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Section News

May 2019

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


Atlanta, Georgia

Matt Groves of the Atlanta Section demonstrated NDT at Woodland Middle School’s second annual STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) family night in Euharlee, Georgia. About 450 students attended the event. Groves created a darkroom that contained actual aircraft parts that were in three stages of the inspection process and provided a detailed explanation of the stage of inspection for each part. The first part was soaking in penetrant, the next part was coated with a layer of developer, and the third part showed the defect, which could readily be found with the ultraviolet lamp. Groves also demonstrated the ultrasonic testing method by setting up an IIW-type block that allowed the students to scan for the drilled-hole defect. Groves set up a PowerPoint presentation explaining NDT and some aspects of the industry that the students might find appealing, such as underwater NDT and uses of NDT in the aerospace industry.

Capital of Texas

Austin, Texas

The Capital of Texas Section held a meeting on 14 February at the Austin Community College Riverside campus. Seventeen members and guests hosted Senior Corrections Officer Patrick Frazier of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. His presentation included advice on how to detect and avert potentially adversarial encounters when inspectors are working in shops and on jobsites, and when necessary, how to defuse confrontations before they escalate to the physical level. He stressed the three-step method law enforcement officers employ—ask, tell, make—and how these relate to the demeanor NDT personnel must present. The meeting was also attended by class members of the Austin Community College Welding Inspection Program.

Central Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama

The Central Alabama Section met on 20 March to hear Zeki Cosku Gokce, product specialist with Eddyfi, speak about guided wave technology. The Section would like to thank Gokce for the presentation. Attendees had a great time and enjoyed meeting everyone.

Central Ohio

Columbus, Ohio

The Central Ohio Section participated in the sixth annual Central Ohio STEM Expo on 2 March at Whitehall High School in Whitehall, Ohio. Organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers, the expo was attended by more than 400 kindergarten through eighth-grade students and their families. ASNT members Mark Briguglio, Brian Frye, and Gary Russell introduced attendees to the field of nondestructive testing and provided hands-on method demonstrations of magnetic particle testing, ultrasonic testing, and visual testing using a borescope.


Charlotte, North Carolina

On 15 February, the Charlotte Section met at the American Airlines base maintenance hangar at Charlotte Douglas International Airport for a tour led by Donald C. Duncan, NDE Level III at American Airlines. All 15 members and one guest enjoyed the tour of the maintenance hangar, where ongoing inspections and maintenance take place. Duncan also demonstrated phased array UT on a titanium fan blade. Almost half of the attendees were students from Central Piedmont Community College’s AAS NDE Technology Program and the NDE Institute of Rock Hill, South Carolina.


Chattanooga, Tennessee

The Chattanooga Section held a meeting on 28 January at Chattanooga State Community College (CSCC) in Chattanooga, Tennessee. ASNT Regional Director, Region 6, George K. Hodges hosted the meeting and welcomed all attendees. Hodges gave an overview of the history of the Section and thanked officials from the school, ASNT members, and students from CSCC who were leading the charge to help reactivate the section. Tracie Clifford, CSCC program lead, nondestructive testing & QA/QC, discussed how reactivating the Section will benefit members and students. Hodges also discussed the next steps for the Section, which included electing officers, reviewing and amending bylaws, and participating in section leader training at the Regional Planning Meetings and the ASNT Annual Conference in October in Las Vegas.

Hershel Pruitt and Wayne Hembree attended on behalf of Chattanooga Section members in the years prior to 2014 and spoke on how NDT continues to be indispensable for inspection and testing and their support for the reorganization of the Chattanooga Section.


Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Section met on 11 February with 20 guests and members in attendance at the Crazy Pour in Villa Park, Illinois. The guest speaker for the evening was Jim O’Keefe of McNDT Pipeline Ltd. O’Keefe gave a presentation on “X-ray of the Elephants at Chicago’s Field Museum.” He described the use of digital radiography during the inspection of the two huge African elephants that stand in the lobby of the museum that have been on display for more than 100 years. Since there is no recorded information on the interior of the elephants, the X-ray images provided a good idea of how the elephants were originally constructed and supported internally in the taxidermy process. The use of steel beams and chicken wire were the predominant materials used. This information will provide a baseline to monitor the condition of the interior structure and help plan for any necessary improvements and modifications to ensure the display’s integrity for years to come. The presentation illustrated another example of how NDT impacts every aspect of our lives and generations to come.


Cleveland, Ohio

Seventeen members and guests of the Cleveland Section gathered at Brew Garden in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, on 18 February. The speaker was Dean McCurley of Olympus Industrial Microscopes, who spoke on digital microscopy. McCurley presented the advantages of digital microscopy, including extended focal imaging and advanced observation methods. The ability to measure height and automatic particle counting were mentioned. After his presentation, members gathered around his digital microscope and observed as he scanned a penny at high magnification. Digital analysis capabilities were demonstrated. The Section wishes to express gratitude for his interesting and informative presentation and demonstration.

Connecticut Yankee

Groton, Connecticut

Twenty-seven members and guests attended the Connecticut Yankee Section’s joint meeting with the Society of Mechanical Engineers, Thames Valley Section of the American Society for Quality, the Society of Women Engineers, and the American Welding Society on
19 March at the Groton Elks Lodge #2163 in Groton, Connecticut. ASNT members from the Connecticut Valley, Narragansett Bay, and Boston Sections and students from Norwich, Connecticut’s Three Rivers Community College were in attendance. Connecticut Yankee Section Chair Rachel L. Taylor announced the name of the scholarship winner who submitted an essay titled “How the NDT Field Will Help the World of Tomorrow,” before introducing the guest speaker, ASNT President Scott P. Cargill. Cargill’s presentation highlighted the global reach of ASNT and the need for mentoring opportunities within the industry. He challenged each attendee to capture and pass along NDT knowledge for the next generation of NDT inspectors. Taylor then presented a gift of a deck prism to Cargill in appreciation for his visit to the Section.

Greater Houston

Houston, Texas

The Greater Houston Section met on 13 February at The Republic Grill at Battleground Golf Course, in Deer Park, Texas. Section Chair John R. Huffman opened the meeting with several announcements about March events, including the vendors’ night and golf tournament. He also announced the officer slate for 2019–2020. Rick D. Arnett of AIP donated Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo concert tickets, which were given out as door prizes.

Huffman introduced the meeting speaker, Cory Rogge with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The audience was very attentive as Rogge discussed using radiography techniques on fine art paintings. She explained the many ways they use science to identify materials and types of paints in original oil paintings. She showed several examples of where radiography was used to prove period authenticity of oil paintings.

The Section would like to extend thanks to the following companies who helped sponsor the costs of the meeting: Oceanscan, Mistras Group, AIP, Tech Specialty Products, and Energy Industry Academy. The meeting had 50 people in attendance, consisting of members, instructors, students, and guests.

Greater Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

Fourteen members of the Greater Los Angeles Section met on 6 March at
La Dolce Vita restaurant in Oxnard, California. The guest speaker was Jeffrey S. Monks of Metal Fatigue Solutions, who spoke about the use of LED ultraviolet lamps for inspection.

The Section also participated in the Learn4Life Public Charter High School’s fourth annual College & Career Day on 8 March in Pacoima, which had about 125 students in attendance.

Hampton Roads

Newport News, Virginia

The Hampton Roads and Old Dominion sections held a joint meeting at Doraldo Ristorante Italiano in Williamsburg, Virginia. David A. Finke gave a presentation titled “Challenges in Aluminum Welding and Inspection,” which was well received by attendees.


Pearl City, Hawaii

The Hawaii Section met on 20 March at the Big City Diner in Aiea, Hawaii, with 11 members and guests in attendance. The meeting included discussions of Section business, including that a Regional Planning Meeting 2019 grant application is being considered by one Hawaii Section officer and that the issue of the first Hawaii Section newsletter had been planned for the end of March 2019. The election of the 2019–2020 officers was conducted and results were as follows: Chair Jack R. Laws, Vice Chair Jayme J. Martin, Treasurer Jarrett Y. Sano, Secretary Edmund W. Chang, Director Derek Barbadillo, and Director Jeremy Link. These new officers took office effective immediately. The technical speaker for the evening was Randy Jones, the western regional manager for Baker Hughes, a GE Company. His presentation was “NDT Inspection Technologies for Composites.”


Ames, Iowa

The Iowa Section met on 19 February to hear Pascal Hofer, Dectris USA Inc., speak about single photon counting technology and its applications in X-ray based NDT. Hybrid photon counting (HPC) detectors have revolutionized X-ray detection in both laboratories and synchrotrons. With the combination of HPC and high-Z materials such as cadmium telluride (CdTe), energy ranges for NDT and medical applications become more accessible. The presentation covered the technical details on how hybrid single photon counting achieves zero readout noise. An overview of standardization and correction of the CdTe sensor material was discussed, and examples of NDT applications with various DECTRIS detectors were presented.


Kuwait City, Kuwait

The Kuwait Section held a meeting on 20 February at the Hotel Hyatt Regency
Al Kout Mall, in Fahaheel, Kuwait, to hear a presentation titled “Basic Fundamentals & Challenges of Conventional Radiography,” given by Mithilaj Moideen, the territory sales manager for the MEA Industrial Products Division of Fujifilm, Middle East FZE. Section Secretary D.M. Tripathi was the master of ceremony. Vice Chair Abdul Wahab Al-Ahmed welcomed all the participants and presented mementos to the meeting sponsors, Ryouji Okomuto of Fujifilm and a representative from Alghanim International General Trading & Contracting Co. WLL (oil and gas division). Also, Al-Ahmed presented mementos to Moideen (the event speaker) and Section Membership Director Sangili Gunasekaran, the keynote speaker, who discussed the importance of NDT in the Kuwait oil and gas industry.

D. Mohan Raj presented flowers to all the dignitaries, and Mohammed Rajput introduced the speaker. A. Gilbert Regu presented a vote of thanks. The program was sponsored by Fujifilm and Alghanim International General Trading & Contracting Co. WLL, and about 46 professionals attended the meeting. S.S. Murugan and Mr. Mathusoothanan coordinated all the arrangements for the event.

Lewis & Clark

Portland, Oregon

The Lewis & Clark Section came together on 12 March at Flying Pie Pizzeria in Portland, Oregon. Regional Director, Region 16, Emery E. Roberts came down from MISTRAS in Seattle, Washington, to head up a discussion with 16 members. There was an informative question and answer session, as well as a discussion about the NDT of Composites conference taking place in Seattle, Washington, on 30 April–2 May. Other topics included section outreach programs and scholarships. The Section would like to thank Test Equipment Distributors for sponsoring the meal for the meeting.

Miami Valley

Dayton/Cincinnati, Ohio

The Miami Valley Section met on 6 February at Miami Valley Gaming in Lebanon, Ohio, to hear Stuart A. Kleven of Alloyweld Inspection Co. Inc. (and a member of the Chicago Section of ASNT) provide a fascinating history of the “Recovery, Excavation, and Restoration of the Confederate Submarine H.L. Hunley.” Nondestructive inspection was key to the entire effort as a primary means to assist the archeologists in determining the most efficient and effective means to restore the vessel without damage. The 28 members and guests in attendance were fascinated by the NDT used and by the historical context provided by Kleven on the Hunley and submarine warfare used in the Civil War. The attendees were treated to door prizes provided by Kleven and “Friends of the Hunley,” one of the organizations responsible for the The Hunley Project, where an international team of scientists are at work to conserve the submarine for future generations and piece together clues to solve the mystery of her disappearance.

Mohawk Hudson

Schenectady, New York

The 25 February dinner meeting of the Mohawk Hudson Section was a joint event held with ASM International and the American Welding Society and included a presentation titled “Advanced Digital Radiography on Weld Inspection” by Xin Li of GE Global Research. The presentation discussed the advantages of digital radiography (DR) for weld inspection. Basic strategies of implementing DR were also discussed.

Li is a research scientist in the Department of Radiation Physics at GE Global Research, focusing on providing solutions for various industrial NDT problems using X-ray and CT inspection. 

Narragansett Bay

Providence, Rhode Island

The Narragansett Bay Section held a meeting on 26 February at the Atwood
Grill in Johnston, Rhode Island, with 22 members in attendance. Donald A. Rhoda, retired chief metallurgist, spoke about manufacturing and NDT in China. Regional Director, Region 1, John P. Moran, was also in attendance. It was also announced that the Narragansett Bay Section will be sponsoring a scholarship again.

North Alabama

Huntsville, Alabama

The North Alabama Section held a meeting on 19 March at the Yellowhammer Brewery in Huntsville, Alabama. Zeki Cosku Gokce and Eric Blackwell with Eddyfi presented on torsional and longitudinal guided waves for corrosion monitoring.

North Atlantic

Sheffield, United Kingdom

Sixteen members of the North Atlantic Section participated in a site tour at one of Tata Steel’s pipe mills led by Graham Court. Tata Steel operates three mills specializing in high frequency induction pipe. Accurate control of the coil rolling process ensures tight wall thickness tolerances. Bespoke forming rolls are used to produce pipe with outside diameters ranging from 2 to 20 in.

North Carolina Student Section

Charlotte, North Carolina

On 21 February, the North Carolina Student Section held their monthly meeting at Central Piedmont Community College. At this meeting, members finalized details about the 12th Annual George Pherigo Memorial Golf Tournament and also began planning for another fundraising event, which is the Section’s Vendor Night. After official business concluded, ASNT Past President Raymond G. Morasse spoke to students about his lifelong career in NDE. After his presentation, Morasse fielded questions from students and encouraged them on their own journeys in NDE.

Old Dominion

Richmond, Virginia

The Old Dominion Section held its March meeting in conjunction with the Hampton Roads Section on 26 March at Doraldo Ristorante Italiano in Williamsburg, Virginia. Twenty members and guests were on hand to enjoy the food and fellowship before hearing a presentation from David A. Finke concerning difficulties encountered when welding aluminum alloys, particularly in shipbuilding. Finke discussed the importance of controlling weld parameters, knowing the proper consumables used for different alloys, and having adequate production supervision and oversight by quality control. Finke and others present also discussed the environmental conditions that contribute to cracks in aluminum, apart from the effects of welding. At the conclusion of the presentation, Regional Director, Regions 3 and 4, William F. Via, Jr. presented Finke with a copy of From Vision to Mission, the ASNT 75th anniversary commemorative book, as a token of the sections’ appreciation.

Old Dominion Section Chair Thomas (Ed) Darby conducted a short business meeting prior to the presentation, highlighting the fact that the ASNT Research Symposium will be held in Williamsburg in 2020, and the two sections will be discussing how they may support the event.

Pacific Northwest

Seattle, Washington

Fifteen members of the Pacific Northwest Section met on 25 February at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Tukwila, Washington. Antonio (Tony) Mercado, MISTRAS, presented an overview of the NDT methods that MISTRAS performs and the NADCAP and other industry accreditations it has achieved.


Greenville, South Carolina

The Piedmont Section held a technical meeting on 20 February at the Hilton in Greenville, South Carolina. The Hilton is a new location for the Section and worked quite well, and the Section would like to thank William C. Plumstead, Sr. for his efforts in making the arrangements.

The meeting began with networking and a buffet dinner. The technical topic for the evening was scanning acoustic microscopy (SAM), presented by Stephen M. McDonough of OKOS Solutions LLC. According to his presentation, the SAM process is basically ultrasound at much higher frequencies than most of us are used to. It is used heavily in the microelectronics/silicon wafer processing industry. McDonough presented many examples of defects found in chips and chip mountings. Other examples were solar panel inspections and detection of counterfeit electronic components. Plumstead thanked McDonough and presented him with a copy of ASNT’s history book.

In Section business, logos created by Timothy W. McAnally were reviewed and voted on.


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Pittsburgh Section met at the Springfield Grille in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, on 21 February to hear Bob Spozarski with Tech Measurement give a presentation on handheld XRF units.

Rockford Stateline

Rockford, Illinois

The Rockford Stateline Section held a technical meeting on Tuesday, 12 March at the Thunder Bay Grille in Rockford, Illinois, with 13 members and guests in attendance. The speaker for the evening was Derek R. Coleman, Level 3 for Scot Forge Company, who spoke about ultrasonic inspection of heavy forgings. The presentation focused on a case study of a large monel ring that was subjected to ultrasonic inspection under the NAVSEA specifications using both longitudinal and shear wave inspections. According to the presentation, monel is inherently difficult to test due to its grain structure. Coleman highlighted the need to understand what operations were performed on the forging and the amount of heat applied and amount of forging performed to properly evaluate the indications identified.

San Diego

San Diego, California

The San Diego Section hosted a technical meeting on 5 March at the Best Western Seven Seas with 27 members and guests in attendance. The speaker for the evening was Dana DuToit, the director of sensing solutions, Western USA, for Luna Innovations, and the presentation was titled “Fiber Optic Sensing Systems for Structural Monitoring in the Aerospace and Automotive Markets.” According to the presentation, fiber optics has been deployed in massive volumes in support of world’s growing communication needs. As the aerospace and automotive markets continue to explore composite material integration into their structures for light-weighting and improved strength-to-weight ratios, unmet challenges have been identified to model and monitor these new materials, geometries, and joining techniques.

The Section thanked DuToit for his talk and presented him with a speaker gift and certificate of appreciation. Monthly raffle prizes were sponsored by ASNT Secretary/Treasurer Michael V. McGloin of NDT Enterprises, Gabriel R. Reyes of Kodak, and the San Diego Section.

South Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Twenty-three members and guests attended the South Texas Section’s meeting held at OEM Pipe Inspection Equipment in San Antonio, Texas, on 27 February. Brian Edens and Kyle Edens discussed magnetic flux technology developed for oil field piping technology and provided a lab demonstration of the technology. As a special treat, nine students from Glenn M. Light’s NDE technology course at the University of Texas in San Antonio were present. C. Wade Edens graciously provided an excellent Mexican dinner with cookies that were enjoyed by all.

Southern Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

The Southern Africa Section held a technical meeting at the School of Applied Non-Destructive Examination (SANDE) on 21 February in Impala Park. Justin Witten from the South African National Space Agency presented on the SA National Space Programme. Witten gave a very interesting talk on how the agency works with satellites and the kinds of data reporting that they produce. Everyone present thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and the usual pizza.