2017 Annual Conference Abstracts and Presentations

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The 2017 Annual Conference was held on February 14-16, 2017 at the Golden Nugget Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. The program content and abstracts of the presentations are as follows. Selecting the presentation of interest after “DOWLOAD” will download a pdf version of that presentation.

Keynote Address 

Get Up or Die: Critical Leadership Decisions

Mark “Oz” Geist, Co-Author, “13 Hours”

Presented by Virtual Media Integration (VMI)

Mark “Oz” Geist shares powerful life and leadership lessons utilizing the facts portrayed in the NYT’s best-selling book and movie, “13 Hours”.  Engaged in a firefight and out-manned, Mark and his team bravely battled all night for the safety of those they had been tasked to protect. Through teamwork and execution, Mark and others rebuffed multiple attacks and sustained many lives. Badly wounded and facing a final assault, Mark demanded of himself “get up or die”. This choice required selfless service to the team and, ultimately, assisted in saving many lives.   In this keynote, Mark shares his practical choices as a reference point for all in leadership and teamwork roles.

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TECNICAL SESSION 1

Brian Halata and Wade Padrnos – Co-Chairs

Effective Phased Array Ultrasonic (PAUT) Inspection Techniques for Austenitic Welds
Guy Maes, Zetec

Phased array UT examination techniques for austenitic welds have been applied and formally qualified for in-service inspection in nuclear power plants for more than 10 years. Due to more stringent regulations on the use of radiography for manufacturing inspections of welded joints in many countries all over the world, other industries show increased interest in phased array as an alternative volumetric inspection technique, even for austenitic welds. Although most of the elements of a “successful” inspection solution are known to UT experts, the implementation is still perceived as laborious, complex and expensive, and often requires either a high-end software package, or several packages. This presentation will show how a series of “standard” dual matrix array probes and wedge assemblies can be easily set-up using a portable, but high-power phased array unit and its embedded software, thus allowing for efficient and robust austenitic weld inspections. The performance of well-chosen dual matrix array assemblies will be illustrated with ultrasonic data from practical trials on various representative austenitic weld specimens containing artificial and realistic flaws. It will be shown how all steps of the examination process are supported by a single software package, including comprehensive visualization of the data, and efficient data analysis.

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An Industry Overview of Microwave Technology
Robert Woodward, System One Services
Robert Stakenboroghs, Evisive, Inc.
Rob Sloan, University of Manchester

This presentation describes an innovative apparatus and method that uses electromagnetic energy in the microwave frequency range to volumetrically examine dielectric materials, such as fiberglass reinforced plastic, high density polyethylene, and rubber expansion joints. Within this presentation is a description of the theory of use and a presentation of both lab validation and field inspection results from various applications.

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Radiation Safety Compliance and Staffing Alternatives
William Thompson, RSOtoGO, Inc.

Radiation Safety Compliance and Staffing Alternatives discusses some of the challenges facing “working” radiation safety officers in the field and dedicated RSOs. What officers are dealing with daily include dosimetry, radiographers, worksheets, tracking logs, workplace audits, annual reports, maintaining records, source tracking, and training and supporting new radiographers. In addition, there is staying current with State and Federal guidelines. To manage all these elements, electronic alternatives are now available. Smartphones, computers, and digital dosimeters allowing tracking of radiation, can support workers in remote areas.

Another “tool” is introducing a third-party RSO or consultant to fill compliance roles versus a dedicated RSO; this yields cost benefits. Focus on a compliance and safety culture prevents fines and reportable incidents.

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NDT MANAGEMENT SESSION I
Chris Weyers – Chair

Acquisition Strategy in Support of Growth
Martin Theriault, Eddyfi NDT

Eddyfi was established in 2009 with the goal of pursuing and developing eddy current array technology to its full potential. In 2016, Eddyfi completed the acquisition of UK-headquartered Silverwing, a developer and manufacturer of NDT products to inspect storage tanks, vessels, and piping for corrosion. The transaction strengthens the group’s position in the oil and gas industry, and brings an additional portfolio of cleverly designed, niche, proven products and technologies to the company. The presentation covers Eddyfi’s acquisition strategy in support of growth.

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Lessons Learned as a Result of a Management Buyout
Joop Kraijesteijn, 3angles, Inc.

3angles is an Albany NY-based company involved in turbine related testing in fossil, nuclear and renewable energy plants in North America and internationally. Northeast Inspection Services Inc., is a predecessor company that was first acquired in 2008 by KEMA while Joop Kraijesteijn managed KEMA’s U.S. power generation services operations. In 2013 when KEMA was acquired by DNV, Joop was tasked to help with the disposal of the unit and instead led a management buyout (MBO) of the NDT part of this group. This presentation is of the experience during and after that process.

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Building a Platform Company and the Successful Integration of Acquisitions
Brian Guerin and Matt McLain, Calvert Street Capital Partners

Brian Guerin and Matt McLain of Calvert Street Capital Partners were involved in the build-up of Inspection Oilfield Services (IOS), which was successfully built up to over 600 employees and $120 million in sales, prior to its sale to L.B. Foster in March, 2015. Currently Brian and Matt, along with Jim Treat, are involved in the buildout of Premium Inspection and Testing. This presentation will focus on the process involved in building such a platform, lessons learned, and the potential benefits derived for employees and owners of companies.

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The Affordable Care Act 
Mark Tedford and Rebecca Stewart, Tedford Insurance

Five years after the Affordable Care Act became law, amid skyrocketing health insurance premiums, the landscape is set to change substantially once again under the new Administration. This presentation will provide a current update and the impact for business owners.

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NDT MANAGEMENT SESSION II
Tony Sansavera and Bob Henchar – Co-Chairs

Film Archives Are the Modern Age Silver Mines- Learn How to Maximize Your Return
Kevin J Ahearn, GEIT and Ajay Pasupuleti, NanoArk Corp.

Many organizations are required to retain X-ray film with the inspection reports for an average of 10 years, with some being much longer. While digital imaging (CR and DR) technology is gaining broader acceptance in industry, the use of conventional X-ray films has remained a significant part of inspection strategies over the recent years. This continued usage has forced many organizations to increase their X-ray film warehouse space.

Given that industrial X-ray films are rich in silver, a typical organization could have thousands of Troy ounces (Toz) of silver present in the X-ray film stored in their warehouse. The silver in the film represents a great deal of money but is not an asset in its current state. Additionally, X-ray films are highly combustible and are required to be stored in controlled conditions. Many businesses are paying a premium on liability and storage costs instead of enjoying the benefits of the conversion process.

This discussion will focus on how businesses can maximize their silver return through a film to digital conversation as well as communicate the ROI and other benefits to senior management and the finance team. Furthermore, a holistic view of the many steps in the film to digital conversion transition process will be presented, which will enable better understanding of the total investment necessary for the benefits to be fully realized.

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Silver Recovery Program Management and Online Film Processor Management
Gordon Bathurst, Metafix

Discussion will include advancements in silver recovery, with an emphasis on compliance, ease of operation and maintenance, and online monitoring and reporting of both the silver recovery system and the processors replenishment system.

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Download A  Corporate Tax Incentives for the NDT Industry
Kim Hopkins and Mark Echols, Corporate Tax Incentives (CTI), LLC

Government tax incentives intend to encourage corporations to engage in specific activities. An example of this is the research and development tax credit, made permanent at the end of 2015. This is a dollar-for-dollar credit which reduces corporations’ tax liability. It returns a percentage of a company’s costs to develop new or improved products, processes, and software.

However, just like lunch, there is no such thing as a free tax credit. The rules are complex and there are several misconceptions. Even the name of the credit is misleading – there is no requirement for original research. Many activities in the NDT industry qualify for the credit. These include new testing methods, techniques to apply existing methods, applications to new products, and design and development of NDT equipment. This presentation discusses pros and cons of an RandD credit study, and how to maximize your benefit while minimizing risk and time required.

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Matrix Management – Pros and Cons
Steve Strachan, Sensor Networks, Inc.

Matrix Management is a form of internal business structure intended to improve efficiency while maintaining dual or tri-reporting and control capabilities between product lines and functions. This presentation will highlight the typical structure of matrix management, and show several examples of how and why it is employed and discuss pros and cons of using it.

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The Benefits of Digitizing the NDT Process
Rick Steel and Bill Cattley, Tribase Systems

Many of the NDT techniques are undergoing technology improvements such as digital x-ray machines and MRI yet the recording process in many cases is trapped in the 1940s with paper and manual tracking. Tracing the history of NDT testing and reporting through to current day shows some of the challenges the industry is facing today and implications of these short falls to the industry. Possible solutions and benefits of modernizing the NDT reporting system will be discussed as well as a look at what the future may hold for the NDT inspection industry.

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The Evolution of NDT Inspection Via the Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud Computing
Dianne Hillhouse, Olympus

With the rapid expansion of the internet of things and cloud computing, inspection service companies, asset owners and manufacturers all benefit from real time data that provides immediate visibility and actionable information to drive decision making. This presentation discusses the role of cloud computing and IoT in NDT maintenance and manufacturing applications, including the ability to report and manage inspection instrumentation data in a centralized location and real-time manner to ensure integrity of information and standardization of data across all locations in the enterprise – providing accessibility, faster reporting, as well as comprehensive NDT instrument fleet management for maximum uptime and productivity.

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TECHNICAL SESSION II

Wade Padrnos and Brian Halata – Co-Chairs

New Innovative Developments in Digital Radiography (DR) and Computed Tomography (CT) Technologies
Brett Muehlhauser, North Star Imaging

Recent developments in Digital Radiography (DR) and Computed Tomography (CT) have provided a means of pushing capabilities and applications to new levels. These developments involve innovative approaches in improving spatial resolution and general image quality while also reducing image artifacts. These breakthroughs provide opportunities for the NDT community to even further impact virtually every industry in helping ensure the development and evaluation of product for its safe, functional operation.

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New Advancements in Pulsed Eddy Current for CUI (Corrosion Under Insulation) Inspections
Bruce Stetler, Eddyfi

Pulsed Eddy current has been around for 19 years in the industry and mainly used for detection of corrosion under Insulation. This presentation will explore the advances in the technology as it relates for today’s requirements to find smaller areas of corrosion. The presentation will show advances in probe technology and the ability to perform a dynamic scan for corrosion area sizing.

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Advances in Phased Array Weld Inspection Scan Plan – Use of Compound S-scan
Chris Magruder and Emile Peloquin, Olympus SSA

The compound S-scan improves on traditional phased array weld inspection scan plan strategies by combining the S-scan and E-scan inspections into a single acquisition group via new calculator functionality commercially available from Olympus and other manufacturers. Additional benefits of the compound S-scan inspection include ability to use pre-defined configurations over a larger range of weld bevels and thicknesses, enforcement of fewer essential variables in the inspection work procedure, and a more efficient work flow for inspection setup, calibration, acquisition, and data analysis as per ASME V, Article 4, mandatory appendices IV and V.

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REGULATORY SESSION

Walt Cofer and Dennis Chedraui – Co-Chairs

NRC Update on Regulatory Activities Affecting Industrial Radiography

Duncan White, USNRC

The presentation will discuss the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s recent report to Congress on the programmatic review of 10 CFR Part 37 which included a review of inspection findings and incidents, the NRC’s current initiative to re-evaluate Category 3 source security and accountability and an update on the petition submitted by NDTMA and ASNT to modify 10 CFR Part 34 requirements to allow the use of electronic dosimeters.

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Enhancing the Security of Mobile Radioactive Sources
Blake Kluse and Kurt Silvers, PNNL

The fundamental challenge of mobile radiological devices is the control and accountability of the source when in transit and in use in the field. Maintaining control and accountability of the location of the source and confirming that the source is still in the proper container is critical when addressing this specific security concern. Efforts to date in developing a solution that allows unhindered use of the mobile sources have been unsuccessful in addressing all of the necessary security objectives. For the past two years the NNSA’s Office of Radiological Security has been sponsoring an effort to work with industry partners and radiography camera manufacturers to develop technology that can be implemented into the daily operations to provide an enhanced level of security. With initial design and development efforts nearing completion the focus is shifting towards field deployments and implementation.

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Preserving Access to Radioactive Sources -An Update from Washington on the Legislative and Regulatory Environment on Sealed Sources
Craig Piercy, American Nuclear Society

The presentation will provide an overview of the policy landscape around sealed sources in Congress and the administration, and the Source Security Working Group’s efforts to preserve the civilian use of these sources.

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