ASNT Annual Conference 2017

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ASNT Annual Conference 2017

Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center
Nashville, TN
30 October - 2 November 2017

Dubbed “Music City” with more than 120 live music venues, Nashville is ready to welcome ASNT and the largest, dedicated gathering of NDT industry professionals, equipment and technology suppliers, engineers and researchers working in the field of nondestructive testing and evaluation of materials!

Did you know that Nashville is:

  • One of the Best Places to Go in 2017, Frommer’s Travel Guides
  • A “Top 50” places to travel in 2017”, Travel and Leisure Magazine
  • Home to Gaylord Opryland, a “Top 100” hotel according to CVent
  • Within 600 of 50% of the US population

Nashville is authentic, accessible, accommodating and affordable. Some of Nashville’s major industries include automobile production, transportation, utilities, and technology manufacturing—all user industries of NDT.

95% of the 2016 attendees found value in the Conference and would likely recommend this Conference to a colleague!


  • “It is the best attended NDT conference in the USA each year.”
  • “The potential for learning about new ideas and sharing knowledge from experts is invaluable.”
  • “A very professional conference.”
  • “Excellent opportunity to connect with peers.”
  • “A wide range of disciplines represented--radiographers, engineers, manufacturers and researchers.”

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Robin Crow

Keynote Speaker

Evolve or Die

Robin Crow | CEO, Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker

8:00 AM | Tuesday, 31 Oct 2017

Businesses that adapt the fastest to change are the ones most likely to prosper. In this presentation Robin Crow will share with you the three Mission-Critical-Functions that will dramatically increase your ability to revitalize your business.

Business growth cannot be sustained if it remains in its present form. Achieving higher levels of efficiency, excellence, and profitability has never been more challenging. In this high energy keynote Robin lays out a practical series of proven tools and real-world techniques to help you successfully navigate your business to long-term sustainability and greater profitability. Robin clearly demonstrates how today’s businesses and organizations must position themselves to be constant innovators; able to adapt to and embrace change, successfully navigating the constantly evolving business landscape.

About the Speaker

Robin Crow’s journey from struggling musician, to RCA recording artist, to best-selling author and accomplished entrepreneur is an American success story. As a business leader, he is the CEO of Dark Horse recording, a scenic four-studio complex he built from the ground up. Now in its 23rd year, Dark Horse Recording has attracted some of the most celebrated artists in the world, such as Taylor Swift, Neil Diamond, Tim McGraw, Jewel, Matchbox Twenty, Hunter Hayes and countless others.

In 2010, Crow founded Dark Horse Institute (DHI), an accredited, for-profit academy to teach Audio Engineering, Film Production and Music Business to young entrepreneurs. The programs have experienced explosive growth while offering dramatic solutions to the challenges faced by traditional schools.

As an author and speaker Robin has directly impacted ives with his best-selling books, CDs, audio programs, and public speaking engagements. He has given over 2,200 presentations to a wide range of corporate and business audiences. His best-selling books include Evolve or Die, Rock Solid Leadership, and Jump and the Net Will Appear.

Richard Bossi

Mehl Honor Award Lecture

Nondestructive Testing of Composites

Richard Bossi | 2017 Awardee

8:00 AM | Wednesday, 01 Nov 2017

Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) composite materials have become a material of choice for many aerospace and other product applications because of their particular properties. For aerospace it is strength to weight ratio, durability and damage tolerance achievable by tailored designs that makes CFRP desirable. When CFRP is applied as a primary structural element in aircraft design, the responsible structural design team will require 100% nondestructive testing (NDT) to verify the consistency and quality of the finished component. The NDT method selected for the inspection will be based on the CFRP characteristics, manufacturing method, structural configuration and the application. Ultrasound has been the most widely applied NDT method at the time of CFRP manufacture because of its sensitivity to the most common manufacturing flaws. Other inspection methods may be enlisted depending on particular design or feature sensitivity requirements. During CFRP service when damage is suspected, a wide variety of NDT methods may be applicable that are suitable to the particular configuration such as ultrasound, bond testers, thermography, shearography and radiography.

About the Speaker

Richard H. Bossi is an internationally recognized expert in nondestructive evaluation (NDE). He retired from Boeing Research & Technology as the Senior Technical Fellow for Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) and Materials Characterization in 2014. Dr. Bossi received his Bachelor’s degree from Seattle University in 1971 and his PhD from Oregon State University in 1977. He has over 40 years of experience in the NDE field working on research in support of the nuclear, petrochemical and aerospace industries. Following graduate school he spent one year at Centre d’Etudes Nucleaires in Grenoble France, five years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and four years at Sigma Research before joining The Boeing Company physics staff in 1987. Dr. Bossi has been the author/co-author of numerous publications/presentations, book chapters and patents in the NDE field. He is a Technical Fellow of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), Technical Editor for the ASNT journal, Materials Evaluation, and Chairman of the ASNT Handbook Committee.

John Stewart

Plenary Lecture

John Stewart | American Aerospace Technical Academy

8:00 AM | Thursday, 02 Nov 2017

In 2015, the AATA researched and profiled more than 120 NDT equipment manufacturers to provide a comprehensive view of the NDT equipment market. The analysis is inclusive of all key industries where NDT services are being applied, along with an examination of market trends, five-year forecasts and vendor market share. The “World Market for NDT Equipment Report” key findings will be discussed addressing which sectors will experience the most growth, the various methods that will be relevant due to projections and how to facilitate the transition within the workforce as other methods become obsolete.

Using the market study as a backdrop, Stewart will describe various initiatives underway to equip the next generation of technicians with the skills needed to stay competitive and meet industry demands as technologies advance. AATA was awarded $1,500,000 in grants since 2016 to start a Non-Destructive Testing Apprenticeship Program and manufacturing career pathways for youth in Southern California. Stewart will discuss student statistics, employment background, career trajectories of more than 50 AATA graduates working in the industry; as well as the NDT Apprenticeship Program, corporate and government partnerships, and the strides to revolutionize NDT instruction for Aerospace and Defense companies.

About the Speaker

John is an ASNT Level III RT, UT, and PT, NAS 410 Level III RT, UT, PT, VT and MT NDT engineer. The AATA was founded when John decided to dedicate himself full-time to helping economically disadvantaged and veterans struggling with poor job prospects secure fulfilling careers in his field. Stewart, who over the course of his sixteen-year career in NDT has trained technicians for companies such as SpaceX, Goodrich Aerospace, and Northrop Grumman, believed that by addressing inadequate STEM opportunities, one could empower youth and returning military veterans to fill the shortage of NDT professionals in many of California’s booming industries. John is a United States Navy Veteran and served as a Navy "Seabee" attached to Amphibious Construction Battalion 2.

Build Your Brand: Exhibit with ASNT!

Exhibiting at an ASNT conference or topical event is a productive way to showcase products and services. With constant face-to-face interactions with your target audience, exhibiting at our conference ensures that your marketing budget and time is being well spent!

Exhibitor resources and registration options are at right, details about this conference are below.

More than 200 companies participating in the largest North American trade show for nondestructive testing. Still a limited number of spaces available. Contact Ruth Staat at, or 800-222-2768, ext. 227 or 614-384-2427.

Exhibiting Hours

Monday, October 30th - 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Tuesday, October 31st - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday, Nov 1st - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

List of Exhibitors for ASNT Annual Conference 2017

as of 24 July 2017


Access Plug Flange Inc

Acoustic Technology Group

ACS-Solutions GmbH

Acuren Inspection Inc

Adaptive Energy

Advanced Inspection Technologies

Advanced OEM Solutions

Advanced Test Equipment Rentals


Amerapex Corporation

American Aerospace Technical Academy

American Society for NDT

American Welding Society

Amotus Solutions Inc

AMS Store and Shred LLC

Applied Technical Services

Arrow-Tech Inc

Baugh & Weedon Ltd

Best NDT

Blatek Inc


Carestream NDT


CGM Cigiemme SpA

Chemetall US Inc

Circle Systems, Inc.

Comet Technologies USA Inc

Commodity Resource & Environmental Inc

CoreStar International Corporation

Creaform Inc

Dakota Ultrasonics

Dan Dong Hua Ri Science Electric Co Ltd


Dantec Dynamics


Direct Conversion



Echo Ultrasonics

Eclipse Scientific




ETher NDE Ltd




Foerster Instruments Inc

Fujifilm North America - NDT Materials and Equipment

GE Oil & Gas

Genesis Systems Group

Golden Engineering Inc

Guangzhou Doppler Electronic Technologies Co Ltd

Guided Ultrasonics Ltd

Guided Wave Analysis LLC


Hamamatsu Corporation


Hua Ri Science Electric Co

I & T Nardoni Institute Srl


Imperium Inc


Infra Tec Infrared LLC

Innerspec Technologies Inc

Inspection Plug Strategies LLC

Inspectron Inc

Instrument Technology Inc

Inuktun Services Ltd

Ionix Advanced Technologies

IT-based Real Time NDT Center, Chosun University, Korea

Jentek Sensors Inc

Jesse Garant Metrology Center

JIREH Industries


Kinetic Solutions LLC

Labino AB

Laser Technology

Lavender International NDT Consultants

Lickenbrock Technologies INC

Logos Imaging LLC

Lumiworks Photonics Ltd


Machida Inc


Marietta Nondestructive Testing LLC

Massachusetts Materials Technologies

Matec Instrument Companies Inc

MFE Enterprises Inc

Mirion Technologies



MPM Products Inc

NDT Classroom Inc

NDT Seals Inc

NDT Solutions

NDT Systems Inc


NdtXducer LLC

Newco Inc

Nikon Metrology

North Star Imaging Inc


Nucleom Inc

Oceanscan USA

OKOS Solutions LLC



Peak NDT

Peltec Services Inc

PH Tool Reference Standards

Phased Array Company

Phoenix Inspection Systems

Phoenix Nuclear Labs


Pinnacle X-Ray Solutions Inc.

Plant Integrity Ltd


Premium Inspection & Testing

QSA Global Inc

Quality Equipment Distributors Inc

Quality Testing Services Inc


RF System Lab

Rohmann LP

ScanMaster IRT Inc

SE International Inc

Sensor Networks

Sherwin Incorporated


Sonaspection International Inc

Sonatest Inc

Sonaxis SA


Source Production & Equipment Co Inc

Southwest Research Institute

Spectronics Corporation

Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corporation

Starmans Electronics Ltd

TEAM Industrial Services

Technology Design

Teledyne ICM

Test Equipment Distributors LLC

Thermal Wave Imaging Inc

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Ultracon Service LLC

Ultrasonic Sciences Ltd

Unitek Engineering

University of Ultrasonics


USA Borescopes

Varex Imaging

Veriphase, Inc.


Virtual Media Integration

VisiConsult X-Ray Systems & Solutions GmbH

Vision Financial Group Inc

VJ Technologies Inc

Volume Graphics Inc

Warren Associates


Willick Engineering Company Inc

XARION Laser Acoustics GmbH

X-Scan Imaging Corporation


Zetec Inc

Zhengzhou Runde Dellonscope Co Ltd

Hotel Information

Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center (Headquarters Hotel)
2800 Opryland Dr.
Nashville, TN 37214
Phone: (615) 889-1000

ASNT Group Rate: $189/night (plus tax)
Make your reservation here

All reservations must be made by October 4 to receive the group rate. A credit card or a deposit equal to one night plus tax is required to guarantee the reservation.

Government Rate: $161/night (plus tax)
Make your reservation here

Or call 866-972-6779.  Reference ASNT 2017 Annual Conference.

Map of the Gaylord Opryland Resort.

Additional hotels

The Inn at Opryland
2401 Music Valley Dr.
Nashville, TN 37214
Phone: (615) 889-0800

ASNT Group Rate: $161/night (plus tax)

All reservations must be made by October 4 to receive the group rate. All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card.

Make your reservations here or call 1-855-584-3466 and mention American Society for Nondestructive Testing 2017 Fall Conference Room Block.

Hyatt Place
220 Rudy Circle
Nashville, TN 37214
Phone: (615) 872-0422

ASNT Group Rate: $161/night (plus tax)

All reservations must be made by October 4 to receive the group rate. All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card.

Make your reservations here or call 615-872-0422, dial extension 3 for reservations. Ask to make a reservation in the “American Society for Nondestructive Testing” block or reference your group code of “G-ASNT”

Holiday Inn Express
2461 McGavock Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
Phone: (615) 829-7777

ASNT Group Rate: $159/night (plus tax)

All reservations must be made by October 4 to receive the group rate. All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card.

Make your reservations by calling (615) 829-7777. Refer to Group Code ASN.

Travel Information

Nashville International Airport (BNA)
Named the Fasted growing US Airport in 2016, with 440 average daily arriving and departing flights and more than 12.9 million passengers annually.

Airport Shuttle
Gaylord Opryland offers daily roundtrip shuttle service from the Nashville International Airport to the hotel. Look for the Gaylord Opryland Welcome Desk on the lower level of the airport between the two escalators. An agent can assist with your travel needs and ticket purchase, or use our kiosk by the welcome desk.

If an agent is not available, you can find the resort shuttle immediately to the left as you exit the front door of the lower level of the airport.

Daily Shuttle Schedule

  • 5 a.m. – 11 p.m. (departs every 30 minutes)
  • Daily express shuttle service: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (departs every 20 minutes). Based on demand.


  • $30 per person, roundtrip fare
  • $19 per person, one-way fare
  • Guests 65 and older and children under 12 receive a discounted rate of $28 for roundtrip fares and $18 for one-way fares per person. Children under 4 are complimentary.

Purchase Tickets

ASNT Annual Conference Attendees can enjoy a 20% discount by making reservation at this link:

Monday, October 30

ASNT Annual Business Meeting & Town Hall Meeting
2:00-4:30 pm
Hear from ASNT leadership on financial status, learn about significant changes to the bylaws of the society and share your thoughts and comments during the Town Hall part of the meeting.

Welcome Reception with Exhibitors
5:00-8:00 pm
The official opening of the ASNT Annual Conference. It’s a busy week so don’t miss this opportunity to visit the more than 200 companies who participate in the tradeshow. It is a good time to see all your ASNT friends that you haven’t seen since last year.

Tuesday, October 25

A Day of S.T.E.M.
9:00 am-2:00 pm
A full day of NDT education for high school students. This year we are planning on having 200 local students attend and learn about NDT.

Lunch with Exhibitors
11:00-1:00 pm
More dedicated time to visit the exhibits. And come back from 3:00-4:00 for the extended Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall.

Exhibitors’ Innovation Forum
11:00-1:00 pm
Selected exhibitors will give 20 minute presentations on their latest developments. The Forum will be located in the Exhibit Hall.

Wednesday, October 26

Lunch with Exhibitors
11:00-2:00 pm
Your last chance to visit the exhibits. And we have added an extra hour! If you don’t get a chance to see them now, you’ll have to wait until next year.

Exhibitors Innovation Forum
11:00-1:00 pm
More presentations by selected exhibitors.

Awards Banquet
6:30-9:00 pm
The banquet is an event not to be missed. This is the night ASNT Awards are presented, honoring colleagues, relaxing with friends, and inspiring the next generation of scientists.

Companion Program

The Companion Suite will be open daily from 9:00-11:00 am in the Cheekwood F room at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

  • Monday—Get-acquainted breakfast and learn more about Nashville and the surrounding area from a representative from Visit Nashville.
  • Tuesday—Enjoy a continental breakfast and plan your day. Be sure to sign up for the Grand Ole Opry Backstage Tour in advance. See details below. Space is limited to 50 people. Optional fee required.
  • Wednesday—Meet for breakfast and hear a local speaker.
  • Thursday—Come to the final breakfast and say goodbye until next year.

A Companion registration also includes the Welcome Reception. Tickets for the Awards Banquet are not included in the Companion registration fee.

Tuesday Tour

Backstage at the Grand Ole Opry

There's nothing like a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry House - it's a must-see for everyone in Music City! Walk in the footsteps of country music's superstars and get an exclusive look at what happens behind the scenes of the show that made country music famous!

Your knowledgeable guide will share stories about the Opry and country music greats, past and present (from Minnie Pearl to Carrie Underwood, you might say), show you photos from the Opry's biggest moments in history and take you to the artist entrance - where legends, new artists, and superstars alike enter the Opry House on the night of an Opry show.

You may even have the chance to step on stage and into the famed wooden circle as decades of artists have done.  Tours may also make a stop in Studio A, a live television studio and former home of HEE HAW.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Tour

Friday, November 3, 2017
7:30 am-7:30 pm

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory.  ORNL’s diverse capabilities span a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines. More than 4700 individuals, including scientists and engineers in more than 100 disciplines work at ORNL.

ORNL is home to nine world-class facilities that are available to researchers from universities, industry, and other institutions.  Individuals participating in the November 3, 2017, tours will have an opportunity to tour and meet scientists from three of these facilities. 

  • The Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) is the nation’s only large-scale open-access facility for new manufacturing technologies.
  • Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) is home to the nation’s fastest, most powerful open-science supercomputer Titan.
  • Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) which produces beams of neutrons for exploring the nature of materials by neutron scattering.

Prior to the tours, participants will have lunch with ORNL scientists and learn how they can collaborate with ORNL to solve research challenges.

Buses will depart from the Opryland Hotel at 7:30 am and return by 7:30 pm. In addition to lunch, the tour fee includes all transportation and light refreshments on the bus.

Space is limited to 50 participants. Preregistration by October 4 required.

These companies have already made the commitment to get the most out of their ASNT Annual Conference presence. Want to join them? Check out our sponsorship opportunities at New packages being offered this year as well as many more sponsored items. Something for all companies, of every size.

Annual 2017 Sponsorship Menu 

Increase your name awareness and product visibility by sponsoring an ASNT event!

As a sponsor, you will reach each event attendee on the show floor and beyond. A sponsorship increases your company's visibility to NDT decision makers, your current customers, and prospective clients. You'll also benefit from additional exposure though pre-event promotional materials, in print and online.

We provide a variety of sponsorships at each of our trade shows. Contact Ruth Staat at to discuss sponsorship opportunities for your company today.

A special thanks to our Sponsors
Carestream NDT Logo QSA Global North Star Imaging Magnaflux Spectronics TED Hellier Danatronics