On 16 February, the Central Ohio Section participated in a dinner meeting of the Columbus Technical Society (CTS). The meeting was held at the Ohio State University College of Engineering, and the central topic was the Impulse Manufacturing Laboratory (IML), with a focus on “Current Projects in Impulse-based Metalworking.” The IML is a research group housed in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Ohio State University. The group is headed by Glenn Daehn. Researchers from the IML presented on their work. There were approximately 40 attendees, with three ASNT members in attendance along with an additional ten members of the other CTS member societies. The ASNT members present were Donny Didion III, Jim T. Worman, and Ruth Sunderman. A meal catered by Buca di Beppo was provided for those attending.
Charlotte, North Carolina
On 20 February, the Charlotte Section held its monthly meeting. Robert Smilie, from Istrouma Enterprises Inc., was the guest speaker, and he presented on microwave inspection and imaging systems for dielectric materials. The presentation was insightful, showing state of the art technology for inspection of dielectric materials, scope, and industries where this technology is being used.
Guest speaker Robert Smilie (left) and Paul M. Ogletree (right) at the end of Smilie’s presentation to the Charlotte Section about microwave inspection and imaging systems for dielectric materials.
On 25 February, the Chicago Section presented at the DuPage Area STEM Expo 2017, hosted by Illinois Institute of Technology at their Rice Campus in Wheaton, Illinois. The event is geared toward children in grades K–8. A variety of scientific disciplines, areas of study, and professions were represented. Among others, displays and presentations included a cryogenics show, the use of solar power for residences, and a drone demonstration.
The Chicago Section displayed, demonstrated, and provided hands-on opportunities in the magnetic particle testing (MT) method (visual and fluorescent), the eddy current technique, the ultrasonic (UT) method, and computed tomography scan techniques. As many as 200 kids were introduced to the field of nondestructive testing. A sign-up sheet for teachers to request classroom demonstrations garnered 20 signatures, ensuring future student outreach opportunities for the Chicago Section.
The Cleveland Section’s meeting on 20 February, held at Bucci’s J-Bella in Strongsville, Ohio, was well attended by 21 members and guests. Greg Morscher of the University of Akron gave a very informative presentation on new techniques utilizing acoustic emission testing (AE) and electrical resistance being developed to inspect a variety of composite materials for use in jet aircraft engines.
The Greater Houston Section hosted 50 members and guests at their monthly meeting and International Chemical and Petroleum Industry Inspection Technology (ICPIIT) committee meeting on 8 February at the Hotel Icon in Houston. ICPIIT Conference Co-Chair C. Deal Moore presided over the ICPIIT meeting while Section Director Rick D. Arnett presided over the executive committee and business meetings.
February’s speaker was ASNT Board Member Danny L. Keck. Keck is an ASNT NDT Level III inspection and NDT consultant. His 45-plus years in NDT include long-term positions at BP P.L.C. and Saudi Aramco as an NDT technologist. His topic was a look at the current status of subsea NDT and what is on the horizon. Keck’s presentation included pictures, descriptions, and applications revealing the massive scale of the equipment needed to perform NDT testing in the hostile and dangerous environments of deep seas. The Section thanks Keck and the meeting sponsor, Turbo NDT.
Greater Houston Section Vice Chair Rick D. Arnett (left) and presenter ASNT Board Member Danny L. Keck, who spoke about subsea NDT at the Section’s 8 February meeting.
The India Section successfully conducted its fifth technical meeting on 24 March at the Raj Kumar Goel Institute of Technology. The meeting was combined with a student outreach program and included a talk by Navita Gupta on "Advancement in NDE."
Attendees of the India Section’s 24 March meeting, held at the Raj Kumar Goel Institute of Technology.
Kuwait City, Kuwait
The Kuwait Section organized their second technical presentation in the current program year (July 2016 to June 2017) on 6 February 2017 at Kohinoor Restaurant in Fahaheel, Kuwait. The presentation was on “Evaluation of Automated Ultrasonic Testing in Lieu of Radiographic Testing,” delivered by S. Gunasekaran, a renowned and valued NDT professional. Dhananjaya M. Tripathi introduced the speaker to the audience.
The technical presentation attracted members for the exchange of practical experience. It was a wonderful explanation with practical figures and was very useful in providing knowledge to NDT professionals. The Kuwait Section appreciated the presenter for adding value to the section as well as Kuwait society.
The program was sponsored by the Section, and about 21 professionals attended the meeting.
The attendees of the Kuwait Section’s technical presentation on 6 February enjoyed an informative look at automated ultrasonic testing.
Lewis & Clark
On 21 March, ten members and guests attended the monthly meeting of the Lewis & Clark Section. Michael Dunbar, an NDT Technician for Precision Castparts Corporation, Structurals Division, presented a video addressing the Hells Canyon Massacre of 1887, a dark time in Oregon’s history. Dunbar reflected on how exclusion directly influenced the massacre of immigrants, and the importance of inclusion of all people into a society for it to prosper. The attendees enjoyed a gourmet pizza dinner generously provided by Test Equipment Distributors.
Lewis & Clark Section Co-Chair David F. Harris presented Michael Dunbar with a small token of appreciation for his thoughtful presentation on the Hells Canyon Massacre of 1887 and the dangers of exclusion in society.
The Miami Valley Section met on 8 March at Miami Valley Gaming to learn the latest on compliance of LED UV-A for use in NDT inspections. Betty Cheng from Spectronics Corporation provided the history and discussed the current standards for LED UV-A lighting for compliance certification requirements. The new standards provide a detailed understanding of the operational limits and tolerances to ensure manufacturers build and deliver reliable lighting for NDT inspections. The fifteen members and guests in attendance enjoyed the presentation and demonstrations.
Longtime ASNT member Claudia V. Kropas-Hughes (right) with Betty Cheng from Spectronics Corporation, who presented on LED UV-A lighting to the Miami Valley Section at their 8 March meeting.
Eighteen members and students braved a winter storm advisory to attend the Minnesota Section’s meeting on 23 February at the American Legion in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The meeting featured an interesting and informative presentation on the Minnesota Radiation Emergency Volunteers (MREV) program. The Section would like to extend a special thank you to Martha Steinhart with the State of Minnesota and MREV for presenting to the group.
Martha Steinhart, with the State of Minnesota, gave a presentation on the Minnesota Radiation Emergency Volunteers (MREV) program to members of the Minnesota Section.
Schenectady, New York
The Mohawk Hudson Section’s February dinner meeting was a combined meeting with local chapters of ASM International and the American Welding Society (AWS). The presentation by Bob Cohen was focused on applying adaptive controls to complex production resistance welding applications to increase process consistency, reduce incidence of problem welds, reduce reliance on destructive testing, and increase manufacturing productivity.
The Mohawk Hudson Section’s 21 March dinner meeting included a presentation by Jeff Nuding on the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs (DMNA), the organization of the New York Military Forces (NYMF) consisting primarily of the NY Army and Air National Guard Forces. NYMF conducts civil support operations within the state of New York to assist civil authorities during emergencies, natural or man-made disasters, and other approved activities in order to save lives, mitigate human suffering, and protect property. The presentation described NYMF organizations, civil support operations, operational capabilities, areas for interagency coordination, and major operations completed by NYMF. Nuding also presented a case study describing support activities specific to Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath in 2012 and 2013.
The Mohawk Hudson Section’s February dinner meeting was combined with local chapters of ASM International and the American Welding Society (AWS).
Eight members and guests of the Old Dominion Section met at the Richmond Joint Engineers Council (RJEC) annual awards banquet held at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia on 23 February. Along with the many professional and student awards presented, the speaker, Jessica Foley of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, discussed her organization’s role in advancing a focused ultrasound technology for medical treatment to supplement or replace surgery, replace radiation, or to supplement chemo and auto-immune treatment techniques.
The Oman Section organized a one-day symposium in Muscat, Oman, entitled “Advanced Non-Conventional NDT Technologies” (ANNDT). The event was coordinated with an event of the same name hosted by the United Arab Emirates Section in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Participants were introduced to five advanced and proven nondestructive testing (NDT) technologies that have not been applied in the entire Gulf region. These one-day events served as efficient platforms to showcase the latest NDT technologies. While ANNDT was easy to attend for those in the Gulf Region, both symposiums also highlighted a very effective, concentrated dose of advanced NDT technologies. This symposium brought together NDT service providers and customers to get them acquainted with NDT technologies brought to the United Arab Emirates and Oman by the developers themselves.
The Oman Section, in coordination with the United Arab Emirates Section, organized a one-day symposium in Muscat, Oman, entitled “Advanced Non-Conventional NDT Technologies” (ANNDT).
On 13 February, six board officers from the Pacific Northwest Section gathered at Clover Park Technical College, along with two student directors, 18 other students, and two instructors, to enjoy a presentation by Marybeth Miceli, ASNT Director at Large and Director of Global Business Development and Consulting Division for Metal Fatigue Solutions. Miceli started her career on one path, and like many people, has ended up at her current position after many challenges. The students listen attentively to her presentation, “My Path to Nondestructive Testing (NDT),” which included her beginnings at Virginia Tech and Johns Hopkins University, then to Lucius Pitkin, Inc. in New York City, up to co-founder of We-NDT Marketing Network. Miceli has worked on infrastructure, primarily bridges, in her career. Miceli answered the students’ questions regarding getting started in NDT throughout her presentation. After her informative presentation, members from the Pacific Northwest Section also answered student questions regarding the current job market for NDT students and the need for qualified NDT practitioners. A lunch of salads, sandwiches, and soft drinks was provided by the school after Miceli’s presentation, which allowed for the students to talk with the board members and Miceli.
Twenty-one members gathered at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Tukwila, Washington to listen to Miceli give her second presentation of the day on 13 February. At the evening session, she presented on “Emerging Fatigue Monitoring and Testing Technologies for Bridges.” Miceli answered questions regarding NDT on this important part of our infrastructure. One of the key points brought out during her presentation was that one bridge fails every ten days in the United States, according to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. This failure is due to either a full or partial collapse or complete closure. Another unbelievable factoid was that repairs to bridges are often done to areas that do not require repair, due in part to nearly 80% false positives with the current NDT methods. These false positives are greatly reduced with the Electrochemical Fatigue Sensor (EFS) based system developed by the US Air Force, University of Pennsylvania, and Metal Fatigue Solutions.
Vice Chair Kathy L. Ferguson of the Pacific Northwest Section (left) presented an ASNT pen and pencil set and section coin to the evening’s speaker, ASNT Director at Large Marybeth Miceli, who spoke on nondestructive testing of bridges.
Greenville, South Carolina
Eleven members of the Piedmont Section attended the January section meeting. Jim A. MacMillan from Applied Technical Services (ATS) in Marietta, Georgia, gave a presentation on ethics in NDT, focusing on making tough decisions in tough situations. The presentation explored some very interesting situations and sparked lively discussions by the attendees.
The February section meeting had almost 30 in attendance. After dinner, the speaker was Stéphanie Cretté from Clemson University and the Warren Lasch Conservation Center in Charleston, South Carolina. Cretté gave a presentation on the status of the H. L. Hunley. The Hunley was a submarine of the Confederate States of America that played a small part in the American Civil War. It was the first combat submarine to sink a warship, although the Hunley was not completely submerged and, following a successful attack, was lost along with its crew before returning to base. It was taken into government service under the control of the Confederate States Army at Charleston, South Carolina. The progress that has been made in the last 17 years in preserving this national treasure is impressive.
Matt M. Ruggles (left) and Thomas P. Dunn (right) present Stéphanie Cretté (middle) from Clemson University an award for her presentation to the Piedmont Section about the H.L. Hunley.
The Pittsburgh Section met on 16 February at Monte Cello’s in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. The speaker was David Marcyjanik, lead staff engineer for measurement and inspection and staff engineer for NDT at the Performance Review Institute (PRI). Marcyjanik had a 32-year career in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, where he retired in 2012. Marcyjanik gave an enjoyable presentation, during which the section learned a lot about refueling and the Air National Guard. It was also attended by a number of PRI NDT auditors who were in town. The Section would like to extend thanks to Marcyjanik for his valued contribution.
John A. Markanich (left) presents a speaker’s gift to David Marcyjanik for his presentation at the 16 February Pittsburgh Section meeting.
San Diego, California
On 7 March, the San Diego Section hosted the sixth section technical meeting of the 2016–2017 year. The meeting was held at the Best Western Seven Seas in San Diego, California, with 40 members and guests in attendance. This was Vendor's Night, and there were 14 vendors supporting this event. The vendors covered a wide range of products for applications of the basic NDT methods as well as emerging technologies. The vendors were Test Equipment Distributors; MPM Products; Magnaflux; Chemetall; Met-L-Chek; Fujifilm; Inspection Technologies, Inc.; UniWest; Foerster Instruments; Eddyfi, University of Ultrasonics, A-Scan Laboratories, Inc.; Laser Technologies, Inc.; and SciApps. Members and section guests interacted with the vendors regarding products and new technologies.
Larry G. Olsen presented vendors with a Certificate of Appreciation for their efforts and for supporting the San Diego Section. The evening concluded with the customary raffles. Raffle prizes were provided by Met-L-Chek; Inspection Technologies, Inc.; Fujifilm; Magnaflux; University of Ultrasonics; and the San Diego Section. The San Diego Section wishes to thank all in attendance for a great event.
Vendors who attended the San Diego Section Vendor’s Night: (back row, left to right) Jesse M. Granillo, Mike Taylor, Randy Jones, Tommie Nilsson, Michael R. Collingwood, and David R. Waitt; (center row, left to right) Flynn Spears, Henry E. Cook III, Mike White, Peter E. Pelayo, and Cheryl Dufer; (front row, seated left to right) Brianna Buchannan, Tonia Dabney, Gene Ketchum, Gill Henkel, and David Rivera.
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
The Saudi Arabian Section attended a “Science Fun Fare” on 22 January at Pakistan International School in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia. Students between the ages of 14 and 16 were introduced to NDT and given a variety of gifts from ASNT. These students were also offered free membership to join ASNT. The section was invited to the event by Javed Farid, a science teacher at Pakistan International High School.
The Saudi Arabian Section held its eighth technical dinner meeting for the fiscal year 2016–2017 on 13 February at the Carlton Al Moaibed Hotel. The meeting was attended by 101 members and nonmembers, including guests from the Bahrain Society of Engineers sponsored by the Saudi Arabian Section. Section Past Chair Fathi M. Al-Qadeeb inaugurated the meeting with a warm welcome and announcements of section highlights. After the announcements, Al-Qadeeb asked the guest speaker Abdullah M. Al Zahrani, of Saudi Aramco RSO and the Saudi Arabian Section Board, to start his presentation on radiation safety and improvement in industrial radiography. The presentation was very successful and knowledgeable, and it was highly appreciated by the audience. After the presentation, Al-Qadeeb, along with Section Vice Chair M. Jamil Anjum, presented an appreciation trophy to the guest speaker with great thanks. Door prizes were distributed to the raffle winners after the trophy presentation. After this, all the members and guests of the Section retired to have an excellent buffet dinner specially prepared by the Carlton Al Moaibed Hotel at the swimming pool.
Students from Pakistan International School in Al Khobar, Saudia Arabia were introduced to NDT by the Saudi Arabian Section during their “Science Fun Fare” on 22 January.
On 28 February, the Shanghai Section’s February meeting was held with 20 members in attendance. Shanghai Section Vice Chair Jingyuan Ji began the meeting with a welcome and went through the meeting agenda. He also briefly introduced the current status of ASNT Computer Based Testing (CBT) in China. Section Chair John J. Kinsey shared his experience from attending ASNT council meetings. Section Chair of Publication Committee Chen Jiangyuan is taking lead on translating SNT SNT-TC-1A and CP 189 to Chinese. The proposal and schedule will be ready in March and submitted to the section, and the final goal is that the section will submit the translated SNT-TC 1A and CP 189 to ISC for review and approval.
The Shanghai Section’s 28 February included a discussion of translating SNT SNT-TC-1A and CP 189.
Randburg, South Africa
The Southern Africa Section met on 7 February at School of Applied Non Destructive Examination in Boksburg, South Africa. Items discussed were the new online ASNT examinations, the topics for the technical meetings for 2017, and the upcoming golf day in March. Chair Simon N. Wilding brought the bronze award that the section was given for outstanding accomplishment at the 75th Anniversary Conference in Long Beach, California. The section is going to source a display cabinet in honor of the award.
The section golf day on 2 March was a great success. Seventy-two players competed at Benoni Country Club despite the rain later in the afternoon. The section golf day has now become an annual event that the entire local NDT industry looks forward to. (Maybe because everyone gets a prize?) The winning four ball was sponsored by Chris Georgiou of Techtra Engineering Consultants.
The winning team from the Southern Africa Section’s annual golf day. From left: Stewart McMillan, Swys Kotze, Willy Rankin, and Craig Moralee.
United Arab Emirates
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates Section, in coordination with the Oman Section, organized a one-day symposium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, entitled “Advanced Non-Conventional NDT Technologies” (ANNDT). Participants were introduced to five advanced and proven nondestructive testing (NDT) technologies that have not been applied in the entire Gulf region. Since the event was held in the United Arab Emirates and Oman, with each country having an ASNT Section that is within ASNT's Middle East Region 19, ANNDT served as a great opportunity to network with local ASNT members and corporate partners, along with NDT service and equipment providers and their clients.
The United Arab Emirates Section, in coordination with the Oman Section, organized a one-day symposium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates entitled “Advanced Non-Conventional NDT Technologies” (ANNDT).
The Chicago Section presented at the DuPage Area STEM Expo 2017, hosted by Illinois Institute of Technology. The section displayed, demonstrated, and provided hands-on opportunities in a variety of nondestructive test methods and techniques at the event, which was geared toward students in grades K–8. As many as 200 kids were introduced to the field of NDT.
Presenters from the Chicago Section at the DuPage Area STEM Expo 2017, from left to right: Charles P. Johnson, Karden Sales & Consulting, Inc.; Mike L. Kelley, Olympus Corporation; Sal Razi, Moraine Valley Community College; Ron R. Mika, Retired.