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


Charlotte, North Carolina

The Charlotte Section held an online meeting on 20 October with 22 members and guests in attendance. Global Advanced Product Support Manager Emilie Peloquin of Olympus Scientific Solutions Americas presented on “Total Focusing Method: How NOT to Use It!”

Emilie Peloquin of Olympus presented on “Total Focusing Method: How NOT to Use It!” at the Charlotte Section’s October meeting.


Detroit, Michigan

The Detroit Section met virtually in October with an estimated 15 people in attendance. Robert Begeny, Jr., of Stegman Inspection Services Inc. gave a brief overview of using a database management system such as Microsoft Access to streamline NDT functions. Examples of use included creating easy call ups for techniques, specifications, and other pertinent inspection documentation; easy sorting and storing of data from various NDT devices; creating certifications automatically; and easing the Level III’s burden by creating databases to store qualification hours, give exams, and approve techniques.

Robert Begeny, Jr., of Stegman Inspection Services Inc. gave an overview of using a database management system for NDT at the Detroit Section’s October meeting.

Great Salt Lake

Salt Lake City, Utah

On 17 November, the Great Salt Lake Section met at Box Elder Innovations LLC located in Corrine, Utah. Five members were in attendance to listen to a presentation given by Lee H. Pearson, Ph.D., the owner of Box Elder Innovations and adjunct professor in the physics department at Utah State University. Pearson presented on “Mechanical Property Measurements Using Ultrasonics,” which focused on the use of ultrasonics to predict the mechanical properties of composites. The Section greatly appreciates Pearson’s willingness to present at its meeting.

Great Salt Lake Section Chair Michael (Mike) S. Lingbloom (left) thanked Lee H. Pearson, Ph.D., for his presentation at the Section’s 17 November meeting.

Greater Houston

Houston, Texas

The Greater Houston Section held its third meeting and second in-person meeting of the 2020–2021 program year on 11 November. Twenty-five members attended. Section Chair Zachary (Zac) Wayne Sebren kicked off the meeting, welcoming the members and introducing the speaker for the evening. Kimberley (Kim) A. Hayes of VMI gave a technical presentation titled “NDE Advancements” and discussed the critical considerations to consider when developing a strategic plan to capitalize on NDE 4.0.

Greater Houston Section Chair Zachary (Zac) Wayne Sebren presented a plaque to Kimberley (Kim) A. Hayes for her presentation at the Section’s November meeting.


Pearl City, Hawaii

The Hawaii Section held its first virtual meeting on 12 November, which was called to order by Section Chair Jack R. Laws. Participants included five Section members and ASNT President Michael V. McGloin. After a quick and efficient business meeting, McGloin presented on “Value of Mentoring” and provided other Society updates. The Section also enjoyed a virtual tour of the International Service Center (most of the Section members have never visited the center or knew what part of Columbus it was in). The new ASNT NDT Professional membership will be a good addition to get more people attending and participating. His tips for getting more participation at the Section level were very helpful.


Kuwait City, Kuwait

The Kuwait Section organized its fifth technical presentation of the 2020–2021 program year on 28 October via an online meeting platform with about 14 professionals in attendance. The title of the presentation was “Comparison of Acceptance Criteria in RT and MT in Cross Country Pipeline in Accordance to API-1104 21st Edition, 2016, and ISO-13847: 2000.” It was presented by QA and QC Manager Dhananjaya Mani Tripathi of Alghanim International General Trading & Contracting Co. WLL, Oil & Gas Division, in Kuwait.

The technical presentation was well received by all Section members and guests. The Section extended its appreciation to the presenter for sharing valuable information on pipeline welding NDT requirements.

Miami Valley

Cincinnati, Ohio

The Miami Valley Section met virtually on 4 November to hear a presentation on “Sioux City Crash-Landing, Root Cause and Recovery,” by Kevin Dale Smith of Pratt & Whitney. The Section had 11 members and guests attend with a lively discussion after the presentation. The online meeting was highly successful in accommodating the Section’s audience.

Northern New England

Newington, New Hampshire

The Northern New England Section held a technical meeting via an online platform on 5 November with six members and guests in attendance. Carl S. Roche, director of the Northern New England Section, presented on “NDT and the NADCAP Process.” Roche’s presentation provided an excellent overview of the relationship between NDT and NADCAP. One point that was made is the opportunity of being involved in NADCAP both professionally and personally. The biggest issue noted is the “aging out of the workforce.” This opens many doors for those who are looking to expand their opportunities in NDT. There is a high demand for NADCAP auditors.

Old Dominion

Richmond, Virginia

The Old Dominion Section held its third meeting of the current program year at Anna’s in Mechanicsville, Virginia, on 23 November. The meeting was again conducted in hybrid mode, both in person and via an online platform. The technical portion of the meeting included a prerecorded presentation by ASNT Director at Large Sebastian Z. Fernandes on “Digital Radiography: The New Horizon.”

Section Chair Keith E. Erk led the normal business meeting. The annual yearbook was a financial success for the Section due to increased advertising revenue. Section Director Deonna F. Woolard, Ph.D., and Tim Flaherty will be presented with gift cards as a token of appreciation for their hard work on the yearbook. Nine members attended the meeting (three in person, six virtually).

Pacific Northwest

Seattle, Washington

The Pacific Northwest Section held a virtual meeting on 10 November with 12 members and guests in attendance. Johannes (Joop) Kraijesteijn of 3angles Inc. presented on “How Small NDE Service Providers Can Use NDE 4.0 as a Competitive Advantage.” A video was shown, followed by a lively discussion among the attendees. After the video discussion, the Section hosted a networking session, in which everyone participated.

Saudi Arabian

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabian Section’s fourth technical meeting of the program year (2020–2021) was conducted virtually via an online platform on 19 October with 80 members and guests 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 and started with a warm welcome to all members and guests. The meeting was very honored by the presence of Regional Director, Region 19, Marwan F. Basrawi.

The meeting was sponsored by Eddyfi Technologies and their channel partner in Saudi Arabia, M. Abdulrahman Al Othman Co. Technical Sales Specialist Liam Hanna delivered the presentation on “Advanced Robotic NDT Solutions in Visual Inspection.” The technical webinar was completed by an interesting question and answer session and an online raffle drawing contest that was open to all attendees. The virtual meeting was well organized by Al Khalifah and Liju Mathew.

The Saudi Arabian Section learned about robotics and visual inspection at its 19 October meeting.


Shanghai, China

The Shanghai Section met on 24 September. There were 11 members in attendance. The meeting was hosted by Ji Jingyuan, who gave a presentation on the Mandarin translation of ASNT Recommended Practice No. SNT-TC-1A: Personnel Qualification and Certification in Nondestructive Testing (2016). Members were excited that the Mandarin version of SNT-TC-1A was finally released.

Section Highlight

The Shanghai Section met on 24 September. Members listened to a presentation on the recently released Mandarin translation of ASNT Recommended Practice No. SNT-TC-1A: Personnel Qualification and Certification in Nondestructive Testing (2016).

The Shanghai Section met on 24 September and learned about the Mandarin translation of SNT-TC-1A.