The Arizona Section held a virtual meeting on 1 October with 8 members and guests in attendance. Section Vice Chair Kelly Lambert provided a brief overview of various NDT methods and conducted a trivia game. All attendees were awarded prizes from the Section’s sponsor.
Charlotte, North Carolina
The Charlotte Section hosted its annual kick off meeting via an online platform on 29 September with 22 members and guests in attendance. New Section board and committee members were sworn in by Hussein M. Sadek. Acknowledgment was given to the Section for winning a gold-level award in this past year’s President’s Award program. As per Section tradition, the award will be gifted to Section Past Chair Bradley W. Brandt. Acknowledgment was given to Brandt for all of his efforts and hard work over the previous year. Acknowledgment was also given to Section Secretary Roy A. Duce for all of his hard work and efforts in getting the past year’s calendar completed. He did a fantastic job and the Section was awarded full points toward the President’s Award program. The Section is currently working on its microsite, which is accessible through ASNT’s main website. The Section is planning on having meeting schedules uploaded in the near future.
The Cleveland Section held its 44th Annual Golf Outing on 21 August at Coppertop at Cherokee Hills Golf Course. Thirty-two members and guests golfed while social distancing and enjoying the day. Team ASNT Columbus won the outing. Team members were Brian D. Frye, Jarrod Holtzapple, Brock Holtzapple, and Nate Clark.
The Section would like to thank its two hole sponsors, Kodak and TED, and extend a big thanks to the golf committee chair, Anthony (Tony) C. Sansavera, for his hard work and dedication in putting together this yearly event, especially during COVID-19.
Great Salt Lake
Salt Lake City, Utah
On 20 October, the Great Salt Lake Section met at Ogden Weber Technical College. Nine members and students were in attendance to listen to a presentation given by Gregory (Greg) A. Garcia, Level III engineer program coordinator at EVRAZ North America. Garcia gave a PowerPoint presentation discussing the influence of surface roughness on calibration and ultrasonic inspection. The presentation pertained to the railroad and steel manufacturing industries. The presentation was interesting and very informative. The Section greatly appreciates Garcia’s willingness to present at the meeting.
Section Chair Michael S. Lingbloom also thanked Charles (Chuck) A. Garner for his service. Garner has been the Section treasurer since 2005. Though his engineering and NDI knowledge will be missed greatly, the Section wishes him the best in his well-deserved retirement.
Great Salt Lake Section Chair Michael S. Lingbloom thanked Charles (Chuck) A. Garner for his service to the Section as he enters retirement.
The Greater Houston Section kicked off the 2020–2021 program year by holding a hybrid (in person and virtual) meeting on 14 October. Twenty-five members attended and three logged on virtually. The meeting was sponsored by Eddyfi Technologies. Bonnie M. Blanchard-Witter kicked off the “in-person” meeting and introduced and presented incoming Section Chair Zachary (Zac) Wayne Sebren with the Section compass. The compass was created several years ago by the board, and it is passed to the Section chair each year to hold during his/her tenure. The compass is a desktop size, and made of beautiful wood and brass. Sebren welcomed the members and introduced the speaker for the evening. Dwayne Witter, director of Access Rules, gave a technical presentation entitled “Incorporating an Effective Rope Access Program into Your NDT Operations.” Oceanscan donated door prizes.
The Section would like to send a big thank you to Vanessa Gauthier and Zeki Cosku Gokce for helping coordinate the logistics of this virtual meeting and Eddyfi Technologies for sponsoring the meeting and providing the online platform.
The India Section successfully conducted its second technical meeting for the 2020–2021 program year in September on “Application of SNT-TC-1A” via videoconferencing. Around 180 members were in attendance. The speaker was Sebastian Z. Fernandes, ASNT Director at Large and member of the Certification Management Council.
The India Section held its second technical meeting of the 2020–2021 program year on “Application of SNT-TC-1A” in September.
Kuwiat City, Kuwait
The Kuwait Section organized its fourth technical presentation of the program year on 14 October via an online platform. The presentation was on “Basic Mechanism and Understanding on Corrosion,” and was presented by Suryaprakash Samudrala, senior engineer at KOC, Kuwait. The technical presentation provided a wonderful explanation and was very useful for NDE professionals. The Section thanked the presenter for sharing such valuable information.
The Kuwait Section met 14 October via online platform for its fourth technical presentation of the program year.
Lewis & Clark
The Lewis & Clark Section met virtually on 20 October. Section Director Curt Powell shared a presentation on “Misconceptions within Liquid Penetrant Inspection,” by George M. Hopman. The expiration dates of penetrant, disparities between light meters testing for visible light, NADCAP verbiage versus reality, and many other fun facets of liquid penetrant testing were discussed. Some of the greatest insights were the upcoming new additions to penetrant in the NDT world—water-based penetrants. The Section looks forward to seeing if it can make some of these misconceptions a thing of the past by updating any outdated procedures that are in place.
The Miami Valley Section met on 14 October to hear a presentation on “FMC/TFM Inspection Solutions,” by Curtis James Dickinson of Olympus America Inc. Twenty members and guests attended the virtual meeting with a lively discussion taking place after the presentation. The meeting was highly successful in accommodating the Section’s audience.
Sheffield, United Kingdom
The North Atlantic Section held a virtual meeting on 22 October, which was well attended by 14 members and four nonmembers. As well as the normal agenda items, this meeting also featured a presentation given by Safir Lazar of Testia on cost-cutting through the latest inspection technologies. The Section would like to thank Lazar and the team at Testia for their contribution. The Section is hoping to arrange more meetings soon, which will most likely be held virtually.
Northern New England
Newington, New Hampshire
The Northern New England Section held a virtual meeting on 1 October with six members and guests in attendance. Several topics were discussed, including a proposal to accept sponsors for no fee during COVID-19, the development of a yearbook committee, the changes in the President Award points program, obtaining a web-hosting site for improved engagement, and soliciting feedback regarding the Section’s communications and content of meetings.
The Old Dominion Section held its third meeting for the 2020–2021 program year at Anna’s Restaurant in Mechanicsville, Virginia, on 26 October. Prior to the main presentation, the Section discussed making the meetings available through an online platform to help members stay in touch through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The Section voted to purchase a computer and other hardware and an account to host meetings online.
Twenty members and guests (15 in person and five virtually) joined to hear Ronnie Medlock, technical services vice president at High Steel Structures, present a summary of the work in developing PAUT at High Steel Structures, where they make thousands of steel plate girders for highway and railroad bridges each year. Most DOTs still require radiography for CJP butt splices of girder webs and flanges, but High Steel Structures and other fabricators hope to show UT can be just as reliable to avoid some safety concerns associated with the use of RT. Medlock discussed the details for using PAUT and the process for developing scan plans to provide the data that is recorded and interpreted to show the areas of interest in the weld. On two recent small projects for VDOT, High Steel Structures used PAUT for the flange CJP butt splices, and whenever there was a reportable defect identified, they also used digital RT to examine the weld zone. Out of more than 20 instances where a reportable indication was found, PAUT indicated rejection of three welds, just as RT did, based on the use of the Annex in the AWS D1.5 Code. The report also compared the same defects evaluated using a new procedure being studied by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, a research program under the National Institute of Sciences that specifically supports transportation infrastructure research.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Thomas (Ed) E. Darby, Section past chair, presented Medlock and his colleagues Robin Dunlap, QC manager, and Jim Lassiter, NDT Level III, with a traditional Jefferson Cup by way of thanks for taking the time to travel to Richmond to make the presentation.
The Pacific Northwest Section held an online meeting on 13 October with 10 members and guests in attendance. Michael A. Kowatch of QTI Services presented on “Benefits of Renewing MT Oil Carrier.” Kowatch presented an overview of the cost-savings benefits of using a newly developed specialized system for cleaning the oil carrier used in magnetic particle testing so that it can be reused many times. Following the presentation, the attendees discussed what they learned and engaged in networking.
Greenville, South Carolina
The Piedmont Section held a meeting on 13 October. This was the Section’s first independent remote meeting. There were 12 members in attendance. The Section would like to thank Section Vice Chair Tracey Wingard for setting up the meeting. The Section would also like to congratulate Claude (Leo) L. Going, Jr., who is a recipient of the ASNT Fellow award. The Section received the silver-level President’s Award for the previous program year. Jeffrey S. Monks of Equipcon Group presented on “Advancements and Automation in MPI.”
The Rockford Stateline Section hosted a technical meeting with representatives from Singapore. The joint meeting was held on 12 October with 15 guests and members in attendance via an online platform. The guest speaker for the evening was Dana Begun, Ph.D., of Waygate Technologies. Begun gave a 60-minute technical presentation on “CT for Metrology,” providing an overview on the use of computed tomography for metrology, including the artifacts needed for maintaining system integrity and a review of accuracy versus precision data and development of statistical analysis data.
The Rockford Stateline Section listened to a presentation on computed tomography for metrology at the Section’s October meeting.
San Diego, California
On 1 September, the San Diego Section hosted its first technical meeting of the 2020–2021 program year. It was the Section’s first virtual meeting, and it went off without a hitch with 21 members and guests in attendance including ASNT President Michael V. McGloin.
The speaker for the evening was Gabriel Cyr, a junior applications engineer with Eddyfi Technologies, who presented on “Naval Applications of Pulsed Eddy Current (PEC).” The session presented an approach for the in-service assessment of deck plate corrosion in aging ships without removing floor tiles and coatings. Nonintrusive inspection using PEC enables an earlier corrosion assessment, minimizing refit schedule disruption and costs arising from unplanned repairs. The presentation was well received and concluded with a question and answer session. The Section thanked Cyr for his talk.
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
The Saudi Arabian Section held its third technical meeting for the 2020–2021 program year. The meeting was conducted virtually via online platform on 15 September and attended by 61 members and guests. Section Past Chair Fathi E. Al-Qadeeb, Section Chair Abdullah Mohammed Al Khalifah, and Vice Chair Mohammed A. AbuFour inaugurated the meeting with a warm welcome to members and guests.
The meeting was sponsored by Fujifilm Middle East and its channel partner in Saudi Arabia, the Yusuf bin Ahmed Kanoo Group. Regional Sales Manager Mithi Moideen, Kengo Nomura, Ushio Komori, and Sawood Ahmed Khan introduced the company’s profile. Subsequently, Moideen presented an overview of “Basic Principles and Characteristics of Digital Radiography” and demonstrated digital image processing technology and analysis using Fujifilm software. The technical webinar was completed by an interesting question and answer session and an online raffle contest. The virtual meeting was well organized by Al Khalifah and Liju Mathew.
The Saudi Arabian Section listened to a presentation on digital radiography at its virtual meeting in September.
Johannesburg, South Africa
The Southern Africa Section held its first virtual technical meeting on 22 October. Neil Harrap of N99NDT gave a very informative presentation on “Online Learning for NDT.”
The meeting was very well attended with 22 attendees. There was a lot of interest in the topic, so the Section planned a second presentation to accommodate those who could not attend this session. Emails and requests for more information began as soon as the meeting ended. It was a special meeting, attended by the Section’s Regional Director, Region 18, Mark A. Ormrod from the UK and Tim Berry of Gammatec, logging on from Wales, UK. It looks like online learning will be taking off in South Africa soon.
The first in-person event of the 2020–2021 program year was held on 15 October. Matthew P. Gormley of Pinnacle X-ray Solutions traveled from his home base in Atlanta, Georgia, to present on “The Role DR/CT Serves in the Additive Manufacturing Space.” Fourteen attendees partook in these proceedings held at Sensor Networks Inc.’s headquarters located in State College, Pennsylvania. Gormley’s presentation on the changes and modifications revolving around the testing of additive manufactured parts drew great interest from attendees.
The Susquehanna Valley Section listened to a presentation about the use of digital radiography and computed tomography in additive manufacturing given by Matthew P. Gormley at its October meeting.
The Greater Houston Section kicked off the 2020–2021 program year by holding a hybrid (in person and virtual) meeting on 14 October. Twenty-five members attended and three logged on virtually.
The Greater Houston Section held a hybrid meeting on 14 October. From left: David A. Mandina, John T. Iman, Joseph (Joe) L. Mackin, and Section Chair Zachary (Zac) Wayne Sebren.