July 2016 Chairman’s Message

It has been a while since the last newsletter. We closed out our 2015-2016 meeting schedule with the annual clay shoot at the Castlewood Rod & Gun Club on June 9th. I was unable to attend but I heard that it was an enjoyable combination of steaks & firearms.
On Thursday, May 26th, we had our annual training session with Tom Hay from Techknowserve from State College. The training was held at TUV in Hopewell with dinner held at Trenny’s Restaurant. Tom explained the theory and applications of Acoustic Emission Testing and showed some applications examples. Thanks to Tom for his excellent instruction and informative presentation.
In April, our speaker was Dr. Mehrooz Zamenzadeh (Dr. Zee) from Exova. His topic was “Aging Pipe Lines, Explosions, and Condition Assessment”. There were 21 in attendance at the Tonidale Pub in Oakdale, PA. Dr. Zee shared his experiences, insight, and concern about this important and urgent situation with our aging pipelines. Thanks also to the participation of others from Exova in attendance at the meeting.
We are looking forward to our next season (2016-2017). So far we have September and October booked. We are looking for speakers and suggestions for venues, so if you have any input, please let us know as soon as possible. I expect that we will have an executive committee meeting in August to discuss a multitude of topics including events and speakers for the upcoming season.
On September 15th, we will have a technical presentation on the Advancements of Radiography and the Importance of Quality Raw Data (image) vs. Filtered Computer-Generated Data (image). Our presenter will be Russ Perry, the US Sales Manager – Eastern Region for Virtual Media Integration Ltd. from Pensacola, FL. Their website is www.starrview.com.
On October 21st, we will have a tour by Mike Kowatch, QC Manager/NDT Level III/CWI from Product Evaluation Systems, Inc., 637 Donohoe Road, Latrobe, PA. The details of this event will follow in a future newsletter. Their website is www.PES-Testing.com.
All meetings start promptly at 6:00PM with a social “hour” starting at 5:30PM.
Thanks once again for your continued interest in the success of the Pittsburgh Section and we look forward to seeing all of you at our future meetings.

John Markanich
ASNT Pittsburgh Chairman

May Training

ASNT PGH had a a 8 hour training class on Acoustic Emission. The training was given by Thomas R. Hay, Ph.D., ASNT Level 3, President TECHKNOWSERV Corp. the class was every interesting and offered incite into a little know NDT technique. Thomas had a live demonstration and lots of interesting projects and stories from the field.
Thanks Thomas
Tom Hay and John Markanich
Right John Markanich, Left Tom Hay

Thank You Tom Hay
And thanks TUV Rheinland for Hosting ASNT PGH.

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

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