The Arizona Section held a family night event on 15 March. A total of 35 members and guests attended this event, including 17 first-time attendees. Section Chair Michael T. Childers would like to thank the event sponsors, including Darren Johnson, from Imperial Outpost Games, and Jeff Caples, from Games U. He would also like to thank the Section’s nondestructive testing (NDT) subject matter experts, who were put on the spot during the presentation to discuss the finer details of the various NDT methods. Finally, Childers would also like to recognize the Section’s board members for taking the time to share their NDT career stories, time, and experience. The family event was so successful that the Section has decided to make family night a recurring event each March.
Arizona Section Treasurer George M. Hopman regaled the crowd with some of his NDT stories from his long career at the Section’s family night event on 15 March.
Capital of Texas
Fifteen members and guests of the Capital of Texas Section met on 7 March at Austin Community College Riverside Campus in Austin, Texas, for a presentation by 39-year ASNT member Ronald J. Hayden. Hayden first became involved with industrial radiography 39 years ago in 1979, when he began his affiliation with Gamma Industries in Houston, Texas, a manufacturer of radioactive sources and NDT supplies. Coincidentally, 1979 was also the year that Hayden joined ASNT. After a move to Gulf Nuclear, another manufacturer of radiographic sources and NDT supplies, he became an NDT instructor and the Radiation Safety Officer at Baytown Technical School (BTS). It was there that Hayden earned his ASNT NDT Level III accreditations. After the closure of BTS, Hayden became the Level III/field supervisor for MQS Inspection. During his tenure at MQS, he also became an adjunct faculty member at San Jacinto College, where he taught for more than 20 years. He then decided to join PetroChem Inspection Services (which would later be purchased by TUV Sud) as a Level III, RSO, safety manager, quality assurance manager, and technical trainer, before retiring after 11 years of service. During this period, Hayden also served as chair of the Greater Houston Section of ASNT, the largest section in the United States. In his retirement, Hayden continued to do NDT consulting for TUV Sud for four years until moving to Dripping Springs, Texas, where he still does limited NDT consulting. Hayden was also a US Marine, which was recognized during the meeting.
Fifteen members and guests attended the Capital of Texas Section’s meeting on 7 March, which included a presentation by Ronald J. Hayden. Front row (from left): Chad Jatzlau, Tucker Moore, and Alan Mosher. Back row (from left): Jason Gooder, Trevor Sherman, Warren Donworth, Andrew Torrey, Don Monteith, and Wolf Thomas.
Charlotte, North Carolina
The Charlotte Section held its 12 March meeting at Sticky Fingers Ribhouse in Concord, North Carolina, with 11 in attendance. After the meeting was called to order, attendees addressed a number of items for Section business, including upcoming calendar events such as the vendors night at Central Piedmont Community College, the North Carolina Student Section golf tournament in April, and the then-upcoming Section Leaders Conference in June. Samuel Johnson, from Electric Power Research Institute, gave a presentation titled “UAV Applications in the Nuclear Industry.” He talked about what UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) are, and the inspection processes that are being developed with their use.
The Chicago Section met on 12 March with 24 guests and members in attendance at Crazy Pour in Villa Park, Illinois. The guest speaker for the evening was Claudia Kropas-Hughes (retired), of the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Kropas-Hughes presented a history of the Air Force (which celebrated its 70th anniversary last September) and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Her talk addressed the developments that have occurred over the many decades in new aircraft, weapons, maintenance, and administrative efforts to maintain a combat-ready system for the US Air Force. She then gave a brief overview of the technical societies that provide input for NDT, such as ASTM International and ASNT. Next, Kropas-Hughes chronicled her involvement in the development of computed tomography and automatic defect recognition for digital images and highlighted her patented process for analyzing images for small discontinuities and the neural system that mimics the way the human eye and brain make decisions on digital images.
Chicago Section Chair Chuck Johnson, of Karden Sales (left), expressed appreciation to Claudia Kropas-Hughes, formerly of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, for her informative presentation at the Section’s 12 March meeting.
The Cleveland Section’s 19 March monthly meeting began with a tour of Component Repair Technologies Inc. (CRT), located in Mentor, Ohio. It was attended by 33 members and guests. The tour was extremely informative, as the group was able to see a large inventory of jet engine components that were waiting to be inspected using various NDT methods, before and after refurbishing. The Section would like to thank the hosts at CRT for their hospitality, especially Dennis Joseph Kallhof for providing the tour. Dinner was held at the Stadium Sports Bar and Grill, where attendees enjoyed great food and libations after the tour.
The Hawaii Section held a meeting on 15 March at Buzz’s Original Steakhouse in Pearl City, Hawaii. Ten members and guests were in attendance. The discussions included speakers requesting speaking dates and Section Chair Derek Barbadillo’s contact with the Japanese Society for Non-Destructive Inspection regarding offering the Hawaii Section’s services and support during the 6th Japan-US NDT Symposium scheduled for 8–12 July 2018, in Oahu. The Section’s first newsletter was in the process of being finalized by Editor Jayme J. Martin. It will feature interviews with two veteran Section members. Elections are planned for November 2018. Barbadillo said he planned to attend the then-upcoming Section Leaders Conference on 22–23 June in Columbus, Ohio.
Attendees of the Hawaii Section’s 15 March meeting discussed upcoming speakers, events, and the Section newsletter.
The India Section successfully conducted its sixth technical meeting for the fiscal year 2017–2018 on 25 March in Chennai with nearly 30 members in attendance. The technical talk was given by Sethurama S. Ananthan, from Ribo Industries Private Ltd., and was titled “Quality Management Systems as per ISO 17025 for NDT Laboratories.”
Nearly 30 members of the India Section attended its sixth technical meeting on 25 March.
Kuwait City, Kuwait
The Kuwait Section met on 28 March at the Kohinoor Restaurant in Fahaheel, Kuwait. Senthil K. Gunasekaran, NBTC Group, delivered a presentation titled “Advanced NDT Application: TOFD and RT Case Studies.” The technical presentation enabled all members to learn from practical experience. The Section appreciates the presenter for adding value to the Section. Approximately 26 professionals attended the meeting. Shanmugom S. Murugan coordinated the arrangements, and Amar Abdul Aziz proposed a vote of thanks to acknowledge the speaker. Afterward, Section members discussed the need to continue in the same spirit to keep up the Section’s objective and continue to meet on a regular basis. Section officers stressed the need to promote awareness about NDT among the top management of the oil and gas industries, to garner more support from the management.
Attendees of the Kuwait Section’s 28 March meeting enjoyed a technical presentation by Senthil K. Gunasekaran.
Lewis & Clark
On 3 April, 17 members of the Lewis & Clark Section enjoyed a presentation by John L. Pariseau, lead quality assurance specialist for the US Army Corps of Engineers. Pariseau discussed various welding techniques and subsequent inspection protocols. Pariseau explained in detail the different fluxes, gasses, and electrodes used during gas metal arc welding, flux-cored arc welding, submerged arc welding, and gas tungsten arc welding, as well as the peculiar metallurgical flaws that are prone to occur with each welding technique. Of particular interest was the phenomenon of delayed hydrogen cracking and the extraordinary efforts that must be employed to reliably detect this type of defect. Pariseau outlined the suggested NDT methods proven to be most effective at detection of the various defect types. Test Equipment Distributors hosted gourmet pizza for all attendees at Flying Pie Pizzeria.
Lewis & Clark Section Vice Chair David F. Harris (right) presented John L. Pariseau with a small token of appreciation for his presentation at the Section’s 3 April meeting.
Metro New York / Northern New Jersey
Rockville Centre, New York
The Metro NY/Northern New Jersey Section held a meeting on 28 March at the Press 195 restaurant in Rockville Centre, New York. Twenty-nine members and guests attended the meeting to hear presenter Edward P. Dukich, of Level III Resources Inc., speak about the specialized eddy current inspection technique for heat exchangers. The presentation included a demonstration using different types of test standards and probes that may be used during inside-diameter tube inspections. The outcome showcased the importance of the test setup, as well as the specialized skillset and practical experience needed to reliably interpret the data results after a scan.
ASNT’s “Dig Deep, Fly High” member-get-member recruitment campaign was introduced to the group. A few attendees who were not currently members showed an interest in joining ASNT. The Section’s goal was set to recruit three new members. Applications were made available to attendees, including three individual and one corporate membership prospects.
Section Chair Toni Bailey made a special announcement thanking the Section’s officers for all of their hard work in helping to reorganize the Section. At the meeting, it was also decided that the current officers would serve another term, but an official vote would take place at the next meeting in April.
Twenty-nine members and guests attended the Metro NY/Northern New Jersey’s 28 March meeting.
The Miami Valley Section met on 7 March with 18 guests and members in attendance at Miami Valley Gaming in Lebanon, Ohio. The guest speaker for the evening was Scott Lindsay, of Sciemetric. Lindsay presented on the Sciemetrics system called sigPOD, a universal part test and process monitoring system that applies advanced signature analysis to deliver accurate defect detection. sigPOD can be used across the production line or virtually any manufacturing process, including crimping, dispensing, force-distance monitoring, torque testing, noise and vibration, gauging, profiling, and welding. Lindsay showed many examples of its use across multiple industry sectors.
Miami Valley Section Secretary/Treasurer Claudia V. Kropas-Hughes (right) expressed appreciation to Scott Lindsay, of Sciemetric, for his informative presentation at the Section’s 7 March meeting.
On 15 March, 25 Minnesota Section members, students, and friends met at Squeaky’s Grill and Bar in Hutchinson, Minnesota, for “Visionary NDT,” a presentation by Michael R. Hassebrock and Jacob Kuntz, of Cirrus Aircraft. Following the Section board meeting, social hour, and buffet, attendees enjoyed an exciting and informative presentation documenting the creation of Cirrus Aircraft’s NDT program for the out-of-autoclave composite airframe of the Cirrus Vision SF50 (“Vision Jet”). The presentation included details about research and development, training, testing, certification, and the corporate culture changes that Cirrus has accomplished over the last five years. The presentation was followed up by a round of questions and answers and discussion. The Section wishes to thank Hassebrock and Kuntz for a great evening of personal jets, aviation, and NDT.
Attendees of the Minnesota Section’s 15 March presentation enjoyed a presentation on NDT by Cirrus Aircraft.
Schenectady, New York
The Mohawk Hudson Section held a meeting on 10 April at the Van Dyck Restaurant & Lounge in Schenectady, New York, with 16 members and guests in attendance. The dinner meeting was a presentation on “Structural Health Monitoring of Bridges,” by Terry Tamutus, the director of asset health monitoring solutions for SGS Industrial Services GmbH. As an engineer, Tamutus has been working in structural health monitoring (SHM) and NDT for more than 26 years. He provides SHM application support, acts as a project manager for installations, and provides training as well as instrumentation development. Worldwide, he has provided hundreds of presentations to universities and engineering societies, as well as government agencies and companies. He has also authored more than 14 papers on SHM and NDT. Tamutus first provided an overview of SHM applications and monitoring technologies, and then discussed steel bridge monitoring projects involving measuring fatigue crack growth, crack arrest hole probes, and portable eddy current systems. The presentation ended with a discussion on wire break applications of suspension bridge projects, cable stay bridge monitoring, and post-tensioned bridges.
Sixteen members and guests attended the Mohawk Hudson Section’s 10 April meeting.
Providence, Rhode Island
The Narragansett Bay Section held a meeting on 20 March at the Atwood Grill in Johnston, Rhode Island. There were 28 members in attendance. Robert A. Feole gave a talk on all of the ASNT certification programs. The talk was very well received and there were many questions. Announcements were made about the next meeting and the upcoming Digital Imaging and Ultrasonics for NDT Conference on 24–26 July at the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
Attendees of the Narragansett Bay Section’s 20 March meeting heard a presentation on ASNT certification programs.
North Carolina Student Section
Charlotte, North Carolina
On 9 April, the North Carolina Student Section, in collaboration with the Charlotte Section, held a vendor/wing night at Central Piedmont Community College’s (CPCC) nondestructive evaluation (NDE) laboratory in Charlotte, North Carolina. CPCC Program Chair and club advisor Rand Ernst called the meeting to order and welcomed the 10 vendor companies and approximately 40 guests. He was followed by the North Carolina Student Section Vice Chair Tamra L. Culp, who thanked the vendors for their participation. Culp then told attendees how important it is that students go to the ASNT Annual Conference, and what it meant for her to go to Nashville. All proceeds from the display spaces rented to vendors will go toward sending students to the 2018 Annual Conference in Houston, Texs. Dick Hooper then welcomed everyone again on behalf of the Charlotte Section and closed the business portion of the meeting. Everyone was treated to a feast of chicken wings with various fixings, which went down well with the crowd.
The evening was a huge success for all. Besides a great meal, local professionals mingled with students and vendors and helped the student club finances, and the vendors got to show their wares to area professionals as well as explain their technology and how it is used in industry. Local professionals got to network with salespeople, shop for needed hardware or services, and become aware of technologies available for their businesses. Students got to talk to area professionals about their experiences in the NDT world and learn about some higher-end NDT capabilities from the vendors.
Industry professionals, students, vendors, and members gathered in the NDE laboratory at Central Piedmont Community College to enjoy the vendor/wing night hosted by the North Carolina Student Section in collaboration with the Charlotte Section.
On 26 March, the Old Dominion Section held a technical meeting at the Calabash Seafood restaurant in Mechanicsville, Virginia. It was attended by 12 members and guests. The meeting featured a presentation from Section Vice Chair Ed Darby, an adult scouter with the Boy Scouts of America, who explained opportunities to incorporate NDT requirements into the new Welding Merit Badge being offered by the Boy Scouts.
Pacific Northwest Section Leader Kathy L. Ferguson gave a presentation on 16 February to 27 senior high school students at Everett High School in Everett, Washington. The presentation included a lab where students made robotic arms from materials provided by The Boeing Company. Ferguson’s presentation described her career as a materials engineer, and how she combines both failure analysis and NDT to determine the root cause of component failures in service. She also described various careers in NDT and invited the students to come to a Section meeting and to check out the Section website to learn more.
The Section held a meeting on 12 March at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Tukwila, Washington, with 28 in attendance. This was the Section’s annual student night celebration, when it hosts a fun-filled evening to celebrate the graduating NDT students from Clover Park Technical College. Before the meeting, the Section congregated with students at the ACME Bowl Activity Center to shoot pool and socialize. The meeting presentation consisted of two graduating senior students, Mychal Weidman and Alex Roberson, who co-presented an overview of the Clover Park NDT program. Both Weidman and Roberson did an outstanding job creating a professional and entertaining PowerPoint presentation that covered all the different NDT methods taught by the school during the two-year program, as well as the background of the faculty at the school. They also introduced the faculty members who came that night to support the students. Most of the graduating seniors showed up with their résumés and met with Section members who work for Boeing, Mistras, and other NDT business leaders to network and get exposure regarding potential job opportunities.
Greenville, South Carolina
The Piedmont Section met on 27 March at Local Cue in Greenville, South Carolina. After refreshments and dinner, Gary M. O’Neill, of Parker Hannifin Corp., gave one of the best presentations of the year. NADCAP and NAS 410 certifications were the talk of the evening. Great member participation with questions and experiences made for an interesting discussion. Section Chair Thomas P. Dunn would like to thank the 12 members in attendance for their continued support of the Section.
Piedmont Section Vice Chair Matt Ruggles (left) presented Gary M. O’Neill with a copy of ASNT’s 75th anniversary book, From Vision to Mission, inscribed by Bill Plumstead, as thanks for presenting to the Section on 27 March.
The Pittsburgh Section held a joint meeting on 15 March with the American Welding Society Pittsburgh Section at KTA Tator in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The tour was well attended and was followed by an evening of good conversation and networking. During the tour, the group learned about slip critical testing (in progress), analytical laboratory, corrosion testing (specimen prep lab), and the paint lab. Dinner (catered by the Cooked Goose) was served onsite at KTA. The tour was organized by Section Vice Chair James A. Kretzler, NDE manager at KTA Tator.
The Rockford Stateline Section met on 10 April at the Thunder Bay Grille. Eleven members and guests came out to hear Israel M. Vasquez, of Vastek Consulting, present on the importance of precleaning for fluorescent penetrant inspection.
Members Derek R. Coleman and Timothy P. Hughes attended the McHenry High School Career Expo and talked with approximately 50 to 75 students as well as two career counselors. They brought with them an ultrasonic testing (UT) unit and demonstrated the L-wave, a UT process where sound is induced into a test object, and explained what the different reflectors on the UT screen mean. They also discussed what kinds of salary students could expect and passed out promotional and membership ASNT materials provided by the International Service Center.
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
The Saudi Arabian Section held its ninth technical dinner meeting for the fiscal year 2017–2018 on 19 March at the Carlton Al Moaibed Hotel in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. The meeting was attended by 90 members and guests, including those from the Bahrain Society of Engineers. Section Past Chair Fathi E. Al-Qadeeb inaugurated the meeting by welcoming everyone and making announcements. After the announcements, Al-Qadeeb introduced the guest presenter, Section Chair Abdullah M. Al Khalifah.
During the meeting, most of the 16 students from the Pakistan International School Al Khobar, who joined the Section last month, participated, along with 11 student members from the Industrial Technical Training Institute. After the presentation, a question and answer session was held.
San Antonio, Texas
Five local members and 10 nonmembers attended the South Texas Section’s March meeting. The guest speaker was John Stewart, from the American Aerospace Technical Academy, who spoke about the shortage of technicians in NDT.
Johannesburg, South Africa
The Southern Africa Section had another successful golf day at Benoni Country Club on 15 March. It was very well attended, and the Section was given many prizes from sponsors. The golf day is becoming a regular event on the local NDT calendar.
The Southern Africa Section held a golf outing at Benoni Country Club on 15 March. From left: Robert Blignaut (Stanley Inspection), Section Secretary Elaine MacDonald, Dimitri Coumbias (Stanley Inspection), and Manoli Coumbias (Stanley Inspection).
United Arab Emirates
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates Section held its second technical dinner meeting of 2018 at the Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, on 14 April. Twenty-four members were in attendance at the meeting, sponsored by Sensima Inspection Sarl, of Switzerland. Sensima CEO Bernard Revaz gave an impressive presentation about continuous monitoring of cracks, titled “Eddy Currents: Application for the Offshore Industry,” which highlighted using an innovative sensor developed by Sensima Inspection Sarl and AIMsight for monitoring the appearance and growth of cracks on metallic structures. Dinner was served at the Crowne Plaza’s Ging Asia restaurant.
Prior to the presentation, Section Chair Marwan F. Basrawi updated Section members about the progress of the Gulf Nondestructive Testing Expo 2018, which is scheduled for 25–27 September 2018, at the Conrad Dubai hotel. He encouraged members to participate, present papers, and exhibit at this first regional NDT conference in the United Arab Emirates, emphasizing that this will be a multi-industry conference for aviation, nuclear, oil and gas, and infrastructure.
The United Arab Emirates Section held a technical dinner meeting on 14 April. The meeting was sponsored by Sensima Inspection, of Switzerland, and included a presentation by CEO Bernard Revaz (far left).
The Pacific Northwest Section hosted its annual student night celebration at ACME Bowl on 12 March to honor graduating students from Clover Park Technical College. Students were able to socialize and network with Section members at the event.
Students from Clover Park Technical College’s NDT program meet with Pacific Northwest Section Chair Kathy L. Ferguson (third from left) to challenge her to a game of pool at the Section’s student night celebration, held at ACME Bowl on 12 March.