ASNT Annual Conference 2017

Annual 2017

ASNT Annual Conference 2017

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

The ASNT Annual Conference is the largest, dedicated gathering of industry professionals, equipment and technology suppliers, engineers and researchers working in the field of nondestructive testing and evaluation of materials.

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

And here are what some of them had to say:

"What I liked best about the 2016 Conference was the vast amount of knowledge and experience available along with the new contacts that can be made internationally.”

"The organization and timely running of the meeting and sessions was extraordinary.”

"I liked the mix of technical information provided by the speakers.”

Want to organize a complete session?

Do you know four top notch speakers in your area of expertise (only three if you include yourself)? Serving as a session chair gives you an additional opportunity to be recognized as an industry leader. You will have the opportunity to introduce the speakers, facilitate the question and answer period and help make the conference a meaningful experience for hundreds of attendees.

If you are interested in organizing a complete session please contact Dr. Claudia Kropas-Hughes at

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Special Invited Sessions

  • Acoustic Emission
  • Aerospace Industry NDT
  • Automotive Applications
  • Chemical & Petroleum Industry NDT
  • Codes, Standards and Regulations
  • Computed Tomography
  • Condition Monitoring
  • Data Management
  • Digital Imaging
  • Electromagnetic Methods
  • Fitness for Service
  • Flexible Risers Inspection
  • Guided Wave
  • Infrastructure Industry NDT
  • Management Trends in NDT
  • Materials Characterization
  • Measurement/Control
  • Millimeter/Microwave NDT
  • MT-PT Inspection
  • NDE Engineering
  • NDT for Additive Manufacturing
  • NDT in the Energy Industry
  • NDT of Pressure Vessels
  • NDT of Tanks
  • NDT Personnel
  • Offshore NDT
  • Probability of Detection
  • Radiation Safety
  • Reliability of NDT
  • Scanning Systems
  • Shearography
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Technology Transfer
  • Thermal Methods
  • Ultrasonics Inspection

Special Instructions for Annual Conference Abstracts

Submit a 250-word text abstract for technical review purposes that is suitable for publication. ASNT will circulate your abstract to conference committee members for review and selection purposes. If accepted, this abstract will be made available online prior to the meeting.

During the submission process you will be asked to choose a relevant topic from a predefined list.

Commercial papers, papers where supporting data or a technical description cannot be given for proprietary reasons will not be accepted for presentation. See ASNT’s Policy on Commercialization.

Please do not submit the same abstracts to multiple conferences.

Accepted speakers will be notified of acceptance in July 2017.

Conference Proceedings

Presenters at the ASNT Annual Conference are encouraged to submit an 8-page paper for the Conference Proceedings. The Proceedings will be made available electronically to all attendees at the Conference, and will be stored in the ASNT Digital Library after the Conference. The deadline for submitting your paper summaries is 15 September 2017.


Contact the ASNT Conference Department at or by phone at 614-274-6003.

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.

Exhibiting Hours

Monday, October 30th - 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Tuesday, October 31st - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Wednesday, Nov 1st - 9 :00 am to 2:00 pm

List of Exhibitors for ASNT Annual Conference 2017

as of 23 June 2017


Access Plug Flange Inc

Acoustic Technology Group

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

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


I & T Nardoni Institute Srl


Imperium Inc


Infra Tec Infrared LLC

Innerspec Technologies Inc

Inspection Plug Strategies LLC

Inspectron 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

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


Pinnacle X-Ray Solutions Inc.

Plant Integrity Ltd


QSA Global Inc

Quality Equipment Distributors Inc

Quality Testing Services Inc

RadiaBeam Systems


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

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.

Watch this page for additional resources as they become available.