Section News - July 2016

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

Air Capital

Wichita, Kansas

On 28 April, Air Capital Section members and guest gathered in Wichita, Kansas at the National Center for Aviation Training for a presentation by ASNT President Kevin Smith. There were a total of nine attendees. The meeting began with a social hour and meal sponsored by the Section. Following the meal, Section Chair John Saunders presented Bob Saathoff with the Section’s first-ever Honorary Membership for Life Award on behalf of the Section board for his service to the Section.

After the award, Smith gave an interactive presentation and emphasized the Society’s Strategic Plan. Attendees held discussions and gave Smith feedback on local and national matters. Smith was presented with a plaque and ASNT multifunction knife at the conclusion of his presentation.

Air Capital
Bob Saathoff (left) was presented the Honorary Membership for Life Award by Air Capital Section Chair John Saunders.


Charlotte, North Carolina

The Charlotte Section hosted 18 members and guests at its 9 May meeting at Big Al’s Pub and Grubberia, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Section Officers were sworn in by ASNT Regional Director Hussein Sadek. The new Section chair, Paul Ogletree, Siemens AG nondestructive evaluation engineer, was not present because of a prior commitment. Officers from the North Carolina Student Section were also sworn in.

The meeting featured historical highlights, including the Section charter in 1975. Other topics discussed were how to increase membership and involvement at the local and regional levels.

Special thanks go to Roy Duce, outgoing Section chair, and Sonaspection for sponsoring the meeting.

The Charlotte Section officers swearing in ceremony (from left): Dick Hooper, Randall McDonald, John Burke, Roy Duce, Don Duncan, Paul Zayicek, Clara Herran, Alan Caulder, John Turner, Tom Flaherty, and Hussein Sadek.


Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Section met on 9 May, with 17 guests and members in attendance at Mack’s Golden Pheasant restaurant, in Elmhurst, Illinois. The guest speaker was Ajay Pasupuleti, of NanoArk Corp., in Victor, New York. His theme for the evening was “Lossless Analog-to-digital Radiograph Conversion and Retrieval Systems.”

Pasupuleti discussed the technique used for digitization and retrieval of radiographic films. The storage and retrieval of film is a monumental task and directly affects the welding, casting, aerospace, automotive, and railcar industries, and the Air Force as well. Film digitization provides not only for the storage and achievability of radiographic images, but also monetary benefits from the reclamation of the silver from the spent film. Film scanning is not as simple as initially thought. A number of factors are involved. Many films are proprietary and once digitized could be transferred to persons outside the original company. Therefore, a chain of custody has to be constructed to track all images.

Other factors involved are retrievability, accessibility, and accountability for proper digitization. Film stored in a warehouse can quickly degrade if the humidity is too high and can be lost in 10 years or less. Many projects require long-term storage such as 10 to 40 years or more. A typical company performing scanning involves incoming inspection, staging of the films, digitization, quality assurance, developing storage media, outgoing data, and tracking after shipment of stored data.

Control of the scanning process and file size are of paramount importance. The ASTM E 1936 reference film with spatial resolution, stepped density, and contrast sensitivity targets must be routinely scanned to ensure proper quality. A number of failure modes can happen when scanning such as incorrect orientation of the film, scanner transport problems, dust and dirt, scratches on the film, light leaks in the cassette, and bit depth setting errors. Currently, NanoArk scans approximately 28 000 films daily and approximately 600 000 per month. Each requires tags and identifiers to meet Diconde format to allow viewing by any compliant viewing system.

Chicago Section Chair Chuck Johnson (left), of Karden Sales, presented a plaque of appreciation to Ajay Pasupuleti, of NanoArk Corp.


Cleveland, Ohio

The Cleveland Section held its monthly meeting on 18 April, at J Bella restaurant, in Strongsville, Ohio, with 26 members and guests in attendance. Liz Sohl, account manager with Newco, Inc., gave an informative presentation on the manufacture and nondestructive testing and inspection performed by major tire manufacturers. She surprised many of the attendees with facts about what kinds of research and testing are done to ensure that the quality and functionality of the tires to the highest standards. She also explained the differences between bias, radial, and truck tire manufacturing processes, which was entertaining in addition to being educational.

Connecticut Valley

Hartford, Connecticut

On 9 May, the Connecticut Valley Section held its first meeting in many years at The Mill on the River restaurant. A total of 12 members attended to hear the guest speaker, ASNT President Kevin Smith. Smith spoke about ASNT’s Strategic Plan and solicited input from the audience. Spirited discussions revolved around adding a presence in business related social media like LinkedIn, as well as having a fully functional website where members can interact. The interaction went so well that the meeting room was eventually closed down to allow the wait staff to go home.

Greater Houston

Houston, Texas

The Greater Houston Section held a vendors night on 20 April at South Shore Harbour Resort and Convention Center, with more than 300 members, guests, and vendors in attendance.

On 22 April, the Section held its annual golf tournament at Timber Creek Golf Club in Friendswood, Texas. The outing was sold out again this year, with 190 golfers enjoying a great day of camaraderie and sportsmanship as well as the generosity of more than 15 sponsor companies. As the Section’s largest fundraising event, more than $20 000 will go toward scholarships and other Section initiatives. ASNT President Kevin Smith, Section Chair Jeff Wagner, and Section Vice Chair Tim Roach toured the course during play to meet and thank participants for their involvement and support. Much appreciation goes to the Section’s tournament directors, Skip Hoyt and Becky Judkins, and the many volunteers who made it such a success. The Section appreciates all the vendors who participated and wishes to thank all of the meeting sponsors.

The Section’s 11 May meeting was held at Brady’s Landing restaurant, with 41 members and guests. Prior to the evening’s presentation there was a board meeting called to order by John Chen. During the meeting the board discussed the scholarship policy and approved policy B-1 on conflict of interest/duality. Jeff Wagner then called to order the Executive Committee meeting, with 13 board/committee members in attendance. Special Committee issues were addressed along with the approval of the prior meeting minutes and the treasury report.

Announcements included reminders that the member appreciation night would happen at Topgolf, in Webster, Texas on 4 June; there was also a recap of the success of the golf tournament and the vendor’s night, which hosted more than 300 attendees. The Section’s Jerry Fulin Technician of the year Award plaque and belt buckle were handed out to Erick Tyler Walker.

The topic of the night’s meeting was a panel discussion hosted by Jonathan Martinez on “Taking the Pulse of the Inspection Industry.” There was a detailed panel discussion on the current state of the market, including information on where technicians and new students should head for their nondestructive testing (NDT) career. The topics of specialization and online and remote monitoring NDT systems proved to be most interesting. Most of the comments and questions the audience asked the panel led back to NDT certification and the path forward for ASNT.

The Section appreciates the time and effort given by Martinez, Dwight Witter, John Nyholt, and John Iman, and wishes to thank the meeting sponsors: Hocker, Inc.; NDS Products; Turbo Nondestructive Testing, Inc.; Team Industrial Services; and Magnaflux.

Greater Houston
The Greater Houston Section panel consisted of (from left): Jonathan Martinez, Dwight Witter, John Nyholt, and John Iman.

Lewis & Clark

Portland, Oregon

On 10 May, 13 members of the Lewis & Clark Section attended a talk by guest speaker Emery Roberts, ASNT regional director. Roberts provided insight towards maintaining an active, vibrant section with a combination of technical presentations along with social events, often catering to the members’ spouses. Roberts also gave advice on how a local section can support the community and, in turn, increase membership in ASNT as well as interest in the nondestructive testing profession in general. The dinner at Flying Pie Pizzeria, in Portland, Oregon, was generously sponsored by NDE Professionals, Inc.

Lewis and Clark
ASNT Regional Director Emery Roberts (left) received a small token of thanks for his presentation from Lewis & Clark Section Chair David Harris.

Miami Valley

Cincinnati, Ohio

The Miami Valley Section met on 11 May to recognize its second Sam Robinson Memorial Award winner, Tim Davis, from American Testing Services, Ltd. The Sam Robinson Memorial Award, Sponsored by Sherwin, Inc., was founded to honor longtime Section member Sam Robinson by recognizing an individual who has demonstrated outstanding professional distinction and who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of magnetic particle testing/liquid penetrant testing (MT/PT). Davis received the award for his construction of a portable system to control water temperature and pressure for onsite water-washable penetrant inspections. The main purpose of the system is to travel to customer locations. Davis was unable to attend; however, his nominator, Nathaniel Reveal, attended and as part of the award celebration, presented an excellent summary of Davis’s work in MT/PT to the Section.

Miami Valley
Nathaniel Reveal (left) was presented with the Sam Robinson Memorial Award certificate and a check for $300 on behalf of Tim Davis by Miami Valley Section Vice Chair Lisa Price, of Sherwin, Inc.


Minneapolis, Minnesota

On 21 April, the Minnesota Section hosted a meeting at the Mall of America (MOA), in Bloomington, Minnesota. The event featured a behind-the-scenes tour of the MOA and Nickelodeon Universe theme park. James Dralle, of MOA, hosted the tour event, which included a focus on the inspection and maintenance of the country’s largest shopping facility and the theme park. A total of 27 Section members and Ridgewater College nondestructive testing technology students attended the tour, which was followed by a meeting at Cadillac Ranch restaurant in the MOA to select Section leadership and meeting dates for the upcoming year.

The April Minnesota Section event included a tour of the Mall of America


Tulsa, Oklahoma

On 19 May, the Oklahoma Section met at Savastano’s Pizza in Tulsa, Oklahoma to vote on the incoming officers. There were 14 members and guests in attendance. A discussion was held regarding how to increase participation, student scholarships, and a website for the Section.

Old Dominion

Richmond, Virginia

On 25 April, 11 members and guests of the Old Dominion Section gathered at the Italian Kitchen in Mechanicsville, Virginia for an industry roundtable. Attendees discussed Section business, planned future meetings, and explored some technical issues being encountered in the Richmond area by some Section members.

On 23 May, 16 Section members and guests met again at the Italian Kitchen, this time for a technical meeting. David Sirois, from Chesterfield County Utilities, gave a presentation on water treatment, specifically as it applies to the crisis in Flint, Michigan. He is the plant manager of the Addison-Evans Water Production and Laboratory Facility in Chesterfield County. Regional Director William F. Via, Jr. filled attendees in on the Spring Research Symposium and the goings-on at the national level. Sirois was presented with a personalized Jefferson Cup, as is the Section tradition.

Old Dominion
Doug McAvoy, Jr. (left) presented David Sirois with a personalized Jefferson Cup at the May meeting of the Old Dominion Section.


Muscat, Oman

Marwan Basrawi, ASNT regional director for Region 19, visited the Oman Section on 29 May. There, he presented the Section with its charter and ASNT banner. Metal Engineering sponsored and hosted the meeting for 14 attendees. During the meeting, the Section formed three new committees: membership, education, and operations.

The Oman Section’s inaugural meeting took place at the end of May.

Pacific Northwest

Seattle, Washington

Director at Large Flynn Spears, chair of the Pacific Northwest Section, attended the U.S. Air Force Nondestructive Inspection Conference at Naval Air Station (NAS), Pensacola, Florida. His presentation and discussion on the benefits of becoming an ASNT member took place on 22 April. The audience included members of the military who were transitioning to civilian life. NAS Pensacola is the training facility of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. All attendees at the one-day conference were active duty military.

The Section’s last official dinner and technical meeting for 2016 was held on 9 May, at the Double Tree Hilton in Southcenter, Tukwila, Washington, with 17 members and students in attendance. ASNT Vice President Dave Bajula presented a passionate and informative presentation of the ASNT Central Certification Program (ACCP). His presentation was recorded for use as a backup for last minute speaker cancellations. Students from Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) and new members attending their first section meeting asked some engaging questions regarding the purpose of and reasoning behind ACCP. On behalf of the section, Bajula presented Davis Tran, of the University of Washington, with a $1000 scholarship to further his nondestructive testing (NDT) education. Matthew Davis, a student at CPTC, was not present to receive his $1000 scholarship. His winning essay was titled “The Necessity of NDT in Modern Manufacturing.” Davis’s scholarship check will be presented to him at CPTC by Spears and Section Scholarship Chair Dave Hall.

A meeting attendance incentive drawing was also conducted. Student Director Danielle Candelari drew Luke Puckett’s name on the first drawing. To be eligible for the meeting attendance drawing, one must sign the guestbook at each meeting attended and be present at the drawing. Newly elected officers for the 2016–2017 program year were announced: Flynn Spears, chair, and Kathy Ferguson, vice chair; Emery Roberts will remain secretary, and Puckett will remain treasurer. Trey Gordon, Tim Burkholder, and Roy Goodall are the new two-year directors.

Pacific Northwest
From left: Don Lock, Karen Bruer, Mike Hamel, Pacific Northwest Section Chair and Director at Large Flynn Spears.


Grenville, South Carolina

The Piedmont Section held a meeting and demonstration at Applied Technical Services (ATS), in Greenville, South Carolina on 24 May, with 22 attendees. During the dinner and social hour, a video was played explaining the background and uses of nondestructive testing in the preservation efforts of the pirate Blackbeard’s ship.

Ron Ruggles, of ATS, then gave safety instructions for the facility. The golf tournament on 30 July and new social media implementation were also discussed. Jim Molinaro volunteered to head the Section’s efforts in building a Facebook page and the microsite that ASNT is providing for the Section. Then, Ruggles gave a PowerPoint presentation about different types of radiography, their advantages, and disadvantages. Afterwards, there was a demonstration of analog film, computed radiography, and digital radiography.

San Diego

San Diego, California

The San Diego Section hosted its eighth technical meeting of the 2015–2016 year on 3 May at the Best Western Seven Seas hotel in San Diego, California. There were 18 members and guests in attendance for a presentation by two guest speakers.

The first guest speaker was Theodore Alberton, an eighth grade student at St. Johns School. He is advised by Gina Heins. Alberton presented his science project, “The Magic of the MRI.” He read books, interviewed doctors who specialize in radiology, and watched several magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. This project has helped him learn and grow in the field of modern medicine, which he hopes to pursue in the future.

The second guest speaker was Shea Briere, a seventh grade student at St. Gregory the Great School. He is advised by Kira Howe. Briere’s science project presentation was titled “Talk or Text, Which is Safer? Measuring Cell Phone Electromagnetic Radiation.” By building a jig and using an electrical field meter, Briere was able to measure the amount of electromagnetic radiation emitted from all six sides of various types of cell phones at a constant distance of 5 cm (2 in.) in both texting and talk mode. In accordance with the hypothesis, it was found that texting emitted less radiation than talking. However, it is recommended that those who use cell phones should text at a distance of at least 5 cm (2 in.) away from their body as opposed to talking, as a precaution. This may help mitigate any potential adverse health risks associated with radiation exposure.

Each student fielded questions on their science project presentations. Afterward, the students were presented with a certificate of achievement, a gift, and a scholarship check on behalf of the Section. Section Chair John Morris acknowledged and thanked the Section science fair committee for their efforts. The committee consists of: Denise McKay, Larry Olsen, Sarah Olsen, Michael Diaz, and Juan Carlos Macpherson.

Morris concluded the evening by thanking the Section vendors/sponsors for their support, as well as the members in attendance. Afterwards, the monthly raffle and year-end cash raffle was won by Sarah Olsen.

San Diego
From left: Shea Briere, San Diego Section Science Fair Chair Denise McKay, and Theodore Alberton.

Saudi Arabian

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabian Section held its 10th technical meeting for the fiscal year on 18 April at the Dhahran Palace Hotel, in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The Section-sponsored meeting was attended by 100 members and nonmembers, including guests from the Bahrain Society of Engineers.

Section Chair Fathi Al Qadeeb reviewed the election process and announced that the results would be communicated after all ballots had been counted. After explaining the election procedure for the 2016–2018 term, he thanked all the members who participated in the voting process.

Al Qadeeb also mentioned that there would be a short course on radiographic testing film interpretation at the Dhahran Palace Hotel on 14 May.

The Section held its 11th technical dinner meeting for the fiscal year on 23 May at the Carlton al Moaibed Hotel, in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia. The meeting was attended by 135 members and nonmembers, including guests from the Bahrain Society of Engineers. The meeting was sponsored by Al-Othman Trading & Contracting Co. and Proceq.

Section Vice Chair Abdullah Al Khalifah welcomed everyone and made announcements, highlighting the Level III exams that will be held in December. The deadline to apply is 1 September. For more information, contact the chair of the president award program, by calling 0559 734 648, or by e-mail:

After the announcements, Al Khalifah asked the guest speaker, Christoph Frehner, of Proceq, to start his presentation, “Equip 550 Now with UCI – One Solution for All Your Hardness Testing Needs.” His presentation was very useful, and the audiences enjoyed learning more about hardness testing techniques. There was a question and answer period following the presentation. Frehner received a trophy of appreciation from Al Khalifah.

Afterwards there was a drawing for door prizes, and then everyone in attendance retired to dinner at the Carlton al Moaibed Hotel.

Saudi Arabian
Saudi Arabian Section Chair Fathi Al Qadeeb addressed the audience regarding the 2016–2018 Section election at the Dhahran Palace Hotel on 18 April.

Section Highlight

After a long hiatus, the Connecticut Valley Section reconvened in May for a spirited discussion anchored by ASNT President Kevin Smith that lasted well into the evening.

Connecticut Valley
Connecticut Valley meeting attendees (from left): John Flaherty, Josh Simmons, Jacques Brignac, Tony Bruno, Stephan Laborde, Jerry Hendrix, Ryan Johnson, ASNT President Kevin Smith, Bob Feole, and Randy Plis. (Not shown: Kevin Kurcinik and Travis Curtis.)