2019 Annual Conference Abstracts & Presentations

2019 Annual NDT Conference Abstracts and Presentations

The 2019 Annual Conference was held on February 14-16, 2019 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

Presented by Virtual Media Integration (VMI)

SUBJECT – Seven Leadership Takeaways from a Navy SEAL

Chad Williams – Former Navy SEAL and Bestselling Author of “SEAL, of God”

Having been a featured guest on Fox News Channel, CNN News Room, Anderson Cooper 360 and more; former U.S. Navy SEAL Chad Williams draws from his experience in the SEAL Teams to communicate an instructive perspective on teamwork, resilience, leadership and self-motivation.

Just days prior to entering SEAL training Chad’s motivation and mental toughness would be tested as he turned on a television one morning to see unexpected graphic video footage of his mentor and training partner Navy SEAL Scott Helvenston brutally killed, mutilated and dragged through the streets of Fallujah, Iraq. Hung upside-down from the Euphrates River Bridge while an incensed Iraqi mob repeatedly celebrated and chanted in Arabic, “Fallujah is the graveyard of Americans.” Helvenston’s body was set ablaze as Chad witnessed and learned an unwelcome firsthand lesson in what it was to be forged by adversity.

Steeled in his resolve to follow in Helvenston’s footsteps and complete SEAL Training in honor and memory of his good friend, Chad entered the military’s most difficult and grueling training known as BUD/S. As a member of Class 254 Chad and 172 other sailors vowed that they would die before ever giving up and quitting the military’s most rigorous training. Those that would quit, were required to “ring out” which entailed ringing a large hanging brass bell three times and surrendering their class helmet on the Naval Special Warfare Center’s asphalt grinder. Exercising mental toughness, leadership and teamwork Chad climbed the mountain and completed SEAL Training alongside 12 of the original number of 172 sailors that vowed their dedication to completing the program.

Today Chad is a bestselling author of his book, SEAL of Godand an in-demand keynote speaker. Drawing from his experiences as a SEAL, Chad captivates listeners as he illustrates and instructs the SEAL mindset and ethos that involve: mental toughness, discipline, teamwork, leadership, safety and motivation.


Brian Halata and Wade Padrnos – Co-Chairs

Changes in ASME Section V with Respect to Leak Testing (That You May Not Have Noticed)

David Kuhn, Leak Testing Specialists, Inc.

There have been substantive changes in the 2017 and upcoming 2019 editions of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Section V, Nondestructive Examination.  There are new Articles, and substantially changed Articles that incorporate advances in Nondestructive Testing methods and techniques. There will also be changes that incorporate changes in the qualification and certification of Nondestructive Testing Personnel.  This presentation will review a few of significant changes that may be of specific interest to NDTMA, and discussion as to the opportunities and challenges that these changes present for NDTMA members.


A Comprehensive Study Between Different Guided Waves
Zeki Gokce, Eddyfi Technologies

Guided waves have been used in the oil and gas industry for over 20 years.  This presentation will look into different types of guided waves that can be utilized for corrosion detection.


The Small Controlled Area Radiography (SCAR) Value Proposition

Dr. Joe Lapinskas, QSA Global, Inc.

SCAR or Small Controlled Area Radiography is the concept of controlling radiation utilized for RT to address pain points associated with this critical NDT method. SCAR enables RT in close proximity to other trades and minimizes impact on critical sensors and process control equipment all without requiring shooting in restrictive windows. The value proposition for asset owners becomes very clear during turnarounds and outages where acceleration premiums in project schedules can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars per hour. This presentation reviews the fundamental principles for achieving Small Controlled Area Radiography and examples where the SCAR value proposition has been realized by service providers for their clients.


Laser Sherography–An Out of Plane Experience

Flynn Spears, Laser Technology, Inc.

Shearography nondestructive testing (NDT) is based on the phenomenon that when an object is subjected to a change in load, subsurface anomalies can produce slight local deformations on the surface. These out-of-plane deformations may be as small as several nanometers but are easily imaged by a Shearography camera.  These images are processed to produce an image of the delamination that can be measured and located on the part.  In addition to thermal stress, the range of Shearography techniques include pressure changes, vacuum stress, vibration stress using both sonic and ultrasonic signals, mechanical load changes, varying magnetic field loads and microwave stress changes. Shearography NDT offers the inspector a convenient, noncontact optical inspection technique for composites in aerospace, automotive, wind energy, naval and civil engineering applications both for new production and in-service inspections.


Allen Gress and Rebecca Rudolph – Co-Chairs

Health and Liability Insurance Update

Mark Tedford, Tedford Insurance and Paul Brouchoud & Steve Crabtree, Maina Benefits, LLC

Recent executive orders from the Trump administration have expanded the availability of Association Health plans.  These plans allow the association to be treated as a single employer and allows for greater purchasing power and relaxed underwriting rules.  Tedford Insurance will discuss the Association Health plan now available through the NDTMA.


Unique Fingerprinting Application Improved through a NDTMA Collaboration

George Rhodes, Rhodes Scientific, LLC and Bruce Pellegrino, Sensor Networks (SNI)

At the 2017 NDTMA annual conference, George and Bruce discussed an application that needed many improvements in order to be commercialized. The items included – electronic board design, transducer design and construction, system integration, commercial packaging and software improvement. Rhodes Scientific had none of these capabilities. SNI had some of the capabilities, but initially declined to participate because board and software design were not their focus. After learning of the scope and industry potential, SNI put George in touch with some of their suppliers (Warlowe and Homeland) who expressed interest in the remaining tasks.  SNI took the lead for system integration and packaging with many offerings. Their CEO took a personal interest in the project and is responsible for the creation of a bundle that meets all design requirements. To that end, we now have a complete system which might not have been possible without this collaboration. The NDTMA conference facilitated the contacts leading to this successful product launch and the collaboration continues.


Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: Industry Trends and Applications for the TIC (Testing, Inspection & Certification) Space
Michael Creech, Cedar Crest Consulting, LLC

This presentation will explain the main concepts underlying Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and then describe some of the primary applications in relevant industries.  From this foundation, several examples of current application in the TIC (Testing, Inspection, Certification) space will be explored.  The presentation will conclude with a summary of AI / ML service gaps based on a survey of key asset owners in the transportation and energy industries.


Selling our Business – Marital Bliss or Messy Divorce
Robert Regan, McCombie Group, LLC

Many circumstances can lead a business owner to decide it is time to sell or bring a capital partner into the business. A retiring owner may not have a willing successor, or the younger generation may want to grow the business but lack sufficient capital to take it to the next level. While a business owner may desire to sell their business outright, very often earn-outs, seller notes, and minority stakes mean that their professional and economic future are tied to the ongoing performance of their business, now under new ownership.  The presentation will discuss options that may not be well known to NDT business owners and the importance of choosing wisely.


Considerations for Conversion to Digital Radiography

Blair O’Connell, Element Materials Technology

The presentation will address many of the items to be considered by an NDT manager as part of their company’s conversion to digital radiography from film or the implementation of a digital radiography system. Discussion points include – selection of equipment, procedure design, training and certification of personnel, and budgeting considerations.  Slides will be designed to go over each of these topics as well as other general considerations for customer, product type, and inspection requirements (Aerospace, Oil and Gas, and general industry).  The presentation will be done in general terms. There will be very little specifics in terms of method, manufacturers, or materials,


NDT 4.0 – Disruptions Through Digitization, Robotics and Machine Learning

Lennert Schulenburg, VisiConsult X-Ray Systems

Industry 4.0 is a frequently discussed term these days. It describes the fourth industrial revolution and the transition from automation to cyber-physical systems. This means an integration of computational and physical processes and interconnected systems (IoT). Many other topics like Cloud computing, augmented reality, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and many more are also collected under the term Industry 4.0. This presentation will analyze the status of NDT 4.0 and explain a variety of potential implementations within X-ray inspection.

X-ray inspection has a lot of potential for early adaption of the Industry 4.0 principles due to its high digitization degree and as it operates on images, which are easy to interpret by common AI algorithms. Many common inspection tasks can have a high potential for automation through robotics. The requirement to move into the forth industrial phase is a proper execution of the third phase, which is digitizing the process.

Other advantages can be obtained by using Cloud storage and evaluation to allow distributed evaluation of acquired data. The next level is using Artificial Intelligence, which takes the long used Automated Defect Recognition to the next level. At the end of this presentation a few examples and case studies are presented to show the current state of implementation.

The presentation will explain the different drivers of NTD 4.0 and how it will disrupt the industry as we know it.


Steve Strachan – Chair

Inspiring Excellence in your Mentoring Program
Donald Booth, American Institute of NDT

Having an efficient and focused mentoring program in place can have a positive effect on your company’s bottom line. This presentation will focus on mentoring programs designed to provide on the job training (OJT) for NDT trainees and how the proper program can reduce employee turn-over and increase trainee competency.

In this presentation we will discuss.

  • Benefits of a quality mentoring program
  • The key components of a mentoring program
  • Creating a mentoring program structure
  • Roles and responsibilities for mentors
  • Qualities of a good mentor
  • Benefits of being a mentor
  • Tracking results
  • And finally, how to inspire excellence in your mentoring program


Truth and Transparency in Talent: Technology-Enabled Workforce Sourcing in the 21st Century

Christopher Brenchley, Aura Innovation, Inc.

The presentation will highlight findings from ongoing research efforts conducted by Aura Innovation, Inc., and its exploration of pain points experienced by all stakeholders in the NDT talent ecosystem. In addition, attendees will get an introduction to the next-generation talent sourcing solution designed to address friction in the labor market.


The Value of Social Media for Real NDT’ers

Marybeth Miceli & Michelle Harnish, We-NDT Marketing

In 2019, Social Media is not optional. Even among the leaders in the NDT industry, social media, when used correctly, can be utilized as a differentiator for service companies, manufacturers, and educators alike.  But with Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Vimeo, and various other platforms out there, how do you reach your target decision makers effectively? This presentation will cover how NDT differs from other industries, which platforms NDTers frequent, how to integrate your social media outreach into your overall marketing plan, how to stand out amongst your peers, how to encourage engagement, and ultimately how to help your salesforce translate this into sales.


The Role of Online Training in the NDT Certification Process

William Cronberger, NDT Classroom

The blending of online training with hands-on practical laboratory sessions will be discussed. The benefits as compared to traditional scheduled classroom training courses along with the substancial cost savings, will be also be presented. A certificate should be issued indicating successful completion of any NDT course. The wording and other necessary details to be included on the certificate will be presented. The distinction between training and certification will be stressed.


Unboxing Amazon Cloud Services (AWS) for NDT Applications

Dr. Ajay Pasupuleti& Dr. Vanditha Mukund, NanoArk Corp

With the increased usage of digital capture techniques in NDT, the need for data storage and archival has been raising at an exponential level. Among the various data storage and archival techniques cloud-based storage techniques such as Amazon Web services (AWS) are gaining wide spread acceptance. In this presentation, we will discuss the various options that AWS offers and their potential utilization in NDT applications.


Implementing a Modern NDT Inspection Program Utilizing Connected Instruments and Cloud Software Solutions

Dianne Hillhouse, Olympus

Development of connected NDT inspection instruments, along with mobile applications, and Cloud based software solutions are enabling rapid efficiency gains in the management of data collected during corrosion thickness surveys, conventional and phased array ultrasonic inspection, and material verification of alloys and metals.  Real time data transfer from the inspection device to applications via the internet and wireless devices allow for rapid data analysis and reporting, easy access to progress in inspection tasks, as well as substantial reduction or elimination of manual data processing and human error.



Walt Cofer and Dennis Chedraui – Co-Chairs

NRC Update on Federal Regulatory Activities Affecting Industrial Radiography
Anthony McMurtray, USNRC

The presentation will provide an overview of current NRC regulatory activities affecting industrial radiography.  This update will include the following: Enforcement Guidance Memorandum (EGM)-18-001 and associated Regulatory Issue Summary 2018-04 dealing with the use of direct ion storage dosimetry (e.g. instadose) during licensed activities; 10 CFR Part 37 security issues; 10 CFR Part 34 rulemaking; escalated enforcement actions; Category 1 and Category 2 radioactive material financial assurance; and changes to IMC 2800, “Materials Inspection Program.”


The Future of Industrial Radiography Certification – CRCPD G-34 Committee Activities
Keisha Cornelius, Oklahoma Dept. of Environmental Quality

The Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) G-34 Committee on Industrial Radiography has been tasked as the lead organization to oversee a national industrial radiographer safety certification program. The scope of the project is to develop the process and criteria for reviewing requests by states or organizations seeking recognition as certifying entities, and for reviewing program changes that occur once recognition has been given.

The G-34 committee is also tasked with considering how to allow use of new technology in training and certification testing.  As people rely more on electronic forms of technology, IR certification must keep up with these demands in the electronic age.


Technical Session II

Brian Halata and Wade Padrnos – Co-Chairs

Understanding Time of Flight and Its Uses

Mike Wechsler, Mistras Group

Time of Flight in principle is fairly straight forward, however there are numerous things to consider when choosing this technique and how it is applied.  It is the intent of this presentation to briefly discuss some of the theory involved, principles, and how this is being utilized with the Oil and Gas Industry segment.


NDT with Air-Coupled Ultrasound – Quality Control and Competitive Advantage for Suppliers

Manuel Lucas & Tobias Gautzsch, Sonotec US, Inc.

Quality control is a cost driver in production and considered to be a necessary evil. Products have to be removed from production lines to be evaluated. This causes reductions in cycle times, the product might be damaged or has to be destroyed while testing. A new technology generation of air-coupled ultrasonic testing (ACUT) is an innovative approach for inline production supervision. The contact-free acoustic scanning technology can be implemented into existing manufacturing machinery and automated systems for inline quality control, process monitoring and documentation purposes. A business case reducing production time creating a competitive advantage will be discussed.


Penetrants – The Rollercoaster from Past to Future

Brenda Collins, Sherwin, Inc.

This presentation will delve into the history of penetrant and how it has changed over the last 75 years.

The speaker will take you on a trip through the developmental changes throughout the years and how they have come about.  It will introduce you to some not widely known applications and some unique applications.  Most importantly this presentation will touch on changes that are currently being made in the penetrant industry, what is driving these changes and will give you a glimpse of the penetrant of the future.


Advancements in Personal Dosimetry for Industrial Radiography

David Tebo, TEAM Industrial Services

In 2015, radiography companies were being cited for radiographers wearing new electronic dosimeter/rate alarm combination units.  Following discussions with the NRC, it was determined that these newer devices, although available to industry, were not authorized for the industrial radiography sector.  In 2016, NDTMA, with support from ASNT, submitted a Petition for Rulemaking to the NRC requesting a change to the regulation.  This presentation discusses some of the differences between older conventional dosimetry and the newer digital dosimetry available today, including advantages offered by the newer dosimetry and the NRC’s response to the petition.




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