April 2016 Presentation

For those of you who could not make it to our last meeting, Dr Zee gave a wonderful presentation on pipe line mechanical mechanical integrity.  Dr zee told us about some of the study’s and inspections he is conducting in various areas around the US.  you can check out Dr Zee’s Presentation below.


Dr Zee and John M.










Right: John Markanich ASNT PGH Chairman  Left: M. Zee, Ph.D Presenter

Thanks Dr Zee,

Jesse Groom

April 2016 Chairman’s Message

Chairman Message for April 2016
Thanks to Patrick and Carol Sansieri from Odyssey Technology for the March 17th presentation at the Springfield Grill. Patrick’s talk was “Level III Responsibilities, Nadcap, and NAS410”. We appreciate their insight into this subject and the entire certification process. Interpreting and administering training and certification is a challenge to all Level III’s and we certainly appreciate the very informative presentation and discussions that followed. The emphasis was on the leadership role that must be taken by the Level III in the entire production and quality control process. There were 19 attendees at the meeting.
Our next meeting will be on Thursday April 21st. Our speaker will be Dr. Mehrooz Zamanzadeh (Dr. Zee) from Exova (formerly Matco Services). Exova specializes in Materials Testing and Corrosion Engineering. Dr. Zee is Exova’s Technical Director and Failure Analyst/Corrosion Investigator. He is NACE (National Association of Corrosion Engineers) certified in corrosion, coatings, material selection and design, and cathodic protection. He has numerous awards from NACE, ASM, and other technical organizations along with having authored over 30 technical publications. Dr. Zamanzadeh has performed and reviewed numerous failure analyses investigations involving corrosion, fatigue, and materials damage in aging structures and holds forty-five patents.
The title of the presentation is “Aging Pipe Lines, Explosions and Condition Assessment”. Dr. Zee will discuss the risks associated with our over 2.9 million miles of aging coated pipelines transporting natural gas, oil, and hazardous liquids in the United States. The conditions leading to failures due to corrosion and other factors will be discussed along with techniques for detecting dangerous conditions leading to failures. Case histories of catastrophic failures will also be presented.
The meeting will be held at the Pub at Tonidale located at 7001 Steubenville Pike, Oakdale, PA 1507. The phone number is (724) 307-3019 and their website is www.pubattonidale.com. The social starts at 5:30PM with dinner following. Hats were awarded to all attendees at the last meeting. As promised, shirts will be presented to those who attended several meetings this year. This will be the last speaker meeting until the fall so please make every effort to attend. Please make sure to contact Gary Young, at 724-752-0055 ext 3194 or email gyoung@elwd.com, to reserve you seat.
John Markanich
ASNT Pittsburgh Chairman

March 2016 Presentation

Patrick W. Sansieri gave an excellent presentation last month on LEVEL 3 Responsibilities, Nadcap, and NAS 410.  for those of you who missed the presentation it is posted below. unfortunately it dose not include the fascinating stories from Mr. Sansieris work.

please join us next month when Dr. Zamanzadeh (Dr.Zee) presents


Sansieri Handshake

March 2016 Chairman’s Message

March 2016 – ASNT Pittsburgh Chairman’s Message
John Kurtz, John MarkanichLast month we had a well attended joint meeting with AWS. Our speaker was John Kurtz from Oxford Instruments. John’s presentation was on PMI, Positive Material Identification. John presented three technologies and showed comparisons, limitations, and advantages for the LIBS, OES, and XRF techniques. John had several portable instruments available and took time with a number of people afterwards to answer questions and discuss applications. Many thanks to John for his presentation and his patience while we subjugated him to a variety of desktop presentation challenges. There were 40 in attendance from AWS and ASNT. Thanks to all that attended our event at the Dynasty International Buffet in Cranberry Township.
Pat Sansieri
On March 17th I am excited to announce our speaker, Patrick Sansieri, from Odyssey Technology. Pat recently moved back to the Pittsburgh area from Charleston, South Carolina. We welcome Pat and his wife Carol to our meeting. Pat is ASNT certified Level III, NAS410 Level 3, and PWA Sim4 Level 3 and has a B.S. in Physics and 38 years in NDT. Odyssey Technology specializes in certification, training, and Level III consulting work internationally. The title of his talk is “Level 3 Responsibilities under NAS410”. Please make every effort to attend this meeting. The meeting will start with a social gathering at 5:30PM. Dinner will be at approximately 6PM with the presentation following. The location of the meeting is the Springfield Grill, 7001 Crider Road, Mars, PA 16046 (724-778-8700).
In April, our presenter will be Dr. Zamanzadeh (Dr.Zee) from Exova (formerly Matco Services). Dr. Zee is a well known speaker in the fields of corrosion, coatings, materials selection and design, and cathodic protection. His bio is quite extensive and we are honored to have him present to our section.
Attendance has been very good at our meetings. Thanks to all the members who take the time to share their experiences and knowledge with our local section. Please see if any of your co-workers and friends who are associated with NDT and related professions and get them involved. I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the March 17th meeting and making some new friends.

John Markanich, ASNT Pittsburgh Section Chairman

February 2016 Presentation

Spechail thanks to John Kurtz form Oxford Instruments for his presentation on Metals Analysis with Portable and Mobile Instruments.
it was well received by the members who attended. If you missed John Kurtz’s presentation you can view it below.

Left: John Kurtz presenter  Right: John Markanich ASNT PGH Chairman

Left: John Kurtz presenter Right: John Markanich ASNT PGH Chairman

Thanks John.

Please join us for our next meeting March 17th when Patrick Sansieri presents on Specification and Certification.
the meeting will be at Springfield Grill 7001 Crider Rd, Mars, PA 16046
There will be 4 dinner selections with a cash bar!

as always the meeting will start at 5:30pm with happy hour followed by dinner at 6:00pm and the presentation

Hope to see you there

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.

Please note we had had some formating issues with posting
the black text background error on our part.

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 

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