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Section News

June 2019

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

Capital of Texas

Austin, Texas

The Capital of Texas Section met on 28 March at Patriot Erectors Inc. for a tour and discussion of the importance of education and mentoring in determining a young person’s decision to pursue a career in nondestructive testing. Patriot Erectors is located in Dripping Springs, Texas, and has grown to be one of the region’s largest and most successful structural fabricators. The tour guide, Robert White, showed attendees the different fabricating, welding, and quality control aspects of producing a finished product. White also stressed to the Austin Community College (ACC) students participating in the tour that it is extremely important for them to complete the NDT program at ACC so that they can begin their NDT careers. Nineteen members and guests attended the tour, which lasted two and a half hours.


Charlotte, North Carolina

At its March meeting, the Charlotte Section was honored to have William F. Via, Jr. of the Virginia Department of Transportation give a presentation about Virginia’s experience with ASTM A1010 for steel bridge fabrication. Twenty-three people were present, including three students, several recent graduates from Central Piedmont Community College, and one guest. A BBQ spread and beverages were provided by Sonaspection.


Chattanooga, Tennessee

Twenty-one members of the Chattanooga Section met at Chattanooga State Community College on 27 March. The meeting began with a welcome from Chattanooga Section Chair Jonathon C. Andrews who led a discussion on the Section’s need to update its bylaws. Andrews also mentioned that the Section may be organizing a radiation safety course and that more information will be announced in the next meeting.

After the business meeting, Albert Curtis delivered a presentation on global warming. Curtis has been interested in global warming from an early age. His facts were based on statistical data on how the climate has been changing over the years.


Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Section exhibited at the 35th Annual DuPage Area STEM Expo on 23 February, at the Rice Campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology, School of Applied Technology in Wheaton, Illinois. Hundreds of students made their way through the crowded hallways to view the booths where scientific projects were set up to demonstrate various technologies. The Chicago Section demonstrated a number of NDT methods. The students were able to scan parts with known defects using ultrasonics, examine parts with liquid penetrant and magnetic particle under ultraviolet light, view a computed tomographic image as it was processed, examine seeded voids in a casting, and view the inside of a pipe weld using a video borescope.


Cleveland, Ohio

Eighteen members and guests of the Cleveland Section gathered at the Brew Garden in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, on 18 March. The speaker was Phil Thayer of MISTRAS Group who spoke on ultrasonic time of flight diffraction (TOFD). The talk provided an introduction to the principles and uses for both manual and automated plate butt weld inspection, present applicable standards, and uses worldwide.

Thayer presented the speed advantages of TOFD, including the ability to make a scan in a fraction of the typical UT scan time and to identify areas requiring more detailed evaluation. He also pointed out the limitations of TOFD. The Cleveland Section wishes to express gratitude for his interesting and informative presentation.

Connecticut Yankee

Groton, Connecticut

The Connecticut Yankee Section awarded a $500 scholarship to Three Rivers Community College student Zachary T. Deziel. To earn the scholarship, Deziel wrote a 500-word essay on the impact of nondestructive testing methods and how the nondestructive testing field will help the world of tomorrow.


Cologne, Germany

The German Section held a meeting on 29 January at the GMA-Group in Essen, Germany, with 18 members in attendance. The following new officers were elected: Chair Johannes L. Vrana, Vice Chair Martin Muenker, Secretary Heike Walter, Treasurer Markus F. Hagen, and Directors David Tyler Harman, Julian Mircea, and Eike Bayer. Two technical presentations were delivered. Volker Pohl presented on NDT requirements in regards to AWS D1.1/D1.1M:2015, and Ralf Holstein presented on metrological traceability of auxiliary equipment for penetrant and magnetic particle tests.

Greater Houston

Houston, Texas

The Greater Houston Section held its annual vendors night on 20 March at the Crystal Ballroom at the South Shore Harbor Resort in League City, Texas. Forty-seven companies participated in the event, showcasing their services, equipment, and educational courses. The event had 275 attendees, which included a mix of members, friends, students, instructors, and industry experts. Attendees enjoyed a delicious buffet featuring Mexican fajitas and a hosted cocktail bar.

The Section greatly appreciates the companies that continue to exhibit and support the Section every year. These companies are the foundation of the success of the Section. In addition, the Section would like to recognize the following companies who participated in the event for the first time: Kenneth Piposar with Airitas – Custom Tethering Systems, Christopher T. Black with Energy Industry Academy, Jeffery S. Monks with The Equipcon Group, Brian Bearden with Upstream Marketing, and Marshall Doreen with Loenbro.


Chennai, India

The India Section successfully conducted its third technical meeting on 24 November 2018 at Trichy, India, with 27 members in attendance. The technical talk, titled “PAUT Basics and Much More,” was given by P. Mathesan and


Ames, Iowa

The Iowa Section held a meeting on 16 April at the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, with six members in attendance, including Regional Director, Region 13, Mark E. Dahn. Past ASNT President Kevin D. Smith of Pratt & Whitney gave a presentation titled “The Sioux City Incident - An Air Tragedy and the Role of Nondestructive Testing (NDT).” According to the presentation, on 19 July 1989, a DC-10 airliner departed from Denver normally. One hour, 50 minutes, and 50 seconds later, the aircraft crashed with 111 fatalities in Sioux City, Iowa. This presentation, based on the US National Transportation Safety Board’s report on the incident, summarized the event from the perspective of the flight crew as they worked heroically to minimize causalities through extraordinary and unconventional flying skills and throughout the results of the crash. It also covered the role of NDT in the issues that led up to the incident, as well as the improvements in NDT in the aviation industry as a result of the lessons learned.


Tel Aviv, Israel

The Israel Section held a technical meeting on 1 April. The meeting took place at Morex 71 Ltd., and the lecture, “How to Perform a Proper Audit and Assessment of NDT Laboratories,” was given by Amichai Aharon Pessach.


Kuwait City, Kuwait

The Kuwait Section held a meeting on 20 March at Hotel Kohinoor, Fahaheel, Kuwait with 29 in attendance. Kuwait Section Secretary D.M. Tripathi welcomed all the participants and introduced S. Gunasekaran, unit head quality control, HEISCO, Kuwait, who presented “Case Studies – Leak Testing Failure at Refinery.” Meeting attendees were invited to share their own practical experience on the topic. Gunasekaran provided practical figures on the topic. The Kuwait Section would like to express appreciation to Gunasekaran for his continuous contribution to the Kuwait Section, as well as the Kuwait nondestructive testing society.

The meeting was sponsored by HEISCO, and all meeting arrangements were handled by S.S. Murugan and Mohan Raj. Section officers stressed the need to continue with the same spirit to hold regular Section meetings and to keep up the objective of Kuwait Section to serve the local NDT community. The officers also stressed the need to bring awareness of NDE to the top management of the oil and gas industries in order to realize management support.

Lewis & Clark

Portland, Oregon

On 10 April, 18 members of the Lewis & Clark Section met at Flying Pie Pizzeria to hear a presentation by Jeffrey J. Diehm of Avonix Imaging. Diehm spoke about reasonable expectations, highlighting day-to-day items and what our reasonable expectations of those items are. What does a brand-new water valve, an iPhone charger cord, a copper pipe, and the fork of a bike all have in common? Through the presentation, Diehm used CT technology to show the results of catastrophic failures of these items. Section attendees were blown away at the clarity and the ease of extracting the different layers of each object. Attendees found out that quality has a price, and as quality inspection has a price as well, it is a reasonable expectation that you get what you pay for. The Section wants to thank Diehm for his presentation, and also for the donation of the Apple 4K device that was given away at the meeting. The lucky recipient was Benjamin M. Shanks, a student from Linn Benton Community College. The Section would also like to thank Test Equipment Distributors for donating the food at the event.

Metro New York / Northern New Jersey

Rockville Centre, New York

The Metro New York/Northern New Jersey Section held a party on 5 December 2018 at the American Legion Post 342 in Freeport, New York. The meeting kicked off with a social hour and dinner. Edward P. Dukich takes pride in his food selections and everyone seemed to rave that the food served was fabulous.

Section Chair Antionette (Toni) Bailey gave a presentation on how to become ASNT and ACCP certified. Bailey also is helping several members earn their certifications, so her presentation was very informative. Bailey also informed attendees that it was time to plan for officer elections.

Miami Valley

Dayton/Cincinnati, Ohio

The Miami Valley Section met on 6 March at Miami Valley Gaming in Lebanon, Ohio. There were 19 members and guests in attendance to hear a presentation by Gary E. Mathias of The Modal Shop Inc., titled “Fundamentals of Resonant Acoustic Method NDT.” As machined parts are being moved to additive manufactured parts, there is a high expectation and growing requirement for zero-defect supply chain commitments. To achieve zero-defect output, manufacturers are making the commitment to move to online NDT. This type of online inspection requires accuracy, reliability, and high throughput. Resonant acoustic method NDT (RAM-NDT) provides a proven technique exhibiting these pivotal performance requirements and automates economically. Mathias presented an overview of RAM-NDT and presented The Modal Shop’s in-line RAM-NDT system results for most common part defects.


Minneapolis, Minnesota

On 14 March, 14 members and guests of the Minnesota Section met at the American Legion Chanhassen Post 580 in Chanhassen, Minnesota, for a technical presentation by guest speaker Richard Woodward, sales manager of DÜRR NDT. Woodward delivered an excellent presentation titled “Direct Radiography (DR) – A Technical Update.” The Minnesota Section would like to thank Woodward for his interesting and informative presentation on the history, current technology, and trends of direct radiography.

Mohawk Hudson

Schenectady, New York

On 18 March, the Mohawk Hudson Section was honored to host 2018–2019 ASNT President Scott P. Cargill, who gave a presentation on the critical importance of ASNT’s mission to mentor the next generation of NDT inspectors. Cargill also discussed some of ASNT’s key strategic initiatives that are ongoing and will provide additional support to sections. Cargill fielded questions on a wide variety of topics as well. The evening provided fellowship and food for thought to all attending.

Narragansett Bay

Providence, Rhode Island

The Narragansett Bay Section held a meeting on 20 March at Twin Oaks Restaurant in Cranston, Rhode Island, with 26 members in attendance. 2018–2019 ASNT President Scott P. Cargill, ASNT president, spoke about ASNT’s mission to mentor and pass along NDT knowledge to the next generation of NDT inspectors. Cargill also discussed ways in which to get young people interested in the field of NDT. Regional Director, Region 1, John P. Moran, was in attendance, as was ASNT Past President John A. Stringer. All in attendance enjoyed the lively discussion.

North Atlantic

Sheffield, United Kingdom

Forty-two members and guests attended the North Atlantic Section’s 25th anniversary technical training day on 5 April. The day began with an introduction by Section Chair Michelle Clapham welcoming everyone to the meeting and setting out the scope of the day’s activities. This was followed by a video from ASNT Chairperson of the Board David A. Mandina and ASNT President Scott P. Cargill, who wished meeting attendees a great event and passed on their apologies for not being able to attend the event.

Attendees participated in five technical sessions: “Total Focusing Method and Full Matrix Capture” by Zetec, “Guided Wave Inspection including Short Range Testing” by Guided Ultrasonics Inc., “Robotics for Onsite Inspection” by GE, “Pulsed Eddy Current” by ETher NDE, and “Technology Transfer” by Rolls-Royce. The day was closed by Jason Taylor, who thanked all the presenters for their participation and congratulated the Section on a great turnout. John Hansen, president of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT), congratulated the Section on its 25-year anniversary and presented an anniversary card signed by members of the BINDT board of directors.

North Carolina Student Section

Charlotte, North Carolina

On 1 April, the North Carolina Student Section partnered with the Charlotte Section to host its annual vendor night. This event showcases vendors who support the Central Piedmont Community College’s NDT program. The vendor night gives students the opportunity to network with industry leaders and learn about cutting-edge NDT technology. For vendors, the event is a unique opportunity to display their latest products to industry professionals as well as to local NDT businesses. These companies also benefit from the unique opportunity to meet students who are being trained in NDT. Participating vendors included Sonaspection, Vermon NDT, Volume Graphics, DÜRR NDT, DETEK Inc., Structural Integrity Associates, Liburdi Dimetrics, GOM Metrology, and FlawTech. The Section thanks all participants for another great vendor night.

Old Dominion

Richmond, Virginia

The Old Dominion Section met on 20 February at the historic Jefferson Hotel in downtown Richmond, Virginia, to share in the Richmond Area Joint Engineers’ Council annual awards dinner. Fourteen members and guests enjoyed dinner and several high-school presentations of papers and videos describing the contributions and career opportunities in the engineering field. The keynote speaker, Jeffery Steers, director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, discussed the programs under his umbrella, broadly classified into air quality, water quality, and solid waste management and disposal. Everyone present had a good time and particularly enjoyed meeting students from Randolph-Macon College preparing to enter the workforce in physics and engineering.

Pacific Northwest

Seattle, Washington

On 6 April, 24 radiographers participated in the Pacific Northwest Section’s radiation safety refresher seminar on the Bellevue College campus. Speakers, including Bruce Busby, CHP RSO at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Jon Napier of the Washington State Department of Health, radioactive materials section; Fred Mauss of Pacific Northwest National Laboratories; and James P. Bemis, West Coast regional RSO of MISTRAS Group Inc., were introduced by Seminar Chair Emery E. Roberts. Each speaker gave a lively and interesting presentation focusing on the topic of radiation safety. This was Busby’s sixteenth year serving as a speaker, and each year he makes his presentation unique and continually interesting. The last couple of years, Busby’s presentations have been interactive, requiring the audience to answer an online quiz utilizing their cell phones.

Section Chair Kathy L. Ferguson opened the seminar with an introduction and explained the important role and purpose of the Pacific Northwest Section. ASNT membership applications were available, and people were encouraged to attend a future section meeting. Platters of sandwiches and sliders were provided to the attendees at lunch.

The Section also held a meeting on 11 March at The Old Spaghetti Factory in Tuwila, Washington, with 23 in attendance. Flynn Spears of Laser Technology Inc. presented an overview of shearography NDT and its applications.


Greenville, South Carolina

Eleven members were in attendance at the March meeting of the Piedmont Section. The technical presentation for the evening was “Computed Tomography (CT) for Additive Manufactured (AM) Parts,” presented by Ken Hardy of VisiConsult X-Ray Solutions. Hardy currently works from the Atlanta area helping companies like Boeing and Delta Airlines. He also is working with the Georgia Tech’s Advanced Manufacturing Pilot Facility.

Hardy spoke about how CT systems are a lot faster than they used to be and explained the amorphous silica flat panels that are now being used. Hardy gave an overview of the additive manufacturing processes, and ended his presentation by saying that it is up to us as NDT professionals to understand the AM processes and recommend methods to inspect AM parts.

The Section also held a technical meeting on 17 April at the Hilton Hotel in Greenville, South Carolina, with 13 members in attendance. The presenter, Ritch J. Pellechia of Peltec Services Inc., was introduced by Matt Ruggles. Pellechia’s presentation was “Modern Industrial X-ray Equipment and Techniques to Improve Image Quality.” Pellechia discussed his experiences with the changes to X-ray equipment over the years and which changes were more significant than the others.


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Pittsburgh Section held a meeting at the Walnut Grill in Wexford, Pennsylvania, for the 12 March joint meeting with American Welding Society. The Section would like to extend special thanks to Gary P. Kistler with Diamond Technical Services Inc. for a great presentation on advanced NDE techniques.

Rockford Stateline

Rockford, Illinois

The Rockford Stateline Section held a technical meeting on 8 January at the Thunder Bay Grille in Rockford, Illinois, with seven members and guests in attendance. The guest speaker for the evening was Stuart A. Kleven of Alloyweld Inspection Co., of Bensenville, Illinois. Kleven’s presentation was titled “NDT of Additive Manufactured Parts for Aerospace Applications.” The talk was centered on the new ASTM guide being developed by ASTM Committees E07, E08, and F42 for inspection of additively manufactured parts. In addition, Kleven featured several case studies on titanium and aluminum parts.

San Diego

San Diego, California

The San Diego Section participated as judges in the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair on 13 March. Larry G. Olsen and Sarah Olsen viewed the projects on the preview night. This year, the San Diego Section’s judging team selected 10 students to interview about their projects. The students were asked to discuss their hypothesis, project abstract, and project conclusion. The Section chose the following winners: Nick Fonzo, who attends Saint John School-Encinitas, eighth grade, and his advisor Gena Heins, for his project “Self-Driving Security Vehicle”; and Sebastian Manzo and Carlos Figueroa-Valdez, who attend Our Lady of Mount Carmel, eighth grade, and their team advisor Juanita Pereyra, for their project “How Are Magnets Affected by Temperature?”

The Section also hosted a technical meeting on 10 April at the Seven Seas Lodge in San Diego, California, with 24 members and guests in attendance. The speaker for the evening was Zeki Cosku Gokce, who delivered a presentation titled “A Comparative Study Between Different Guided Waves.” Gokce explained the various uses for guided wave inspection of piping applications. The Section presented Gokce with a speaker gift and certificate of appreciation. Monthly Raffle prizes were sponsored by David R. Waitt, Fujifilm; Phil Fetto, Chemetall; and the San Diego Section.

Saudi Arabian

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabian Section held a meeting on 27 March at the Carlton Al Moaibed Hotel with 150 members and guests in attendance. Andrey Bulavinov of ACS-Solutions GmbH delivered a presentation titled “INTROSCAN – A Novel Couplant-Free Wireless Robotized Crawler for In-Service Inner-Pipe Testing of Gas Compression Stations.”

South Texas

San Antonio, Texas

On 27 March, 14 members and their guests gathered to hear an abbreviated version of Glenn M. Light’s 2018 Lester/Mehl Honor Lecture. The presentation generated interesting discussion, especially about the V-22 work and future work in flexible ultrasonic probe technology. Several students from The University of Texas at San Antonio’s NDE technologies class were in attendance.

Southern Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

The Southern Africa Section had a very successful golf day at Benoni Country Club in Benoni, Gauteng, on 7 March. There was a fantastic turnout, and the NDT fraternity was all in good spirits. The golf day is becoming one of the highlights of the local NDT community’s calendar. The following sponsors provided very generous support: Chemsystems, H. Rohloff (Pty.) Ltd., STANLEY Inspection, Africa NDT Centre, GammaTec NDT Supplies SOC Ltd., Tracy Harris Properties, Quest Technical Services, Techtra Engineering Consultants, School of Applied Non-Destructive Examination (SANDE), Hennie de Wet, Events Perfected, and Stewart McMillan. The Section thanks all who participated.