2015 Conference

2015 Annual Conference Abstracts and Presentations

The 2015 Annual Conference was held on February 11-13, 2015 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

Six Keys to Success in a Changing World

Karl Mecklenburg, Former Denver Broncos Captain and All-Pro Linebacker

Karl Mecklenburg rose from being a college walk-on and a 12th round draft pick to a pro career that included six Pro Bowl and three Super Bowl appearances. Considered the NFL’s most versatile player, Karl played all seven defensive front positions. Bronco coaches wanted him at the point of attack and would move him throughout the game. There were many games where Mecklenburg played all 7 positions in the course of a single game.

Karl will discuss the Six Keys to Success that he used to rise from a college walk-on to the most versatile player in the NFL. Success is overcoming obstacles on the way to your dreams. It doesn’t happen by accident. There is a pattern, a template that these accomplishments have in common.

His presentation is full of humor and the life lessons that the rigors of the NFL taught him. Teamwork – leadership is the ultimate form of teamwork, “think we not me;” Courage to try new things and the courage to be decisive; Dedication – hard work, constant learning, and refusing to quit; Desire – your dreams, your passion, your mission; Honesty and Forgiveness, with others and in self evaluation; and Goal Setting – the short term, reasonable, specific steps that take you to your desires. These are the keys that you can apply at work, in your relationships, in your personal life, and anywhere that is important to you.

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Dave Crocker – Chair 

Comprehensive Non-Invasive Heat Exchanger Tube Inspection using Dual-Mode Pulse Reflectometry
Yoav Harel, AcousticEye Ltd.

Acoustic Pulse Reflectometry (APR) has seen increased usage in recent years for non-traversing heat exchanger tube inspection. However this method detects only Inner Diameter (ID) faults such as blockages, through holes and ID wall loss, limiting its range of applications. A similar method, usually termed Guided Waves (GW), which is also non-traversing, has been applied mainly as a screening tool in pipe inspection. Advances in this technology, achieved by miniaturizing the transducer array to fit into a probe that can inspect tubes down to 3/4″ in diameter; extending the bandwidth considerably and improving Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR), make it extremely useful for tube inspection also. This implementation, termed Ultrasonic Pulse Reflectometry (UPR) can be used to detect, classify and size many common defects found in heat exchanger tubes such as ID and OD wall loss, and cracks. APR and UPR together are capable of detecting the entire range of typical defects, while remaining non-invasive, extremely fast, and insensitive to tube material and configuration. In this presentation we will describe the principles of this technology, as well as case studies on mockups and heat exchangers in the field.

Download a pdf version of the presentation here – 4.6 MB –Harel

Portable X-ray Technology vs. Gamma Sources

Nils Hase, Comet Technologies, Inc

A discussion comparing the use of portable x-ray technology to the use of gamma sources for mobile Industrial Radiography operations:

  1. When and where it is practical to use a portable x-ray source instead of a gamma source
  2. When and where you typically must use a gamma source
  3. Image quality and exposure factors for x-ray vs. gamma
  4. Dose rate factors for x-ray vs. gamma – Rad per minute output
  5. Future consideration and advancements in portable x-ray technology

Download a pdf version of the presentation here – 24.6 MB – Hase

The Transition From Film to Digital Radiography – What You Need to Know

Steve Mango, Carestream NDT

A discussion of the advantages of the transition to Digital Imaging including:

  1. Elimination of chemical processing
  2. Elimination of the cost of film and chemistry as well as the storage of film and the disposal of chemistry
  3. Lower radiation doses and exposure times
  4. Permanent long term digital image storage and retrieval

The presentation will open a discussion of the qualification, selection and use of a Digital CR System to replace conventional industrial x-ray film.

Download a pdf version of the presentation here – 7.2 MB – Mango

 Digitizing Industrial Radiography Film: The New Future

Jonathan Steele, PACSESS NDT

Entering 2015, Industrial X-ray Film sales worldwide continue on an upward path. Yes, an upward growth – directly in the face of inevitable CR/DR’s increasing penetration of NDT applications.  The presentation will address the issues of current trends of radiography utilizing computed radiography (CR) and digital radiography (DR).  The reasons behind the continued upward trend in industrial radiography film sales will be explored, and some issues mitigating the conversion from film to CR/DR will be presented.  The presentation will offer the presenter’s opinion as to what, why, how and when this transition will take place.

Download a pdf version of the presentation here – 3.6 MB – Steele


Bob Henchar – Chair

Quality Management & Strategic Planning Key Performance Indicators

John Cristman – Integrity Aerospace Group

Organizations use Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to evaluate its success, or to evaluate the success of a particular activity. Since there is a need to understand well what is important, various techniques to assess the present state of the business, and its key activities, are associated with the selection of performance indicators. These assessments often lead to the identification of potential improvements, so performance indicators are routinely associated with ‘performance improvement’ initiatives. A very common way to choose KPIs is to apply a management framework such as the balanced scorecard.

Download a pdf version of the presentation here – 1.2 MB – Cristman

 Understanding Website Analytics and Web Marketing for Industrial Companies

Tim Doyle & David Underwood, TopSpot Internet Marketing Solutions

We will be providing attendees with a briefing on what are the realities of marketing online for industrial companies. We will also be showing them the important metrics to track and how to use the compiled data for continuous improvement.

Download a pdf version of the presentation here – 3.2 MB – Doyle

 NDT Personnel Qualification & Certification Panel:

NAS 410-4; What’s New?
Israel Vasquez, Vastek Consulting

The presentation addresses recent changes and additions to Aerospace Industry Association (AIA) standard for the Training, Qualification and Certification of NDT Personnel – NAS 410-4. It will address what has been removed from the previous revision of the standard (NAS 410-3), what has been added to the new revision (NAS 410-4), and what needs to be implemented in the employer’s current procedure for the Training, Qualification and Certification of NDT personnel (The Written Practice) in order to meet minimum requirements of NAS 410-4.

Download a pdf version of the presentation here – 1.3 MB – Vasquez

 ANDE-1 – An ASME NDE and QC Qualification & Certification National Standard

Michael Turnbow, ASME

The American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is developing and implementing a Nondestructive Examination (NDE) and Quality Control (QC) personnel qualification and certification program (ANDE). In keeping with ASME development of codes and standards the NDE program will be assembled by industry experts and administered centrally by ASME. A new ASME standard recognized by ANSI is being developed as the core of the program and will be based upon industry best practices. As a significant paradigm change from the traditional employer based and other central qualification and certification programs, the new standard will include features such as the Systematic Approach to Training, Job Task Analysis and Qualification Cards to direct the development of training and experience. The program was designed using a performance based approach and includes psychometric practices in the development of both written and practical demonstration examinations. This presentation will primarily focus on the development of the standard and its salient features.

Download a pdf version of the presentation here – 205 KB – Turnbow

 ASNT Programs for NDT Personnel Qualification & Certification

John Iman & David Vigne, ASNT

This presentation/forum will consist of an overview of ASNT programs for the qualification and certification of NDT Level II and Level III personnel. Employer based programs based on SNT-TC-1A and ANSI/ASNT CP-189, ASNT NDT Level III and NDT Level II programs and the ASNT ACCP third party program will be areas of concentration. In addition, major areas of focus/dialogue will include recent ASNT program advances, management philosophy, and ASNT strategic direction.

Download a pdf version of the presentation here – 524 KB – ASNT



Paul Biver – Chair

Introducing NDT as a Career to New Individuals

Eddie Jacob, Professional Staffing Services, Inc

The Nondestructive testing and inspection industry is in need of new talented individuals that are interested in a new and challenging career. Inspection firms must recruit such individuals from high schools, churches, colleges, and identify individuals searching for a new career that are currently employed in other professions. Firms must also develop an on-the-job training program that can support hands on training required by SNT-TC-1A.

Download a pdf version of the presentation here – 826 KB – Jacob

 Spokane Industries’ Experience Converting from Film-Based to Computed Radiography

David Jolin, Spokane Industries 

Commercial radiography inspection has been undergoing a technology conversion from film-based systems to digital systems over the last couple of decades. Spokane Industries adopted a computed radiography system to supplement our established film system in December of 2011. This presentation is to share our experience with the implementation, use, and acceptance of this new system.

Download a pdf version of the presentation here – 955 KB – Jolin

 Cost/Benefit Analysis of Installed Ultrasonic Sensors for Fully-Automated, Real Time, Internet-Enabled Data Capture & Analysis

Bruce Pellegrino, Sensor Networks, Inc.
Jim Treat, The Summit Group

The concept and use of permanently-installed NDT sensors has been around for many decades driven mainly by acoustic emission systems. In the past decade, ultrasonic sensors are finding their way into permanently-installed applications for corrosion & erosion monitoring of critical assets in the energy sectors especially for critical assets in O&G midstream & downstream. This presentation will review the market trends and product development including cost/benefit analysis of such dedicated system.

Download a pdf version of the presentation here – 1.8 MB – Pellegrino



Chris Weyers – Chair 

The Use of Earnouts to Achieve Successful Transaction Outcomes
Chris Weyers, Industrial Capital Strategies
Yves Raymond, Bureau Veritas

This presentation will provide the audience with a concise and informative introduction to valuation of privately held businesses, company attributes both attractive and less desirable for a buyer, and ultimately how a transaction purchase price can be structured to meet both the buyer’s and seller’s objectives. The presenters, an NDT focused sell-side adviser, and a corporate development executive from an acquisition testing & inspection multinational, will provide actual examples and their opinions regarding transactions which involved unique circumstances that led to the use of purchase price structure to achieve a successful closing.

 Planning for Company Sale Transition Taxes

Archie Fagot, PricewaterhouseCoopers

In an M&A transaction, the seller’s primary objective is to maximize valuation and cash at close, and to do so important tax implications must be considered prior to and during the sale process. An M&A tax partner from a global accounting and tax advisory firm will present tax strategies related to planning for transaction taxes.

Download a pdf version of both presentations here – 4.0 MB – Weyers


Garry Balestracci –Chair

An Update on the Industrial Radiography Regulatory Environment, Implementation Issues and Proposed Regulatory Initiatives
Ernesto Quiñones, USNRC

Download a pdf version of the presentation here – 911 KB – NRC

 Radiation Certification – Understanding the Industrial Radiography Radiation Safety Program (IRRSP) 

Garry Balestracci, Balestracci Unlimited

Currently two (2) Certifying Entities exist in the United States, The State of Texas and the ASNT IRRSP. Some States offer a State Certification but the examination used is the State of Texas Test. I have received many comments related to the content of the test, unfortunately, the content is mandated by the program document which is approved by the USNRC and CRCPD. IRRSP welcomes all comments and members of the IRRSP Committee adjudicate these comments. I will try to provide some insight into the testing process and explain some recent changes to make the program more candidate friendly.

Download a pdf version of the presentation here – 455 KB – Balestracci

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