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National Measurement System

TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory’s technical consultants are world-leading experts in flow measurement technologies. Read our insights about work at the UK’s Designated Institute for Flow and Density Measurement.

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  • Marc Lang

    Marc LangEXPERT PROFILE

    marc lang

    head of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Modelling 

    What is your role?

    I am the head of the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Modelling group, with my time split between overseeing consultancy projects and work on BEIS-funded flow measurement projects.

    What is your academic/industrial background?

    I have a master’s degree in Chemical & Process Engineering from the University of Strathclyde. Previously I worked in the nuclear industry with the National Nuclear Laboratory & AMEC, I have also worked in the energy sector with Doosan Babcock, specifically in their coal combustion research centre.

    What was the route of your interest in engineering?

    I have always been interested in engineering; even from an early age I enjoyed making things and always had an eye for how something could be made better or more efficient. At school my strengths were the sciences and mathematics, so it seemed to be perfectly suited.

    What are your main areas of expertise?

    I work primarily with Computational Fluid Dynamics to simulate complex problems for clients that would otherwise be dangerous, expensive or possibly even impractical to solve with other methods.
    This covers all areas of flow measurement from single phase to multiphase and virtual flow metering.

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

    My key clients are generally major oil and gas operators from all over the world who are looking to evaluate the performance of their infrastructure to ensure that they are operating efficiently, safely and in a way that minimises their environmental footprint.

    Currently we are working on many different projects, however the most exciting of these is a 3-phase flow simulation of a sub-sea riser, and also a flare gas metering & combustion simulation for a major operator across all their global assets

    I am also involved in a BEIS-funded project through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund which is looking at how we can monitor and verify the performance of multiphase flow meters in situ, which is an exciting project and a huge step forward for industry if successful.

    What most excites/interests you about working at TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory?

    I enjoy the variety of projects that I have the opportunity to work on. As I carry out a lot of consultancy work, the opportunity to work on real industry challenges provides a sense of satisfaction knowing that the work you are doing is adding value.
    I also get to travel a lot for work which allows me to see many different parts of the world that you wouldn’t often see.

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

    The cloud is becoming much more prominent, both for providing resources such as high-power computing, and the ability to connect multiple different technologies together to minimise common errors.
    The IoT (internet of things) will also likely play a bigger role, along with digital twin models of major assets, however we are a few years away from this becoming the norm.

    Whilst much of our CFD work has historically been related to O&G, we are increasingly translating this to other sectors such as clean fuels, water and life sciences. CFD is highly transferable between sectors and coupled with our flow measurement specific knowledge, CFD will be highly valuable to these new areas as the organisation diversifies.

  • Dr Zak Latif

    ZAK LExpert Profile

    Dr Zak Latif

    Technical Lead for TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory’s Advanced Multiphase Facility

    What is your role?

    Over the last five years, I have been heavily involved in all aspects of multiphase flow, erosion effects and produced water. Recently I have taken on the role of Technical Lead of our new Advanced Multiphase Facility, which launched in October 2019.

    What is your academic/industrial background?

    I have recently completed an Engineering Doctorate with Coventry University on ‘Continuous Online Oil-in-Water Measurement for Regulatory Purposes’. I also have a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde and I am currently working towards chartership with the Institute of Chemical Engineers.

    What was the route of your interest in engineering?

    I always found maths, chemistry and physics the most interesting subjects at school. Chemical engineering seemed to fit my interests perfectly, with a great balance between my favourite subjects.

    What are your main areas of expertise?

    I have expertise in a range of topics, including flow system design, multiphase flow, sand management/erosion, uncertainty and produced water measurement and management.

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

    I am involved in much of the research and testing work carried out at high pressure multiphase conditions in our Advanced Multiphase Facility. The main clients I work with are multiphase/wet gas meter manufacturers and end-users. We also work with universities, meter manufacturers, operators and BEIS on research and Joint Industry Projects (JIPs).

    What most excites/interests you about your role?

    Diversity. Due to the nature of different projects that I work on, I can experience different aspects of engineering, from desk-based uncertainty budgets to hands-on slurry testing. I particularly enjoy the hands-on nature of the role, most recently the commissioning of the new multiphase facility.

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

    There are several key trends I see developing:

    • A move away from laboratory to field calibrations
    • Live uncertainty
    • Higher pressures/temperatures
    • Stricter regulations/environmental
    • Focus on traceability

    In our unique position as the UK’s designated Institute for Flow and Density Measurement, our expertise can feed into all of these aspects.

  • Gordon Lindsay

    Gordon LindsayExpert Profile

    Gordon Lindsay

    Technical Lead for 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 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). I am currently in the final stages of an Engineering Doctorate Research Degree with Coventry University, having recently submitted my thesis ‘Detecting and Correcting Calculated Fluid Density Errors in Coriolis Meters’ for examination.
    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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