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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Welding and Nondestructive Testing: Failure Analysis and Prevention

     [5:00 - 6:00 pm Board Meeting (open to all members)]
      6:00 - 6:45 pm - Social
      6:45 pm - Dinner
      7:30 - 8:30 pm - Speaker

Speaker: Dr. Jesse A. Grantham
Welding & Joining Management Group
1070 W. 124th Ave., Suite 800


Management of welding and nondestructive testing (NDT) is a skill not a science. As a leader of personnel in these crafts, overall project success is based on the performance of others. The mission is to create "great thinkers" at all levels.  Consider the major reasons that manufacturers use NDT.

Experience is always the best teacher.  Unfortunately, it usually arrives too late.  After experience has taught a lesson in the "school of hard knocks", the "ship of opportunity" has passed by. Each of us must take the responsibility to change that situation. Education is the only way out of our problems. Apply knowledge that is readily available and become more valuable.  For a priceless opportunity, learn ahead of time the things that experience taught others. Welding and NDT must not be viewed as mutually exclusive occurrences. Both activities must be considered as a significant, combining process and only a portion of the manufacturing cycle for any product. Most welded operations are common and repetitive. Designers try to make things that way. Drive management concepts to the lowest level and improve overall welding and NDT performance.  Learn from the results of welding and NDT. Know the good and bad results, and what these really mean. The largest costs for welding and NDT are labor. Labor management has the greatest potential for reducing overall costs. Top management must support welding and ndt operations to reduce these costs. Welding requires procedures and personnel performance certifications.  NDT requires procedures and personnel performance certifications.  By doing what we have always done, we will get what we have always gotten. To get something different we have to do something different.

About the Speaker:

Jesse works daily at his materials inspection and testing laboratory. His clients include legal, insurance, construction, manufacturers, railroad, aerospace, medical, compressed gas, and oil & gas. He interprets and reports observations and results. His focus is compliance with welding codes and contracts. He audits welding and ndt operations. He is an expert forensic investigator. He earned PhD and MS Welding Engineering degrees from The Ohio State University. He helped invent a stick electrode (Black Beauty) for underwater welding and analyzed weld bead profile physics using various flux mixtures. His has an MBA from the University of Southwest Louisiana and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Oklahoma State University. He holds current certifications as an NDT Level III, Professional Engineer, AWS Welding Inspector and Educator, International Code Council Inspector, and the National Academy of Forensic Engineers. He teaches courses about NDT and welding management as Director of the Welding & Joining Management Institute. His publications are generally about welding leadership, quality, cost, throughput and safety. He is a current member of ASNT, ASM and AWS and other groups. He regularly participates in local and national activities.

Location: Bennett’s BBQ – Lone Tree
                 10025 Park Meadows Dr.
                 Lone Tree, CO 80124
                 Tel: (303) 925-0200 (See Map)

[NOTE: There is an exit to Yosemite ONLY when driving on C-470 eastbound. NOT westbound!! (however, you can come south on Yosemite under the bridge if you arrive from Park Meadows Mall area)]

From the west:
                 Eastbound on C-470:
                 Take the Yosemite St. Exit and turn right (south to S. Yosemiti St.
                 Turn LEFT (East-South-East) onto Park Meadows Dr.
                 Drive 0.6 miles east on Park Meadows Dr.
                 The restaurand is on the left.

From Pueblo:
                 From I-25, take the Lincoln Ave exit - Exit 193.
                 Turn left (west) into E Lincoln Ave.
                 Go over the freeway to the next trafic light.
                 Turn right (north) to Park Meadows Dr.; Drive 1.2 miles;
                 the road will curve to the left (~west).
                 The restaurant is on the right.

Dinner Menu: BBQ pork, Beef Brisket, Smoked sausage, Chicken, St Louis Ribs, French fries, Coleslaw, Garlic Bread, and Beans.
               RSVP: Ward Rummel 303-791-1940
Cost: $12.50 to members and guests including tax and gratuity.

Last modification of this page: Tue, Sep 12, 2006 / 2:05 PM