Section News - April 2016

News items submitted by local sections for the month of April 2016


Phoenix, Arizona

The Arizona Section thanks everyone who made it to the 21 January meeting. There were 21 attendees in total, including Regional Director David Mitchell. Noah Fredette, of 3E NDT, LLC, gave a practical demonstration covering digital radiography and computed radiography with some help from Matthew Reading, of GE Inspection Technologies.

The Arizona Section enjoyed a good turnout at its 21 January meeting.


Charlotte, North Carolina

The Charlotte Section held an “Introduction to Phased Array Ultrasonics” class held at Structural Integrity Associates in Huntersville, North Carolina. The eight-hour class was held on 30 January and was taught by Jeff Milligan with assistance from Randy McDonald and David Brawn. Fifteen attendees from several local companies and students from Central Piedmont Community College spent the first half of the day learning about phased array ultrasonic testing theory and the second half of the day practicing with hands-on exercises. A special thanks to Milligan and Structural Integrity Associates for the facilities, equipment, and instruction, as well as a thanks to the meeting sponsor, Tommy Boyers and MPM Products, Inc., who provided lunch and a phased array demo.

The Section hosted 15 members and guests at its 22 February meeting at Siemens Energy Hub in Charlotte, North Carolina. Otis Adams, Greg Colston, and Gary Sturghill provided a guided tour of the state-of-the-art manufacturing and service facility. Siemens Charlotte Energy Hub is the company’s worldwide hub for 60 Hz fossil power generation equipment manufacturing and service, with additional capabilities for the 50 Hz market.

In November 2011 the facility was expanded, adding gas turbine production and service capabilities. The new gas turbine facility was designed based on Lean manufacturing principles and U.S. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold building standards, making it the most advanced gas turbine production plant in the world. The current facility has approximately 11.15 ha (1.2 million ft2) of space under roof.

Special thanks go to Tom Flaherty, from Detek, for sponsoring the meeting.

Jeff Milligan (standing), of Structural Integrity Associates, assisted a student who was receiving “Introduction to Phased Array” training.


Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Section met on 8 February, with 14 guests and members in attendance at Mack’s Golden Pheasant Restaurant and Lounge in Elmhurst, Illinois. The guest speaker was Elias Sabbagh, of Victor Technologies, LLC. His talk was titled “Fundamentals and Applications of Eddy Current NDE Modeling with Vic-3D.” Sabbagh holds a B.E. in economics and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Purdue University. The eddy current inspection process is used extensively in the aerospace industry for fasteners and in the power industry for inspection of heat exchangers. The use of modeling helps in the development of inspection procedures and for developing and verifying calibrations. It is an excellent design tool and can also help in integrating data. Sabbagh is also the author of the book Computational Electromagnetics and Model-based Inversion: A Modern Paradigm for Eddy Current Nondestructive Evaluation.

Guest speaker Elias Sabbagh (left), of Victor Technologies, received a plaque of appreciation from Chicago Section Chair Chuck Johnson, of Karden Sales.


Cleveland, Ohio

Twenty-six members and guests attended the January meeting of the Cleveland Section at Bucci’s J-Bella restaurant. Gary White, of Orbit Industries, Inc., gave a presentation on Nadcap.

Golden Gate

San Francisco, California

The Golden Gate Section met on 18 February, with 16 members and guests in attendance. Ismael Plasencia and Carla Hall, of the Crucible, presented on “The Art of Welding,” a deeper look into the beauty of industrial art. Attendees were given a tour and learned about the art, programs, and history of the Crucible, and also observed the industrial artists at work. The Crucible is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts education organization that fosters a collaboration of arts, industry, and community. Through training in the fine and industrial arts, the Crucible promotes creative expression, reuse of materials, and innovative design, while serving as an accessible arts venue for the general public in the Bay Area. Known for one-of-a-kind industrial arts education programs, the Crucible is also highly regarded for its innovative performances.

The tour featured the welding bike program with McClymonds High School. Dan Kerr and Richard Seals plan on continuing to work with the Crucible, offering welding inspection to those involved in the bike program.

The meeting included other topics of discussion, including the treasury report, a reminder of the vendor’s night, and an announcement that the Section was invited to volunteer for the Alameda County Science Fair.

Greater Houston

Houston, Texas

The Greater Houston Section’s February meeting was held at Brady’s Landing restaurant, with 74 members and guests.

Prior to the evening’s presentation there was Board of Directors meeting and an Executive Committee meeting, where 14 committee members were in attendance. The meeting was called to order by Tim Roach and Special Committee issues were addressed along with the approval of the prior meeting minutes and treasury report.

Announcements included reminders to register any qualifying technicians for the Section’s Jerry Fulin Technician of the Year Award, and a brief synopsis of upcoming events including vendor’s night. It was noted that only a few more spots were available for the annual golf outing at Timber Creek Golf Club. Door prizes were given out to members who had a winning ticket. John Nyholt made an announcement that that the spring educational would be held on 5 March at San Jacinto College. The topic was “Remote Visual Examinations.”

The meeting’s guest speaker was John O’Brien, of Chevron, also representing the Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI). O’Brien gave a good presentation on some statistics of Chevron’s ultrasonic testing and gave insights on how the industry could improve competency by utilizing real-world samples that are offered by PRCI.

The Section appreciates O’Brien’s time and effort, and also thanks the meeting sponsors: Circle Systems, Inc.; Team Industrial Services; Diamond G Inspection; NOV Tuboscope; and TSP.

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Tim Roach (left) and Greater Houston Section guest speaker John O’Brien.

Hampton Roads

Newport News, Virginia

On 9 February, the Hampton Roads Section held its monthly meeting at Peking International Buffet in Hampton, Virginia. Eight members were in attendance. Larry Stippich presented to the group the changes in NAVSEA Technical Publication 271 and how these changes affect both Navy and commercial contractors’ written practice. After the presentation, attendees played “Stump the Expert,” and the winner received a free dinner.


Kuwait City, Kuwait

The Kuwait Section sponsored and organized its fourth technical presentation of the current program year (July 2015 to June 2016) on 18 February at Kohinoor Restaurant, Fahaheel, Kuwait, with approximately 16 in attendance. D.M. Tripathi introduced the speaker, M. Rajput, who presented on “Application of NDE Methods (RT, UT, PT, MT, and AUT) in ASME Code Jobs.” Rajput’s technical presentation outlined the basic requirements of nondestructive testing (NDT) methods to be followed on American Society of Mechanical Engineers code jobs. The following NDT methods were discussed in detail (all 2015 edition): Radiographic Examination—Article 2 of ASME Section V; Ultrasonic Examination —Articles 4 and 5 of ASME Section V; Liquid Penetrant Examination—Article 6 of ASME Section V; Magnetic Particle Examination—Article 7 of ASME Section V; Automated Ultrasonic Examination—Articles 4 and 5 of ASME Section V; and ASME Section VIII Divisions 1 and 2.

The presentation provided practical explanations and figures, and was very useful for the attendees. S.S. Murugan thanked Rajput on behalf of the Section for his presentation and contributions to the Section.

The next ASNT NDT Level III exams in Kuwait will be held on 21 and 22 October.

Kuwait Section meeting attendees: (front row, from left) D.M. Tripathi, Somendra Singh, S. Gunasekaran, Mohammed Rajput (speaker), and Santosh Gorain; (second row, from left) Vinod Pandey, S. Mathusoothanan, Shabu T. Kumaran, Sultan M. Amro, and Kalyan Das; (standing, from left) S.S. Murugan, Laxmikanth Reddy, and S. Saravan Kumar.

Miami Valley

Cincinnati, Ohio

The Miami Valley Section met on 3 February at Uno Pizzeria & Grill in West Chester, Ohio. Ten people came out to listen to Gloria Hardy discuss the Montgomery County Science Day event—one of the Section’s key outreach opportunities each year.

Mohawk Hudson

Schenectady, New York

The Mohawk Hudson Section met on 16 February at Van Dyck Restaurant & Lounge, in Schenectady, New York. There were 16 members and 4 guests in attendance, including 3 teenagers, one of whom is the youngest member of ASNT.

The dinner meeting featured a presentation on “New NY Bridge (Tappan Zee Bridge),” by Daniel D’Angelo, deputy chief engineer with the New York State Department of Transportation. D’Angelo is the Department’s project liaison to the New York State Thruway Authority and Federal Highway Administration on the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project. In addition, he served as the national chair of the Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP2) Renewal Technical Coordinating Committee at the National Academies of Science. His previous positions include statewide director of the Office of Design and the director of the Design Quality Assurance Bureau, and director of the $1.5 billion Recovery Act programs. D’Angelo received a B.S. in civil engineering from the University at Buffalo and an M.B.A. and a graduate certificate in teaching and learning from Norwich University.

D’Angelo’s presentation included a photographic chronicle of the New NY Bridge construction project to date (Tappan Zee replacement project). The speaker illustrated the progress on the $4 billion effort to improve a critical transportation link across the Hudson River. The presentation covered activities completed to date, from design, pile testing, dredging, pile installation, piers, caps, towers, and steel, to deck panels. The speaker also discussed nondestructive testing and quality assurance/control technique utilized for design and construction including how these methodologies were used to ensure that fish life is not adversely affected due to the construction.

Mohawk Hudson
The Mohawk Hudson Section dinner meeting on 16 February featured a presentation on “New NY Bridge.”

North Alabama

Huntsville, Alabama

The North Alabama Section met on 17 February at Logan’s Roadhouse in Huntsville, Alabama. Twelve members and guests were in attendance, with Regional Director N. David Campbell. The purpose of this meeting was to generate interest among the local members and inspire reactivation of the longtime dormant Section. Campbell notified members of the detailed steps necessary to fully reactivate the Section and then solicited volunteers for officers and directors positions.

Old Dominion

Richmond, Virginia

On 25 February, 11 members and guests of the Old Dominion Section gathered at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia for a meeting of the Richmond Joint Engineers Council (RJEC). The RJEC is a cooperative group of all Richmond area chapters of the various engineering societies and helps facilitate joint efforts and industry cohesion. The gathered members of RJEC heard a riveting presentation by Mary C. Doswell, senior vice president of Dominion Energy Solutions. Several awards were presented, and winning essays were read by local high school students.

Pacific Northwest

Seattle, Washington

On 8 February, 13 members of the Pacific Northwest Section gathered at the DoubleTree Hilton Suites at Southcenter, in Tukwila, Washington. Among the attendees were three students from Clover Park Technical College. Jim Doyle, of Laser Techniques Co., presented “Laser Profilometry—Solving NDT Challenges.” Operating as a laser caliper, a map of the target surface is created of the target. The image can be displayed in 2D or 3D format. A tabular and graphical report summary can be created. Applications include erosion, pitting, corrosion, tube diameter, and ovality measurements as well as manufacturing discontinuities and dent measurement on the inner surface image. Some of the benefits are that the system is quantitative—not dependent on operator judgment, has a noncontact sensor, is accurate to ±25.4 µm (0.001 in.), and can be easily integrated with other nondestructive testing methods.

Dinner preceded Doyle’s presentation, and afterward there were several questions from each of the Clover Park Technical College students.

As a meeting attendance incentive, $30 is added to a fund at each meeting towards a year-end drawing of $240 from those who sign the guestbook at each meeting.

Pacific Northwest
Pacific Northwest Section Guest Speaker Jim Doyle, of Laser Techniques, explained some of the applications of laser profilometry.


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Pittsburgh Section thanks Hank Rowe, of GE Measurement & Control, for his presentation on “Digital Radiography” on 21 January. Rowe presented a very good overview of radiography past, present, and future, as well as showed some applications and equipment selections. There were 16 in attendance at the Palms Brazilian Steakhouse in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.

San Diego

San Diego, California

The San Diego Section hosted its fourth technical meeting of the 2015–2016 year on 2 February, at the Best Western Seven Seas hotel, in San Diego, California, with 25 members and guests in attendance. This was the past chairs’ night. The Section honored five past chairs in attendance: Konrad Boekamp (1964–1965); Joseph Wilkins (1965–1966); Juan Diaz (1982–1983); Hans Weber (2012–2013, 2014–2015); and Larry Olsen (1998–2000, 2013–2014).

The scheduled speaker was ill and could not attend, so the Section leadership decided to hold an open discussion forum on strategic planning for the Section. A number of topics were brought up during this time.

To close the meeting, Section Chair John Morris acknowledged the Section sponsors in attendance. The meeting concluded with raffles.

Saudi Arabian

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabian Section held its eighth technical dinner meeting for the fiscal year 2015–2016 on 15 February at the Dhahran Palace Hotel, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The Section-sponsored meeting was attended by 98 members and guests.

Section Vice Chair Abdullah M. Al Khalifah began the meeting with a welcome and announcements, including about the Level III exams taking place in July. After the announcements, Al Khalifah called on Section Chair Fathi E. Al Qadeeb to start his presentation, “Understanding Section Bylaws.” Al Qadeeb spoke in-depth about the Section bylaws and encouraged attendees to participate in the April election of the 2016–2018 Section board members and officers.

After the presentation there was a prize distribution, and then everyone in attendance retired for dinner at the Dhahran Palace Hotel.

Saudi Arabian
Saudi Arabian Section Secretary M.J. Anjum (seated, foreground) busy in registration on 15 February at the Dhahran Palace Hotel, Dhahran.

Southern Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

On 16 February, the Southern Africa Section was treated to an informative presentation by Peter Woodman, from the Bloodhound Project. Woodman is the ambassador in South Africa responsible for setting up the land speed world record attempt, which will take place in Hakskeen Pan in 2017. There was much interest and many questions generated by Woodman’s talk.

Southern Africa
Peter Woodman gave a presentation to the Southern Africa Section in February.

United Arab Emirates

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The first 2016 United Arab Emirates Section technical dinner meeting was held on 9 February at the Crowne Plaza Yas Island hotel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The meeting was sponsored by Olympus Testing Maintenance & Repair Services, LLC. In attendance were 37 members, including ASNT Chair of the Board L. Terry Clausing and Executive Director Dr. Arny Bereson, who were there to meet Section members. Vignesh Mariappan presented Olympus’s latest ultrasonic testing technologies with a tabletop exhibition. Then, Clausing, Bereson, and Regional Director Marwan Basrawi held a Town Hall meeting with the members about ASNT’s new Strategic Plan, with an emphasis on training and certification issues. It was announced to the members that computed-based testing would be rolled out by the end of this year, which will significantly impact authorized exam centers.

The United Arab Emirates Section held a technical dinner meeting on 9 February.

Section Highlight

In February, the San Diego Section took the time to honor some of its past Section chairs. This is also the Section’s 55th year of continuous activity.

San Diego
San Diego Section past chairs (from left): Hans Weber, Juan Diaz, Joseph Wilkins, Konrad Boekamp, and Larry Olsen.