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


Pearl City, Hawaii

The Hawaii Section’s August meeting was called to order by Section Chair Jack R. Laws at the Big City Diner in Aiea, Hawaii, with six members and guests in attendance. Business discussions and actions included the following: suggestions for Section income builders such as newsletter advertisements, bringing back the meeting raffle, the new ASNT Video Library, plans for ASNT President Scott P. Cargill’s upcoming visit, the issuance of the first Section newsletter, planning for the Kailua High School Career Fair in November, and possibly future joint meetings with other technical societies.

The technical speaker for the evening was Jason Tomlinson, Field/Robotic Specialist I, Gecko Robotics Industrial Inspections. He presented Gecko Robotics’ “Toka” robot for ultrasonic thickness inspections of boiler water walls and storage tank shells, roof, and floors.


Ames, Iowa

The Iowa Section held a meeting in Ames, Iowa, on 1 August with 10 members and guests in attendance. The group gathered to hear Paul Graja with Fraunhofer IKTS give a presentation titled “Material Characterization of Hardened Metal Components with Ultrasonic Backscattering.” According to the presentation, case hardening increases the service life of components by increasing wear resistance. The ductility of the core stays untouched. The change in the material properties in the surface layer is caused by a change in the microstructure in the material. The hardness depth and the hardness gradient depend on the type of hardening process and on the parameters such as temperature, dwell time, and cooling rate.

Attendees of the Iowa Section’s 1 August meeting, from left: Zhan Zhang, Lucas Koester, Stephen Holland, Richard D. Lopez, Paul Graja (the speaker for the evening), Norbert G. Meyendorf, Xiao Zhang, and Hossein Taheri.


Kuwait City, Kuwait

On 31 July, 24 members and guests of the Kuwait Section attended a meeting at the Hotel Kohinoor in Fahaheel, Kuwait. S. Gunasekaran, Unit Head, Quality Control, HEISCO, Kuwait, gave a presentation titled “CNDE- QA/QC Requirements for Pipeline Construction.”

S.S. Murugan and S. Mathusoothanan, section officers, coordinated all the arrangements for the meeting. Mathusoothanan welcomed all the participants and introduced the speaker to the audience. The members also discussed the need to continue hold technical meetings to keep up the objective to serve local ASNT members of the Kuwait Section. The section officers stressed the need to bring awareness of NDE to all the top management of oil and gas industries in order to realize improved support of NDE professionals from management

Attendees of the Kuwait Section’s 31 July meeting heard a presentation on pipeline construction.

North Atlantic

Sheffield, United Kingdom

The North Atlantic Section held their first meeting of the 2019–2020 program year at the South West School of NDT in Pentwyn, Cardiff, United Kingdom, on 18 July with 17 members in attendance. Those in attendance were congratulated for working to achieve gold recognition in the President’s Award program. This is the first time that the Section has achieved gold. Section board members Jason Neill Taylor, Jackie Berry, and Tom Fletcher are attending the 2019 ASNT Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will accept the award on behalf of the Section. In addition, Taylor will be recognized as a 2019 ASNT Fellow at the conference.

The Section’s board of directors was finalized, and the Section is looking into nominating a Section member for the Technician of the Year honor. It was also decided that the Section will send a board member to attend section leader training at the Section Leaders Conference in Columbus, Ohio, in June 2020. Attendees discussed topics for meetings and tours to be held throughout the program year.

The Section will provide support to ASNT by staffing the ASNT booth at the British Institute for Nondestructive Testing’s (BINDT) annual conference in September 2019

Pacific Northwest

Seattle, Washington

The Pacific Northwest Section held its annual Pacific Northwest Section Golf Tournament 15 June at the Eagles Pride Golf Course. It was a beautiful day for the tournament, which funds the David Hall NDT student scholarship fund. Twenty-four golfers enjoyed a memorable day in the sun with their friends, relatives, and course wildlife. Attendees remarked that it was a great golf course, and the tournament was followed by a delicious BBQ dinner. After dinner, a raffle was held and team winners, who made the longest drive, and who shot closest to the pin were announced.

This outing was made possible in part by the Section’s sponsors: platinum level sponsor MPM Products Inc.; gold level sponsors TED Equipment Distributors, Sherwin Inc., and Zetec; and silver level sponsor Matec Instrument Companies Inc. and PH Tools Reference Standards.

South Texas

San Antonio, Texas

On 31 July, 11 members of the South Texas Section and their guests listened to an intriguing presentation by Kimberley Hayes of Olympus titled “Improved Management of Thickness Survey Data Utilizing a Connected Instrument and Cloud-Based Software.” In addition to Hayes, two other Olympus representatives, Dianne Hillhouse and Chuck Anderson, provided a demonstration of the 38DLP UT thickness gauge and the Vanta Handheld XRF Analyzer

Past South Texas Section Chair Steven J. Todd (left) presents Kimberley Hayes with a speaker’s gift for her presentation at the Section’s 31 July meeting.

Susquehanna Valley

State College, Pennsylvania

On June 30, the Susquehanna Valley Section wrapped up its first year of revitalization, averaging an attendance rate of nearly 27 individuals per meeting representing all industries (equipment manufacturers, inspection agencies, fabricators, consultants, academia, students, and government). The Section would like to recognize the strong leadership team of Parisa Shokouhi, Rick Cahill, Brandon C. Miller, David M. Campbell, Thomas R. Hay, Bruce A. Pellegrino, Thomas R. Martin, and Nicholas Shrawder for a successful year.

The Section kicked off the 2019–2020 program year on 8 August by hosting Robert J. Connor at the Ramada State College Hotel & Conference Center in State College, Pennsylvania. Connor traveled from Purdue University to present on his latest National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Transportation Research Board project. Those in attendance found Connor’s presentation, “Variability in Acoustic Properties and Rejection Rates when Scanning Bridge Welds,” both interesting and eye-opening

Attendees of the Susquehanna Valley Section’s 30 June meeting.

Section Highlight

The Hawaii Section’s August meeting featured discussions of upcoming Section activities and ongoing business, as well as a technical presentation on Gecko Robotics’ “Toka” robot, which is used for ultrasonic thickness inspections.

Attendees of the Hawaii Section’s August meeting learned about the “Toka” robot from Gecko Robotics Industrial Inspections. From left: Section Director Jeremy Link, Section Vice Chair Jayme J. Martin, Jason Tomlinson and Josh Semenko of Gecko Robotics, and Section Chair Jack R. Laws.