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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.

About Houston:

The residents of the fourth-largest city in the United States know that there’s no place quite like Houston. With more than 2.2 million residents, the city features wonderful mix of world-class arts, booming business, pro sports and award-winning cuisine. Houston has landed on several “best of” lists including being one of "America’s Favorite Cities" and one of the "most affordable U.S. vacation destinations."  Featuring mild, year-round temperatures Houston has eclectic, culture-filled neighborhoods, gallery spaces and attractions, which offer diverse flavors that can only be found here. Countless cutting-edge chefs have made a home in Houston including James Beard Award winners and internationally renowned chefs serving up innovative cuisine that frequently catches the attention of foodies in Bon Appetit, Food & Wine and Saveur.

We hope you will join us in Houston.

Download our promotional brochure!

Registration Rates

  Before 1 Oct.
Until 26 Oct.

Member Non-Member Member Non-Member Member Non-Member
Full Registration
$625 $725 $725 $825 $825 $925
One-Day Registration
$395 $495 $495 $595 $595 $695
Speaker / Committee Chair
$350 $450 $450 $550 $550 $650
Short Course (each)
$300 $400 $400 $500 $500 $600
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

Program Information and Registration

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Ruben Gonzalez


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 Light, Ph.D. |

8:00 AM | Tuesday, 30 Oct 2018

About the Speaker


NDT 4.0

Peter Zornio | Chief Technology Officer, Emerson Automation Solutions

8:00 AM | Wednesday, 31 Oct 2018

About the Speaker

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 or call her at 614-274-6003, ext. 227.

Booth Tour Videos Now Available!


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 16 August 2018


3IG Corporation

Access Plug Flange Inc

Acoustic Technology Group

ACS-Solutions GmbH


Advanced Corrosion Tech & Training

Advanced Inspection Technologies

Advanced OEM Solutions

Advanced Test Equipment Rentals

Aerospace Testing International

A-Fab Co Inc

Agile Frameworks


Amerapex Corporation

American Institute of Nondestructive Testing

American Society for Nondestructive Testing

American Stress Technologies Inc

American Welding Society

Amotus Solutions

AMS Store and Shred LLC

Arrow-Tech Inc

ASI Metals

Australian Institute for NDT

AUT Solutions

Baugh & Weedon Ltd

Blatek Inc

British Institute of Nondestructive Testing

Broad Dimension Technology


BWX Technologies, Inc.

Calder Industrial


Carestream NDT

Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology

CGM Cigiemme SpA

Chemetall US Inc

Chongqing Leeb Instrument Co Ltd

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


Dantec Dynamics GmbH

Direct Conversion



Echo Ultrasonics

Eclipse Scientific



ETher NDE Ltd



Fleet Nav Systems

Foerster Instruments Inc

Fujifilm North America - NDT Materials and Equipment

GB Inspection Systems

GE Inspection Technologies

Geophysical Survey Systems

Golden Engineering Inc

Guangzhou Doppler Electronic Technologies Co Ltd

Guided Ultrasonics Ltd

Guided Wave Analysis LLC


Hamamatsu Corporation


Hocker Inc

I & T Nardoni Institute Srl


INETEC - Institute for Nuclear Technology

Innerspec Technologies Inc

Inspection Plug Strategies LLC

Inuktun Services Ltd

Ionix Advanced Technologies


iRay Technology Shanghai Ltd

Iris Inspection Services Inc

Isoflex Radioactive LLC

Japanese Society for NDI

Jentek Sensors Inc

JetSoft Ltd

JIREH Industries


Kinetic Solutions LLC

Korean Society For NDT

Labino AB

Laser Technology

Lavender International NDT Consultants

Lickenbrock Technologies Inc

Logos Imaging LLC


Marietta Nondestructive Testing Inc


Massachusetts Materials Technologies

Matec Instrument Companies Inc

Metal Fatigue Solutions


MFE Enterprises / MFE Rentals

Mirion Technologies



MPM Products Inc

NDT Classroom Inc

NDT Italiana Srl

NDT Seals Inc

NDT Solutions

NDT Systems Inc


Newco Inc

Nikon Metrology

North Star Imaging Inc


Novosound Ltd

Nucleom Inc

Oceaneering International Asset Integrity

Oceanscan USA

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

Pinnacle X-Ray Solutions


Premium Inspection & Testing


QSA Global Inc

Quality Equipment Distributors Inc

Quality Magazine


REL, Inc.

RF System Lab

Rohmann Eddy Current Instruments & Systems

ScanMaster IRT Inc

ScanTech Instruments Inc

SciAps Inc

SE International Inc

Sensor Networks


Shanghai CHiNDT Systems and Services

Shenzhen Coantec Automation Technology Co Ltd

Sherwin Incorporated



Socomate International

Sonaspection International Inc

Sonatest LTD

Sonaxis SA


Source Production & Equipment Co Inc

Southwest Research Institute

Spectronics Corporation

Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corporation

Talcyon Pte Ltd

TEAM Industrial Services

Technology Design Ltd

Teledyne ICM

Test Equipment Distributors LLC

Testex Inc


Thermal Wave Imaging Inc

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Toray Industries America Inc

Trikon Technologies/Nexus Metrology

Turner Specialty Services LLC


Ultracon Service LLC

Ultran Group


USA Borescopes

Varex Imaging

Vector NDT Training


Vermon NDT

VFG Leasing & Finance


VisiConsult X-Ray Systems & Solutions GmbH

Vizaar Industrial Imaging

VJ Technologies Inc


Volume Graphics Inc

Warren Associates


Willick Engineering Company Inc

XARION Laser Acoustics GmbH

Xiamen Miton Optronics Co

X-Scan Imaging Corporation

YXLON Comet Technologies

Zetec Inc

Zhengzhou Runde Dellonscope Co Ltd

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 ( 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 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

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.
  • Travel Group Partners / TGP Marketing Corp.

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

  • Motorcycle ride – Houston to San Antonio via the Devils Backbone, Wednesday-Thursday, October 24-25
  • Tennis Tournament – Memorial Park, Houston TX.  Friday, October. 26th, 2018
  • Golf Tournament—

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

Sunday, October 28

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.

Student Career Workshop

3:00-6:00 pm

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

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

A 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.


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 Tuesday night at the Awards Banquet. 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., Biring 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 , being able 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.


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)
Host Committee Sponsors

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
Labino Circle Systems Met-L-Chek AINDT Olympus QSA Global