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News items submitted by local sections for the month of August 2020

Hawaii

Pearl City, Hawaii

The Hawaii Section’s 25 June meeting was called to order by Section Chair Jack R. Laws on the patio of the Big City Diner Restaurant in Aiea, Hawaii. Seven members and one guest attended while wearing face masks and sitting approximately 6 ft apart in observance of proper social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Business discussions and actions included the results from the Hawaii Section 2020 ballot and survey. Vice Chair Jayme J. Martin, the Hawaii Section newsletter editor, is seeking articles from the membership for the second edition.

The technical program for the evening was a roundtable discussion on “COVID-19 and Its Impact on NDT in Hawaii.” There have been some good but mostly bad consequences. The pros include more opportunities for Hawaii-based firms due to mainland travel restrictions, and the cons include an increase in fraudsters targeting companies with malware, extorting payments to unlock files.


India

Chennai, India

The India Section conducted its training program on “Quality Management System for NDT Laboratories as per ISO/IEC 17025” via videoconferencing on 6 June. There were around 300 members and guests in attendance. The speaker was S.S. Ananthan. The session was interactive, and members enjoyed the virtual meeting.

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The India Section conducted a virtual training program on quality management systems in June.


Iowa

Ames, Iowa

The Iowa Section hosted an online meeting on 19 May with 14 members and guests in attendance. ASNT Director at Large John Z. Chen, Ph.D., of KBR presented on “NDT of Welds in Upstream Equipment for Oil and Gas.” Welding, including brazing and thermal spraying, has been used in the manufacturing and repair of various equipment for the exploration, drilling, well completion, and production of oil and gas. Arc welding, oxy-fuel welding, friction welding, laser beam welding, electron beam welding, brazing, and thermal spraying, among other techniques, have been used to make drill bits, oil field tubulars, wear/erosion/corrosion protection layers, platforms, wellhead equipment, and the like. Different NDT methods and techniques have been used not only in the making of these welds as a quality control tool, but also in maintenance and in-service inspections as a condition monitoring tool. The presentation reviewed the state-of-the-art of NDT technology for these purposes, as well as ongoing developments and future challenges.


Los Alamos

Los Alamos, New Mexico

The Los Alamos Section met on 5 May for a virtual meeting. There were 10 members in attendance. David A. Fry gave a presentation on “NDT in National Nuclear Security Agency Emergency Response Programs.”

The Section met again for a virtual meeting on 9 June with seven members and two guests in attendance. Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Michelle Espy gave a presentation about computed tomography (CT) of large objects. One example included CT of a dinosaur head. There was discussion of participation in the ASNT Virtual Section and section workshops as a recruiting tool.


Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Minnesota Section met virtually on 21 May. Attendees included Mark E. Dahn, Terrence (Terry) P. Baker, Jerry L. Voelker, Nicholas Stark, Christopher K. Sieh, Jake Goh, Jay Ang, Le Duc Thinh, Spencer Phau, and David Palmer. Voelker reviewed the treasury account balance and gave a brief update on advertising revenues and the current state of advertising billing. Members accepted nominations and elected officials were announced as follows: Section Vice Chair Dahn, Section Treasurer Voelker, and Section Secretary James Dowd. (The Section chair position has not been filled.) Section board members were also nominated and elected including Stark, Baker, and Travis R. Lerohl. Meeting dates were tentatively set for the 2020–2021 fiscal year. Members discussed the uncertainty dealing with COVID-19 and noted that some flexibility may be needed for scheduling next year. The attendees briefly discussed virtual platforms for future meetings.

The Section would like to thank all who attended the virtual event featuring Zeki Cosku Gokce of Eddyfi Technologies, who presented on “An Introduction to Guided Wave Inspection.” The Section had an excellent turnout with attendees checking in from around the globe. The Section would like to send a special thanks to Gokce, Vanessa Gauthier, and the Eddyfi team for making the presentation possible.


Pacific Northwest

Seattle, Washington

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pacific Northwest Section hosted a virtual meeting. The presentation, which was on “Eddy Current Array in Lieu of PT and MT for Aerospace Inspection,” was added to the Section’s website for download.

Fifteen members joined the virtual meeting to listen to Scott Tromba of Zetec Inc. provide a narrative to his online presentation. Eddy current array not only is a good choice for flat surfaces and bolt holes, but is also able to provide 100% outside-diameter coverage of small diameter tubes with its 2 in. tape probes (currently for 1/4 in. diameter; larger tape probes are being developed).


Saudi Arabian

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

In line with ASNT’s efforts to promote knowledge sharing, the Saudi Arabian Section conducted a virtual technical training session for more than four hours on 24 June. The training was delivered by Section Treasurer Mohammed A. AbuFour on “Oil and Gas NDT Applications and Challenges,” and was designed for individuals who are involved in the field of NDT from the technician level to the management level. This was a part of a series of training for the Section in 2020, and 60 members in and outside of Saudi Arabia attended this session. At the end of session, the Section conducted an online survey and results revealed that the training was well accepted by the participants. An e-certificate was sent to each participant who attended the training.

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The Saudi Arabian Section held a virtual training session focusing on NDT in the oil and gas industry on 24 June.


Section Highlight

In line with ASNT’s efforts to promote knowledge sharing, the Saudi Arabian Section conducted a virtual technical training session for more than four hours on 24 June. The training was delivered by Section Treasurer Mohammed A. AbuFour on “Oil and Gas NDT Applications and Challenges,” and was designed for individuals who are involved in the field of NDT from the technician level to the management level. This was a part of a series of training for the Section in 2020, and 60 members in and outside of Saudi Arabia attended this session. At the end of session, the Section conducted an online survey and results revealed that the training was well accepted by the participants. An e-certificate was sent to each participant who attended the training.

Hawaii
Hawaii Section attendees wore face masks at their June meeting, which took place on a restaurant patio. From left: Section Director Jeremy Link, Rylan Oei, Section Vice Chair Jayme J. Martin, Jason Grant, Section Chair Jack R. Laws, Section Treasurer Jarrett Y. Sano, and Section Director Derek Barbadillo.