were asked as the UVA black light was passed around.
Attendees of the Rockford Stateline Section’s 11 September meeting.
San Diego, California
On 4 September, the San Diego Section hosted its first technical meeting of the 2018–2019 program year. The meeting was held at the Best Western Seven Seas in San Diego, California. Dylan J. Lennox, deputy director of the American Aerospace Technical Academy (AATA) spoke to a group of 18 members and guests. Lennox explained that the AATA is a nonprofit training organization concentrating on providing technical training for women, veterans, and disenfranchised individuals at no cost or at a reduced cost. Lennox presented a detailed study that predicts substantial job growth in the automotive, oil and gas, aerospace, defense, power generation, and utility NDT fields. Engineers and technicians are always retiring, and the demand for NDT professions is growing. Lennox’s message was very detailed and clear that the pace of new technician placement is not keeping up with demand. Lennox stressed that if an individual wants to be diligent and work hard in the NDT field, he or she can be very successful. This talk resulted in several questions from the audience. The monthly raffle prizes were sponsored by Michael V. McGloin of NDT Enterprises and the San Diego Section.
San Diego Section Chair Ramon Thomson (right) presented Dylan J. Lennox with a certificate of appreciation for his presentation on the American Aerospace Technical Academy (AATA) at the Section’s 4 September meeting. Lennox, the deputy director of AATA, stepped in for AATA Founder and Executive Director John A. Stewart.
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
The Saudi Arabian Section held its third technical dinner meeting for the 2018–2019 program year on 16 September at the Carlton Al Moaibed Hotel Dammam. The meeting was attended by 111 members and nonmembers, including guests from the Bahrain Society of Engineers.
Section Chair Abdullah M. Al Khalifah started the meeting by warmly welcoming guests. The guest speaker was Frederic Reverdy, business development manager of Eddyfi, Switzerland, who spoke about a new technique for the inspection of high temperature hydrogen attack (HTHA) and hydrogen induced cracking (HIC) using a phased array portable unit. After the presentation, Al Khalifah distributed door prizes to the lucky winners and invited everyone to enjoy a buffet dinner provided by Carlton Al Moaibed Hotel.
Saudi Arabian Section Vice Chair Muhammad Jamil Anjum presented a token of appreciation to the guest speaker of the Section’s 16 September meeting, Frederic Reverdy of Eddyfi. From left: Section Chair Abdullah M. Al Khalifah; Anjum; Reverdy; Section Director N.M. Pathan; Emad Javaid, operations manager at Eddyfi; and Vijay V. Vesvikar.
The Shanghai Section held a meeting on 20 September with seven people in attendance. Regional Director, Region 21, John J. Kinsey welcomed all attendees to the meeting. He spent time explaining about employer-based certification (EBC) and the policy on the use of the ASNT logo. The Shanghai Section has published this important information on the Section’s website.
San Antonio, Texas
On 23 August, Sang Y. Kim of Guided Wave Analysis LLC delivered a presentation on calibration and verification of guided wave systems before they are used in the field. The guided wave testing method using magnetostrictive sensor (MsS) equipment and accessories has been used for inspecting and monitoring pipelines by inspection service companies for many years. The validation test of MsS equipment was developed to provide documented evidence that the equipment produces consistent results. A calibration test of MsS accessories should also be performed to make sure that every accessory produces the same values compared to the reference values. This presentation explained the guided wave testing method and its applications, how to do the validation and calibration tests, how to read the test results, and how to use the test results for field testing.
Attendees of the South Texas Section’s meeting on 23 August. Back row, from left: James Dokken, Mark Towner, Glenn M. Light, Jesse Delgado, and Sergey A. Vinogradov. Front row, from left: Steven J. Todd, Mary Light (spouse of Glenn M. Light), and Sang Y. Kim, who gave a presentation at the meeting.
On 20 September, the Susquehanna Valley Section held a meeting at Toftrees Golf Resort in State College, Pennsylvania, attended by 33 members and guests. Two keynote speakers presented on the application and advancement of ultrasonic testing. After dinner and opening remarks from Section Chair Nicholas Shrawder, Francesco Russo, Ph.D, P.E., the vice president and technical director of bridge engineering at Michael Baker International, delivered a presentation titled, “The Use of NDT in the Rehabilitation of Major Steel Bridges: Two Case Studies.” Russo received an enthusiastic round of applause after sharing his experiences on the Sherman Minton and Delaware River Bridges and was presented with a personalized glass plaque by Shrawder on behalf of the section.
Shortly following Russo’s presentation, James Barshinger, Ph.D, president and chief technology officer of Sensor Networks Inc., shared information on the developments and applications of phased array ultrasonic testing. Barshinger’s presentation focused on FMC/TFM applications. Barshinger also was presented with a personalized glass plaque by Shrawder on behalf of the Section.
The Susquehanna Valley Section held a meeting at Toftrees Golf Resort on 20 September, which included two presentations on ultrasonic testing.
The India Section hosted ASNT Executive Director Dr. Arnold Bereson and 2017–2018 Chairperson of the Board David R. Bajula at its first one-day technical meeting of the 2018–2019 program year. The theme of the meeting was “Creating a Safer World with NDE and Its Advances,” and 57 members were in attendance.
ASNT 2017–2018 Chairperson of the Board David R. Bajula (left) and Executive Director Dr. Arnold Bereson (right) received framed gifts from India Section Chair B. Venkatraman (center). Bajula and Bereson visited the Section’s 18 August technical meeting.