Monthly Newsletters

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 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 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. Thanks, John Markanich ASNT Pittsburgh Chairman