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Section News

August 2019

News items submitted by local sections for the month of August 2019


Lafayette, Louisiana

The Acadiana Section sponsored a field tour at Cameron, A Schlumberger Company, located in Ville Platte, Louisiana, for the NDT students of the South Louisiana Community College T.H. Harris Campus on 1 May. The Section sponsored the tour and provided lunch for the students.

The Acadiana Section sponsored a field tour of Cameron, A Schlumberger Company, for students of the South Louisiana Community College T.H. Harris Campus.


Charlotte, North Carolina

The Charlotte Section held its last meeting for the 2018–2019 program year on 13 May at its go-to spot, Sticky Fingers in Concord, North Carolina. There was a great turnout for the final meeting with 22 attendees, which included four new guests. In addition to a presentation on “Challenges and Opportunities, Nondestructive Industry Concerns and Perspectives” from long-time ASNT member and Regional Director, Region 5, Hussein M. Sadek, it was also election night for the upcoming year. Rodney B. Stephens was elected secretary, and Ricky L. Morgan, Thomas Flaherty, Nathan A. Walker, and Sadek were elected directors. Bradley W. Brandt was elected chair, Kirsten Groenewald vice chair, and Justin M. McCall treasurer. Over the past year, the Charlotte Section updated its bylaws and showed improvements in attendance. The Section will kick off its 2019–2020 program year with the annual Shrimp Boil in September.

The Charlotte Section held its final meeting for the 2018–2019 program year on 13 May. From left: Richard C. (Dick) Hooper, Tom Flaherty, Kirsten Groenewald, Justin M. McCall, Hussein M. Sadek, Bradley W. Brandt, Ricky L. Morgan, Rodney B. Stephens, and Nathan A. Walker.


Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Section met on 8 April with 26 guests and members in attendance at the Crazy Pour restaurant in Villa Park, Illinois. The guest speaker for the evening was Jean O. Bridge of Caterpillar Inc., who gave a presentation on “Global Training of NDE Associates.” Her presentation described the challenges of providing training on a global scale over three continents and 20 countries. Some of the major problems she described are cultural and language barriers, along with finding translators that can understand technical terms. Another area that can be problematic is the use of different types of nondestructive testing equipment from various companies all over the world, and calibration schemes and standards can differ and methods of application can also vary. Bridge did indicate that travel does have some advantages, such as seeing sights around the world that most people will never experience in a lifetime. Her final message was “Be prepared, be open to new things, and build friendships."

Attendees of the Chicago Section’s 8 April meeting, featuring guest speaker Jean O. Bridge (front row, third from right) from Caterpillar Inc.


Denver, Colorado

The Colorado Section held its April 2019 meeting at Vestas Towers located in Pueblo, Colorado. Nineteen members of the Section and the American Welding Society Colorado Section attended this event. Section Vice Chair Christopher Rizzi, NDT resource coordinator at Vestas, provided a thorough presentation on the varieties of ultrasonic testing (UT) methods for weld inspection and qualification. These UT methods included conventional UT, phased array UT (PAUT), and time of flight diffraction (TOFD). After the presentation, the group toured Vestas’ weld production facility tower building. The Vestas NDE team demonstrated their new PAUT and TOFD techniques for in-line tower weld inspection and qualification.

The Colorado Section of ASNT joined with the American Welding Society Colorado Section for an April meeting at Vestas Towers in Pueblo, Colorado.


Detroit, Michigan

The Detroit Section held a board meeting on 23 May with four officers in attendance. Section Membership Director Megan McGovern spoke about the Regional Planning Meeting she attended in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Section is also exploring the option to create a brand identity through the use of a Section logo.

Greater Houston

Houston, Texas

The Greater Houston Section met on 8 May at the Republic Grill at The Battleground Golf Course in Deer Park, Texas. There were 45 people in attendance consisting of local instructors, students, members, and guests. Section Chair John R. Huffman opened the meeting with several announcements, and then individual introductions were shared around the room.

The meeting was dedicated to the memory of Robert G. Dunn, who was a longtime member of ASNT and the Section. Huffman introduced Jeffrey A. Wagner, who gave a moving speech honoring Dunn. Dunn’s wife Nancy Dunn and their eldest son Robert Dunn, Jr. attended the meeting as honored guests, and Nancy Dunn shared a few memories about being in the NDT business with her husband for over 30 years.

The Section awarded $12 000 dollars in scholarships to 15 students attending several local schools. The Section is very proud of this program and strives every year to continue to support the NDE industry students. Section Scholarship Chair Jerry Fulin announced the 2018–2019 Scholarship recipients: Craig Critendon, Audee Co, David Easley, Abiel Garcia, Victor Garza, Kelly Gwin, Stephen Hughes, Jeffrey Landgreen, Daniel Lewis, Donald Mayers, Clinton S. Perodeau, Orlando Ramirez, Brandon Wade, Wayne Waller, and Guangfeng Zhu.

Samuel R. (Roger) Jordan announced the nominations for the Technician of the Year awards. The recipients are Level I Tech Angela L. Morris, Level II Tech Zachary Robinson, and Level III Tech Thomas Rose. We are all very proud of these individuals and wish them much continued success in the NDT industry. 

To conclude the evening, Christopher T. Black, managing director of Energy Industry Academy, gave a technical presentation about online NDT courses.

The Section would like to thank the following companies who gave graciously to help sponsor the costs of this meeting: MISTRAS Group, Tech Service Products, GCT Inspection Inc., Energy Industry Academy, NDS Products Inc., and IRISNDT. Their generosity and continued support to the Section is very much appreciated.

Greater Houston
The Greater Houston Section’s 8 May meeting included a presentation by Christopher T. Black (right), pictured here with Section Chair John R. Huffman.


Pearl City, Hawaii

The Hawaii Section’s meeting was called to order by Section Chair Jack R. Laws on 19 June on the patio of the Big City Diner Restaurant in Aiea, Hawaii. Nine members and guests attended. Immediate Past Chair Derek Barbadillo received the ASNT Section Chair’s Certificate from Laws. Barbadillo was praised for restarting and strengthening the Section.

The meeting included several items of business. Attending members were reminded and encouraged to vote online for ASNT Board of Directors elections. Members were also reminded that Richard H. Lambert will be honored on the ASNT Tree of Knowledge (Lambert was an active Hawaii Section member before his passing). Other items discussed included the following: an October 2019 meeting with ASNT President Scott P. Cargill is planned; Jayme J. Martin will issue a four-page newsletter as soon as possible; and Sam Perez of Eddyfi Technologies, Deer Park, Texas, provided information on linking with companies such as Eddyfi for publicity. The technical speaker for the evening was Perez, field application engineer with Eddyfi Technologies. He spoke about robotic crawlers using pan/tilt/zoom cameras for pipe and vessel inspections.


Chennai, India

The India Section held a technical meeting on 28 April in Chennai, India featuring Sebastian Z. Fernandes, who spoke about the application of SNT-TC-1A.

Attendees of the India Section’s 28 April technical meeting heard a presentation about SNT-TC-1A.

Lewis & Clark

Portland, Oregon

The Lewis & Clark Section met on 11 June and had a fantastic turnout to listen to Jeffrey W. Howell speak about eddy current. Howell is the quality manager at NDE Professionals Inc. headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and his presentation delved into many subjects touching upon the origins of the word “eddy” current. It was interesting to find out that it was directly correlated with the word “eddy” in regards to water. According to his presentation, there are very distinct advantages to using eddy current, including that it provides accurate conductivity measurements, requires little part pre-cleaning, and can be automated. Some disadvantages he outlined include that it’s susceptible to magnetic permeability changes, it’s only effective on conductive materials, and it is not suited for large areas or complex geometries. The group would like to give a special thanks to NDE Professionals for not only the presentation but for supplying the delicious dinner catered by a local Hawaiian restaurant.

Lewis amp Clark
Lewis & Clark Section Treasurer Michael Dunbar (right) with Jeffrey W. Howell, who presented at the Section’s 11 June meeting.

Miami Valley

Dayton/Cincinnati, Ohio

The Miami Valley Section met on 8 May at Miami Valley Gaming in Lebanon, Ohio, with 28 members and guests in attendance. Richard Woodward of DÜRR NDT provided a very informative presentation on “DIRECT Radiography (DR) - A Technology Update!” that covered the latest advancements in direct radiography, using innovative digital radiography testing systems for nondestructive testing. Woodward presented the basics of direct radiography, from the various sensors to the applications for inspections using the robust new detector systems. In addition, Gary E. Mathias (The Modal Shop), newly elected Regional Director, Region 11, provided an overview of the Regional Planning Meeting he attended in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Section also welcomed several first-time attendees from local NDT industries (Roberta L. Mullins from Cummins Inc., Bill Testa from GE Aviation, and Kevin Rogers from Magnaflux) and also three recent graduates from Cedarville University (Zineka Witt, Kaileb O’Neil, and Cameron Smith).

Miami Valley
Miami Valley Section Chair Jon E. Beasey (left) presents a speaker gift to Richard Woodward of DÜRR NDT for his presentation at the Section’s 8 May meeting.


Minneapolis, Minnesota

On 18 April, 19 members and guests of the Minnesota Section met at Squeaky’s Grill and Bar in Hutchinson, Minnesota, for a technical presentation by guest speaker Ryan Skeens, technical salesman for Berg Engineering & Sales Company Inc. Skeens delivered an exceptional presentation entitled “Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing - Full Matrix Capture (FMC) and Total Focusing Method (TFM).” The Minnesota Section would like to thank Skeen for his informative presentation on the most recent technological advancements of phased array UT inspection equipment.

Attendees of the Minnesota Section’s 18 April meeting heard a presentation on phased array ultrasonic testing.

Mohawk Hudson

Schenectady, New York

On 13 June, 10 members of the Mohawk Hudson Section held a planning meeting and elected officers and the board for the 2019–2020 program year. The following were elected unanimously: Chair Aaron W. Kinzie, Treasurer Gregory A. Mohr, and Secretary Nicholas Cosentino. The board of directors consists of Sandeep Alampalli, Sreenivas Alampalli, Alan M. Bloom, Roman (Pete) Korunkiewich, Paul J. Martino, David A. Miles, Lawrence E. Mullins, Jr., Shridhar Nath, Mark J. Osterlitz, and Milan Tuchovsky, Jr. During the meeting, the last year’s program was reviewed and a number of ideas for next year’s meetings were discussed, along with the website status and budget.

Mohawk Hudson
Attendees of the Mohawk Hudson Section’s 13 June meeting planned for the 2019–2020 program year.

Narragansett Bay

Providence, Rhode Island

The Narragansett Bay Section held a meeting on 28 May at the Atwood Grill in Johnston, Rhode Island, with 30 members in attendance. Michael Monette of Zetec Inc., located in Quebec, Canada, spoke on phased array ultrasonic testing.

Regional Director, Region 1, John P. Moran was in attendance. In addition, officer elections were held at the meeting. All in attendance were asked what subjects they would like to hear about at technical meetings during the 2019–2020 program year. Members were thanked for helping the Section have a very good year, as a meeting was held every month and the Section continues to have a good turnout.

Narragansett Bay
Michael Monette of Zetec Inc. spoke at the Narragansett Bay Section’s May meeting.

Old Dominion

Richmond, Virginia

The Old Dominion Section held its May meeting at the Calabash Seafood Restaurant in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Eleven members and guests were in attendance to hear Loai El-Gazairly, Ph.D., deliver a presentation on the rehabilitation and deck replacement of the Route I-64 delta frame bridge over the Maury River just west of Lexington, Virginia. The project was initially scoped as a fatigue retrofit, something that Old Dominion Section members are often called to assist with, but became a total deck replacement when it was determined that the noncomposite floor beams should be made composite to reduce deformations at the beam ends inducing out-of-plane movement of the webs. With the failure of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, still a recent memory, a thorough examination of the sequence of construction and the relative redistribution of stresses was required.

In addition to the presentation, the Section held a brief business meeting. Section Chair Thomas (Ed) Darby asked the members present to consider what they would like on the program during the 2019–2020 program year and challenged them to bring ideas to the planning meeting that will be held in August.

The June meeting, on 15 June, was a social gathering to close out a successful year. Fifteen members and guests enjoyed a ferryboat ride to Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay, a fine lunch of crab cakes and other local specialties, and a walking tour of the island. Most attendees congregated at the strategically located ice cream shop before boarding the ferry for the ride back. Since it was a windy day, the ride home was more “memorable” than the ride out. Everyone had a great time, and the Section is looking forward to the coming year.

Pacific Northwest

Seattle, Washington

On 2 May, the Pacific Northwest Section participated in a joint meeting with the American Welding Society (AWS) and SME with 35 guests in attendance. 2018–2019 ASNT President Scott P. Cargill served as the keynote speaker. Cargill presented on global mentoring. Other speakers included Pacific Northwest Section Chair Kathy L. Ferguson, who presented “It Takes Superheroes in ASNT, AWS, and SME to Make the World a Safer Place”; Steve Pollard, AWS local section chair, who explained the mission of AWS; and Matthew Clegg, chair of the local SME section, who described the role of SME (formerly known as the Society of Manufacturing Engineers).


Greenville, South Carolina

The Piedmont Section held a technical meeting on 19 June at the Hilton in Greenville, South Carolina, with seven members in attendance. The meeting began with networking and a plated dinner.

Ricky L. Morgan with FlawTech delivered a presentation titled “Why Infrastructure and Amusement Ride Projects Rely on Sound NDT Practices for Life Safety and Expected Service Life.” Morgan discussed his work on the High Roller Observation Wheel in Las Vegas, which is currently the tallest observation wheel in the world. According to Morgan, the structure has a larger percentage of critical welds than most bridges, and redundant NDT utilizing different teams was performed on the critical welds. It was an impressive project, and Morgan shared a lot of his pictures. He also reviewed the NDT involved in the replacement of the eastern span of the Oakland Bay Bridge.

Morgan also presented on two failure events with an analysis of each. The first failure was an amusement ride failure caused by corrosion. The ride was 18 years old with an inspection plan that did not include corrosion. There were also very few inspectors to cover all of the rides in the state. The second was a bridge failure in Europe. The bridge was 50 years old and corrosion was again the culprit. The problem was known, but repair was delayed for political reasons.

Morgan pointed out that more than 40% of the bridges in the US are more than 50 years old. He indicated that maintaining a bridge at A or B rating is more cost-effective than letting it degrade more and then repairing it. The lesson learned was that good inspection and maintenance are the best ways to ensure safety and life expectancy, and should be part of the plan when building new structures.

Rockford Stateline

Rockford, Illinois

The Rockford Stateline Section held a planning meeting on 18 June at the Thunder Bay Grille in Rockford, Illinois, with four members and guests in attendance. The main focus of the meeting was to close out 2018–2019 program year and to begin planning for the 2019–2020 program year. The board officers will remain the same, and the Section will plan to hold eight technical meetings and two STEM outreach demonstrations. Attendees also discussed various fundraising activities to promote nondestructive testing within the student community.

Rockford Stateline
Attendees of the Rockford Stateline Section’s 18 June meeting began planning for the next program year. From left: Section Treasurer Derek R. Coleman of Scot Forge; Regional Director, Region 12, Charles P. (Chuck) Johnson of Karden Sales; Arvid A. Casler of Element; and Section Chair Joel A. Mohnacky of Collins Aerospace.

South Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Glenn M. Light and Mark Towner of the South Texas Section made a presentation to 30 junior and senior high school students at John Jay High School in San Antonio, Texas, on 14 May. The presentation briefly covered all the NDE methods and provided examples of how the technologies are used. The students had a number of insightful questions and enjoyed the discussion. The South Texas Section provided pizza and drinks during the lunchtime meeting. The instructors asked the Section to come back, and also consider providing a tour of some of the local NDE facilities in the San Antonio area for the students.

Southern Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

The Southern Africa Section held its annual general meeting at Trotters Conference Centre on 23 May. The Section has had a very successful year, and the evening went very well. There was a interesting presentation by DeWet Pienaar on isotope tracking, which everyone enjoyed. The venue provided a lovely supper and even lit the log fire. The new committee for the 2019–2020 program year are as follows: Chair Elaine MacDonald, Vice Chair Benjamin Beetge, Treasurer Gerhardus J. Coetzee, Secretary Glenda Kedibone Molope, and Educational Director Phillip Skelton.

Southern Africa
The Southern Africa Section held its annual general meeting on 23 May. From left: Elaine MacDonald, Benjamin Beetge, Gerhardus J. Coetzee, and Glenda Kedibone Molope.

Southwestern Ontario

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

The Southwestern Ontario Section held a planning meeting on 23 May with four officers in attendance. The officers discussed how to promote participation in the Section and planned to send members a survey to inquire as to their needs. The officers also discussed a variety of facilities in which to hold technical meeting tours.

Susquehanna Valley

State College, Pennsylvania

On 13 June, the Susquehanna Valley Section was joined by John “Jack” Duke Jr. in State College, Pennsylvania. Duke is a member of ASNT’s Board of Directors and the technical editor of Research in Nondestructive Evaluation. He held the attenuation of his audience throughout the entire night with his charismatic personality, disseminating information regarding ASNT’s Engineering Council and the NDE engineering position. The evening’s event held special interest to visitors from a local university, Pennsylvania College of Technology (PCT), which is working to modify current curriculum for inclusion of an NDT degree. Representatives of the university requested to host a future event exposing a student body to the area of nondestructive testing and further growing the NDE profession. The Susquehanna Valley Section will be working diligently with PCT over the next several months to arrange a meeting for students. At the conclusion of the event, Duke was presented with a personalized plaque by the Section Chair and invited to come back anytime.

Susquehanna Valley
Attendees of the Susquehanna Valley Section heard a presentation on NDE engineering from John “Jack” C. Duke, Jr. (far left).

Section Highlight

The Hawaii Section held a meeting on 19 June that included several business items, including Section and Society updates, and a presentation on robotic crawlers.

Attendees of the Hawaii Section’s 19 June meeting. From left: Section Treasurer Jarrett Y. Sano, Section Vice Chair Jayme J. Martin, Sam Perez (Eddyfi Technologies), Troy Demmer (Gecko Robotics), Section Chair Jack R. Laws, and Section Director Derek Barbadillo.