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February 2016 Chairman’s Message

Thanks again to Hank Rowe from GE for his presentation on Digital Radiography on Thursday, January 21st. Hank presented a very good overview of radiography past, present, and future as well as showing some applications and equipment selections. There were 16 in attendance at the Palm’s Brazilian Steakhouse in Aliquippa. Hank’s presentation can be viewed on our website.

This month’s meeting will be held on February 18th and will be held at the Dynasty International Buffet, 20111 Freedom Road, Cranberry Twp., PA 16066 (724-772-8883). The meeting will start at 6PM. Please contact Gary Young, our Social Chairman, at 724-752-0055 x3194 or e-mail gyoung@elwd.com by February 12th to reserve your place. This will be a joint meeting with AWS. Our speaker will be John Kurtz, the Eastern Regional Sales Manager of Oxford Instruments Industrial Analysis Division. His presentation will be on PMI – Positive Materials Identification for metals analysis application using the XRF, LIBS, and OES techniques. His presentation will also include a focus section on PMI for welding applications including Grade ID verification and carbon equivalency calculations. Please make every effort to attend this joint meeting.

Our March 17th presenter will be Patrick Sansieri from Odyssey Technology Corporation. His discussion will highlight certification, training, and the appropriate standards used. Patrick is an expert and premier instructor in the fields of electromagnetic and ultrasonic inspection and has authored and presented on a national and international stage. On April 21st, our speaker will be Dr. Mehrooz Zamanzadeh (better known as Dr. Zee). Dr. Zee is with Exova Pittsburgh (formerly known as Matco Services). Dr. Zee sell respected in the fields of corrosion, coatings, materials selection and design, and cathodic protection.

I would also like to extend my thanks to Bob Nichol, our Vice Chairman, for booking our events, George Maksin for his work with our advertisers and the yearly calendar, Jesse Groom, our Section Secretary, for his work with the announcements and website, and Bob Saunders, our Past Chairman, for his continuing efforts in support of our section.

We hope that you will make an effort to attend at least one of the meetings in our spring program. As always, please contact Gary Young, our Social Chairman, at 724-752-0055 x3194 or e-mail Gary at gyoung@elwd.com to reserve your place at our upcoming meetings.

John Markanich

ASNT Pittsburgh Chairman

January’s 2016 Presentation

For those who couldn’t attend last moths presentation was on Digital Radiography. The presentation was every informative and filled with industry inside stories and examples. All who attended gained knowledge of the projected future of conventional source X-ray inspection and how digital radiographic technology will play a roll in years to come.

Coming soon Hanks powerpoint presentation

1-21-2016 hank Rowe
Left John Markanich Right Hank Rowe

Thanks Hank

November 2015 Chairman’s Message

Last month’s speaker was our own Jesse Groom, Section Secretary and website master. Jesse gave a very informative and interactive presentation on phased array ultrasonics with several good examples of weld inspection as well as other applications for this powerful inspection technique. There were 14 in attendance. Dinner was at Harold’s in Hopewell. Thanks again to Bob Nichol (our new Vice Chairman) for his generosity in offering the TUV Rheinland facilities conference room for our group meeting. Thanks again to Jesse for this continued contributions.

Our speaker this month is Ival Martin. Ival is an ASNT NDT Level III with a strong background in advanced service techniques such as phased array ultrasonics. After graduating the school of Polytechnic Engineering, Wilmington in 2005 Mr. Martin developed in his NDT career as a technician, Operations Manager, and Director until recently forming Aerial Energy Resources, LLC in 2013. Formerly Mr. Martin was a commercial diver, underwater welder/ inspector, instructor, and program developer. Additionally Mr. Martin has served in the US Armed Forces as a Non-Commissioned Officer. Through several internal R&D projects Ival has been exposed to additive manufacturing and its development. Ival’s topic is Additive Manufacturing and its impact on NDT. Additive Manufacturing encompasses 3D Printing and Micro-Manufacturing. In this talk he will briefly review present methodologies, current impact, and future direction. In addition possible techniques to ensure quality control will be addressed.

The meeting will be held at Robert Morris University at the Sewall Center. The address for RMU is 6001 University Boulevard in Moon Township 15108. The Sewall Center is located on the left soon after entering Campus drive from University Boulevard. A map is offered on the website at www.asntpgh.org. Please continue to use the website as it is being updated monthly.

Please let Bob Nichol know if you will be attending the meeting. His phone number is 724-378-3900 x3124 and e-mail is bnichol@us.tuv.com. The meeting will cost each attendee $25 which will include a buffet dinner. Drinks are not included but there will be a cash bar.

Thanks for our loyal local ASNT group for your continued support at our monthly meetings. We hope to see some new faces at this meeting. Please try to attend. Let’s show support for the local ASM group who arranged the meeting by having a good showing at the meeting.

John Markanich
ASNT Pittsburgh Section Chairman

For documents, map, and resources on Ival’s presentation click here 

Octobers Presentation

Thanks to all who attended, it was a great night


For those of you who missed my presentation you can view it below.  use the arrows to advance to the next slide, click on the play button to watch the videos.  unfortunately there is not much text in the slides.  Please allow the videos time to load if you get to the first slide titled “Ultrasonic Waves” and you don’t see a large video than wait a little longer.


Left: John Markanich, Right: Jesse Groom


Jesse Groom

October 2015 Chairman’s Message

Last month’s meeting featured Roger Engelbart, ASNT National Chairman, as our guest speaker. There were 20 in attendance. Thanks to Roger for his informative presentation about the strategy and goals of ASNT and his vision for the growth of ASNT both locally and nationally. His presentation can be viewed on our website. Please take a moment to look at it and offer feedback. Roger can be contacted at roger.w.engelbart@boeing.com.

I would like to welcome Bob Nichol as our Vice Chairman and Jesse Groom as our section Secretary. Bob is well known to our organization and a welcome addition to the section officer team. Jesse is doing a great job with the website and newsletters and is also our October speaker. I am looking forward to working closely with Bob and Jesse along with the entire ASNT Pittsburgh leadership.

Our October 15th speaker, Jesse Groom, is an accomplished Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) qualified Level II Phased Array Inspector and employed by System One. System One is a 30 plus year provider of integrated quality solutions, Including quality assurance, quality control, nondestructive testing and inspection services.  Jesse has a broad range of ultrasonic experience, from immersion to air coupled ultrasonic.  The presentation will consist of a basic understanding of phased array followed by an over view of weld inspection, and then will cover some of the unusual applications.

The meeting will be held at TUV Rheinland at 100 Industrial Boulevard (Aliquippa) in the Hopewell Industrial Park starting promptly at 6PM. Dinner will immediately follow at Harold’s Inn located at 2134 Broadhead Road (Aliquippa) also in Hopewell, PA. We are looking forward to seeing some new faces. Please make an effort to attend. As always, please confirm your attendance by contacting Gary Young.

In November we will have a joint meeting with ASM. Ival Martin from Aerial Energy Resources will be the guest speaker. The event will be held at Robert Morris University. Details of this event will follow in next month’s newsletter.

As an incentive, we will be presenting ASNT Pittsburgh hats to attendees at your second meeting attended. We also have logo shirts that we will present at the fourth meeting attended.

ASNT Pittsburgh Chairman

John Markanich

September Meeting

For every one that could not make it to the September meeting presented by Roger Engelbart, the ASNT national chairman, below is the power point presentation he gave.

The presentation is on the state of ASNT society, check it out!


Roger Engelbart power point presentation on the state of ASNT society  


Thanks Roger Engelbart


Photo of plaque presentation














Left: Roger Engelbart ASNT National Chairman

Right: John Markanich ASNT Pittsburgh Section Chairman

September 2015 Chairman’s Message

ASNT Chairman’s Message

Welcome to the new year of ASNT meetings. Once again I would like to thank Bob Saunders for handling the chairman duties for our local section for the last several years. Bob left things in very good shape for me to assume the chair position. Bob is still heavily involved as well as George Maksin for the day to day activities of the Pittsburgh Section.
We have a good agenda for this upcoming season. We are starting off on Wednesday, September 16. Please note the date change from our usual third Thursdays. The ASNT National Chairman, Roger Engelbart, will present the state of the organization and future plans for ASNT. This meeting will be free of charge for the first 40 people that sign up. Let’s provide Roger with a great first impression and show our support for Roger. I am sure that Roger will energize our group and help get us off to a great start. The meeting will be held at the Springfield Grill, 7001 Crider Road, Mars, PA just off of Route 228.
The agenda follows in the newsletter. Please take a moment to look it over and make plans to attend some of our meetings. Some of the highlights include joint sessions with ASM and AWS along with presentations on Phased Array UT, Radiographic inspection, Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy, specifications and certification, and a training class for Acoustic Emission.
As your new chairman, I want to thank the entire executive committee for your efforts in the past and ask for your future help to make our local section successful and grow. We are looking for some fresh faces at our meetings and to catch up with some old friends. The meeting cost is nominal ($25) and includes dinner and refreshments. In most cases, your companies will reimburse your expenses.
Again, thanks, and hope to see you at our meetings.
ASNT Pittsburgh Chairman,
John Markanich

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