Section News - March 2016

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

Air Capital

Wichita, Kansas

The 3 December meeting of the Air Capital Section was held at Joe’s Bar and Grill in Wichita, Kansas, with 12 attendees. Guest speaker Brad Hoskins gave a presentation, titled “ X-ray Film Recycling—A Cost Savings Initiative,” which detailed the logistics of film recycling and how his company, Silean, has helped companies turn sitting film into income. At the end of the presentation Hoskins answered questions and was awarded a plaque and ASNT multifunction knife in appreciation.

Most recently Hoskins partnered with local companies in Wichita for film recycling to donate $0.75/lb of film to the Section. In total, more than 1814 kg (4000 lb) of film was collected and sent to Silean, amounting to more than $3500 donated to the Section. Both Hoskins and the Section hope this is the first of many favorable circumstances to work collectively in providing assistance to the Section.


Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Section met on 11 January, with 21 guests and members in attendance at Mack’s Golden Pheasant Restaurant and Lounge in Elmhurst, Illinois. The guest speaker, ASNT President Kevin Smith, discussed the mission statement, latest strategic plan, and vision for ASNT through six goal areas. He highlighted how SNT-TC-1A is well accepted in industry and ASNT qualifications have set a high bar for candidates to meet. He also characterized the work being done in the area of global harmonization. Smith highlighted the means of communication that are to be used by ASNT leaders so that member needs are met. He challenged members to get involved and improve the Society through participation at both the local and national level. Participation in national committees can be performed from remote locations without travel. Smith provided a good reminder to be present in Long Beach, California for the Annual Conference and 75th anniversary of ASNT.

ASNT President Kevin Smith (left) received a plaque of appreciation from Chicago Section Chair Chuck Johnson, of Karden Sales.

Connecticut Valley

Groton, Connecticut

Twenty-three members and guests attended the Connecticut Yankee Section meeting at the Groton Elks lodge in Groton, Connecticut, on 13 January. In attendance were several engineering students and faculty from Norwich, Connecticut’s Three Rivers College, members from the Boston Section, Narragansett Bay Section, and fellow members. The guest speaker for the evening was Larry Mullins, the ASNT regional director for Regions 1 and 2. 

Mullins is an applications specialist in the ultrasonic group of Zetec, Inc. and an independent consultant with more than 45 years of experience in nondestructive testing (NDT) of nuclear, defense, and petrochemical applications. Mullins gave an illustrative picture of how he began his career in the NDT industry at Electric Boat in West Milton, New York. His talk targeted the nuclear energy industry and its potential job opportunities, which was of particular benefit to the nuclear engineering students from Three Rivers College.

Connecticut Yankee
Regional Director Larry Mullins (left) received a plaque from Connecticut Yankee Section Chair John Moran.

Four Corners

Farmington, New Mexico

The Four Corners Section meeting was held on 19 January at KB Dillon’s steakhouse in Farmington, New Mexico. The speaker for this meeting was Scott Sheaffer, sales manager for GE Inspection Technologies in the New Mexico area. The topic for the evening was “Advancements in NDT: Workflow-based Inspections.” There were a total of 15 nondestructive testing professionals present at the meeting.

Four Corners
Four Corners Section meeting attendees: (back row, from left) Mark Conklin, Steven Theobald, Ernest Harper, Mike Herbolshemer, Tony Bushard, and Erik Mischker; (middle row, from left) Jeff Arveson, Kota Jensen, Herman Mattison, Scott Mansell, Justin Mills, and Anthony Graffeo; (front row, from left) Devon Nygren, Josh Woodworth, and Scott Sheaffer.

Golden Gate

San Francisco, California

On 13 December, the Golden Gate Section held its holiday party and awards banquet, with 13 in attendance, at Sailor Jack’s restaurant in Benicia, California. The event honored members who contributed to the Section over the years, and highlighted those who made significant contributions in 2015. There was also the honoring of deceased Section members, including Ken Garces, who died in 2015.

Great Salt Lake

Salt Lake City, Utah

On 12 January, the Great Salt Lake Section met at the Joy Luck restaurant in Woods Cross, Utah. Thirty-four members and students were in attendance to listen to a presentation given by Manny Butera, of Mistras Group, Inc. A strong showing of students from the Salt Lake Community College was a welcomed sight to the Section as the leadership has set a priority to get the students involved in ASNT.

Butera gave a PowerPoint presentation discussing acoustography ultrasonics, line scan thermography, and an overview of the Mistras Tablet UT instrument. The Section appreciates Butera and Mistras for supporting and presenting to the group.

After the interesting presentation, attendees enjoyed dinner.

Great Salt Lake
Great Salt Lake Chair Brad Hoskins (left) awarded guest speaker Manny Butera with a certificate of appreciation.

Greater Houston

Houston, Texas

The Greater Houston Section’s 13 January meeting was held at Brady’s Landing restaurant, with 45 members and guests present.

Prior to the evening’s presentation there was an Executive Committee meeting, with 11 committee members 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 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 vendors night and the golf outing. It was noted that only 18 more spots were available for the annual golf outing at Timber Creek Golf Club. Door prizes were given out to members with winning tickets.

The January speakers were Jason Landers and Matt Hendrix, of Top Notch EDM Services. They presented “Calibration Standards in Ultrasonic Testing,” which highlighted the importance and reasons for use of calibration standards during ultrasonic examinations, including code and regulatory requirements for their use. Discussion and questions included what the nondestructive testing products purchasers should look for when choosing good calibration standards.

The Section appreciates the speakers’ time and effort, and wishes to thank the meeting sponsors: GCT Inspection, Inc.; Circle Systems Inc.; Team Industrial Services; NDS Products, Inc.; Magnaflux; and TSP.

Greater Houston
Jason Landers (left) and Matt Hendrix, of Top Notch, gave a presentation to the Greater Houston Section in January.

Hampton Roads

Newport News, Virginia

On 4 December, the Hampton Roads Section held a spouse’s night at the Huntington House, located in the historical section of Newport News, Virginia. Along with the spouse’s night, the Section held a holiday Toys for Tots drive. Any member or guest who brought a gift did not have to pay the usual meeting dues.

On 12 January, the Section had its mid-year business meeting. Topics discussed were the schedule for the remainder of the year, Section reach-out, candidates for national awards, and election of next year’s Section officers. The meeting was held at Buffet City Mongolian Barbecue in Chesapeake, Virginia. Fourteen members and guests were in attendance.

Hampton Roads
The Hampton Roads Section held a spouse’s night in December, with 14 members and guests in attendance.

Mohawk Hudson

Schenectady, New York

The Mohawk Hudson Section met at the Van Dyck Restaurant & Lounge, in Schenectady, New York on 19 January, with 13 total in attendance. The dinner meeting featured a presentation on “Ethics for Engineers,” by Kenneth Dymond, an attorney and arbitrator, recently retired from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The presentation reviewed the importance of operating in a business environment that promotes ethical behavior, discussion and analysis of the code of ethics for engineers, and application of these ethical principles to scenarios involving engineers in the work environment. Several simulated and actual case studies were presented by the speaker and discussed. The discussion went on for more than two hours due to active involvement by attendees.

Dymond has been an attorney for more than 40 years and worked for the FHWA for 35 years. At FHWA, he was responsible for major projects including the Central Artery Project in Boston and Tappan Zee Bridge project in New York. He also worked for five years at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services before joining FHWA. Dymond obtained a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1975 and M.P.A. (in negotiation and decision making) from State University of New York at Albany in 1995. Even though he retired from FHWA, Dymond continues to be active as an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Mohawk Hudson
The Mohawk Hudson Section dinner meeting on 19 January featured a presentation on “Ethics for Engineers.”


Warri Delta State, Nigeria

The Nigeria Section, in collaboration with the National Centre for Non-Destructive Testing (NCNDT) Petroleum Training Institute, organized Level II exam certification in visual testing, radiographic testing, ultrasonic testing, liquid penetrant testing, and magnetic particle testing.

In his opening speech, the coordinator of the NCNDT, J.O. Umukoro, stressed the need to hold more such programs to encourage indigenous nondestructive testing practitioners in the oil and gas industry, and that members should utilize the platform provided by ASNT.

Section Chair Henry Chimezie noted and appreciated the effort by the NCNDT coordinator and support from the new and old members to ensure that the certification was successful. A vote of thanks went out, which included Principal/Chief Executive J.A. Orukele, Registrar A.S. Ewere, Director of Engineering I.K. Idehen, and the management and staff of the Petroleum Training Institute.

North Carolina Student Section

Charlotte, North Carolina

Twenty-five members and guests from the North Carolina Student Section hosted Amphion Analytical Engineering at Central Piedmont Community College. John W. Whitledge and Joseph Hegedus, of Amphion, discussed job possibilities and requirements within the nondestructive testing field.

North Carolina Student
The North Carolina Student Section hosted a presentation by representatives from Amphion Analytical Engineering.

Old Dominion

Richmond, Virginia

On 25 January, three members of the Old Dominion Section gathered at the Ruby Tuesday restaurant in Mechanicsville, Virginia for a technical meeting. Because of the weather, the venue had to be changed at the last second, the speaker was unable to make it from northern Virginia, and a significant number of people decided not to come. Attendees discussed issues pertinent to the Section, such as upcoming meetings and participation in the Richmond Joint Engineers Council, and the STAR Science Fair and Career Day. Regional Director William F. Via, Jr. updated attendees on some new awards being offered by ASNT this year.

Pacific Northwest

Seattle, Washington

Twelve members of The Pacific Northwest Section gathered at the DoubleTree Hilton Suites at Southcenter, in Tukwila, Washington on 14 December. The featured speaker was Johan Wictor, of Pergam Technical Services, with a presentation on “High Tech Leak Detection.” Wictor focused on state-of-the-art leak detection during his presentation. Natural gas leak detection sensors mounted on an aerial platform can detect minute leaks in hundreds of miles of pipeline (above or belowground) in a day. Indicators of a leak, usually several hundred times the minimum detectable leak, are available.

There were several questions from each of the five Clover Park Technical College students who joined the group, two potential new members, and most of the members. This was a very exciting presentation.

Eighteen Section members met at DoubleTree Hilton Suites at Southcenter on 11 January. Among the attendees were five ASNT Corporate Partner delegates and four students from Clover Park Technical College. A presentation, titled “Digitizing, Bandwidth, and Making Sure Things Go Right,” was presented by Dave Brown, of VM Products, Inc. The eddy current speed of an inspection is predicated by the system frequency, bandwidth, and refresh rate. Quite often, one or all of these parameters is dictated by the project specifications. The optimum digitizing rate is based on an acceptable number of samples per inch, which is based on the minimum flaw size to be detected.

Dinner was enjoyed prior to the presentation, and afterward there were several questions from the Clover Park Technical College students. Approximately half of those in attendance were first-time attendees.

Pacific Northwest
Pacific Northwest Section speaker Johan Wictor (left) received an ASNT pen and pencil set and certificate of appreciation from Section Secretary Emery E. Roberts at the December meeting.


Greenville, South Carolina

On 19 January, the Piedmont Section held its first meeting of the new year at the Commerce Club in Greenville, South Carolina. Section Vice Chair Matt Ruggles opened the meeting. Bill Plumstead, Sr. gave a presentation on the different American Society of Mechanical Engineers codes, their applications, and the upcoming changes taking place. The Section thanks Plumstead for his time and dedication.


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The November meeting of the Pittsburgh Section was held jointly with ASM International at Robert Morris University. There were 21 Section members and 25 ASM members in attendance.

The speaker was Ival Martin, from Aerial Energy Resources. His topic was “Additive Manufacturing and NDT Methods Associated with this Technology.” Martin discussed the various techniques of what is essentially 3D printing. The main advantages are the capability to manufacture parts with complex geometries with less waste, decreased cost, and less environmental impact. Inspection of parts manufactured by additive manufacturing are determined case by case due to the difficulty of fabricating reference standards and their complex grain structures. Martin mentioned that nondestructive testing needs to be incorporated during the printing process and prior to finishing the part. The Section thanks Martin for his presentation and insight into this promising technology.

Saudi Arabian

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabian Section held its seventh technical dinner meeting for the fiscal year 2015–2016 on 18 January at the Carlton al Moaibed Hotel in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia. The Section-sponsored meeting was attended by 128 members and guests.

Section Vice Chair Abdullah M. Al Khalifah began the meeting with a welcome and announcements. He elaborated on Section highlights, especially the Level III exams scheduled for 15–16 July. He also mentioned the awards from the ASNT International Service Center for the “Around the World” membership campaign.

Following the announcements, Al Khalifah invited the guest speaker, Taher Aljundi, from Saudi Aramco, to begin his presentation, titled “Digital Radiography Modalities.”

After the presentation there was a prize distribution, and afterwards everyone in attendance enjoyed dinner at the hotel.

Saudi Arabian
From left: Saudi Arabian Section Vice Chair Abdullah M. Al Khalifah, Section Board Chair and ASNT Director M.A. Abufour, guest speaker Taher Aljundi, Section Chair Fathi Al-Qadeeb, and Chair of the Section’s President’s Award Program M.J. Anjum.

Southern Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

The Southern Africa Section met at the School of Applied Non-Destructive Examination on 27 January for a committee meeting. Those present discussed the activities, meetings, and events that are planned for 2016. Other topics discussed included: improving the Section web page; looking at its constitution and deciding on improvements; financing of meetings and events; costs of examinations and payments; recipes for the ASNT 75th anniversary cookbook; activities to make the annual general meeting more fun; and distribution of the Section’s new wall planner. Section Vice Chair Simon Wilding brought along some sweet goodies for the meeting, which all enjoyed.

Section Highlight

The Nigeria Section’s beta examinations were conducted by ASNT certified examiner Uchenna Duaka at the Petroleum Training Institute on 25–27 June 2015.

Nigeria Section beta exam participants, including: ASNT Certified Examiner Uchenna Duaka (eighth from right), Petroleum Training Institute Coordinator J.O. Umukoro (seventh from right), and Section Chair Henry Chimezie (sixth from right).