Section News - August 2016

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


Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Section met on 13 June, with 17 guests and members in attendance at Mack’s Golden Pheasant Restaurant in Elmhurst, Illinois.

The guest speaker, Jeff Waldal, of Seikowave, Inc., discussed the use of 3D visual inspection for corrosion on pipe. The process uses light and a camera to detect surface discontinuities, such as corrosion or dents. The camera can capture an area of approximately 21.6 ´ 27.94 cm (8.5 ´ 11 in.) at a 40.64 cm (16 in.) distance from the surface. Each image contains 300 000 pixels. With a known marker or feature, multiple images can be obtained and then stitched together to provide an image of a larger area. Once an image is obtained, the vision system has multiple functions that are simple and intuitive, which can be applied to analyze the depth and size of the discontinuities and provide engineers with valuable information for decision making as far as repair, replacement, or future lifecycle assessment.

The technology can easily be applied in many fields such as ships, bridges, nuclear piping and vessels, and tanker type railcars. Surface reflectivity can affect images. If problems are encountered, white contrast paint can be applied to provide a less reflective surface and allow images to be obtained.

Jeff Waldal (left), of Seikowave, received a plaque of appreciation from Chicago Section Chair Chuck Johnson, of Karden Sales.

Connecticut Yankee

Groton, Connecticut

Thirty-one members and guests attended the Connecticut Yankee Section meeting at the Groton Elks Lodge in Groton, Connecticut, on 18 May. In attendance were members and guests from the Section; new ASNT members and faculty from Norwich, Connecticut’s Three Rivers College; and members from the Boston and Narragansett Bay sections.

The guest speaker for the evening was Mike Devine, a former Section chair. Devine works for the Rosen Group, of Houston, Texas. This organization offers American Petroleum Institute tank and pipeline inspection in the oil, gas, and power generation industries covering territories from Edmonton to Prince Edward Island, Canada, and from Wyoming to Florida. Devine’s talk covered inspections that are performed by the Rosen Group. This presentation covered oil storage tanks, the equipment used, and the software needed. Devine also covered long-range pipe inspection using ultrasonics and electromagnetic acoustic transducer vessel and pipe inspection technology. Devine was presented with a trophy and ASNT shirt from the Connecticut Yankee Section for his knowledgeable presentation.

James Devine (Mike’s brother) was presented with a trophy of appreciation from the Section for his attendance at all of the meetings that the Section has sponsored. Two students in attendance were also recognized for graduating from Three Rivers College with degrees in nuclear engineering. The new officers for the 2016–2017 year were voted on and approved: James Porter, chair; Nathan Carter, vice chair; Emilio Lucertini, secretary; and Mike Tsao, treasurer.

Greater Houston

Houston, Texas

The Greater Houston Section held its 1 June board meeting at the Saint Arnold Brewing Co. Investors Pub, with 12 members and guests in attendance. The meeting was called to order by John Chen. During the meeting, the board discussed its scholarship scheme and charged the Scholarship Committee to finalize policy. Board members also proposed a budget and fund distribution plan for next year’s Executive Committee, to be included as a provision in its policy. Reminders included the member appreciation night at Topgolf in Webster, Texas, which took place on 4 June.

Greater Houston
The Greater Houston Section board met in June to discuss a number of Section issues.

Miami Valley

Cincinnati, Ohio

The Miami Valley Section met on 3 June at the Heatherwoode Golf Club, in Springboro, Ohio, for a golf outing. There was great and fellowship for the event, followed by a delicious dinner with door prizes for all due to the generous donations of the sponsors.

Mohawk Hudson

Schenectady, New York

The Mohawk Hudson Section held a dinner meeting on 28 June at the Van Dyck Lounge, in Schenectady, New York. There were 11 members, 2 guests, and a speaker in attendance, including Regional Director Larry Mullins.

The meeting included a presentation by Sean Rafferty on technological approaches in archeology. Archaeology is the study of human past through the physical traces left behind. Archaeologists today use numerous technological approaches for the study of ancient objects. Chronometric analysis can give accurate estimates of the age of objects. Geophysical techniques can identify where objects originated from based on their chemical makeup. Isotopic techniques can provide information on ancient diet and climate. Organic residue analysis can shed light on diet artifact function.

Rafferty is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at Albany University, New York. His research involves the archaeology of Eastern North America in the interplay between ritual practices and cultural variability, especially within the area of mortuary practices and smoking rituals. His research interests are in archaeometry, with a specialty in residue analysis using chromatographic approaches.

Mohawk Hudson
Members and guests of the Mohawk Hudson Section meeting on 28 June.

North Atlantic

Sheffield, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Jason Taylor, North Atlantic Section chair, welcomed everyone to an informal meeting at the World Conference on Non-Destructive Testing in Munich, Germany. Three Section members and five members of the new German Section, together with Heather Cowles, from the ASNT International Service Center, were in attendance.

Taylor offered assistance on the behalf of his Section to the German Section on such matters as reporting and paperwork, as well as knowledge regarding the operating challenges faced by overseas sections. The group had a lively session sharing the Section experiences with meetings and structure. Options on meetings and cooperation within the industry were discussed.

Funding for sections with large geographical spreads is an issue, and membership fees were discussed, together with the change on Level III exams, and the associate impacts for the Section. Cowles advised on changes coming to help facilitate section communications via MyASNT. Both sections are in the process of updating and establishing their micro websites.

The group took the opportunity to review the 2016 edition of SNT-TC-1A, which was released the week before the meeting.

There was also a lighthearted presentation, titled “The Zombie Apocalypse and the NDT Approach,” the subject and planning of which may need more consideration at future meetings.

Many thanks to Olympus for the provision of a room for the meeting, Cowles for joining the meeting, and everyone else in attendance.

North Atlantic
North Atlantic Section and German Section joint meeting attendees (from left): Jason Taylor, Dave Griffin, Michelle Clapham, Jean Marc Duseaux, Johannes Vrana, Achim Jung, Markus Hagen, Jana Beji, and Heather Cowles.

Old Dominion

Richmond, Virginia

On 25 June, 19 members and guests of the Old Dominion Section enjoyed a wonderful boat ride on the Capt. Thomas. Attendees departed Tappahannock, Virginia and journeyed up the Rappahannock River to the Ingleside winery. The six-hour round trip included a buffet luncheon and tour of the winery with an opportunity for tasting and purchasing the wines produced by Ingleside Vineyards. During the river trip, attendees were able to observe many birds of prey, including bald eagles along the cliffs of the river.

This was the final meeting of the Section for the year and was a very enjoyable social event.


Muscat, Oman

The Oman Section held a meeting on 29 May, with 14 in attendance. This was an inauguration meeting in which the Section was given its charter and banner by Regional Director Marwan Basrawi. The meeting was sponsored by Metal Engineering and also held in its facilities. Issues were discussed that included Section income generation and formation of a minimum of three committees for membership, education, and operations.

Attendees of the Oman Section May meeting.

San Diego

San Diego, California

On 11 June, the San Diego Section hosted its the ninth technical meeting of the 2015–2016 year at the 94th Aero Squadron restaurant, in San Diego, California, with 10 members and guests in attendance. The speaker for the evening was Section Chair John Morris, who spoke about his year as chair and presented certificates of appreciation to the Section board of directors. The end of the evening was the passing of the gavel to the incoming chair, Aurapong (Jerry) McAnulty.

San Diego
Outgoing San Diego Section Chair John Morris (left) passed the gavel to incoming Section Chair Aurapong (Jerry) McAnulty.

Saudi Arabian

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabian Section held its 12th technical dinner meeting for the 2015–2016 program year on 4 June at the Carlton al Moaibed Hotel in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

Section Chair Fathi E. Al Qadeeb gave the “Annual Section Overview.” Al Qadeeb expressed his appreciation to the audience for attending the annual general meeting, and gave highlights of the activities over the past year, especially the 7th Middle East Nondestructive Testing Conference, held in Bahrain in September 2015. He also mentioned that the conference was very successful and was attended by 50 students from different colleges and schools from all over Saudi Arabia who were given free workshops. Two hundred students were able to attend the conference free of charge. Al Qadeeb mentioned that the next conference would be in December 2017.

After the overview, he presented trophies to each individual officer and board member for the year 2014–2016. He also gave an appreciation token to the top 10 attendees during the year 2015–2016. Each member was also given a gift card at the meeting.

After the distribution of trophies, Al Qadeeb introduced and asked everyone to support the new officers and boards for 2016–2018. Everyone then retired to a dinner prepared by the Carlton al Moaibed Hotel.

Southern Africa

Randburg, South Africa

The Southern Africa Section held its annual general meeting on 26 May at Trotters Conference Centre, in Benoni, South Africa. The new committee members for the 2016–2017 year are: Simon Wilding, chair; Ben Beetge vice chair; Hans Beukes, treasure; and Elaine MacDonald, secretary

The evening was a great success. Not only were there wonderful food, drinks, and company, but members and their partners were also treated to an event with a difference. The Serious Fun Factory arrived for two hours of teambuilding, where everyone participated in a laser sport competition. Katleho Mgiba was awarded a trophy for the best shot of the evening. There was also a tough ultrasonic testing crossword tackled by each table, provided by Beukes. Wilding and MacDonald handed out bottles of wine as prizes. It was a night to remember.

Southern Africa
Southern Africa Section meeting attendees (from left); Ben Beetge, Elaine Macdonald, Simon Wilding, and Hans Beukes.

United Arab Emirates

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates Section held its second 2016 technical dinner meeting on 26 May at the Yas Island Crowne Plaza hotel, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The dinner meeting was sponsored by 3E NDT, LLC and was attended by 29 members. Regional Director and Section Chair Marwan Basrawi opened the meeting with a short presentation on the Section’s activities and request for members to join the three committees formed to support the Section. 3E NDT International Sales and Marketing Manager Silvano Succetti gave an informative presentation about the latest technologies of robotic X-ray crawlers for inspecting pipelines.

United Arab Section May meeting attendees.

Section Highlight

The Saudi Arabian Section-sponsored meeting was attended by 96 members and nonmembers, including guests from the Bahrain Society of Engineers. The main topic was an overview of the previous year’s activities.

Saudi Arabian
Group photo at the Saudi Arabian Section annual general meeting on 4 June at the Carlton Al Moaibed Hotel.