Annual 2018

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ASNT Annual Conference 2018

George R Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX
28 - 31 October 2018

Houston Welcomes Back ASNT!

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 in the world.

98% of the 2017 attendees would likely recommend this Conference to a colleague

You will have the opportunity to meet experts and influencers face-to-face, to learn about technology solutions to NDT challenges, to expand your professional network.  On the tabs below you will find important information about the morning lectures, short courses, the technical sessions, the exhibits, special events, Companion Program and more.

We hope you will join us in Houston.

Download the onsite guide and see all the scheduled meetings and events!

Registration Rates

  Before 1 Oct.
After 1 Oct.

Member Non-Member Member Non-Member
Full Registration
$625 $725 $725 $825
One-Day Registration
$395 $495 $495 $595
Speaker / Committee Chair
$350 $450 $450 $550
Short Course (each)
$300 $400 $400 $500
Companion Program
$100 $125 $150  

ASNT Student Members and ASNT Retired Members - NO CHARGE

Speakers One-Day Registration, for day of presentation - NO CHARGE

Sunday: Exhibits-Only Registration  - NO CHARGE

Monday-Tuesday: Exhibits-Only Registration - $25 per day

Optional Registrations

Monday-Tuesday: Exhibit Hall Lunch - $25 per day
(included with full conference and one-day registrations at no additional charge)

Monday: Houston Tour and Lunch at the Aquarium - $50
(available only to registered companions, space is limited)

Tuesday: Awards Banquet - $75 per ticket

Full, Speaker / Committee Chair, Student Member and Retired Member registrations include access to lectures, technical sessions and exhibits; as well as the Welcome Reception, Monday and Tuesday lunches and refreshment breaks; and a downloadable conference proceedings.

One-Day Registrations include access to lectures, technical sessions and exhibits, as well as Exhibit Hall events on the day of the registration; and a downloadable conference proceedings.

Short Course only, One-Day Speaker, and Companion registrations do not include access to technical sessions; Monday or Tuesday lunches; or downloadable proceedings. Lunch tickets are available for purchase

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM | Committee Meeting

Executive Committee (closed)

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Room: Presidential Suite

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Committee Meetings - BOD

Room: Galveston A

9:00 AM

Board of Directors

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10:00 AM

Standards Development (closed)

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5:30 PM

President's Reception (closed)

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Committee Meetings - BOD

Room: Liberty B

7:30 AM

Bylaws Ad Hoc (closed)

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10:00 AM

International Forum (closed)

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5:30 PM

International Ad Hoc (closed)

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8:00 PM

International Reception (closed)

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8:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Short Course

Course A: Time of Flight Diffraction for Weld Inspections

N/A

Room: Fort Bend

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8:00 AM - 10:00 AM | Committee Meeting

ICNDT IEC (closed)

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Room: Chambers C

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Committee Meetings - SOC

Room: Brazoria

Committee Meetings - T&E

Room: Liberty B

8:00 AM

SOC Officers and Division Chairs

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Microwave Committee

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8:30 AM

SOC Membership Division

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9:30 AM

SOC Outreach Division

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10:00 AM

SNT-TC-1A Review

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10:30 AM

SOC Section Management Division

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11:00 AM

Education Division

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11:30 AM

SOC Regional Directors Division

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12:00 PM

Engineering Education

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1:00 PM

SNT-TC-1A Interpretation Panel (closed)

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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Committee Meeting

ISO TC135-SC7 (closed)

N/A

Room: Chambers A/B

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Committee Meetings - CMC

Room: Chambers C

9:00 AM

Certification Management Council (closed)

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12:00 PM

ISO 9712 (closed)

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11:00 AM - 1:30 PM | Other

Companion Hospitality Suite (closed)

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Room: Meyerland

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12:45 PM - 1:15 PM | Other

1st Time Attendee Orientation

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Room: Houston IV

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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | General Session

Annual Business Meeting

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Room: Houston IV

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3:00 PM - 4:30 PM | General Session

Town Hall Meeting

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Room: Houston IV

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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | General Session

Meet Your Local Section Leaders

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Room: Harris

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4:45 PM - 5:00 PM | Exhibits

Exhibit Hall Ribbon Cutting

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Room: Hall A3

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5:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Exhibits

Welcome Reception with Exhibitors

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Room: Hall A3

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8:00 AM - 8:45 AM | General Session

Keynote: Becoming Unstoppable : Success Secrets of a Four-time Olympian

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Room: Houston IV

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8:30 AM - 4:00 PM | Other

Student Interviews

N/A

Room: Parker Boardroom

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9:00 AM - 10:30 AM | Other

Companion Hospitality Suite (closed)

N/A

Room: Meyerland

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9:00 AM - 10:30 AM | Committee Meeting

Joint SNT-TC-1A/SDC/CMC/T&E Exec Committee (closed)

N/A

Room: Chambers C

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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Committee Meeting

ISO TC135-SC7 (closed)

N/A

Room: Chambers A/B

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9:00 AM - 2:00 PM | General Session

ASNT's Day of STEM

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Room: Houston IV

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Advanced Ultrasonics - FMC/TFM

Room: Houston I

Committee Meetings - CMC

Room: Clear Lake

Committee Meetings - T&E

Room: Galveston A

Probability of Detection

Room: Houston II

Computed Tomography

Room: Houston III

9:00 AM

Towards New Imaging Methods for Ultrasonic Nondestructive Testing Part I & II

Presenter(s): Dr Dominique Braconnier

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IRRSP (closed)

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Laser Methods

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Shear-Wave Ultrasonic Inspection of Metallic Structures Developing Empirical Models for Estimating Capability

Presenter(s): Mr John C Brausch

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Digital inspection of multi-material industrial parts

Presenter(s): Mr Patrick Barthelemy

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9:30 AM

Developing Advanced PAUT and TFM Methods on High Performance and Small Size Open Electronics

Presenter(s): Mr Gavin Dao

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Probability of Detection Analysis for Hit/Miss Data

Presenter(s): Mr Scott Follett

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Failure analysis of ultrasonic parking sensors by X Ray Computed Tomography

Presenter(s): Dr Miguel Neri »

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10:00 AM

Non-Linear Ultrasound for NDT

Presenter(s): Mr Ewen Carcreff

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Magnetic Flux Leakage

Presenter(s): N/A

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Influence of the defect characteristics on the inspection reproducibility of automated testing machines

Presenter(s): Mr Jeff Stetson

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High Performance Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) Reconstruction Platform for Non-Destructive testing purposes

Presenter(s): Mr Oleg Konings

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10:30 AM

NDT Applications using PAUT and TFM

Presenter(s): Dr Guillaume Neau

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Thinner-Wall Volumetric Weld Inspections A Best Practices Approach

Presenter(s): Mr Robert J Raimondi

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The Evolution of Digital Industrial Radiography

Presenter(s): Mr Brian S White »

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11:00 AM

NDT Reliability Studies

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12:00 PM

Materials Evaluation

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1:00 PM

Infrastructure

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1:30 PM

NDT Handbook Development

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2:00 PM

Guided Wave Testing

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2:30 PM

RT Handbook Subcommittee

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3:00 PM

Electromagnetic Testing

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3:30 PM

ISQ Program - Oil & Gas (closed)

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4:30 PM

Aerospace

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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Exhibits

Exhibits Open

N/A

Room: Hall A3

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Committee Meetings - BOD

Room: Harris

Committee Meetings - Research

Room: Fort Bend

10:00 AM

Pan-American Federation (closed)

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Research Council Executive Committee (closed)

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12:00 PM

Past Presidents (closed)

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1:00 PM

Audit Committee (closed)

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1:30 PM

Succession Planning (closed)

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4:00 PM

JSNDI/ASNT Symposium

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11:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Exhibits

Lunch in Exhibit Hall (ticketed)

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Room: Hall A3

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11:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Committee Meeting

Military Outreach

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Room: Liberty B

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11:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Exhibits

Exhibitors' Innovation Forum

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Room: Hall A3

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11:30 AM - 12:30 PM | Committee Meeting

Research Council Business Meeting

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Room: Fort Bend

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1:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Short Course

Course B: Technical Writing for NDT

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Room: Fort Bend

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NDE Engineering

Room: Houston I

Additive Manufacturing

Room: Houston II

General NDT I

Room: Houston III

1:00 PM

An CDE Engineering Imitative

Presenter(s): Mr Ward D Rummel

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Advanced X-ray Computed Tomography in Additive Manufacturing

Presenter(s): Ms Shana Telesz »

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Non-Contact Ultrasonic Quality Analysis of Large Finished Aerostructures

Presenter(s): Mr Anuj M Bhardwaj

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1:30 PM

Qualifications and Role of an NDE Engineer

Presenter(s): Mr Ward D Rummel

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Computed Tomography Inspection of Additive Manufactured Components at Sandia National Laboratories

Presenter(s): Mr David G Moore

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Design and Performance of an Accelerator-Based Thermal and Fast Neutron Imaging Facility

Presenter(s): Mr Michael J Taylor »

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2:00 PM

NDE Proficiency Demonstration

Presenter(s): Mr Michael L Turnbow »

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Inspection of Additive Manufactured (AM) parts using X-ray and Computed Tomography

Presenter(s): Mr Lennart Schulenburg

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New Handheld Technology for Carbon Determination in Steels and Stainless

Presenter(s): Mr Donald D Sackett

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2:30 PM

NDE Engineering in the Natural Gas Industry

Presenter(s): Mr Michael T Childers

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Red Herrings and Other Sundry Unidentified Flaws in NDE Engineering

Presenter(s): Dr John C Duke, Jr

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Application of Non-Destructive Testing, ANSYS Analysis and Advanced Microstructural Characterization to Detect-Locate-Define and Simulate Defects in AHSS Steel Slabs

Presenter(s): Ms Hsiang-Ling Juan

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1:30 PM - 3:30 PM | Committee Meeting

NDTMA Board Meeting (closed)

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Room: Brazoria

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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM | Committee Meeting

Joint Council (closed)

N/A

Room: Liberty B

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3:00 PM - 3:30 PM | Other

Ice Cream Break - Sponsored by Teledyne ICM

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Room: N/A

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MT/PT

Room: Houston I

Composites NDT

Room: Houston II

General NDT II

Room: Houston III

3:30 PM

Fluorescent Dye Penetrant Inspections Using Videoscopes

Presenter(s): Mr Charles Janecka

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Measurement of sub-millimeter flaws in thick layered materials with air-coupled ultrasound

Presenter(s): Mr Tobias Gautzsch »

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Mass Manufactured thin film transducers for high-resolution Scanning Acoustic Microscopy

Presenter(s): Mr Ivan Shorokhov

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4:00 PM

Impact of UV LED Technology to the Fluorescent Magnetic Particle Inspection (MPI) and Penetrant Inspection (FPI)

Presenter(s): Mr Marc Breit

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Foreign Object Identification within a Laminated Carbon Fiber Composite Using Pulse-Echo Ultrasonics

Presenter(s): Mr Nathaniel Blackman »

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SAFT on its Way to Industrial Application: Pushing the Boundaries of the Ultrasonic Inspection by Ultrasonic Computed Tomography

Presenter(s): Dr Johannes L Vrana »

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4:30 PM

Proactive Ergonomics for MT Field Inspection Can Improve Your Bottom Line

Presenter(s): Mr David Geis

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Using Excitation Modulation and Coding to Achieve Submillimeter Resolution In Materials Previously Impenetrable

Presenter(s): Dr Chris Leskiw

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Nontraditional Applications of XRF for Quality Assurance and Quality Control

Presenter(s): Dr Michael Hull »

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5:00 PM

Utilizing Water Contact Angle Measurements to Control Surface Sensitive Industrial Processing

Presenter(s): Ms Elizabeth Kidd

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Phased Array Techniques and Defect Evaluation for Composites

Presenter(s): Mr Philippe Rioux »

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Tool wear detection and quantitation by digital microscopy

Presenter(s): Mr Marcel Lucas »

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7:00 AM - 8:00 AM | Other

Prayer Meeting

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Room: Liberty B

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8:00 AM - 4:30 PM | Other

Student Interviews

N/A

Room: Parker Boardroom

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8:00 AM - 8:45 AM | General Session

2018 LESTER/MEHL HONOR LECTURE: Where Would Research and Development in NDE Be Without a Little Risk

N/A

Room: Houston IV

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Committee Meetings - BOD

Room: Hall A3

8:00 AM

AEC Selection Process - Ad Hoc (closed)

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9:00 AM

Financial Awards

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1:00 PM

Governance (closed)

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2:00 PM

Honor & Awards Recognition (closed)

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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Committee Meeting

ISO TC135-SC7 (closed)

N/A

Room: Chambers A/B

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9:00 AM - 10:30 AM | Other

Companion Hospitality Suite (closed)

N/A

Room: Meyerland

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Committee Meetings - CMC

Room: Clear Lake

Committee Meetings - T&E

Room: Liberty A

Ultrasonics - Phased Array Applications I

Room: Houston I

Chemical and Petroleium I

Room: Houston II

NDT/SHM for Bridges

Room: Houston III

9:00 AM

Certification Management Council Open Meeting

Presenter(s): N/A

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Penetrating Radiation

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The Use of Pulse Compression in Ultrasonic Phased-Array Inspection: Code Selection and Optimization and Comparison with Single-Element Pulse Compression

Presenter(s): Mr Muhammad Khalid Rizwan

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Inspection for HTHA Using TULA Transducers

Presenter(s): Mr Timothy J Armitt

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Vertical Electrical Impedance Scanner for Non-Destructive Concrete Bridge Deck Assessment without a Direct Rebar Connection

Presenter(s): Mr Jeffrey Barton

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9:30 AM

How to Fully Utilize Your Phased Array System

Presenter(s): Mr Jesse Groom »

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gPIMS for Thickness Measurement and Guided Wave Screening of Subsea Pipelines

Presenter(s): Ms Claudia Patricia Salas Gomez Dr David Alleyne

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Effect of Damaged Structural Members on Performance Degradation of a Vertical Lift Truss Bridge

Presenter(s): Ms Erin S Bell

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10:00 AM

Certification Management Council (closed)

Presenter(s): N/A

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Conformable Wedge Phased Array Transducers for Inspecting Variable-Geometry or Complex Components

Presenter(s): Mr Jerome Poguet

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Pipeline Mechanical Integrity Patterns from Large Ultrasound Data Populations: Performance Modeling, Prediction and Management

Presenter(s): Dr Eugene B Silverman

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Structural Inspections for Seismic Designed Structures

Presenter(s): Mr Michael A Bobinchuck »

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10:30 AM

Application of Advanced Focusing Techniques for Improved UT Inspection Capability

Presenter(s): Mr Guy Maes »

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Inspection of High Temperature Line Welds Using ACFMT

Presenter(s): Mr Henry Sadek

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Non-destructive Measurements of Residual Stresses in Bridges Using an Ultrasonic Method

Presenter(s): Dr Jacob Kleiman

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11:00 AM

Methods Division

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12:00 PM

Professional Program Committee

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1:00 PM

T&E Full Council

Presenter(s): N/A

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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Exhibits

Exhibits Open

N/A

Room: Hall A3

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Committee Meetings - Research

Room: Brazoria

Committee Meetings - SOC

Room: Galveston

10:00 AM

Research Council Program Committee (closed)

Presenter(s): N/A

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SOC Full Council

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11:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Exhibits

Lunch in Exhibit Hall (ticketed)

N/A

Room: Hall A3

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11:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Exhibits

Exhibitors' Innovation Forum

N/A

Room: Hall A3

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1:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Short Course

Course C: Leadership and Ethics in NDT

N/A

Room: Fort Bend

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Ultrasonics - Phased Array Applications II

Room: Houston I

Chemical and Petroleium II

Room: Houston II

Electromagnetic Methods NDT

Room: Houston III

1:00 PM

Transformative Technologies Rapidly Advancing Phased-Array-Ultrasonic Inspection

Presenter(s): Dr Deborah L Hopkins

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New Technology for the Detection and Sizing of Carburization Damage in Plant Furnace Tubes

Presenter(s): Mr Ankit Vajpayee »

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Flaw Detection Capabilities with Eddy Current Array Technology

Presenter(s): Mr Jesse Herrin

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1:30 PM

LabVIEW Toolkit for Setup, Acquisition, and Processing of Ultrasonic Data from Industrial-Grade Phased-Array Systems

Presenter(s): Dr Marc Dubois

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Practical and Economic Advantages of FMC/TFM

Presenter(s): Mr Casper Wassink

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Detection of localized wall loss with Pulsed Eddy Currents (PEC)

Presenter(s): Dr Paul Crouzen

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2:00 PM

Binocular Focusing for Very High-Speed PAUT Integrations

Presenter(s): Mr Francois Mainguy

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A Comparative Study Between Different Guided Waves

Presenter(s): Mr Paul Jackson

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Towards Real Time Monitoring of Hybrid-Laser Gas-Metal-Arc Welding (HLGMAW) with Eddy Current Techniques

Presenter(s): Dr Evgueni I Todorov

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2:30 PM

Phased Array Assisted Analysis Software for Weld Inspection

Presenter(s): Mr Nicholas J Bublitz »

Mr J Mark Davis

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Ultrasonic Readings through Coating

Presenter(s): Mr Kenneth L Heaps

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Advantages of Eddy Current Array Testing over Penetrant Testing for Inspecting Stainless Steel

Presenter(s): Mr Terence Burke

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Ultrasonics NDT

Room: Houston I

Chemical and Petroleium III

Room: Houston II

Acoustic Emission

Room: Houston III

3:30 PM

An Amplitude Modulation Imaging Approach for the Characterization of Cracks, In Complement to Standard Linear Imaging

Presenter(s): Dr Dominique Braconnier

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The UT Technique: Benefits from Ultrasound Data Importation to Pipeline Assessment Software

Presenter(s): Mr Steeves Roy »

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Bio-Inspired Localization of Acoustic Emission Sources in Metallic Panels: A Deep Learning Approach

Presenter(s): Mr Arvin Ebrahimkhanlou »

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4:00 PM

Bounce Path Ultrasonic Attenuation and Attenuation Rate Tomographic Imaging of Microstructural Damage and Near Surface Defects

Presenter(s): Dr Jonathan Lesage »

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Identification of Base Metal Cracking In Stainless Steel Lined High Temperature Reactors

Presenter(s): Mr Stanley F Botten

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In-Situ Detection of Fatigue Cracks by Acoustic Emission Techniques in Large Trailer Frames

Presenter(s): Mr Rolf Klemm »

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4:30 PM

Correct Sizing of Defects Smaller Than One Wavelength Using Ultrasonics

Presenter(s): Dr Johannes L Vrana »

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On-Bead SAW Pipe Flaw Detection for Automated Ultrasonic Testing Machines

Presenter(s): Mr Jeff Stetson

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Acoustic Emission Evaluation of Corrosion Damage on Bottom Plate of Above-ground Storage Tanks

Presenter(s): Mr Daisuke Kai »

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5:00 PM

High UT Precision Corrosion Monitoring Techniques

Presenter(s): Mr Philippe Rioux »

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The Role of NDE in the API Codes and Standards

Presenter(s): Mr Mark Carte

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TBA - AE

Presenter(s): N/A

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6:30 PM - 9:00 PM | Banquet

Annual Awards Banquet

N/A

Room: Houston IV

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8:00 AM - 8:45 AM | General Session

Plenary: What about NDE 4.0, as we enter the 4th Industrial Revolution?

Dr Ripudaman Singh, Plus4Pi LLC

Room: Houston I

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Committee Meetings - BOD

Room: N/A

8:00 AM

Board of Directors

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12:00 PM

Board of Directors - Ceremonial Meeting

Presenter(s): N/A

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2:00 PM

ASNT/JSDNI MRA (closed)

Presenter(s): N/A

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9:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Short Course

Course D: Magnetic Particle Inspection: Beyond the Basics

N/A

Room: Fort Bend

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9:00 AM - 10:30 AM | Other

Companion Hospitality Suite (closed)

N/A

Room: Meyerland

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1-NDT 4.0 Opportunities and Direction

Room: Houston I

Use of NDT to Solve Problems at Utilities I

Room: Houston II

Aerospace I

Room: Houston III

9:00 AM

Next Generation NDT, NDT for Industry 4.0 and NDE for Everybody

Presenter(s): Dr Norbert G Meyendorf

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Applied NDT: Practical Case Study on Plastic Piping System Quality Management

Presenter(s): Mr Riccardo Barbone

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Challenges and Opportunities in the Advancement of NDT in Aerospace

Presenter(s): Mr Venkata Ganesh Kota »

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9:30 AM

Non-Destructive Testing of Forgings on the Way to Industry 4.0

Presenter(s): Dr Johannes L Vrana »

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Use of Flexible Phased Array Technology for Corrosion Inspection on Pipe Elbows

Presenter(s): Mr Simon Alain »

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Predicting Bond Performance Through Non-Destructive Testing

Presenter(s): Ms Brooke Campbell »

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10:00 AM

Panel Discussion - NDT 4.0 Opportunities and Direction

Presenter(s): Dr Ripudaman Singh

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Ultrasonic Testing Techniques for Detection and Sizing of Circumferential Cracking in Turbine Rotors

Presenter(s): Dr Teodoro Leon-Salamanca

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Bond Strength Evaluation of Interfacially-Contaminated Adhesively Bonded Single Lap Joints using Ultrasonic Phase Measurements

Presenter(s): Mr Harold Haldren »

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10:30 AM

Increasing the POD for Inspection of Oil Storage Tank Bottom Plates - API 650 / 620

Presenter(s): Mr Alberto F Reyna

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Delamination Detection in Composites by Infrared Testing

Presenter(s): Mr Gerardo Ramses Reyes Fuentes

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Use of NDT to Solve Problems at Utilities II

Room: Houston II

Aerospace II

Room: Houston III

1:00 PM

Inspecting Oil and Gas Assets Using Advanced NDE Technologies - EMAT, UT and MFL

Presenter(s): Mr Aaron Huber

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Characterization of Honeycomb Core Damage on Rotorcraft Structures

Presenter(s): Mr Edward Hohman »

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1:30 PM

Pulsed Eddy Current Array: Improving the Productivity of Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) Inspections

Presenter(s): Ms Andreanne Potvin

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Eddy Current Array for Aircraft Engine Component Inspection

Presenter(s): Mr Terence Burke

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2:00 PM

Heat Exchanger Tubing Inspection: Revolutionizing Asset Integrity Management

Presenter(s): Mr Olivier Lavoie

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A Novel Approach to Laser Ultrasound NDT for Aerospace and Automotive Applications

Presenter(s): Dr Balthasar Fischer

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2:30 PM

Development of Extended Range Piping Calibration Blocks for Ultrasonic Weld Examination

Presenter(s): Mr Paul Holloway

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2-NDT 4.0 – Data Analytics and Cloud

Room: Houston I

1:30 PM

Towards a Comprehensive Digital Twin for Autonomous Artifact Tracking

Presenter(s): Mr Rafael Radkowski

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2:00 PM

Improved Management of Thickness Survey Data Utilizing A Connected Instrument and Cloud Based Software

Presenter(s): Mr Erich Henjes

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2:30 PM

Cloud-Based Inspection Workflow Optimization using HHXRF — “The Inspection Is Not Over until the Paperwork Is Done”

Presenter(s): Mr Alex Thurston

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3-NDT 4.0 – Automation and Robotics

Room: Houston I

Use of NDT to Solve Problems at Utilities III

Room: Houston II

Aerospace III

Room: Houston III

3:30 PM

Advancing Drone Use Beyond Visual Inspection: The Emergence of Contact-Based Nondestructive Testing (NDT) Utilizing Aerial Robotic Systems

Presenter(s): Ms Jamie Branch »

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Improvements in the Ultrasonic Inspection Processes for the Power Generation Industry through Multiplexing

Presenter(s): Mr David R Dechene

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Workflow for Automatic Turbine Blade Inspection on Optimized CT Volumes

Presenter(s): Mr Peter Westenberger

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4:00 PM

Using Drones and Digital Photogrammetry Techniques for Monitoring Vegetation and Topographical Changes in Southeast Texas

Presenter(s): Dr Mahdi Safa

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A novel technique and instrument for couplant-free inner-pipe testing of gas compression station pipelines

Presenter(s): Mr Andrey Bulavinov

Presentation info

Improving SpotWeld inspection results using Phased-Array (PA) capabilities

Presenter(s): Mr Michael Bron

Presentation info

4:30 PM

NDT 4.0: Automated evaluation of X-ray images using AI and introduction of robotics

Presenter(s): Mr Lennart Schulenburg

Presentation info

In-service Corrosion Assessment for High Temperature Plant Components

Presenter(s): Dr Tim Stevenson

Presentation info

Macro-Etch Inspection Method in Aerospace Manufacturing

Presenter(s): Mr Gee John Paw

Presentation info

5:00 PM

Compact Remote-Control PAUT Apparatus for Robotic Inspections

Presenter(s): Mr Francois Mainguy

Presentation info

Mechanical Seal Condition Monitoring

Presenter(s): Mr George Zusman

Presentation info

Simultaneous Increase of Productivity, Capacity and Quality in NDT of Engine Components

Presenter(s): Mr Steve Saitowitz

Presentation info

Download the onsite guide and see all the scheduled meetings and events. The most up-to-date schedule can be found in the mobile app.

Pre-Conference Events sponsored by the Greater Houston Section of ASNT.

  • Wednesday, 24 October:
    Motorcycle ride – The Woodlands to San Antonio
  • Thursday, 25 October:
    Motorcycle ride - San Antonio to The Woodlands
  • Friday, 26 October:
    9:00 - Golf @ Memorial Park
    10:00 - Tennis @ Memorial Park
  • Saturday, 27 October:
    Fall Educational @ San Jacinto College

For more information on these pre-conference events, visit the Greater Houston Section of ASNT website at www.asnthouston.com

Sunday, October 28

Student Career Workshop

8:00-11:00 am

Learn resume tips, interviewing skills, NDT job opportunities from seasoned NDT industry professionals. Sign up for interviews to be conducted on Monday and Tuesday.

ASNT Annual Business Meeting & Town Hall Meeting

2:00-4:30 pm

Hear from ASNT leadership on the financial status of the organization, and during the town hall listen to the presentation on the National Science Foundation Grant to ASNT followed by questions and answers.

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.

Monday, October 29

Day of STEM

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

Included with paid Full and One Day Conference Registrations only.  Additional fee for all other registrations. 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.

Tuesday, October 30

Lunch with Exhibitors

11:00-1:00 pm

Included with paid Full and One Day Conference Registrations only.  Additional fee for all other registrations. Your last day to visit the exhibits. The Exhibits will close at 4:00 pm, but we will have the refreshment break from 3:00-4:00 pm again in the Exhibit Hall.

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 industry professional. Additional fee required. Limited seating available.

Companion Program

The Companion Suite, in the Meyerland room on Level 3 at the Marriott Marquis hotel, will be open daily, Sunday, October 28-Wednesday, October 31.

  • Sunday, 11:00 am-1:30 pm—Get-acquainted brunch and learn more about Houston and the surrounding area from a representative from Visit Houston. Participate in the Accessory Exchange by bringing a fashion “accessory” that you can contribute, and then select one that will jazz up that Banquet outfit!
  • Monday, 9:00-11:00 am—Enjoy a continental breakfast and plan your day. Be sure to sign up for the Discover Houston Tour and Lunch at the Aquarium in advance. See details below. Space is limited to 60 people. Optional fee required.
  • Tuesday, 9:00-11:00 am—Meet for breakfast and hear about space travel from a NASA astronaut.
  • Wednesday, 9:00-11:00 am—Come to the final breakfast and say goodbye until next year. Since it is Halloween, participate in the Costume Contest. Prizes given for
    • Best overall
    • Scariest
    • Funniest
    • Most original
    • Most effort put into it
    • Most innovative

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

Monday Tour: Discover Houston

An additional $50 fee is required. Registration is limited to companion program registrants only. Space is limited to 60.

From the comfort of a double-decker bus and with an experienced tour guide, get a real feel for Houston as we visit Tranquility Park, Minute Maid Park, Hermann Park, the Museum District, and more. Then we will have 3-course lunch at the Downtown Aquarium. Tour bus will depart from the Marriott hotel at approximately 10:30 and return around 2:00 pm.

$50

Quilt Raffle to support the Greater Houston Section of ASNT Scholarship Fund

Made by members of the Quilt Guild of Greater Houston, this 72”x90” quilt is called Becker’s Shooting Star.  Tickets will be on sale during the conference at $5 each or 5 for $20. Look for the quilt on display and buy your tickets from the Companions. Cash sales only. The winning ticket will be drawn on Wednesday morning at the plenary. Winner need not be present to win. Free shipping will be offered.

Short Courses are offered Sunday-Wednesday. Please refer below for specific times. An additional fee is required. Sign up for courses during Conference registration.

Short Course A

Sunday, October 28 ● 8:00 am-12:00 pm

Time of Flight Diffraction for Weld Inspections

Anmol Birring, Ph.D., Birring NDE Center, Houston, TX

Technical and engineering personnel who want to familiarize themselves with time of flight diffraction (TOFD) for inspection of welds will find value in this course. Topics covered will include the concepts of TOFD, probe selection, TOFD calibration and evaluation of TOFD data. Actual demonstrations will be done on weld samples.

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the concepts of TOFD
  • Apply TOFD to weld inspections
  • Identify advantages of TOFD

About the Instructor

Anmol Birring graduated from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1978 and Iowa State University in 1980. He a MS degree in Engineering Mechanics. Birring worked at Southwest Research Institute and Houston Lighting and Power before opening NDE Associates, Inc. and later a training school called Birring NDE Center, Inc in Houston. In addition, he has published over 75 technical papers and holds two patents.

Short Course B

Monday, October 29 ● 1:00-5:00 pm

Technical Writing for NDT

Robert Conklin, Ph.D., American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), Columbus, OH

The course offers to anyone at any stage in their career the opportunity to develop as technical writers. More specifically, the course is intended to assist NDT professionals who frequently have to write reports. It can also benefit prospective authors and reviewers of articles and publications. In this course, we’ll consider writing as a process that involves analyzing your audience, gathering relevant data, developing a clear organizational pattern, outlining your ideas, writing with an appropriate style, achieving technical accuracy, adhering to a proper format, and being able to proofread and revise your own material. Interactive group exercises, word games, and hands-on coaching sessions will supplement the presentation.

By the end of the course, learners should be able to:

  • Compose a technical document using a clear, concise, objective writing style appropriate for the intended audience.
  • Organize a technical document using proper heading levels and a logical sequence of subsections.
  • Evaluate a document, such as a report or procedure, for the technical accuracy of the content.
  • Revise the draft of a technical document with an “ear” for sentence variety and rhythm, active versus passive voice, and effective transitions.
  • Proofread a document for common grammatical errors and punctuation mistakes.

About the Instructor

Bob Conklin has an extensive teaching career as a communication skills instructor at several colleges and universities. Subjects he has taught include advanced composition, technical communication, and career development. As Educational Materials Editor for ASNT, he took a lead role in producing Personnel Training Publications for several NDT methods, as well as the second edition of Materials and Processes for NDT Technology. Currently, he serves as an Instructional Designer for the Certification and Technical Services department at ASNT.

Short Course C

Tuesday, October 30 ● 1:00-5:00 pm

Leadership and Ethics in NDT

Don Locke and Don Norton, Hellier NDT, Houston, TX

Why attend another leadership and ethics course?  Leadership and ethics are topics that are always needed for new supervisors and managers in the NDT business.  The presenters will review the important role which leaders have in an organization in establishing an environment where safety takes precedence over competing demands.  Key traits leaders exhibit on a routine basis to demonstrate the important role of a “safety culture” in an organization will be discussed using examples of strong leadership and ethics as well as the consequences of poor leadership and ethics.  NDT is a business of quality and integrity. This short course will be relevant for the person attending the ASNT conference for the first time or senior leaders in the NDT community.

Learning Objectives

  • Increase awareness of leadership skills
  • Learn from the examples of current ethical and unethical behavior in the news
  • Apply concepts learned to current NDT technology applications and situations

About the Instructors

Don Locke is a career NDT tech who started in 1972 now is the president of 3 companies. This success in the NDT business has required leadership and presented several challenges over the past 45 years.  Don Norton is a profession leadership trainer, certified by John Maxwell.   Both are NDT professionals that know the NDT business and challenges.

Short Course D

Wednesday, October 31 ● 9:00 am-1:00 pm

Magnetic Particle Inspection: Beyond the Basics

Joseph Mackin, Level III Inspector, International Pipe Inspectors Association, Houston, TX

After a brief review of basic magnetic principles, course will cover probability of detection and its relation to procedures; measurement of magnet fields and the capability and limitation of the available tools; effect of coating on magnetic field; coils and their application; head shots and internal conductors and their application; yokes and their application; and the behavior considerations for wet and dry magnetic particles.

At the conclusion of the course, one will have a better understanding of:

  • Determination of the applied magnetic field
  • How best practices effect the probability of detection
  • Best practices

About the Instructor

Joe Mackin is the Executive Director of the International Pipe Inspectors Association. Joe has an MBA and holds Level III certificates in MT, PT, UT, ET, ML and VT nondestructive testing methods.  He has held his MT certification for 29 years. Joe is a past president of ASNT (2003-2004) and has worked on both the ASNT and ASTM MT/PT committees. He has also served on the Certification Management Council.
Ruben Gonzalez

Keynote

Becoming Unstoppable: Success Secrets of a Four-time Olympian

Ruben Gonzalez, the "Luge" Man |

8:00 AM | Monday, 29 Oct 2018

About the Speaker

Nationally known speaker, Ruben Gonzalez will be the Keynote Speaker on Monday. A seemingly "ordinary guy," Ruben Gonzalez wasn't a gifted athlete. He didn't take up the sport of luge until he was 21. Against all odds, four years later he was competing in the Winter Olympics. At the age of 47 he was racing against 20-year-olds in the Vancouver Winter Olympics!

If you will listen to Ruben speak, your life will change.”
- Lou Holtz - Legendary Notre Dame Football Coach

Ruben Gonzalez knows how to achieve success again and again. A master storyteller, Ruben uses his Olympic experiences to inspire audiences to think differently, live life with passion and have the courage to take the necessary steps toward their goals - to push beyond self-imposed limitations and to produce better results!

"Invite Ruben to speak to your group and you'll be glad you did."
- Zig Ziglar

Glenn Light

2018 Lester/Mehl Honor Lecture

Where Would Research and Development in NDE Be Without a Little Risk

Glenn M. Light, Ph.D. | Light NDE Consulting, LLC

8:00 AM | Tuesday, 30 Oct 2018

About the Speaker

Dr. Light received his Ph.D. in Atomic and Nuclear Physics from the University of North Texas in 1978, his M.S., Atomic and Nuclear Physics from University of North Texas in 1974, and his B.S., Physics from McMurry University in 1972. He worked at Southwest Research Institute for more than 38 years where he was the Director of NDE Research and Development for approximately 20yrs. In 2016, he formed his consulting company called Light NDE Consulting, LLC.

Dr. Light joined ASNT in 1979 and became active in the South Texas Section of ASNT under the tutelage of Ed Ruescher. Over the next few years, he went through the South Texas ASNT chairs several times. He is currently the past chairman and on the board of directors of the South Texas Section of ASNT.

Over the years, he made more than 170 presentations on NDE and NDE related topic, many at the Fall and Spring ASNT conferences. He also, became active in the Research Council of ASNT where he also went through the chairs of the council. He served two terms on the ASNT Board of Directors (2004-2006 and in 2013). He also became active in the T&E council where he served as secretary, vice-chair, and chair from 2011-2015 and acting chair in 2017. He was instrumental in development of the Guided Wave Testing (GWT) Method and is presently chair of the GWT committee.

Dr. Light has been awarded 20 patents on a wide range of NDE applications.  These patents include a pulse-echo, ultrasonic squirter; a pump-shaft inspection system; a sound transducer apparatus system and method; an X-ray fluorescence test of laminate structures; a UT transducer for extreme environments; embodiment of a variable-angle RFC ET probe; gas-coupled ultrasonics for gas pipeline inspection; the use of a priori CAD/CAM data to develop computed-tomography scan plans; a charged particle battery based on secondary Beta ray emissions; and method and apparatus for short-term inspection and long-term structural health monitoring.

Holds Level III in UT and RT.

Ripi

Plenary

What about NDE 4.0, as We Enter the 4th Industrial Revolution

Ripi Singh | Plus4Pi LLC

8:00 AM | Wednesday, 31 Oct 2018

"Industry 4.0” is a name for the current trend of automation & data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It primarily includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things, cloud computing and cognitive computing.  Different thought leaders have included other disruptive technologies. The case as it may be, the 4th Industrial Revolution is upon us.  Just like the previous revolution, only the adaptive will survive this one.  During the ASNT Spring 2018 conference, there was a conversation around NDE for Industry 4.0. Ripi would prefer to call upon his NDE industry colleagues to think about NDE 4.0 as we enter Industry 4.0.

About the Speaker

Ripi Singh began his career in early 90s as an Assistant Prof with fundamental research on Structural Integrity after a Post Doc from Georgia Tech.  Since moving to industry in late 90s, he has enjoyed developing valuable technologies, and approaches for aviation safety. He contributed actively to the NDE community through his Research and formation of the ASNT committee on inspection reliability(POD). With MS in Business Strategy in 2006 and a decade of Leadership roles in fortune 500, he developed strong competency in driving change through innovation.  He has contributed to over 25 defense & commercial entities in USA, EU, and Asia. Now, he routinely serves as technology and business advisor to individuals, incubators, universities, corporations, and the state as Council Member of CT Academy of Science and Engineering. Over the years, he extended the traditional practices such as lean and 6-sigma to a much more versatile and powerful innovation & productivity framework

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.

Interested in Exhibiting?

If you are interested in having an exhibit to share your latest products, technology or service offerings, contact Ruth Staat at rstaat@asnt.org or call her at 614-274-6003, ext. 227.

Booth Tour Videos Now Available!

EXHIBIT HOURS

Sunday October 28, 2018 - 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday October 29, 2018 - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday October 30, 2018 - 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

List of Exhibitors for Annual 2018

as of 23 October 2018

3E NDT LLC / INC

3IG Corporation

ABENDI

Access Plug Flange Inc

Acoustic Technology Group

ACS-Solutions GmbH

Acuren

Advanced Corrosion Technologies

Advanced Inspection Technologies

Advanced OEM Solutions

Advanced Test Equipment Rentals

Aerospace Testing International

A-Fab Co Inc

Agile Frameworks

AIP

Amerapex Corporation

American Institute of NDT

American Welding Society

Amotus Solutions

AMS Store and Shred LLC

Arrow-Tech Inc

ASME

ASNT

Australian Institute for NDT

AUT Solutions

Baugh & Weedon Ltd

BINDT

Blatek Inc

Bruker

Calder Industrial

Canon

Carestream NDT

Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology

Central Piedmont Comm College

CGM Cigiemme SpA

Chemetall US Inc

Chongqing Leeb Instrument Co

Chowdur Services Inc

Circle Systems Inc

CM Diagnostics sp zoo

Cobra Scientific

Comet Technologies USA Inc

Consultco Inc

CoreStar International Corporation

Creaform Inc

Cygnus Instruments

Dakota Ultrasonics

Danatronics

Dantec Dynamics GmbH

diondo Corporation

Direct Conversion

Dolphitech

DURR NDT GmbH & Co KG

Echo Ultrasonics

Eclipse Scientific

Eddyfi

Ekoscan

EMWorks

EQS Global

ETher NDE Ltd

Extende

FlawSpec Manufacturing

FlawTech

Fleet Nav Systems

Foerster Instruments Inc

Fujifilm North America

GB Inspection Systems

GE Inspection Technologies

Geophysical Survey Systems

Golden Engineering Inc

GOM Gmbh

Guangzhou Doppler Electronic Tech

Guided Ultrasonics Ltd

Guided Wave Analysis LLC

Gulmay

Hamamatsu Corporation

HELLIER

Hi-Spec Systems Ltd

Hocker Inc

I & T Nardoni Institute Srl

IMASONIC

INETEC

Innerspec Technologies Inc

Inspection Plug Strategies LLC

Inspectioneering

Intertek

Inuktun Services Ltd

Ionix Advanced Technologies

IPSI

iRay Technology Shanghai Ltd

Iris Inspection Services Inc

Isoflex Radioactive LLC

Japanese Society for NDI

Jentek Sensors Inc

JetSoft Ltd

JIREH Industries

JMD NDT Inc

Kinetic Solutions LLC

Kodak

Korean Society For NDT

Labino AB

Laser Technology

Lavender International

Lickenbrock Technologies Inc

Logos Imaging LLC

Lucid Software Limited

Magnaflux

Marietta Nondestructive Testing

MarShield

Massachusetts Materials Tech

Matec Instrument Companies

Metal Analysis Group

Metal Fatigue Solutions

Met-L-Chek

MFE Enterprises/MFE Rentals

Mirion Technologies

MISTRAS Group Inc

MITCORP

MPM Products Inc

NDT Classroom Inc

NDT Italiana Srl

NDT Seals Inc

NDT Solutions

NDT Systems Inc

NDTMA

Newco Inc

Nikon Metrology

North Star Imaging Inc

Nova Instruments

NOVO DR Ltd

Novosound Ltd

Nucleom Inc

Oceaneering Intl Asset Integrity

Oceanscan USA

OKOS Solutions

Olympus America Inc

Pacific Imaging LLC

Pan American Industries Inc

Peak NDT

Peltec Services Inc

PH Tool Reference Standards

Phased Array Company

Phoenix Inspection Systems Ltd

Phoenix LLC

Pine Environmental

Pinnacle X-Ray Solutions

Pixxgen Corporation

PRAGMA

Premium Inspection & Testing

Proceq

QSA Global Inc

Quality Equipment Distributors

Quality Magazine

R-CON NDT Inc

REL Inc

Ridgewater College

Rohmann LP

Salt Lake Community College

SAMES KREMLIN

San Jacinto College

ScanMaster IRT Inc

ScanTech Instruments Inc

SciAps Inc

SE International Inc

Sensor Networks

SG NDT Inc

Shanghai CHiNDT Systems

Shenzhen Coantec Automation

Sherwin Incorporated

SignalNDT

SIUI

Socomate International

Sonaspection International Inc

Sonatest LTD

Sonaxis SA

SONOTEC

Source Production & Equipment

Southeast Community College

Southwest Research Institute

Spectronics Corporation

Spellman High Voltage Electronics

Starmans Electronics

Talcyon Pte Ltd

TEAM Industrial Services

Technology Design Ltd

Teledyne ICM

Test Equipment Distributors LLC

Testex Inc

Testia

Thermal Wave Imaging Inc

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Toray Industries America Inc

Trikon Technologies/Nexus Metrology

Turner Specialty Services LLC

ULSO TECH CO LTD

Ultracon Service LLC

Ultran Group

UniWest

USA Borescopes

Varex Imaging

Vector NDT Training

Verasonics Inc

Veriphase

Vermon NDT

VFG Leasing & Finance

VIDISCO Ltd

Viewtech

VisiConsult X-Ray Systems

Vizaar Industrial Imaging

VJ Technologies Inc

VMI

Volume Graphics Inc

Warren Associates

WesDyne AMDATA

Willick Engineering Company Inc

XARION Laser Acoustics GmbH

Xiamen Miton Optronics Co

Xi'an Broad Dimension

X-Scan Imaging Corporation

YXLON Comet Technologies

Zetec Inc

Zhengzhou Runde Dellonscope

Hotel Information

Marriott Marquis
1777 Walker Street
Houston, TX 77010

ASNT Group Rate: $209 per night (plus taxes)
ASNT Government Rate: $121 per night (plus taxes)
Rates good until October 1, 2018

To reserve, click here, or call 1-888-236-2427 or 1-301-380-3000. Be sure to refer to the American Society for Nondestructive Testing when making your reservation by phone.

About Houston

Houston is served by two 4-star rated airports—George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) which is 23 miles north of downtown Houston and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) which is 21 miles south of downtown.

Both airports offer rental car counters. A taxi ride from IAH to downtown is about $52; from HOU taxi fare is approximately $26. Uber and Supershuttle (www.supershuttle.com) are also ground transportation options from either airport to downtown.

The fourth-largest city with more than 2.2 million residents, Houston attracts visitors and transplants with a wonderful mix of world-class arts, booming business, pro sports and award-winning cuisine. Just last year, the city landed on several “best of” lists, including the Travel + Leisure roundup of America’s Favorite Cities and the Hotwire.com index of most affordable U.S. vacation destinations.

Much of daily life in Houston happens outdoors, thanks to mild, year-round temperatures. Take time to explore the eclectic, culture-filled neighborhoods, gallery spaces and attractions, which offer diverse flavors. Learn more about things to do in Houston here www.visithoustontexas.com.


Unauthorized Housing Warning

Unfortunately, it is now common practice for unauthorized companies to claim to be official housing providers for trade shows and other large events, including ASNT conferences. Usually called “room poachers,” these companies target exhibitors and attendees with aggressive emails or phone calls claiming to offer supposed discounts on hotel rooms or incorrectly stating that room blocks are nearing or at capacity. The room poachers often don’t deliver on promises to customers. When customers arrive, reservations are non-existent or the hotels are not conveniently located. Sometimes the rooms have been cancelled and hefty cancellation fees have been placed on the customer’s credit card.

Please be vigilant if contacted by any company or service that implies or claims to be an official housing provider for ASNT. ASNT IS NOT affiliated with third-party travel agents, wholesalers or other outside agencies claiming to offer hotel reservations. The only way to book your rooms for ASNT is to use the channels provided on our website. If you are contacted by one of these pirate companies, please notify ASNT staff immediately. Below are company names that have been provided to us by our members, attendees and exhibitors. This list is not complete and new company names will be added as we are made aware of them.

  • Corporate Booking Services – CBS International
  • Global EXPO LIST
  • Global Housing Services, Corp.
  • Prodataleads.com
  • Travel Group Partners / TGP Marketing Corp.

Download the onsite guide and see all the scheduled meetings and events. The most up-to-date schedule can be found in the mobile app.

Pre-Conference Events sponsored by the Greater Houston Section of ASNT.

  • Wednesday, 24 October:
    Motorcycle ride – The Woodlands to San Antonio
  • Thursday, 25 October:
    Motorcycle ride - San Antonio to The Woodlands
  • Friday, 26 October:
    9:00 - Golf @ Memorial Park
    10:00 - Tennis @ Memorial Park
  • Saturday, 27 October:
    Fall Educational @ San Jacinto College

For more information on these pre-conference events, visit the Greater Houston Section of ASNT website at www.asnthouston.com

Sunday, October 28

Student Career Workshop

8:00-11:00 am

Learn resume tips, interviewing skills, NDT job opportunities from seasoned NDT industry professionals. Sign up for interviews to be conducted on Monday and Tuesday.

ASNT Annual Business Meeting & Town Hall Meeting

2:00-4:30 pm

Hear from ASNT leadership on the financial status of the organization, and during the town hall listen to the presentation on the National Science Foundation Grant to ASNT followed by questions and answers.

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.

Monday, October 29

Day of STEM

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

Included with paid Full and One Day Conference Registrations only.  Additional fee for all other registrations. 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.

Tuesday, October 30

Lunch with Exhibitors

11:00-1:00 pm

Included with paid Full and One Day Conference Registrations only.  Additional fee for all other registrations. Your last day to visit the exhibits. The Exhibits will close at 4:00 pm, but we will have the refreshment break from 3:00-4:00 pm again in the Exhibit Hall.

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 industry professional. Additional fee required. Limited seating available.

Companion Program

The Companion Suite, in the Meyerland room on Level 3 at the Marriott Marquis hotel, will be open daily, Sunday, October 28-Wednesday, October 31.

  • Sunday, 11:00 am-1:30 pm—Get-acquainted brunch and learn more about Houston and the surrounding area from a representative from Visit Houston. Participate in the Accessory Exchange by bringing a fashion “accessory” that you can contribute, and then select one that will jazz up that Banquet outfit!
  • Monday, 9:00-11:00 am—Enjoy a continental breakfast and plan your day. Be sure to sign up for the Discover Houston Tour and Lunch at the Aquarium in advance. See details below. Space is limited to 60 people. Optional fee required.
  • Tuesday, 9:00-11:00 am—Meet for breakfast and hear about space travel from a NASA astronaut.
  • Wednesday, 9:00-11:00 am—Come to the final breakfast and say goodbye until next year. Since it is Halloween, participate in the Costume Contest. Prizes given for
    • Best overall
    • Scariest
    • Funniest
    • Most original
    • Most effort put into it
    • Most innovative

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

Monday Tour: Discover Houston

An additional $50 fee is required. Registration is limited to companion program registrants only. Space is limited to 60.

From the comfort of a double-decker bus and with an experienced tour guide, get a real feel for Houston as we visit Tranquility Park, Minute Maid Park, Hermann Park, the Museum District, and more. Then we will have 3-course lunch at the Downtown Aquarium. Tour bus will depart from the Marriott hotel at approximately 10:30 and return around 2:00 pm.

$50

Quilt Raffle to support the Greater Houston Section of ASNT Scholarship Fund

Made by members of the Quilt Guild of Greater Houston, this 72”x90” quilt is called Becker’s Shooting Star.  Tickets will be on sale during the conference at $5 each or 5 for $20. Look for the quilt on display and buy your tickets from the Companions. Cash sales only. The winning ticket will be drawn on Wednesday morning at the plenary. Winner need not be present to win. Free shipping will be offered.

Short Courses are offered Sunday-Wednesday. Please refer below for specific times. An additional fee is required. Sign up for courses during Conference registration.

Short Course A

Sunday, October 28 ● 8:00 am-12:00 pm

Time of Flight Diffraction for Weld Inspections

Anmol Birring, Ph.D., Birring NDE Center, Houston, TX

Technical and engineering personnel who want to familiarize themselves with time of flight diffraction (TOFD) for inspection of welds will find value in this course. Topics covered will include the concepts of TOFD, probe selection, TOFD calibration and evaluation of TOFD data. Actual demonstrations will be done on weld samples.

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the concepts of TOFD
  • Apply TOFD to weld inspections
  • Identify advantages of TOFD

About the Instructor

Anmol Birring graduated from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1978 and Iowa State University in 1980. He a MS degree in Engineering Mechanics. Birring worked at Southwest Research Institute and Houston Lighting and Power before opening NDE Associates, Inc. and later a training school called Birring NDE Center, Inc in Houston. In addition, he has published over 75 technical papers and holds two patents.

Short Course B

Monday, October 29 ● 1:00-5:00 pm

Technical Writing for NDT

Robert Conklin, Ph.D., American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), Columbus, OH

The course offers to anyone at any stage in their career the opportunity to develop as technical writers. More specifically, the course is intended to assist NDT professionals who frequently have to write reports. It can also benefit prospective authors and reviewers of articles and publications. In this course, we’ll consider writing as a process that involves analyzing your audience, gathering relevant data, developing a clear organizational pattern, outlining your ideas, writing with an appropriate style, achieving technical accuracy, adhering to a proper format, and being able to proofread and revise your own material. Interactive group exercises, word games, and hands-on coaching sessions will supplement the presentation.

By the end of the course, learners should be able to:

  • Compose a technical document using a clear, concise, objective writing style appropriate for the intended audience.
  • Organize a technical document using proper heading levels and a logical sequence of subsections.
  • Evaluate a document, such as a report or procedure, for the technical accuracy of the content.
  • Revise the draft of a technical document with an “ear” for sentence variety and rhythm, active versus passive voice, and effective transitions.
  • Proofread a document for common grammatical errors and punctuation mistakes.

About the Instructor

Bob Conklin has an extensive teaching career as a communication skills instructor at several colleges and universities. Subjects he has taught include advanced composition, technical communication, and career development. As Educational Materials Editor for ASNT, he took a lead role in producing Personnel Training Publications for several NDT methods, as well as the second edition of Materials and Processes for NDT Technology. Currently, he serves as an Instructional Designer for the Certification and Technical Services department at ASNT.

Short Course C

Tuesday, October 30 ● 1:00-5:00 pm

Leadership and Ethics in NDT

Don Locke and Don Norton, Hellier NDT, Houston, TX

Why attend another leadership and ethics course?  Leadership and ethics are topics that are always needed for new supervisors and managers in the NDT business.  The presenters will review the important role which leaders have in an organization in establishing an environment where safety takes precedence over competing demands.  Key traits leaders exhibit on a routine basis to demonstrate the important role of a “safety culture” in an organization will be discussed using examples of strong leadership and ethics as well as the consequences of poor leadership and ethics.  NDT is a business of quality and integrity. This short course will be relevant for the person attending the ASNT conference for the first time or senior leaders in the NDT community.

Learning Objectives

  • Increase awareness of leadership skills
  • Learn from the examples of current ethical and unethical behavior in the news
  • Apply concepts learned to current NDT technology applications and situations

About the Instructors

Don Locke is a career NDT tech who started in 1972 now is the president of 3 companies. This success in the NDT business has required leadership and presented several challenges over the past 45 years.  Don Norton is a profession leadership trainer, certified by John Maxwell.   Both are NDT professionals that know the NDT business and challenges.

Short Course D

Wednesday, October 31 ● 9:00 am-1:00 pm

Magnetic Particle Inspection: Beyond the Basics

Joseph Mackin, Level III Inspector, International Pipe Inspectors Association, Houston, TX

After a brief review of basic magnetic principles, course will cover probability of detection and its relation to procedures; measurement of magnet fields and the capability and limitation of the available tools; effect of coating on magnetic field; coils and their application; head shots and internal conductors and their application; yokes and their application; and the behavior considerations for wet and dry magnetic particles.

At the conclusion of the course, one will have a better understanding of:

  • Determination of the applied magnetic field
  • How best practices effect the probability of detection
  • Best practices

About the Instructor

Joe Mackin is the Executive Director of the International Pipe Inspectors Association. Joe has an MBA and holds Level III certificates in MT, PT, UT, ET, ML and VT nondestructive testing methods.  He has held his MT certification for 29 years. Joe is a past president of ASNT (2003-2004) and has worked on both the ASNT and ASTM MT/PT committees. He has also served on the Certification Management Council.

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Committee

Technical Program Committee

  • Claudia Kropas-Hughes, Ph.D., NDT Consulting, Program Chair
  • Shane Boone, Ph.D., BDI
  • Roger Engelbart, Boeing
  • Tobias Funk, Triple Ring Technologies
  • Ron Nisbet, HSI Group Inc.
  • Kevin Ostergren, Phillips 66
  • Roderic Stanley, Ph.D., NDE Information Consultants
  • Ward Rummel, Consultant
  • Vijay Srinivasan, Con Edison of New York
  • Johannes Vrana, Ph.D., Vrana NDT Consulting and Solutions

Greater Houston Section Host Committee

  • Deal Moore, NDT Seals Inc., Committee Chairperson
  • Rick Arnett, AIP
  • Dave Bajula, Acuren
  • Bonnie Blanchard, Access Rules Training
  • Victoria Cargill, Cargill’s Embroidery
  • John Chen, Shlumberger
  • Stacy Cotie, Acuren
  • Nathan Dion
  • Jerry Fulin
  • Rhonda Grisham-Storey, ALX Industries
  • Michelle Harnish, We NDT
  • John Huffman, Oceaneering
  • John Iman, Acuren
  • Roger Jordan, Turbo Nondestructive Testing Inc.
  • Danny Keck, KCS Enterprises
  • Bonnie Mackin
  • Joe Mackin, International Pipe Inspectors Association, Inc.
  • Wendy Morasse
  • John Nyholt, San Jacinto College
  • Wendy Post, Oceanscan USA
  • Tim Roach, Tenaris
  • Mike Ruddy – NOV Tuboscope
  • James Scott, TesTex
  • Zac Sebren, NDT Seals Inc.
  • Charlotte Via
  • Mark Waggoner, Oceaneering
  • Jeff Wagner, NDT Quality Assurance LLC

ASNT Exhibitors Committee

  • Michelle Harnish, We NDT, Committee Chairperson
  • Peter Roy, Rockwood Service Corp., Vice Chairperson
  • Flynn Spears, Laser Technology
  • John Turner, Flawtech
  • Dennis M. Chedraui, AIP Global Strategies, LLC
  • Charles (Buddy) Lemann, QSA Global Inc.
  • Frank Weinmeister, Innerspec Technologies Inc.
  • Lisa Price, Sherwin Incorporated
  • Kirsten Groenewald, Flawtech
  • Beth Cursio, Circle Systems Inc.
  • Deal Moore, NDT Seals Inc.
  • Dan Carnevale, Danatronics
  • Robin Assencoa, Olympus America, Inc.
  • Arny Bereson, ASNT (Ex-Officio)
  • Christine Schnitzer, ASNT (Ex-Officio)
  • Ruth Staat, ASNT (Ex-Officio)
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We provide a variety of sponsorships at each of our trade shows. Contact Ruth Staat at rstaat@asnt.org to discuss sponsorship opportunities for your company today.




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