Oil, Water & Gas

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Successful Flow Course underpins Knowledge Transfer commitment

One of UK’s longest running and most widely respected flow metrology training courses had another successful run in November, attracting participants from leading companies and metrology organisations. The success of the Principles and Practice of Flow Measurement Training Course underlines NEL’s commitment to supporting industry through scientifically robust knowledge transfer, delivered in a way that is not biased towards any specific technology or company.

“This course is set-up as an introduction to the basics of flow measurement,” explains Consultant Craig Marshall, who delivered the course along with colleagues Neil Bowman and Marc MacDonald. “It has been developed to meet industry needs and is part of the graduate training scheme of a number of companies. It also attracts experienced technicians looking to get a refresher.”

The 2017 course received good feedback from participants, who particularly liked its mix of technical content and hands-on lab demonstrations. All participants gave it the highest overall assessment rating: Very Good.

“The course gave participants the opportunity to gain significant practical experience using our cutting-edge equipment,” explains Craig. “For example, they got to install an innovative clamp-on meter. They also got the chance to see our world-class facilities and the unique technology and capabilities that we offer.”

The course’s eight modules covered everything from the Basics of Fluid Flow through to Multiphase Flow Measurement. One very popular element was the unique Flow Measurement Game that participants played.

“This is a logic game in which we challenge participants to design a variety of metering system for an offshore oil platform,” says Craig. “They are presented with details of the platforms’ inputs and outputs and are given a working budget. This gets them to understand the commercial decisions that have to be taken when choosing and implementing metering technology.”

Companies that participated in the course included National Grid, Petrofac, Spirax Sarco Ltd, Suncor Energy Inc. and Yokogawa UK Ltd and the Norwegian Metrology Service.

The Principles and Practice of Flow Measurement Training Course has been running for over 30 years. It is usually run twice a year in May and November.

For more details, contact Craig Marshall.

Posted by Kay Morrison on 07/12/17 at 03:05 PM
Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Metering review to provide vital information for the future development of UK shale gas fields

A research project looking at the options for measuring the output of hydraulic fracturing wells has started. Over the next few months a team from NEL will be assessing the strengths and weaknesses of current and potential technology and researching how best to improve accuracy and reduce costs.

“If we get into a situation where there is medium to large-scale fracking in the UK, then our report will provide advice on the best way to accurately and cost-effectively measure the production of wells,” says Alick MacGillivray, who is the technical lead on the project.

Hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, is a technique used in the extraction of gas from shale rock formations by injecting water at high pressure. It is moving forward in parts of the UK, although it has been rejected in Scotland due to environmental and political concerns.

The NEL research project is focusing on the measurement of the gas and oil mixture that comes out at the well head. According to Alick there are two main options for this type of measurement. The first is to adopt conventional single phase measurement approaches such as Coriolis or ultrasonic meters. The second is to use multiphase measurement technology, which can be a very expensive option.

“We think that the conventional approach is probably feasible in situations where the output of a well contains up to 5% gas,” Alick explains. “However, above this we think that multiphase is probably the best choice.”

To get the information they need for their study, Alick and his team will be speaking to a wide range of hydraulic fracturing operators. They will be looking particularly closely at the fast-developing American experience and hope to visit the Upstream Production Measurement Forum (to be held in Houston, Texas in the spring) to speak to those operating at the cutting edge of this technology.

The team’s overall target is to finish their research in Spring 2018. The project may lead on to a full-scale meter testing programme later that year.

For more details, contact Alick MacGillivray.

Posted by Kay Morrison on 06/12/17 at 03:08 PM
Thursday, November 30, 2017

North Sea Flow Measurement Workshop highlights growth of industry collaboration

The recent North Sea Flow Measurement Workshop provided an effective opportunity for attendees to network and learn about current challenges facing the oil and gas sector.

The 2017 event, which was organized by Tekna and took place in October in Tønsberg, Norway, attracted nearly 200 delegates from around the world with its focus on the practical application of flow measurement technology.

“This globally important event always provides an important platform for researchers and industry to get together, and this year was no exception,” says Dr Emmelyn Graham, who was one of a team from NEL which gave presentations at the Workshop. “What was particularly striking was the impression that operators are working together more than they have in the past to share their experiences. This collaboration will hopefully drive better metering performance for the industry.”

Emmelyn, who presented on the installation effects on Venturi tubes in wet-gas flow conditions, noted other indications of increased industry collaboration, especially in multiphase meter development, where users and manufacturers are now working more closely together than ever in an effort to enhance performance.

“It was also very interesting to get the operator experience of virtual metering,” adds Emmelyn. “It was good to get their perspective on this fast-growing technology and to hear directly from them about the challenges that must be addressed.

Other NEL participants included Bruno Pinguet, who presented on the use of multiphase flow meters and Asaad Kenbar, who presented a paper on behalf of Craig Marshall about research on a differential pressure meter for low Reynolds number applications.

The 2017 event included presentations and discussions on the latest metering technology. Around 30 exhibitors showcased their newest technology. The workshop’s programme addressed key issues and drivers, such as the new economic realities that industry is facing, the challenge of reducing cost, uncertainty and environmental pressures.

Next year’s North Sea Flow Measurement Workshop will be held in Aberdeen for the first time. As always when the workshop takes place in the UK, it will be organised by NEL.

For more information, contact Dr Emmelyn Graham.

Posted by Kay Morrison on 30/11/17 at 11:33 AM
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Meter testing highlights importance of flexibility and expertise

A recent programme of flow meter testing for a leading well flow management company has highlighted the value that clients place on NEL’s flexibility and expertise. The test programme, which assessed the performance of meter technology under heavy oil applications, ran smoothly and delivered positive results which the client found particularly interesting.

“Overall the client was very satisfied with the way the testing went and was keen to feed that message back to me,” says John Dods, Sales Coordinator. “Among the positive aspects highlighted by the client was the expertise of our technical team and the importance of our shift patterns, which allowed the required testing durations.”

“The client commented that our approach provided a much more flexible working environment,” says John. “This was in comparison with other labs that tend to work on a more restricted schedule. As this is the first time that this client has used us, it was very useful to get such positive feedback.”

The company has indicated that it is now compiling a matrix for further tests to be carried out on its meter, this time in NEL’s multiphase facility.

“Discussion about this second phase of testing underlines the positive experience the client had at NEL,” says John. “As with all our clients, we now look forward to establishing a long-term working partnership with them.”

For more details, contact John Dods.

Posted by Kay Morrison on 28/11/17 at 11:26 AM
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Flow Programme moving forward strongly after positive Annual Review meeting

At the beginning of November, NEL met with representatives from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Programme Experts Group (PEG) to review performance of the Flow Programme over the last 12 months. This important strategic meeting also agreed the key issues that should be addressed as part of the new body of Flow Programme work to be undertaken from March 2018.

“The meeting was really positive both in terms of the feedback we got on past and current work and in terms of the direction we have mapped out for future research,” says Operations Director, Mark Roscoe. “Perhaps most importantly, we received a strong recognition that we are undertaking a solid portfolio of research work which reflects industry needs.

At the meeting, there was general agreement that NEL is heading in the right direction with its programme of modernisation for the National Standard facilities. There was also acknowledgement that NEL has done excellent work in developing co-funding for its research work and facility developments.

According to Mark, one other highlight of the meeting included positive feedback on the Eng. D programme that NEL runs with Coventry University. This currently supports nine NEL employees and three external students who are developing their flow metrology expertise through a programme of research. It was agreed that this programme should be further developed and that discussions should be had on the steps needed to move towards a Doctoral Training Centre.

NEL also presented impact roadmaps for ISO5167 (Differential Pressure) and Multiphase research, which were well received. These demonstrated how sustained R & D in these areas will have significant positive impacts for industry over many years.

The Flow Programme is part of the UK’s Engineering and Flow Programme, which underpins measurements of length, mass, density, force, gears and flow in the country. NEL is responsible for the flow measurement aspects of the Programme.  This involves a major programme of research, development and knowledge dissemination concerning leading edge flow measurement challenges.

For more details, contact Mark Roscoe.

Posted by Kay Morrison on 22/11/17 at 03:03 PM
Thursday, November 16, 2017

New collaboration moves South East Asia Flow Measurement Conference forward

A new collaboration between NEL and two leading calibration and accreditation organisations is set to enhance the next South East Asia Flow Measurement Conference, due to take place in March 2018, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The collaboration is with Colorado Engineering Experiment Station, Inc. (CEESI), which performs calibration for numerous types of flow meters and fluids, and DNV GL, one of the leading global providers of accredited management systems certification and training. Petronas, Malaysia’s oil and gas multinational, will also be involved in the technical committee that reviews abstracts and selects papers for the conference.

The Flow Measurement Conference is an annual event that has been running for over 15 years. It has traditionally been organised by NEL in association with the Malaysian Oil and Gas Services Council (MOGSC) and the Malaysian Measurement and Allocation Working Group (MAWG).

This new partnership will bring a more rounded business perspective to the event, help deliver the strongest technical programme and provide access to a global network of flow measurement expertise and research knowledge. It has been put in place with the aim of growing the event and to help create more opportunities for joint working between US and European companies and their counterparts in South East Asia.

This conference is the only major forum dedicated to addressing the changes in flow measurement practice and technology which affect the region. It brings together individuals from the entire supply chain, including operators, service and supply companies, manufacturers, consultants and regulators. It delivers training, technical presentations, showcases new technology and provides excellent networking opportunities.

The 2018 conference will cover all aspects of flow measurement, including key industry-focused topics such as cost savings, field optimisation and multiphase metering.

For more details, join the Linkedin group or contact Craig Marshall.

 

Updated 22/11/17

Posted by Kay Morrison on 16/11/17 at 03:19 PM
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

CFD analysis allows cost-effective metering improvements in North Sea

Computational Fluid Dynamics analysis of flare lines aboard a major offshore oil and gas facility in the North Sea, has provided its operator with a cost-effective and fast mechanism to improve the accuracy of its metering.

“NEL was contracted by the client to investigate potential metering errors due to installation effects in an ultrasonic flare gas metering system,” says CFD Team Manager, Marc Laing, who led the research. “We have supplied the client with correction factors that they can program into their flow computers to improve the accuracy of their measurements. This removes the need to make any costly and time-consuming engineering changes such as removing and re-positioning meters.”

According to Marc, the challenge facing the operator is a common one for many offshore installations where there are space constraints. The solution provided could therefore be of relevance to many operators.

“It is often the case that meter installations cannot be optimally positioned and this leads to problems such as asymmetry and swirl being present at the measurement point,” he explains. “This is a particular problem for ultrasonic meters, which are known to be sensitive to distortions in the velocity flow profile. Potentially, this can result in a reduction in measurement performance and accuracy.”

The CFD analysis involved evaluating the mean axial ultrasonic transducer path velocity in the installed system. This was then compared with the mean path velocity in an ideal setup where the meter has been given the required upstream length to allow the flow profile to fully develop.

The analysis was performed for both high and low pressure flare lines. A range of scenarios were modelled that represented the range of flow conditions that were experienced in the system. These were based on flowrate data and fluid properties, supplied by the client.

For more details, contact Marc Laing.

Posted by Kay Morrison on 15/11/17 at 03:00 PM
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Louisiana Expo allows international links to be made

The recent 2017 LAGCOE Exposition provided superb networking opportunities to reach a diverse range of international oil and gas professionals.  This resulted in the identification of several research projects and joint ventures. The event was held between the 24th and 26th October in Lafayette, Louisiana, which is home to thousands of companies in the energy supply chain.

“Talking to people at the conference, there seemed to be a renewed confidence in the market which was encouraging to see,” says CFD Team Manager, Marc Laing, who represented NEL at the event and helped staff the Scottish Development International (SDI) stand. “Alongside lots of enquiries about our capabilities, a significant number of business opportunities arose. For example, we are now following up a function-testing project for new valve technology and talking to a manufacturer who is interested in supplying instrumentation to our new multiphase test facility.”

For Marc, one of the key strengths of the Expo was the opportunity to meet flow measurement professionals from all over the world.

“For example, there was a SDI networking event,” he says. “This attracted lots of international interest, including a delegate from the Turkish oil and gas sector who was discussing the joint venture and other opportunities that are flowing from the country’s current investment in his sector.”

Marc also held discussions with Global Scot members. “They highlighted key channels of entry to the US and other countries,” he says, explaining that Global Scots are international business people who have a link or affinity to Scotland. “We discussed what opportunities existed within their companies to use NEL and other Scottish businesses.”

LAGCOE is one of the world's pioneer oil and gas industry expositions. It was established in 1955 and is held biennially to showcase onshore and offshore energy industry products and services. LAGCOE 2017 welcomed more than 10,000 attendees from 21 countries and across the U.S. Attendees had access to more than 360 exhibitors, and enjoyed keynote presentations and technical sessions from world leaders in the onshore and offshore oil and gas exploration and production industry.

SDI offers tailored support to companies looking to invest in Scotland. It is the international arm of Scotland’s enterprise agencies and offers significant financial incentives and other assistance.

For more details, contact Marc Laing.

Posted by Kay Morrison on 14/11/17 at 03:34 PM
Thursday, October 05, 2017

ISCF funded multiphase research now underway

Work has begun on an important piece of new research funded under the government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). The research aims to develop traceable methodology and standards for the in-situ verification of multiphase flow meters.

“The project has been launched and we have started on the first major step of the research,” says Project Manager, David Crawford. “We are developing a new in-situ technique for establishing relevant fluid properties like density, mass absorption coefficients and viscosity without the need for physical samples. This is vital, as multiphase flow meter performance is highly dependent upon knowledge of fluid properties.”

The ISCF-funded research addresses a major challenge affecting many industries. This is the fact that real-world conditions can affect the performance of flow sensors, causing significant errors. This problem is particularly challenging for oil and gas companies that have to measure complex multiphase fluid mixtures in remote and inaccessible environments.

“The challenge for flow measurement is to take the process of calibration and verification from the laboratory and move it to the ‘in-situ’ location,” says David. “, we are aiming to develop an approach to the verification of flow meter performance that accounts for real-world influences and allows users to have ongoing confidence in the measurements they receive. The applications of this research will be many and varied, from upstream oil and gas production and reactor control in nuclear power, to food and beverage production control.”

The research will include the development of methods and protocols to translate performance under laboratory conditions to industry operating conditions. It will also involve developing, testing and validating new state-of-the-art sensor technologies to determine the quality of measurements both in-situ and in real time.

NEL is in discussions with Heriot-Watt and Strathclyde Universities, CENSIS and Schlumberger Cambridge about this research.

The in-situ flow measurement research project is one of two ISCF-funded projects currently running at NEL. The other is focusing on the measurement of hydrogen gas when it is used as a vehicle fuel. The ISCF is a strategic element of the Government’s Industrial Strategy. The fund is being delivered by Innovate UK and the Research Councils.

For more details, contact us.

Posted by Kay Morrison on 05/10/17 at 09:00 AM
Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Webinar on meter optimisation gets global audience

The benefits of using controlled reference fluids rather than live hydrocarbon fluids for calibration was highlighted at a recent webinar which attracted participants from around the world.

“The webinar, titled ‘From the Lab to the Field’, looked at the challenge of how to get the best performance out of a meter,” says Principal Consultant, Dr Norman Glen who ran the knowledge transfer session. “My main message was that, by using reference fluids to calibrate a flow meter you get better control. Although reference fluids are not what the system sees in service, our experience shows that this approach along with in-situ testing gives the best results.”

Norman highlighted the rationale and advantages of using controlled reference fluids, including the fact that they are stable, have well-defined properties and that they are generally safe. Although the alternative, live (hydrocarbon) fluids, are representative of what multiphase flow meters (MPFM) experience in service; they are potentially hazardous and unstable, exhibit component transfer between phases and higher uncertainty in their fluid properties.

To underline his point, Norman highlighted Guidance Notes for Petroleum Measurement, produced by the Oil & Gas Authority. These notes state that the use of ‘model’ calibration fluids is “not only far less hazardous to operate but the PVT characteristics of the fluids are likely to be relatively well understood so that it becomes possible to compare the reference measurements with those of the MPFM with minimal additional uncertainty.”

“We used the webinar to highlight lots of other key issues relating to meter implementation, such as good metrology practice and fluid property issues,” Norman adds. “We also highlighted recent relevant developments at NEL. These included the EMPIR MultiFlowMet II project, designed to achieve measurement harmonisation between multiphase flow metrology testing facilities. The webinar produced a number of questions, mainly on calculation and uncertainty issues associated with fluid properties and on how best to account for changes due to temperature and pressure.”

For more details, contact Norman Glen.

Posted by Kay Morrison on 03/10/17 at 03:49 PM
Monday, September 18, 2017

Positive test feedback highlights professional and technical expertise

Meter testing work for a leading international manufacturer has resulted in excellent feedback and the commissioning of further work.

“I am proud to say that we received strong feedback this month from one of our key customers, Endress & Hauser,” says Principal Consultant, Dr Norman Glen. “The company has been working with us to test a meter from its Promass Q range in our density facility. Due to the success of this project, we have secured substantial future testing work from the client.”

“The company gave our team excellent satisfaction scores in all areas,” Norman explains. “It also provided the following summary comment: ‘Very professional staff and technical equipment’. Endress & Hauser has also submitted a paper to the North Sea Flow Measurement Workshop which incorporates our work.”

The testing involved characterising the density performance of the Proline Promass Q Coriolois flowmeter across an extended range of temperatures and pressures (the meter was tested across a range of temperatures from 10 – 100oC and at pressures up to 150 bar).

“Endress & Hauser came to us for a number of reasons,” Norman says. “The company claims that across the temperature range 20-60oC its meter can achieve an exceptional density measurement performance, with an uncertainty of 0.02%. They therefore required a facility with exceptional capabilities to test this.”

“We were also able to carry out a non-standard test that few other facilities can provide,” Norman adds. “This involved deliberately making the air round the meter a different temperature to the fluid passing through the meter. This was done to replicate real-world conditions in situations where significant temperature gradients are experienced, for example in Siberia or in a desert.”

Endress+Hauser is a global leader in measurement instrumentation, services and solutions for industrial process engineering. Its Promass Q Coriolis flowmeters have been developed to provide high accuracy levels in real world conditions, for applications in the oil and gas and food industries.

For more details, contact Norman Glen.

Posted by Kay Morrison on 18/09/17 at 03:40 PM
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Gas Flow Test Facility upgrade provides firm foundations for future developments

The upgrade of the in-line blower system that is a key part of NEL’s National Standard Gas Flow Test Facility was completed at the end of August. BEIS Flow Programme Funding was used to fund this aspect of the facility revamp, which aims to keep NEL at the cutting edge of flow-metering research and testing.

“The work on the in-line blower system has improved its performance, streamlined its maintenance and increased its long-term operational life,” says Muir Porter, NEL’s Business Manager. “The revamp will extend our operating capability in line with future requirements. It is expected that, due to the improvements that have been made, dry gas volumes may be increased beyond 2,200 m3/hr.”

The dry and wet gas facility’s in-line blower system is a bespoke part of the test facility and provides the driving force that circulates gas through the system. It comprises an encapsulated drive motor and in-line centrifugal fan within a pressure vessel, and is controlled using with variable speed drive.

The operational efficiency of the re-vamped blower has been significantly improved thanks to new hi-efficiency drives and low-maintenance, heavy-duty bearings. These enhancements will increase service reliability and improve test completion times for both research projects and NEL’s customers.

“The blower was an aging item of plant,” explains Muir. “It required downtime every two hundred hours of service to re-grease the bearings. This was a constraint on the operating envelope of the test facility.”

“Rather than replace it with a new bespoke unit,” Muir explains. “It was decided to commission the original manufacturer to replace and improve relevant parts. This was by far the most cost-effective route.

NEL’s Gas flow testing facility is the UK’s only independent commercial test centre that can generate wet gas flows using water and oil simultaneously. As it more accurately replicates the real-world conditions faced by industry, it reduces the uncertainty and financial exposure that operators experience.

For more details, contact Muir Porter.

Posted by Kay Morrison on 14/09/17 at 11:58 AM
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

First ever joint OGA & OGTC Industry Technology Forum highlights North Sea developments

In August the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) and the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) joined forces to host a new industry forum which highlighted how technology can advance and significantly lower the life-cycle cost of North Sea field developments.

“We were very excited to exhibit at the event and we met with a number of very interesting delegates over the day,” says Head of Sales, Andrew Fisher. “We now have a number of areas to follow up, including one significant business opportunity."

The Technology Forum, held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC), focused on unlocking the UK’s remaining resources, particularly the future oil and gas developments being offered in the recently launched 30th Offshore Licensing Round. The OGTC also discussed its ongoing projects and the opportunities to fund and support the development and deployment of new technology for the North Sea.

“It was particularly interesting to hear about the acreage and opportunities available in the 30th licensing round,” says Andrew. “800 blocks are on offer with a total area of about 100,000 km2. The OGA is keen to promote the viability of the fields and to encourage interest. In the scoring for the submissions, the technology that will be used will be important. The OGTC is also offering tech support for the development of “small pools”, an area where it is aiming to cut capex requirements in half.”

The Forum brought together operators, prospective investors and technology developers to meet and share knowledge on the latest developments in seismic, well construction, subsea tie-backs and standalone facilities.

“A number of industry case studies highlighted the benefits of reusable technology and there were some interesting talks on sub-sea issues,” says Andrew. “These included robotics and nano-technology, well-mapping technology and an asset stewardship taskforce being run by Chevron, BP, Shell and Statoil.

More than 300 people attended keynote presentation sessions and participated in the technology Forum. Participants included over 35 exhibitors from SMEs to major service providers including PGS, Baker Hughes, a GE company, Amplus and Western Geco, showcasing innovative solutions, expertise and insights in the technology arena.

For more details, contact Andrew Fisher.

Posted by Kay Morrison on 12/09/17 at 03:58 PM
Wednesday, September 06, 2017

NEL starts build of £16 million Subsea Centre of Excellence

PRESS RELEASE

NEL has commenced the build of its £16 million Centre of Excellence (CoE) for subsea development. The new high pressure multiphase flow test facility will have the largest test range in the world, positioning Scotland as a world leader in multiphase flow measurement.

The CoE will allow a greater understanding of the impact of higher operating pressures on measurement equipment in extreme subsea environments. The testing range of the new facility includes single-phase, multiphase and dry gas, at operating pressures up to 150 bar - doubling current existing capabilities to replicate subsea production conditions. Its range and combination of operating pressures, temperatures, flowrates and metrology will be unique worldwide.

The new CoE building will span 1,600 m2, and contain a £1.45 million, full production scale separator, with an operating weight of 270 tonnes.

Focussed predominantly on the £50billion per annum global subsea sector, the CoE will facilitate company-led industrial projects and product development, SME support, hands-on industry training, and academic research. The centre will future proof the delivery of innovative technical services to the oil & gas production market for the next 25 years.

Brian Millington, NEL’s Managing Director, said: “The investment in the CoE marks a significantly positive step for the global oil & gas sector.   This new world-leading facility will support the industry to address the crucial goal of maximising economic recovery and reducing fiscal uncertainty. Once complete, NEL will be operating the only facility to offer the full range of flow rates and high pressure capabilities.

"Starting the building work for the CoE brings to life our mission to help industry optimise all aspects of production through accurate measurement, while supporting Scotland’s international standing within the global oil and gas sector,” concluded Millington.

Scottish Enterprise has supported the development of the Centre with £4.9 million of research and development funding.

Managing Director of Strategy and Sectors at Scottish Enterprise, Linda Hanna, said: “This is a fantastic milestone in the Centre’s development. It will enable Scotland to maximise its competitiveness in multi-phase flow measurement, and support the sector to take further advantage of opportunities in the £50 billion global subsea market, identified in Scottish Enterprise’s Subsea Engineering Action Plan. NEL is an ambitious and forward thinking organisation and we are delighted to be working closely with them to support their plans for future growth.”

NEL’s parent company, TÜV SÜD AG is investing £11.1 million, alongside the grant from Scottish Enterprise. The project marks the largest capital investment to date in the company’s UK business.

For more information, contact Marietta Hughes

Posted by Kay Morrison on 06/09/17 at 10:53 AM

MeterVue adds class-leading video functionality

Commercial users of the MeterVue system are now able to remotely view live video of calibrations and other projects. This improvement is part of NEL’s continual push to improve the services it supplies as part of its role as a one of the National Measurement System laboratories.

“This will further enhance the cost and time-saving benefits that the system brings,” says Phil Mark, NEL’s Group Manager for Testing Services, who explains that the new function was developed in response to feedback from meter manufacturers which showed that there was a real demand for this type of functionality.

“This is an exciting new development for us and for our clients,” Phil adds. “The new system has been rigorously tested and has proved to be very effective. Not only will remote users be able to see what’s going on in real time, they will also be able to ask for the video to be focused on particular aspects of a calibration, giving them full control of what they see.”

One example of how the new system can be used relates to the Perspex viewing section that is often installed in the pipe upstream of meter that is under test. A video stream of the view through such a window will allow a technician to remotely check if fluid flow patterns are as expected, they can then request any necessary changes to be made in real time.

“Another example,” Phil explains, “is a situation where a customer is bringing in a third party (for example, a certification body) to check or witness a process. The new functionality offers the potential for all this work to be done remotely, saving time and money for all parties involved. All without any reduction in the level of technical integrity the system offers.”

To access the new functionality users log into the MeterVue system as usual. They then see the video feed on their computer monitor.

MeterVue has been in operation at NEL since 2013. It is designed for multi-company, multi-group and multi-user applications. Meter performance may be assessed and flagged against pre-set criteria. Trending between calibrations can also be analysed. In addition, comparisons with pre-set criteria can be performed.

For more details, contact Phil Mark.

Posted by Kay Morrison on 06/09/17 at 09:58 AM