Section News - January 2016

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

Air Capital

Wichita, Kanas

For the 5 November meeting of the Air Capital Section, members and guests gathered in Wichita, Kansas at the Metal Finishing Co. for a presentation by guest speaker Paul Petersen. There were a total of 17 attendees.

The meeting began with a board meeting, then a social hour followed by a dinner that all attendees enjoyed, sponsored by Metal Finishing Co. Petersen’s presentation, “Aerospace Applications for Phased Array Ultrasonics,” consisted of the basic theory and applications of phased array technology on composite and metal bond material. Following the presentation, Petersen took attendees to the lab where a demonstration was done on composite material with flat and curved arrays. Attendees were also allowed to test material themselves. Petersen was awarded a plaque and an ASNT multifunction knife as a thank you for the support and the great presentation.

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Paul Petersen (center) presented at the November meeting of the Air Capital Section.


Phoenix, Arizona

In October, Doug Lynn, ASNT NDT Level III, spoke about how to read radiographic sample plates and gave advice on some best practices. This topic had been previously requested by members, and the presentation received a great response. There were 15 in attendance.


Charlotte, North Carolina

The Charlotte Section hosted 24 members and guests at its 9 November meeting at Big Al’s Pub & Grubberia in Charlotte, North Carolina. Section Chair Roy Duce welcomed everyone and thanked Duke Energy for sponsoring the meeting. The honored guest was Dan Boye, professor of physics at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. Members and guests enjoyed good food and drink during the meeting.

Boye presented “Digital Radiography 3D Imaging.” Davidson College and Digitome Corp., also in Davidson, have entered into a licensing agreement to sell Digitome systems and software to educational institutions and museums.

Digitome is revolutionary software in the field of nondestructive testing. The program takes data from 2D X-ray images of an object taken at multiple angles and immediately allows the user to view 2D slices within the object from any desirable orientation and position.


Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Section and the Chicago Chapter of the American Welding Society held a joint meeting on 21 October at the Bohemian Crystal Restaurant in Westmont, Illinois, with 72 in attendance. The speaker for the evening was Gabriel Chavez, dry cask storage program manager for Dresden Nuclear Power Station, LaSalle Generating Station, and Clinton Power Station for Exelon. These plants are part of the Exelon nuclear fleet, the nation’s largest. He is charged with overseeing the day-to-day dry cask storage activities, coordinating spent fuel loading campaigns, and ensuring the stations meet federal requirements.

Chavez highlighted the types of nuclear plants in use today and the process for licensing, building, loading, and storing dry casks of spent uranium fuel. The cask size is enormous, weighing approximately 113 400 kg (250 000 lb). They are multiple-layered and have a concrete liner poured after they have the spent fuel canister installed. The quality control process for monitoring the welding of the cask head was explained and involved ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section III requirements with nondestructive testing such as liquid penetrant and ultrasonics. The welding is an automated gas tungsten arc welding process and is controlled from a separate room. The welding platform is 5.2 m (17 ft) above the floor. After welding is complete the whole cask is leak tested, ensuring safe storage for decades.

The Section met on 9 November at Mack’s Golden Pheasant Restaurant in Elmhurst, Illinois, with 20 members and guests in attendance. The speaker for the evening was John Aldrin, of Computational Tools. His talk was titled “Applications of Modeling and Simulation in Nondestructive Testing.” Aldrin explained that modeling and simulation tools can support the nondestructive testing (NDT) practitioner to better understand the physics of complex inspection problems and provide significant benefits at several stages of NDT technique development.

First, the state-of-the-art on NDT modeling and simulation was summarized with emphasis on ultrasonic and eddy current testing. Next, several case studies were presented demonstrating the application of simulations to improve NDT design. One example demonstrated critical insight gained from ultrasonic simulation, enabling the interpretation of signals from a moving transducer to distinguish crack signals from other signals at fastener sites in aircraft structures. A second example highlighted the value of using models in interpreting data from resonance ultrasound spectroscopy. A demonstration was also presented on the potential for numerical simulations to assist in the evaluation of the probability of detection for an eddy current inspection technique.

As model accuracy has improved over the years, it is now feasible to integrate numerical models as part of an iterative inverse technique scheme for sizing cracks dimensions using eddy current techniques. Recent results on eddy current crack characterization in propulsion components using model-based inversion were also introduced. Lastly, it was shown that models can provide value during the transition of an NDT technique and can be especially helpful in the training of inspectors.

From left: American Welding Society (AWS) Chicago Section Chair Craig Tichelar; speaker Gabriel Chavez, of Exelon; and Chicago Section Chair Chuck Johnson, of Karden Sales, at the joint Chicago Section meeting with AWS at the Bohemian Crystal Restaurant in Westmont, Illinois on 21 October.


Denver, Colorado

The Colorado Section held its 12 November meeting at NDE Services, Inc., in Centennial, Colorado. There were 14 members present. The meeting opened with a Section update and discussion of old and new business. As part of the discussion, the Section reached a consensus to become a microsite under the ASNT International Service Center’s website umbrella.

The guest speaker for November was Brad Hoskins, of Silean, who is the current ASNT Region 14 director.  Hoskins provided an overview of the recent ASNT Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah and a presentation of ASNT’s “New Global Vision.”

ASNT Regional Director Brad Hoskins (left) received a speaker’s certificate for his presentation from Colorado Section Chair Greg Garcia.

Connecticut Yankee

Groton, Connecticut

Thirty-four members and guests attended the Connecticut Yankee Section’s 18 November meeting at the Groton Elks Lodge. Guests for the evening included professors and engineering students from Three Rivers College, in Norwich, Connecticut, fellow ASNT members from the Connecticut Valley Section, and visiting nondestructive testing technicians from the area. Section Chair John Moran, assisted by ASNT Fellow Pat Shank, gave a presentation on “Radiation Safety for Radiographers” and shared radiation safety study guides from ASNT to the group. Thirteen new members were recognized and presented their ASNT memberships. Special recognition was paid to Professor Jim Sherrard and student Lori Erickson, from Three Rivers College, who both played a role in collecting these student membership applications. Moran presented the Bronze Award to the Section, a special recognition from the 2014–2015 President’s Award Program.

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Connecticut Yankee Section board members with new ASNT members.

Four Corners

Farmington, New Mexico

The first meeting of the Four Corners Section was on 16 November at KB Dillon’s restaurant, in Farmington, New Mexico, with eight members in attendance.

The meeting was called to order by Section Chair Tony Bushard, followed by a roundtable introduction of the present participants. The sanctioning of the Four Corners Section by ASNT was discussed, as was the cancellation of the meeting speaker, Ken Heaps, due to flight delays. Attendees also determined the Section meeting schedule going forward. Other items discussed included possible upcoming speakers, updating the Section website, a joint meeting with NACE, and the treasurer’s report.

Golden Gate

San Francisco, California

On 8 October, the Golden Gate Section welcomed ASNT Executive Director Arny Bereson to the Bay Area. At this meeting, Bereson introduced the Section to the new direction of ASNT. He gave an electrifying talk highlighting relatively slow growth within the organization over the past decade, and how it plans on correcting some of the errors of the past. Bereson also spoke on reviving past partnerships with sister organizations and how forging these relationships will strengthen ASNT’s position as an organization both domestically and internationally. Bereson accented new frontiers, such as China, where ASNT has the opportunity to fill a substantial need in emerging markets. Members of the Section were extremely receptive to the rebranding of the ASNT head office as the International Service Center. Before closing, Bereson thanked those who volunteer around the world to fulfill ASNT’s mission to promote the science of nondestructive testing and strengthen personnel who labor alongside it.

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ASNT Executive Director Arny Bereson visited the Golden Gate Section in October.

Greater Houston

Houston, Texas

The Greater Houston Section’s October meeting was held at Brady’s Landing restaurant, with 46 members and guests.

Prior to the evening’s presentation there was an executive committee meeting, where 15 committee members were in attendance. The meeting was called to order by Jeff Wagner and special committee issues were addressed along with the approval of the prior meeting minutes and the treasury report.

Announcements included reminders to register any qualifying technicians for the Jerry Fulin Technician of the Year Award. Skip Hoyt announced plans for the golf tournament at Timber Creek Golf Club. Bonnie Blanchard made announcements that the Christmas party was going to be Monte Carlo themed and that there would be an ugly sweater contest.

The October speaker was Dr. Arny Bereson, executive director of ASNT. He presented the “Current State of ASNT.” Bereson presented a great deal of information about how the Society will be making a number of improvements in the coming years. He also led an honest discussion on where ASNT needs to make improvements. Bereson opened up for questions at the end of his presentation and many members had questions and ideas that they thought ASNT should look into.

The Section appreciates Bereson’s time and effort and also wishes to thank the meeting sponsors: Acuren; Circle Systems, Inc.; Silverwing; and 3E NDT, LLC.

Greater Houston Section Chair Jeff Wagner (left) and ASNT Executive Director Arny Bereson.


Kuwait City, Kuwait

The Kuwait Section organized its second technical presentation of the current program year (July 2015 to June 2016) on 20 October at Kohinoor Restaurant, in Fahaheel, Kuwait. The Section-sponsored meeting was attended by approximately 30 individuals.

The technical presentation, “Eddyfi Eddy Current Array Inspection,” was delivered by Keith Sinclair, of Eddyfi Middle East, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The presentation was sponsored by M/S Ashraf & Co., a supplier of nondestructive testing (NDT) products in the region. The presentation emphasized the use of eddy current inspection in place of penetrant testing and magnetic particle testing for finding surface irregularities.

S.S. Murugan anchored the meeting, while K. Mohanraj introduced the speaker to the audience. Section Chair Nayef Al Enezi made the welcome address and presented a memento to Sinclair and the sponsor, K. Sekar, of Ashraf & Co. Mohammed M. Rajput proposed a vote of thanks in appreciation of the speaker’s effort to deliver the presentation in a comprehensive and interactive manner.

Following the presentation, Section members discussed business, including a reminder about the Level III exams, which took place in December. Section officers also stressed the need to promote NDT awareness among oil and gas industry providers in the area.

The October Kuwait Section meeting included a technical presentation on eddy current inspection.

Miami Valley

Cincinnati, Ohio

The Miami Valley Section met on 4 November at Uno Pizzeria & Grill in West Chester, Ohio. The eight members in attendance heard a great talk by Jeff Minter on the construction of large buildings, specifically the latest addition to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Mohawk Hudson

Schenectady, New York

Six members and two guests attended the Mohawk Hudson Section’s second meeting of the year. This was a dinner meeting with a presentation on “Complementary Micro- and Nanocharacterization Techniques—Sometimes Destructive, Sometimes Not—Results from Samples Far Away,” by Andrew N. Davis, of Cameca Instruments, Inc. This talk pertained to bright beam techniques that can be employed for small area/volume to wider area/larger, quantitative or qualitative compositional measurements. The presentation focused on some novel applications of micron, submicron, and true nanoscales.

Old Dominion

Richmond, Virginia

On 19 October, approximately 20 members and guests of the Old Dominion Section and Hampton Roads Section gathered at Rocco’s Steakhouse for a joint meeting. Attendees caught up on old and new business from both sections. Regional Director William F. Via, Jr. briefly spoke about issues affecting the Society, and Mike Welling, from the Virginia Department of Health, spoke about new laws and regulations affecting transport, storage, and handling of radiological sources, and what those laws and regulations means for everyone. At the end of the meeting, Welling was presented with a Jefferson Cup by Old Dominion Section Chair Doug McAvoy, Jr. as a token of thanks for his presentation.

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Speaker Mike Welling received a token of appreciation from Old Dominion Section Chair Doug McAvoy, Jr.

Pacific Northwest

Seattle, Washington

The Pacific Northwest Section gathered at the DoubleTree Hilton Suites at Southcenter, Tukwila, Washington on 12 October for dinner and a technical presentation, with 21 members in attendance. The featured speaker for the evening was Martin T. Anderson, of Global Technical Services. Anderson presented information on “Auditing NDT Programs.” The recipient of the ASNT 2010 George L. Pherigo Tutorial Citation and 2012 Mentoring Award, Anderson is also chair of the Alaska Section in Region 16. Following the presentation, there were several questions from each of the five Clover Park Technical College students who joined the group.

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Martin Anderson (left) received an ASNT pen and pencil set and certificate of appreciation from Pacific Northwest Section Vice Chair and Director at Large Flynn Spears for his interesting presentation on “Auditing NDT Programs.”


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The October speaker was Pittsburgh Section Secretary and Webmaster Jesse Groom. Groom gave an informative and interactive presentation on phased array ultrasonics, with several good examples of weld inspection as well as other applications for this powerful inspection technique. There were 14 in attendance. Dinner was at Harold’s Inn Restaurant, in Hopewell, Pennsylvania. Thanks go to Bob Nichol (the new Section vice chair) for his generosity in offering the TUV Rheinland facilities conference room for the group meeting. Thanks also go to Groom for his continued contributions.

San Diego

San Diego, California

On 3 November, the San Diego Section hosted its third technical meeting of the 2015–2016 year at the Best Western Seven Seas hotel, in San Diego, California, with 24 members and guests in attendance.

The speaker for the meeting was David Mitchell, who presented “Nadcap: How to Succeed Without Even Trying.” Mitchell’s presentation was based on his years of experience as a supplier using Nadcap accreditations. He presented strategies on how to schedule and prepare internal audits, and techniques for preventing potential findings. Mitchell also discussed the resolution of findings. Often, findings can result from a misunderstanding between the Nadcap auditor and the supplier. Also discussed was the voiding of findings and the avenue for appeals to questionable findings. An interactive discussion followed with those in attendance over audit preparation, the actual audit, and working with the staff engineer to close any audit findings. The presentation was well received by all in attendance.

To close the meeting, Section Chair John Morris acknowledged the Section sponsors in attendance and thanked those who provided raffle gifts: ASNT Director Michael McGloin, of Hellier; David Waitt, of Fujifilm NDT Systems; Michael White, of Met-L-Chek; and Larry Olsen, of Northrop Grumman.

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David Mitchell (left) received a gift and certificate of appreciation from San Diego Section Chair John Morris for his outstanding presentation.

Saudi Arabian

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabian Section held its fifth technical dinner meeting for the fiscal year 2015–2016 on 9 November at the Carlton al Moaibed Hotel in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia. The Section-sponsored meeting was attended by 111 members and guests.

Section Chair Fathi E. Al Qadeeb welcomed everyone in attendance and gave a reminder about the radiographic testing film interpretation course that took place in November.

Al Qadeeb then introduced the guest speaker, Neil Pearson, from Silverwing. Pearson presented “Use of Auto Water Immersion Techniques and Data Processing.” Pearson received a certificate of appreciation for his efforts.

ASNT Director at Large and Section Board Chair Mohammed AbuFour then introduced ASNT’s new Strategic Plan to the audience.

Everyone enjoyed dinner at the hotel following the conclusion of the meeting.

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From left: Chair of the Saudi Arabian Section President’s Award Program Muhammad Jamil Anjum, Section Chair Fathi E. Al Qadeeb, ASNT Director at Large Mohammed AbuFour, guest speaker Neil Pearson, and Section Vice Chair Abdullah M. Al Khalifah at the Carlton al Moaibed Hotel in November.

Southern Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

The Southern Africa Section held a family fun day on 15 November at the Party Venue in Benoni, South Africa. The 46 people who attended had a great day playing games. There were sack and egg and spoon races followed by egg throwing and water balloon tossing. There were also prizes for the children. A substantial barbecue lunch was provided and enjoyed by all. The family fun day has now become a favorite annual event.

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The Southern Africa Section held a family fun day in November.

Section Highlight

Davidson College has applied Digitome technology to archaeological artifacts from the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the flagship of the infamous pirate Blackbeard. The technology has also been used to reveal a hidden woman in a Frank DuMond painting. Older oil paintings are made with paint mixed from metals, which will show up in an X-radiograph. The original woman was painted over; this was revealed using volumetric digital radiography.

Charlotte Section Chair Roy Duce (left), of Sonaspection, presented Dan Boye, professor of physics at Davidson College, with a guest speaker award at the November meeting.