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News items submitted by local sections for the month of November 2020


Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Section conducted a hybrid meeting on 14 September with eight guests and members in attendance at the Crazy Pour Restaurant in Villa Park, Illinois, and 10 people joining virtually.

The guest speaker for the evening was Imad L. Al-Qadi, Ph.D., of the University of Illinois. Al-Qadi presented on “Pavement Assessment Using GPR: Achievements and Challenges.” He described the use of ground penetrating radar utilizing microwaves for examination of pavement as well as many other uses, such as the detection of tunnels, sewers, and cables and in archaeological investigations. Much of the work depends on the dielectric constant of the material compared to air. The work performed by the University of Illinois developed the use of mobile systems to scan highways at faster speeds. Typical testing is performed at 10 mph (16.09 km/h), which is too slow for examining long stretches of road. The work performed by Al-Qadi and his team provided for scanning roads at highway speeds of 60 mph (96.56 km/h).

They also developed software and methods for asphalt examination as compared to concrete, since asphalt uses different types of materials than concrete. The use of this technology has saved millions of dollars on numerous road projects, including the Dan Ryan Bridge project in Chicago, Illinois.

Connecticut Valley

Groton, Connecticut

Six members and guests attended the Connecticut Yankee Section’s virtual meeting on 23 September. Robert (Bob) A. Feole of the Narragansett Bay Section was also in attendance. Section Chair Kari E. Thibodeau presented the minutes of the last meeting held at the Elks in Groton, Connecticut, before the pandemic, as well as an overview of all the meetings completed during the 2019–2020 program year. The 2020–2021 officers were presented as well as the IRS filing for the past year and reports on finance and membership. It was announced that the Section was awarded the silver-level President’s Award for the 2019–2020 program year.


Detroit, Michigan

The Detroit Section met virtually on 13 August. The meeting was well attended. Brandon Reitz, senior applications engineer at Olympus, spoke on advancements in phased array inspection, including the theory behind the full matrix capture and total focusing method techniques, and how they compare to conventional phased array.

Brandon Reitz of Olympus presented at the Detroit Section’s virtual meeting in August.


Chennai, India

The India Section successfully conducted its first technical meeting in August for the program year 2020–2021 on “NDT in the Ski Industry” via videoconferencing. Total attendance was around 120. The speaker was Gregory W. Floor of Wasatch NDT LLC, located in Salt Lake City, Utah. The session was very interactive, and the members enjoyed it.

Gregory W. Floor of Wasatch NDT LLC presented on “NDT in the Ski Industry” during the India Section’s August meeting.


Kuwait City, Kuwait

The Kuwait Section organized its third technical presentation of the 2020–2021 program year on 22 September via an online meeting platform. The title of the presentation was “Phased Array UT – An Introduction” by Dhananjaya Mani Tripathi, QA/QC manager, ASNT NDT Level III, and company NDT Level III. The presentation provided an informative overview with practical figures. The Section appreciated the presenter for sharing valuable information.

The Kuwait Section listened to a presentation about phased array ultrasonic testing at its September meeting.


Minneapolis, Minnesota

On 17 September, six Minnesota Section members met for a special event featuring Ryan Skeens of Berg Engineering, who presented on portable hardness testing. Skeens’s presentation outlined a variety of portable hardness testing methods, complete with equipment demonstrations followed by a question and answer session. Skeens and several members discussed specific hardness applications from several industries. The meeting was followed by a Section board meeting. The Section would like to send a special thank you to Skeens for his interesting and informative presentation.

Northern New England

Newington, New Hampshire

The Northern New England Section held a virtual meeting on 3 September with 11 members and guests in attendance. Section Chair Dana W. Wilson presented on “Auto-Degaussing Equipment for MPI.” The Section was glad to have its members attend this technical session, along with guests Kim Jackson of the Piedmont Section in Greenville, South Carolina, and Beth Galano, principal at Gaussbusters, a magnetic products and services company in New Jersey.

Old Dominion

Richmond, Virginia

The Old Dominion Section held its second meeting for the 2020–2021 program year at Anna’s in Mechanicsville, Virginia, on 28 September. This meeting was the Section’s first hybrid meeting (both in-person and online) and had 14 members and guests in attendance. John T. Iman, incoming president of ASNT, joined the meeting via the online platform to give updates concerning the Society. Section Chair Keith E. Erk reviewed plans for the upcoming year and proposed purchasing computer hardware and software for future hybrid meetings. Erk will be sending a Jefferson Cup to Iman as a token of appreciation for joining the Section meeting. The Section hopes the new hybrid option will prove to be helpful for its members who need to travel frequently or have a long distance to drive.

Pacific Northwest

Seattle, Washington

The Pacific Northwest Section held a virtual meeting on 8 September with 23 members and guests in attendance. Section Director Flynn Spears of Laser Technology Inc. presented on shearography NDT, which included an overview of the technique and all of the applications it is used for.

San Diego

San Diego, California

The San Diego Section held a virtual meeting on 1 September. It was arranged by Eddyfi Technologies, who also provided the speaker, Gabriel Cyr. The topic was “Pulsed Eddy Current (PEC) Applications for Ship Inspection.”

Cyr outlined the characteristics and performance capabilities of the technique. PEC plays a role in the extension of service life of ships, which is an important area since many navies are extending the service life of older ships in view of the high cost of new ships. PEC inspects for corrosion by sensing the thickness of the hull, deck plates, and piping. Although PEC works only on ferromagnetic materials, one important advantage is that it can inspect through coatings, provided they are nonconducting. Sensitivity decreases with increasing coating thickness. Typical scan speeds are around 5 in./s. PEC is different from eddy current and requires its own dedicated training. It uses a magnetic pulse to magnetize the steel plate. Abruptly cutting the magnetic pulse induces an eddy current field, which in turn induces a magnetic field. The decay of the magnetic field is recorded and provides the thickness information.

PEC cannot resolve individual defects smaller than the beam size; they are averaged into the thickness measurement. For defects larger than the beam size, measurement accuracy is 10%. The meeting was well attended with 22 people logging in. A vigorous question and answer session concluded the presentation.

Saudi Arabian

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabian Section held its second technical meeting of the program year 2020–2021 in August. The meeting was conducted virtually on 18 August and 96 members were in attendance. Section Past Chair Fathi E. Al-Qadeeb, Section Chair Abdullah Mohammed Al Khalifah, and Section Vice Chair Mohammed A. AbuFour inaugurated the meeting with a warm welcome to all members and guests in attendance.

The meeting was sponsored by Proceq SA Switzerland. Proceq’s Middle East Area General Manager Ahmad Abdul Qadeer introduced the company’s profile. Subsequently, Proceq Product Manager Chris Udell provided an overview of the company’s latest wireless flaw detector. Ionix Advanced Technologies Product Manager William Vickers, Ph.D., followed with an overview and demonstration of ultrasonic technology for making thickness measurements at high temperatures (up to 550°C). The presenters also demonstrated how inspectors can collect more accurate and reliable high-temperature measurements in less time and with reduced health and safety risks compared to standard ultrasonic systems. The meeting also covered inspections with a commercial dual element probe as well as how traditional measurements can be evaluated remotely, thus reducing the requirement to mobilize Level III experts to the site. The technical webinar was concluded with a question and answer session and an online raffle drawing, which was open to all attendees. The virtual meeting was well organized by Khalifah and Liju Mathew.

The Saudi Arabian Section held its second technical meeting of the program year virtually on 18 August.

Southern Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

The Southern Africa Section held its September committee meeting virtually on 17 September. The meeting was held to be certain that the online connections were good for all present. The meeting was very successful and accessible to everyone. How to handle Section meetings via a digital platform was discussed, as was access to international speakers via ASNT and how to present the Section’s next wall planner digitally if possible. The committee decided that the silver awards that are in transit will be awarded formally at the next Section golf day, which hopefully will take place as usual in March 2021. The first technical evening will be presented via online platform.

Susquehanna Valley

York, Pennsylvania

On 23 September, the Susquehanna Valley Section held its second virtual “Lunch and Learn” session of the 2020–2021 program year. Section Chair Nicholas Shrawder presented on task group work from the American Welding Society as it relates to ultrasonic testing of thermo-mechanically controlled processed steels and also some NDE technology initiatives being piloted on the I-95 rehabilitation project taking place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Section Highlight

The Chicago Section conducted a hybrid meeting on 14 September with eight guests and members attending in person and 10 people joining virtually. Imad L. Al-Qadi, Ph.D., of the University of Illinois presented on pavement assessment using ground penetrating radar.

Imad L. Al-Qadi, Ph.D., of the University of Illinois (left) with Chicago Section Chair Charles (Chuck) P. Johnson.