Testing the field
SAN ANTONIO – In August, BRL NDT Services opened its doors, and in late fall, the company moved into its own office at 11914 Persuasion Dr.
A sister company to BRL Consultants, which provides training and consulting for the non-destructive testing field, BRL NDT is the services side of the relationship, explains Virgil Martinez, president. Martinez owns the company with BRL’s namesake, Bryan R. Lancon, who has ASNT Level III certification.
BRL NDT inspects any part that its clients want inspected without affecting the structural integrity of the part. This can be accomplished through several methods of testing: radiographic, ultrasonic, eddy current, magnetic particle, penetrant or visual. Martinez notes they have been doing a lot of visual inspections recently and are working toward offering radiographic testing services as well.
Currently, 90 percent of their work is construction related. They are in queue with the Federal Aviation Administration to acquire their repair station to allow them to perform inspections of aircraft and aircraft components. They do work with structural steel, construction and aircraft components. They have also done work with rollercoasters at theme parks, power plants and water pipelines.
Martinez has been in the business and working with Lancon since 2002. In 2014, he took a job in the oil field for 10 months, and he returned to San Antonio when they decided to move forward with BRL NDT.
Out of high school, Martinez earned his diploma in non-destructive testing at Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, OK. Since then, he has learned on the job and worked toward having his own company. He has a wife, Elisa, and two daughters, 17 and 14.
BRL NDT Services provides non-destructive testing services to the construction industry as well as other industries. –mh
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