Three years ago, National Engineering Laboratory embarked on a major modernisation plan of the UK’s Flow Measurement standards, with over £20m of investment committed. As part of this upgrade, the opportunity has been taken to create ‘FlowStudio’, a single common platform for control and data acquisition, bringing into play the most up-to-date methods for data collection, analysis, presentation and traceability.
FlowStudio went live in May 2019 on the existing Wet-Gas flow facility.
It combines experimental control, data collection and storage in one seamlessly integrated interface. The data acquired by FlowStudio is stored in a single repository, supported by geoclustering to ensure a high availability of data and enhanced suitability for data-mining techniques. The opportunity has also been taken to integrate all the underpinning traceability records for reference instrumentation into FlowStudio and to significantly advance accessibility to measurement uncertainty data.
“FlowStudio will allow us to amalgamate all our data into one easy analysis and research reporting capability” says Infrastructure Consultant Neil Ramsay. “The main benefits for our clients include real-time calculation capability, enhanced traceability, faster data acquisition and high frequency asynchronous logging of data from both analogue and digital devices. Clients can also remotely witness flow-tests from all of our facilities, saving time and money.”
An 18-month roll-out programme has commenced that will see FlowStudio implemented across all the remaining flow measurement standards, including the new Advanced Multiphase Facility that will open in Autumn 2019.
For further details, contact Neil Ramsay