Is Digital Imaging the Future of NDT

NDT DIgital Imaging Computed Radiography

For decades in the Nondestructive Testing (NDT) industry, film has been the Radiographic imaging method of choice. Its evolution and industry competition has driven film into a high quality-level with many options that cover virtually anything requiring radiography. Slow film is used for fine resolution options while faster speeds cover larger or less critical materials. Today, we have many new competitors attempting to dethrone film as the industry king. Many of these options share a single result: Digital Imaging. The transition from traditional to digital images has been a gradual one with very small leaps and bounds. We’ve all, likely,...

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Switching from Traditional Film to Computed Radiography: Is Your Operation Ready?

Computed Radiography

Throughout my career in NDT consulting, there’s one question that gets asked more frequently as the years go by: “Can our operation change to Computed Radiography?” This question is a bit like asking how a piano works. The basic functions are easily understood, but the actual motions of operation are much more complicated. Like a piano, Computed Radiography has lots of moving parts that are unseen by even a skilled user. Parts that spark little interest from the chair in front of the keyboard. I am no musical master or even a musical novice, however, I can shed light on...

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Computed Radiography vs. Traditional Film Radiography Webinar: Is Your Operation Ready to Transition?

Computed Radiography

When: Thursday, July 23rd @ 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (CDT) Where: GoToWebinar Do you know if Computed Radiography is right for your operation? With the right set of tools and knowledge, the transition from traditional film to digital is more straightforward than you’d think. With computed radiography rising in popularity, fabricators, constructors, foundries, and manufacturers are learning the value of qualified NDT technicians to implement the cost-saving computed radiography processes. Join our NDT experts, Ken LeBlanc and Wesley Soape from the La Porte, Texas Braun Intertec office, as we dive into the benefits of computed radiography. Learn more about:...

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Employee-Owner Spotlight: Wesley Soape, ASNT NDT Level III, La Porte, TX

We recently met with Wesley Soape, Level III NDE Technician out of our La Porte, Texas office to discuss his role in industrial radiography and how he started his path in computed radiography. What is your role at Braun Intertec?I am, officially, a nondestructive examination field technician, but unofficially, I handle Computed Radiography compliance for the Gulf Coast of Texas. Someday I would like to help build a nondestructive testing lab in the La Porte, Texas area. Houston is a great market and our NDT team here is in the process of obtaining the certifications required by the clientele in...

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Employee-Owner Spotlight: Pat LaPlante, Level II NDE Technician, Minneapolis, MN

We recently met with Pat LaPlante, Level II NDE Technician out of our Minneapolis, Minnesota office to discuss his role and what he loves about his job. What is your role at Braun Intertec?I’ve grown with Braun Intertec for more than 30 years and have been lucky enough to work on some major projects with my team. My role here is to perform nondestructive testing services on various components in the field and laboratory. Some of my everyday tasks include structural steel inspections, welder certification, bolting inspections, plan detail interpretation, and code book interpretation. I am responsible for communication with subcontractors,...

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Top 3 Things AWS CWIs Need to Know About Nondestructive Examination

NDE for CWIs NDT

What Do AWS CWIs Need to Know About Nondestructive Examination? Certified welding inspectors’ (CWI) work is vital to confirming the safety and quality of the projects they support—but do you know how to properly leverage the insight your nondestructive examination (NDE) reports provide? As a CWI, you’re likely well-versed in visual testing (VT) but understanding methods like radiographic testing (RT), magnetic particle testing (MT) or ultrasonic testing (UT) and how they fit into the scope of a your day-to-day work will add critical value to your inspections. Familiarity with these methods and the report an NDE consultant will generate when...

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[OnDemand Webinar] Mitigating Construction Vibration Risks

Mitigating Construction Vibration Risks

Construction vibrations are a nuisance to owners, contractors and the general public, but are unavoidable in many circumstances. Join us for a free webinar as we look at the options for mitigating risk of vibration damage claims. Pre-construction condition surveys, vibration control plans and vibration monitors provide a three phase approach to risk management. In addition, we will explore the current technology and methodology for these services and discuss how they can be applied to different projects....

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[OnDemand Webinar] Nondestructive Testing of Concrete

Concrete Performance – An Owner’s Perspective

Concrete is widely regarded as the most used man-made material in the world. Even with superb advances in modern concrete technologies to make more durable, longer-lasting structures today, the need for assessment and evaluation of existing concrete structures has never been higher. Non-destructive testing (NDT) of concrete is a commonly used (and often misused) approach to evaluate existing concrete structures. Learn more about non-destructive testing and how it can be an asset in the evaluation of concrete structures. This presentation will help you to understand: The difference between concrete NDT and other common NDE methods NDT for concrete strength versus...

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ASCE Sponsored Presentation on Non-Destructive Testing – October 19th in Lafayette, LA

Ground Penetrating Radar

Non-destructive testing techniques have not changed in many years, although we are seeing an increase in their use. With more powerful computers, able to handle reams of data in real time on a project site, the sky may be the limit for non-destructive testing. Braun Intertec invites you to attend a presentation by our very own Alfred Gardiner, PE on non-destructive testing. We will cover how to use these techniques, what techniques work in different situations, and will review case studies of GPR, Pulse Velocity, Impact Echo, Parallel Seismic, and much more. When: October 19, 2017 at 6:00 PM Where: Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar, 2336 Kaliste Saloom...

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Electronic Field Vector Mapping: The New Nondestructive Testing Method That Saves Time

Electronic Field Vector Mapping

What is Electronic Field Vector Mapping (EFVM)? EFVM is becoming one of the most popular forms of quality control testing for architects, specifiers, contractors, manufacturers and building owners across the United States. This new nondestructive test, in accordance with ASTM D7877-14, “Standard Guide for Electronic Methods for Detecting and Locating Leaks in Waterproof Membranes,” takes half the time to locate potential holes or current leaks in new and existing roofing and waterproofing membranes than the traditional flood testing approach. How Does EFVM Work? Instead of building dams around the membrane section to be tested, which can result in additional stress...

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