2016 NDT Conference

2016 Annual NDT Conference Abstracts and Presentations

The 2016 Annual Conference was held on February 16-18, 2016 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

Air Force One: Zero Fail Mission

Colonel Mark W. Tillman (Ret), Air Force One Pilot & Commander – 2001-2009.

Presented by Virtual Media Integration (VMI)

Chosen as the nation’s 12th Presidential pilot, Colonel Mark W. Tillman served as pilot and commander of Air Force One from 2001-2009. Colonel Tillman was at the controls of Air Force One through numerous national events. Most notably, he protected the President on September 11, 2001 by keeping him out of harms way and connecting the flying oval office to the nation’s first responders.

Another historic event was being the first pilot to fly the Commander-in-Chief into a war zone. The challenge was unprecedented – transport the most targeted man in the world into the heart of terrorism. One mistake would have left the President open to attack and cost the lives of US service members. Colonel Tillman personally orchestrated and executed the covert operation with flawless success. His planning, done in complete secrecy, allowed for a complete surprise to the entire world.

Colonel Tillman’s distinguished career spans 30 years in the United States Air Force. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 2004. Colonel Tillman will give you a first-hand account of remarkable moments in history.  He emphasizes the concept of a Zero Fail Mission, which can be applied in both business and everyday life. Detailed planning, measurable expectations and personal responsibility are several of the key elements. Colonel Tillman will take you behind the scenes of Air Force One utilizing his experiences to reinforce the importance of the Zero Fail Mission.

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Walt Cofer –Chair

Small Controlled Area Radiography (SCAR) for Reduction of Radiation Exposure for Industrial Radiographers
Joe Lapinskas, QSA Global

Much of the world has reduced the allowable radiation exposure limits for Gamma Radiographers. The U.S. is likely to adopt new lower limits within the next several years.  SCAR Technology (Small Controlled Area Radiography) utilizes gamma sources and projection equipment designed specifically to reduce total exposure to operators and non-operators alike. The presentation will be addressing some of the SCAR projectors, sources and techniques currently in use.

Download presentation here; 25 MB-   Lapinskas


An Overview of the Global Material Radiological Security Program
Blake Kluse, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

The threat of dirty bombs or radiological dispersal devices (RDDs) is real and the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Radiological Security (ORS) has spent over a decade understanding the threat and working to protect the public. Radioactive sources are used around the country and are of sufficient curie quantities to be categorized as desirable sources for terrorist organizations. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has developed a mobile source transit security (MSTS) system that monitors, records and reports the status of mobile radioactive sources using sensor based, active Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. Currently these systems are being field-tested. The presentation will highlight the efforts to-date and provide an update on the results.

Download presentation here; 9 MB-  Kluse


Implementation of Part 37 by the NRC and Agreement States
Duncan White, USNRC

The presentation will look at the implementation of Part 37 security requirements by the NRC and Agreement States since 2014, including inspection findings.

Download presentation here; 2 MB-  White

Tony Sansavera – Chair

NDT Equipment Buying Strategies

William P. (Bill) Summers, Vision Financial Group, Inc.

The presentation will provide a comparative analysis to help business managers understand both the advantages and pitfalls between paying cash, bank financing or leasing when it comes to acquiring NDT equipment.

Download presentation here; 5 MB-  Summers


The Role of Mobile Apps in NDT Management

Dr. Ajay Pasupuleti, NanoArk Corporation

Over the past five years, mobile application software (commonly called “apps”) has become very popular and widespread. The reason for this prevalent usage is attributed to immediate accessibility of information. Given that NDT managers have a demanding job profile, mobile software tools that enable them to do their job efficiently are gaining rapid acceptance. This presentation discusses some of the uses of mobile apps in the management of NDT data with emphasis on toolkits available for managing examination and certification data.

Download presentation here; 8 MB-  Pasupuleti


Cost Effective and Easy to Use Tools to Produce High Quality Data in the Petrochemical Inspection Market
Bob Lasser, Imperium, Inc.

Market studies have outlined challenges to the petrochemical inspection market, most notably high labor costs and the lack of trained technicians. The challenge is to provide industry with cost efficient, easy to use tools that produce high quality data. To address this challenge, a newly developed multi-modal ultrasound camera will be described, including novel techniques showing simple calibration and imaging in both compression shear modes for weld inspection with minimal training. We will describe results showing how much faster and easier corrosion testing, crack detection, and other defects can be over conventional methods.

Download presentation here; 22 MB- Lasser


Member Owner Group Captive Insurance: A Better Way of Life for Your Insurance Program
Mark Hoeflschweiger, First Niagara Risk Management

Standard commercial insurance companies don’t make money charging premiums and paying losses. They can’t provide coverage for only the best businesses and the claims results for the “less than best” eat all the profits. If the best businesses, those with similar values relating to safe operations and claim management are taken as a whole, they can, and deserve to have stable rates, terms and conditions, with consistent measures of performance and the return of underwriting profits.

With a system that limits loss to predictable levels, divides larger loss and insures for catastrophic loss; individual members of a group can pay rates based on their own predictable loss experience and receive services normally reserved for much larger businesses paying much higher premiums.  As good loss results mature, the profits that otherwise would have been consumed by “less than best” businesses are returned to the group member that deserves the return of that profit. It’s a system that is equitable and accountable for all members. The program is a member owned group captive.

The presentation will provide an overview of member owned group captive insurance programs. The presentation will explain what a captive insurance program is: the features, advantages and disadvantages. Attendees will be in a better position to evaluate their insurance costs and coverages, and will discover that in a group captive, profit goes to their bottom line not the insurance company.

Download presentation here; 2 MB-  Hoeflschweiger


A 3D Visualization Model of the NDT Market Place
Bruce Pellegrino, Sensor Networks, Inc.

The NDT market has grown to a >$10 billion industry. It is, however, very fragmented due to the very large number of applications for the technology. The presentation will provide a novel perspective and approach for looking at the NDT market place, including a 3D visualization model.

Download presentation here; 2 MB- Pellegrino


Dave Crocker – Chair

Next Generation Phased Array – Total Focus Method (TFM)
Gavin Dao, Advanced OEM Solutions

Total Focus Method (TFM) imaging is revolutionizing phased array ultrasound. TFM is a post-processing technique that can be implemented real-time using data acquired by the Full-Matrix capture (FMC) and other technological advancements. TFM provides several benefits over conventional Phased Array in terms of a high resolution reconstruction grid, better perspective, improved vertical and lateral resolution, higher signal to noise ratio, improved flaw definition and reduced misinterpretation of geometry echoes vs. defects. One known characteristic of FMC is that it requires large amounts of raw data to compute a TFM image. The instrument used for the experiments has more than enough data transfer capability at 140 MB/s. This paper will present improvements to speed up and optimize both FMC and TFM while keeping and in some cases improving signal-to-noise ratio. Furthermore, with a small form factor, advanced high resolution imaging capabilities that were once only lab capable can now be industrialized and even automated using scanners and robots.

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Total Focus Method (TFM) Imaging for Automated Girth Weld Inspections
Dominique Braconnier, The Phased Array Company

Currently, zonal focusing using phased array ultrasound, which consists in focusing at specific distances in order to inspect several specific zones of the weld, is used for automated girthweld inspections. These zones are defined according to knowledge of the location and shape of the flaw. The defects are then detected using conventional time based gates. The total focusing method (TFM) is an advanced imaging method. The principle is first to perform a full matrix capture (FMC), which consists in acquiring each transmit-receive signal of a phased-array probe. Then, the output image is computed by focusing at each point of the image using the captured raw data. The purpose is to show the application of TFM imaging for girth weld inspection. Two aspects are considered for TFM use. First, it can be a tool that will come after zonal focusing in order to be more precise and to confirm an already detected defect. Moreover, TFM can be employed to see flaws that were not detected by zonal focusing. In the long term, if this method fulfills detection acceptance criteria, TFM could replace zonal focusing.

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Impact of High Resolution and High Accuracy Data on Dent Strain Analysis of Pipelines
Angel Frias, Creaform

Mechanical damage represents a major problem and a threat to pipeline integrity. Even if there is more corrosion typically found on pipeline networks, the number of leaks associated to dents is greater. Dent analysis methods used today are being questioned, being simplistic and very conservative due to lack of confidence in data. This paper presents a new approach to inspect mechanical damage on pipelines by using a 3D laser scanner, dedicated analysis software and a rugged field-pack to optimize deployment in the field. This solution is an improvement over traditional nondestructive techniques such as pit gauging and ultrasounds. Different plain dents will be used in a case study to clearly show the differences between inspection techniques. Depth based and strain based analysis of dents will be discussed. We will see the impact of data point density and interpolation on the ability to accurately regress a radius of curvature used for dent strain analysis. The use of high accuracy 3D laser scanning technique for data collection provides more confidence in depth and radius measurements allowing better failure prediction.

Download presentation here; 13 MB- Frias


Lowering the Training Hurdle for Phased Array Ultrasound Inspection
Dave Jankowski, GEIT

Phased array ultrasound inspections have been proven to greatly improve both productivity and the quality of the data collected so that better decisions can be made concerning the fitness for service of the asset. However, the high costs of training technicians to operate equipment in a manner that insures high quality data can frequently preclude use of PAUT technology. This presentation will review the PAUT training and inspection challenges and offer a potential solution.

Download presentation here; 5 MB- Jankowski


Use of Electrochemical Fatigue Sensors on Metal Structures
Shane D. Boone, Metal Fatigue Solutions

Fatigue is the leading cause of failure in metal structures. FHWA statistics show that visual inspection is grossly inadequate for fatigue inspection with a failure rate of more than 90 percent. To meet this growing industry demand, Metal Fatigue Solutions (MFS) has responded with a variety of patented fatigue-sensing products to improve asset management and improve our infrastructure’s reliability.

Download presentation here; 20 MB-  Boone

Combination Techniques to Improve Accuracy and Reliability of Portable Hardness Testing
Tom Ott, Proceq USA, Inc.

Portable hardness testing is often the most viable approach to inspect large fabrications or equipment. Modern and sophisticated electronic based instruments offer an even more cost effective solution, but the test methods come with a trade-off in limitations. This presentation outlines the advantages and limitations of three common portable hardness testing methods. Furthermore it illustrates a new technique to combine the advantages of these test principles to overcome critical limitations and improve accuracy and efficiency of portable hardness testing.

Download presentation here; 24 MB-  Ott



Brad Remmich – Chair

The Emerging Role of Private Equity in the NDT Business
Brian Guerin, Calvert Street Capital Partners

The NDT industry has become increasingly interesting to investments firms, including private equity firms, over the last several years for a variety of reasons. This session explores the questions of why investment firms are interested in the NDT market place, how NDT companies are valued, how transactions get completed and what the differences are between selling an ownership stake to financial firms vs. selling to a strategic competitor.

Download presentation here; 608 KB-  Guerin


Effective and Affordable Ways to Market Your Business
Paul Biver, Carestream NDT

Finding effective and affordable ways to market our company and the products/services we provide is important to meet annual growth plans. In this session, we’ll present several ways to market your business in the NDT space that can help you get new customer recognition, to position your business as a leader/innovator and help you to drive promotional activities to grow revenue.

Download presentation here; 2 MB-  Biver


NDT Meets the Internet of Things (IoT)
Steve Strachan, Sensor Networks, Inc.

IoT or the ‘Internet of Things’ began as an industry buzzword in 1999 with the advent of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for inventory management optimization. In 2008 the National Intelligence Council (NIC) listed the IoT as one of the top six most disruptive (game changing), technologies with potential impact on US interests out to 2025. Today the IoT refers to the network of physical objects or “things” embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and connectivity to exchange data with people or other connected devices. IoT promises to bring many productivity and efficiency enhancements to industry by allowing assets to be sensed and controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure creating opportunities for more direct integration between the physical world and computer-based systems. This presentation will give an overview of what IoT is and show examples including some early applications in NDT and asset integrity monitoring.

Download presentation here; 4 MB-  Strachan


Vision 2025: The Future of Nondestructive Testing – Implications of Industry 4.0
Mariano Kimbara, Frost & Sullivan

The NDT industry has over the past decade experienced incremental change in not only the technologies that have been adopted but also in the new products that have been introduced by equipment vendors. With the advent of Industry 4.0, there has been significant investment and evolution of technologies such as cloud computing, industrial internet of things, robotics and big data analytics across major industrial verticals and especially in the manufacturing environment resulting in the need for more innovative testing solutions.

Frost & Sullivan through careful analysis of key trends in the Industry 4.0 ecosystem has predicted three key transformational implications for the NDT industry:

  1. Smart Inspection—a new paradigm for inspection based on the real time convergence of the digital technology platforms with the various NDT techniques giving rise to new, more innovative NDT products.
  2. Permanent Monitoring—evolution of NDT from periodic testing to continuous monitoring. This can also be considered as condition monitoring of static assets.
  3. NDT Services 2.0—evolution of the NDT inspection services business model from providing just inspection services to more engineering services and delivering these remotely rather than in the field.

While many industry experts believe that disruptive innovation is not possible in the NDT industry, we believe that with evolving technologies such as robotics, cloud computing, big data analytics and industrial internet of things under the Industry 4.0 ecosystem, disruptive innovation will occur sooner rather than later in the NDT industry.

Download presentation here; 2 MB-  Frost & Sullivan

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