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News items submitted by local sections for the month of February 2021

Capital of Texas

Austin, Texas

On 3 December, the Capital of Texas Section met virtually in conjunction with the Northern New England Section. Joe Renaud, an engineer with Eddyfi Technologies, presented on pulsed eddy current (PEC) technology, scanners, and software, including a live scan of a plate with artificial defects. The resulting real-time software presentation demonstrated an advantage to a PEC inspector, as the decision to follow up with ultrasonic testing can be made immediately. A total of 18 attendees, including ASNT Past President David R. Bajula, enjoyed the presentation with a lively question and answer period at the end. This was the Section’s first time using an online meeting platform, and its members were happy with the ability to meet during this pandemic. The Section plans to hold more meetings in this manner.


Charlotte, North Carolina

The Charlotte Section was pleased to host its first in-person meeting of the program year on 6 November at the Annual Shrimp Boil, sponsored and hosted by FlawTech. The Section extends a big thank you to John Turner and his staff for all of their efforts in putting this event together. There were 46 attendees, seven of them students. The evening began with a warm welcome and COVID-19 safety briefing from FlawTech Vice President Ricky L. Morgan. As dictated by tradition, Section Past Chair Bradley W. Brandt was presented with a gavel and plaque award as a token of the Section’s appreciation for his service. The Section had the pleasure of enjoying Robert Wallace Smilie’s cooking and blessing of the food, and spent the evening eating and enjoying refreshing beverages all while maintaining social distancing. It was another memorable event for the Charlotte Section.

Charlotte Section Past Chair Bradley Brandt (left) was presented a gavel and plaque award by Section Chair Kirsten Groenewald at the Section’s Annual Shrimp Boil.


Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Section met virtually on 14 December. The guest speaker for the evening was Larry Bartoszek of Bartoszek Engineering. Bartoszek previously worked at Fermi Laboratory for quite a number of years. His presentation was titled “The Connection between the Periodic Table and Astronomy” and described the intimate relationship between astronomy and the periodic table by looking at how everything learned about the distant universe comes from dissecting starlight from excited atoms changing their energy states. He started with a brief history of the universe to explain where atoms come from and describe the forces that hold them together. Bartoszek then discussed how the electron shell structure of the atom allows them to give off light and organizes them into the periodic table. He examined how the light from distant atoms in stars and galaxies changes as the galaxies move away from Earth. He then showed how spectroscopy on starlight leads to the expansion of the universe and the acceleration of this expansion, now thought to be caused by dark energy. All of this comes from an understanding of the unique “fingerprints” of atoms in the light they give off. Bartoszek also shared the work that he did on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey telescope.


Denver, Colorado

The Colorado Section conducted a virtual lunchtime meeting on 19 November with 25 attendees. Most of the attendees were from other sections. This demonstrated a new possibility and opportunity for folks to attend and listen to talks from other ASNT sections.

The guest speaker was Anish Poudel, Ph.D., of Transportation Technology Center Inc., located in Pueblo, Colorado. Poudel presented on “NDE Requirements for Flaw Detection and Characterization.” He presented a brief history and milestones in NDE development along with some of the most notable and expensive catastrophes in US history. Also covered were considerations for the selection of NDE methods and key factors of method selection, NDE requirements for structural integrity, factors affecting NDE measurements, and key components of NDE reliability. He concluded his presentation by presenting the future of prognostic/predictive health monitoring, NDE expert system, and NDE 4.0. He emphasized that all these new modalities should not lack a fundamental technical understanding of NDE during their research and development.

Connecticut Yankee

Groton, Connecticut

The Connecticut Yankee Section held a virtual board meeting 9 December. Hosted by Section Chair Kari E. Thibodeau, four were in attendance with two of the board members absent due to conflicts in work schedules. A discussion was held regarding the meetings held to date along with a financial and membership summary. A proposal was made by Thibodeau to start an outreach committee to better utilize the tools the Section has available to expand the knowledge of the Section members, as well as strengthen the Section website currently hosted through Regarding a student scholarship, there was a proposal that Section Director Mike C. Tsao chair a scholarship committee to inspire interest in NDT methods and work with college faculty members to create a project that students can take part in. Thibodeau proposed researching the Speakers Directory available through the ASNT website for future speakers. The Section secretary/treasurer and chair will research this for the next meeting.

Greater Houston

Houston, Texas

The Greater Houston Section held a holiday dinner for its members and friends on 11 December at the Republic Grill inside the Battleground Golf Club in Pasadena, Texas. Forty-five people attend the dinner, and more than 50 toys were collected for the US Marine’s Toys for Tots Houston program.

The Battleground Golf Club operates by CDC guidelines and provided the Section with large round tables, spaced apart, along with a beautiful open-air balcony area for guests. The evening kicked off with a social networking hour.

Section Chair Zachary Wayne Sebren delivered a warm welcome to members and guests. Sebren recognized and honored this year’s scholarship winners, Suzanne (Suzi) Dawdy, student at Lone Star College, and Shanna Warner, student at San Jacinto College. Also recognized was Daniel Smith, Level I “Tech of the Year” award recipient.

The evening concluded with a raffle drawing. The prizes were donated by NDT Seals, Access Rules, Turbo NDT, and Oceanscan. Table centerpieces and gift prize baskets were created and donated by Wendy Post of Oceanscan. The generosity of these companies and members is greatly appreciated. Without the continued support of the Section’s many sponsors and dedicated members, the Section could not only continue to function, but also thrive, during the devasting COVID-19 pandemic.

Greater Houston Section Chair Zachary Wayne Sebren (right) and Hannah F. Wissner welcomed attendees at the Section’s December meeting.


Kuwait City, Kuwait

The Kuwait Section organized its sixth technical presentation of the 2020–2021 program year on 17 November via an online platform. The title of the presentation was “Understanding Welding of Steels from Iron-Carbon (Fe-C) Equilibrium Diagram.” It was presented by Suryaprakash Samudrala, a senior engineer at Kuwait Oil Co.

Section Vice Chair Abdul Wahab Al-Ahmad delivered a speech on the latest updates on post-weld heat treatment and weldability in refinery construction. About 19 professionals attended the technical presentation.

The Kuwait Section listened to a presentation on the basics of welding iron-carbon steels at its November meeting.

Miami Valley

Cincinnati, Ohio

The Miami Valley Section held a virtual meeting on 9 December with 13 members and guests in attendance. The speaker for the meeting was Level III Stuart A. Kleven of Alloyweld Inspection Co. Inc., a commercial testing laboratory in Bensenville, Illinois. The subject was “Recovery and Conservation of LaSalle’s Ship, La Belle.” La Belle was a French vessel that sank off the coast of Texas in Matagorda Bay in 1687. The French explorer LaSalle was the leader of an expedition that was supposed to colonize the mouth of the Mississippi and provide maps and charts of the area, as well as establish a fort. The Texas Historical Commission, along with the Nautical Conservation Research Laboratory at Texas A&M University, launched the recovery and restoration project in 1996–1997. The artifacts have been undergoing preservation techniques and extensive study. Kleven highlighted the use of NDT testing techniques such as computed radiography and computed tomography, which were used to identify and save some of these artifacts as well as a human skeleton found at the wreck site. The hull of the ship and its artifacts are now on display at the Bullock Museum in Austin, Texas.

The Miami Valley Section learned about how NDT techniques were used to identify artifacts from a historic shipwreck at its December meeting.


Minneapolis, Minnesota

On 22 October, 15 Minnesota Section members met for a virtual event featuring James Dowd of REL Inc., who presented on “Industry 4.0 in NDT.” Dowd delivered an excellent presentation on automated chemical processing and fluorescent penetrant equipment, and the use of data collection software to improve system monitoring and control. Following the presentation, Dowd fielded a question and answer session. A Section board meeting followed the presentation. The Section would like to thank Dowd and REL Inc. for an interesting and informative presentation.

North Alabama

Huntsville, Alabama

The North Alabama Section held a virtual meeting on 20 December. It was hosted by Section Vice Chair Richard E. Mitchell II. Curtis James Dickinson of Olympus America Inc. presented on phased array flaw detectors and other NDT products. It was announced that the Section won a bronze-level President’s Award for Section management and operations excellence for the 2019–2020 program year.

The North Alabama Section held a virtual meeting and learned about NDT products at its 20 December meeting.

North Atlantic

Sheffield, United Kingdom

The North Atlantic Section held a virtual meeting on 11 December. The Section would like to thank Giuseppe Nardoni for his presentation on “Magnetic Moments Detected by Acoustic Emission during Spin Change.” It was very informative and highlighted how NDT is so closely linked to science and physics.

Northern New England

Newington, New Hampshire

The North New England Section hosted its most engaging technical session since moving to the virtual world on 3 December. Members from the Capital of Texas (Austin), the Piedmont (South Carolina), and the Great Salt Lake (Utah) sections attended the meeting, as well as additional guests from supporting or sponsoring local affiliations and potential future members.

Joe Renaud of Eddyfi Technologies was the guest presenter for the technical session. Renaud’s presentation identified how pulsed eddy current (PEC) works, along with its applications and associated tools. His live demonstration was a fantastic mix of live video overlaid with the data display of the scan run on a test coupon. The presentation provided an excellent overview of PEC technology. The live demonstration of the system was clear and demonstrated a valuable function using remote viewing.

Pacific Northwest

Seattle, Washington

The Pacific Northwest Section held a virtual meeting on 8 December with 14 members and guests in attendance. David S. Forsyth of Texas Research International in Austin, Texas, was the speaker and presented a video on “Putting the Meta into Metadata.” The video was followed by a lively discussion among the attendees. After the discussion, a 30-minute networking time was provided.

Rockford Stateline

Rockford, Illinois

The Rockford Stateline Section met virtually on 8 December. Section Chair Joel A. Mohnacky of Collins Aerospace introduced the guest speaker Stuart A. Kleven of Alloyweld Inspection Co. Inc. Kleven is an ASNT NDT Level III in four methods and an AWS CWI. His talk for the evening was titled “Understanding Defects.” The discussion started out with definitions of the various terms used, such as indication, discontinuity, relevant, nonrelevant, true and false indication, linear, rounded, defect, and aspect ratio. He used the ASTM definitions from E1316 to describe each term. Three specific areas were addressed with regard to causes of discontinuities: inherent, processing related, and service related. He then discussed the importance of understanding the various steel making and manufacturing processes that can cause indications and what to expect or anticipate from each process. Numerous examples of each type of defect were presented to demonstrate what type of response NDT obtains from the various manufacturing methods and steel-making processes as well as service failures. There were 12 in attendance including four from Singapore.

Saudi Arabian

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabian Section held its fifth technical meeting of the 2020–2021 program year on 24 November. The meeting was conducted virtually via an online platform and attended by 150 members and guests. 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. The meeting was very esteemed by the presence of Regional Director, Region 19, Marwan F. Basrawi, and ASNT Director of Membership and Engagement Heather Cowles, CAE.

The meeting was sponsored by Safe Inspection Technologies. Technical Support Specialist Nick D’Ademo of DÜRR NDT GmbH & Co. KG in Germany delivered a presentation titled “Computer Radiography and Weld Inspection with ISO 17636-2.” Cowles also delivered a presentation about ASNT membership opportunities. At the end of meeting, a Q&A session was held.

The Saudi Arabian Section learned about computed radiography and ASNT membership at its November meeting.


Shanghai, China

The Shanghai Section held a technical dinner meeting on 18 October at Suzhou with 14 members in attendance. Xu Yong Chang gave a welcome speech, and Ji Jingyuan provided advice on section management.

The Shanghai Section held a technical dinner meeting on 18 October.

Villahermosa, Mexico

Villahermosa, Mexico

With the cooperation of all attendees and taking protective measures, the Villahermosa Section held its first face-to-face event since the COVID-19 pandemic began. On 28 November, the Section met at Servicios Marinos y Terrestres S.A. de C.V. (SEMAT) headquarters in Villahermosa, Tabasco, México. The main topics of the presentation were: illegal oil pipeline taps and the process to permanently disable (Enrique Hernandez Bartolo of PEMEX); application of NDT to specific cases in the cryogenic industry (ASNT NDT Level III Juan Nunez Ledesma of SEMAT); solutions for integrity and maintenance in hydrocarbon transport pipelines (Jorge García Gaxiola of T.D. Williamson); industrial radiography, comparative cases, and evolution toward the digital era (Rabindranath Maldonado Morales of SEMAT); development of innovative projects (Jose Gallegos of Opcion Sureste); and management of NDT projects related to the administration of pipeline integrity (SEMAT CEO and ASNT NDT Level III Victor Manuel Nunez Ledesma).

Section Highlight

The Villahermosa Section held its first face-to-face meeting at SEMAT headquarters, located in Tabasco, México, where they learned about a wide variety of NDT topics in November.

Attendees of the Villahermosa Section’s November meeting.