Webinar on demand: National Flow Measurement Institute
Webinar, 11 October 2018 TUV SUD NEL has been growing steadily over the last 70 years to became a key player in flow measurement and density. As the National Flow Measurement Institute, the company plays a significant role in the global oil and gas industry, and has been instrumental in the development of multiphase flow measurement technologies and flow measurement standards.
The work of the National Flow Measurement Institute has evolved over the last few years, through engagement with industry. This has led to major improvements in our facilities to help address most of the challenges and issues in the international oil and gas industry relating to flow and density measurement. With the new Advanced Multiphase Facility due to open its doors next year, the portfolio of flow measurement services for the oil and gas industry will be complete. Our facilities-based services are also complemented by consultancy services relating to Computational Fluid Dynamics, produced water activity, fluid properties behaviour, and independent auditing, inspection and witnessing. We also undertake significant research and development (R&D) work for companies around the world and have academic research partnerships with a number of leading UK universities.
This webinar provided an overview of the National Flow Measurement Institute service portfolio and how it can be used as a resource to improve flow measurement best practice within their business.
Dr Bruno Pinguet is one of the world's leading experts in multiphase flow measurement and research and has extensive international experience in the area of multiphase flow measurement, recognised as a world authority on this topic. He has over 140 scientific publications and a number of patents to his name.
Bruno has spent 25 years researching and developing multiphase flow meters with Schlumberger and has extensive oilfield experience. His expertise covers a wide range of areas, including multiphase metering, flow-loop and field test comparisons and data quality control, auditing and validation.
His role at TUV SUD NEL allows the business to focus more effectively on helping industry achieve the cost-effective exploitation of reserves in technically challenging production environments. In particular, the verification of in-situ meter performance, a key gap in the current measurement traceability chain.
Q&A with Bruno
Can you tell us a little about the role you have at TUV SUD NEL?
My role is to advise on technical domains and share my knowledge, which is based on 26 years of experience in multiphase. I also help to support a strategy of growth and collaborative working.
What most excites you about TUV SUD NEL?
NEL is one of the pillars of the worldwide multiphase community and is known internationally. What's more, the new improvement inside its main facility make NEL unique in terms of its capabilities. It is a real honor to work be with such a well-known organisation at such an exciting time and to be following in the footsteps of so many world-renowned scientists.
Where were you working prior to TUV SUD NEL?
I have worked for over 20 years in countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Venezuela, Norway and France. Most recently, I was Marketing and Technical Manager, supporting Schlumberger's worldwide multiphase business.
What is your academic background and your main area(s) of expertise?
I have a PhD in Fluid Mechanics but started with an undergraduate degree in Physics and Mathematics. I have had the chance to develop my competencies in multiple domains, including research, marketing and engineering. People call me for technical reviews of complex and challenging projects.
What future trends do you see developing in your field?
The oil and gas industry has been going through a very tough time and I think it is facing a game-changing situation of the magnitude faced by the mobile phone business when the iPhone was introduced. Shale, for example offers exciting new opportunities. The challenge of multiphase metering will remain but the shape of it will change. For me, it is a very exciting to be involved in this turmoil!