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Dr Gordon Lindsay

Head of Digital Services

Dr Gordon Lindsay

Head of Digital Services

What is your role?

Over the last 10 years, I have been one of the lead design engineers of TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory’s Control and Instrumentation Systems within their fluid flow research laboratories. Recently I have taken on the role of Technical Lead in the Digital Services area within the R&D Department.

What is your academic/industrial background?

I have an Engineering Doctorate, the focus of my thesis was ambient temperature compensation algorithms for Coriolis mass flow sensors. I have a BEng (Hons) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Glasgow and I am a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Prior to joining the business, I was an electronic engineer at robotics designer Clansman Dynamics Ltd, where I designed control hardware and software for use in robotic manipulator systems used in the forge and foundry industry.

What was the route of your interest in engineering?

When I was a child, my parents owned an Amstrad CPC 464 computer. I remember from the age of three, loading the cassettes, playing the games and trying to figure out how it all worked. That led to an interest in physics and sciences at school, particularly electronics and digital logic which fits the way my mind works. I enjoy problem solving and find the hands-on nature of engineering extremely appealing.

What are your main areas of expertise?

Control system design, build and commissioning; electronic hardware design; digital network design and implementation; engineering research; and software development and support. My EngD has focused on developing intelligent temperature correction for fluid density calculation in Coriolis technology.

What are your current key projects and who are your key clients?

I am Technical Lead for a BEIS-funded research project looking at the effective use of flow meter diagnostics. Our project is looking at developing digital solutions that will deliver data at a resolution that enables useful diagnostic interpretation and more effective decision making.
I am also currently working on several client projects, each with real commercial applications and the potential to encourage innovation in the industry.

What most excites/interests you about your role?

It is a very hands-on job. My work involves everything from wiring individual sensors to commissioning the complex system interlocks required for each of our facilities. In addition, as Technical Lead of a new service and team, there are real opportunities to mould and shape our offering in response to industry needs for the future.

From a personal perspective, I find that being able to pursue professional development opportunities alongside working on commercial and government research projects make TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory a unique place to develop as an engineer.

What future trends do you see developing in your area of work?

As devices become more digital, the volume of ‘big data’ produced from industrial facilities will continue to increase. Developing tools to interpret the historical trends buried within the data to monitor the current condition and performance of meters has led to a new range of Condition-Based Monitoring (CBM) solutions available for industry. However, this is not the end of the story; how do we provide confidence that CBM systems are performing as they should? In our unique position as the holder of the UK Flow Measurement Standard, our expertise can feed into supporting CBM systems in the field, increasing confidence in the outputs of CBM for the benefit of industry.

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