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Oil and Gas Panel Meeting

Webinars 03-04 March 2021

Oil and Gas Industry Sector Panel Meeting


TWI is running a virtual O&G Sector Panel meeting on 3rd and 4th March 2021 and you and your colleagues are cordially invited to attend.

TWI has operated Industry Panel meetings for a number of years and these are a forum for O&G Industrial Members to meet to address some of the key technical challenges common to most of the industry. The aim is to share knowledge across the industry and for TWI to gain further insight as to how we can better align ourselves with industry needs in specific areas.

Speakers from TWI will provide you with an update on some of the Core Research Programme projects, including a preview of specific research initiatives along with a summary of the new JIP proposals which we would like your feedback on based on importance to your business in the short term. The meeting is also intended to cover any other potential areas you may desire TWI to enhance with our Members for future knowledge development.

To accommodate our Members located in different parts of the world, we have set up two sessions per day. The morning session starts at 08:30 (GMT) and the afternoon session at 13:30 (GMT). When registering, please ensure you select the session that is convenient for your time zone.

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3rd March

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4th March

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Amina Boughrara Salman - Oil and Gas Sector Manager

Amina Boughrara Salman

Oil and Gas Sector Manager

Amina Boughrara Salman joined Industrial Membership Services (IMS) in September 2020 as the O&G Sector Manager. Her current activities include developing industrial membership for TWI, identifying and exploiting new opportunities for business growth and providing efficient service to key customers. Prior to this, Amina was a Senior Project Leader in Arc processes and Welding Engineering (AWE) section from June 2018 until august 2020 and in Condition and Structural Monitoring (CSM) section from August 2016 to May 2018. Prior to TWI, Amina worked for Schlumberger as a Senior Reservoir Engineer for nine years.

Jon Blackburn - Group Manager - Materials and Structural Integrity

Jon Blackburn

Group Manager - Materials and Structural Integrity

Jon leads TWI's Materials and Structural Integrity (MSI) Group, which provides consultancy, testing and research and development services to TWI's Industrial Members. The MSI Group consists of more than 120 employees and extensive laboratory facilities (from electron microscopy to full-scale environmental testing). The Group has a wide range of world-leading expertise to support TWI's Industrial Members in managing the through-life integrity of their assets; from conceptual design through to end of life.

Jon has a background in Mechanical Engineering and a doctorate in Manufacturing Engineering. Prior to joining TWI, he worked in the Canadian pulp industry, working at various pulp mills in the Province of Alberta during their planned maintenance periods. He worked in TWI's Advanced Manufacturing Group from 2006 - 2019, as section manager (lasers) and then operations group manager, and finally as responsible group manager for TWI's laser processing, furnace processing, functional coatings and surface characterisation teams.

Outside of TWI, Jon is the current President of the UK's Association of Industrial Laser Users and is a Member of the UK's Photonics Leadership Group.

Yanhui Zhang - Consultant – Fatigue Integrity Management

Yanhui Zhang

Consultant – Fatigue Integrity Management

Coming from a background in metallurgy, he graduated from the University of Science and Technology Beijing in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree, before obtaining a PhD from the Open University, UK in 1992.

Yanhui worked on Ni-based superalloys as a postdoctoral researcher in Cambridge University before joining TWI in 2001. His expertise includes fatigue design, fatigue and creep life evaluation, engineering critical assessment, fatigue and creep testing, and failure investigation. He is also experienced in establishing relationships between mechanical properties and microstructures of materials. He has published over 50 academic papers in journals and at international conferences.

Tyler London - Section Manager – Numerical Modelling and Optimisation

Tyler London

Section Manager – Numerical Modelling and Optimisation

Tyler is responsible for computational engineering activities at TWI: developing mathematical models and applying engineering analysis techniques to support R&D, consultancy, product development, and failure investigation.

Tyler’s main areas of focus are related to manufacturing process simulations, fracture and fatigue assessments, and numerical optimisation. He is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Mathematician, Chartered Scientist and NAFEMS-certified Professional Simulation Engineer. Tyler supports multiple national and international codes and standards including the UK Nuclear structural integrity code R6 (weld modelling guidelines committee), British Standard 7910 (strain-based design and assessment committee), EN 13094 (FEA committee), and the NAFEMS Working Group on Manufacturing Process Simulation. Tyler has published more than 40 journal articles and conference papers and was part of TWI’s team that received first prize for residual stress predictions in the NIST International AM Benchmark competition.

Briony Holmes - Principal Project Leader - Stainless Steels & Non-Ferrous Alloys Section

Briony Holmes

Principal Project Leader - Stainless Steels & Non-Ferrous Alloys Section

Briony started at TWI in 2003. Her work at TWI has mainly involved leading and assisting with corrosion and environmental cracking projects on steels and stainless steels. A large proportion of Briony's work has comprised failure investigations and testing work in the oil and gas industry, including marine corrosion, but she has experience of working with most other industry sectors, including nuclear. Briony is also experienced in EPMA (electron probe micro-analysis) and WDX.

Briony's previous work has involved characterising particles in simulated welds in micro-alloyed steels, which was performed at the University of Birmingham in conjunction with TWI Ltd. Postgraduate study of electrochemistry as a tool to measure metal loss from corrosion of welded stainless steel drinking water pipes. Two industrial placements in surface engineering: six months spent working on plasma nitriding of steel in Luxembourg, and 2 months looking at aluminium coatings for NdFeB magnets in France.

Carol Johnston - Principal Project Leader – Fatigue Integrity Management

Carol Johnston

Principal Project Leader – Fatigue Integrity Management

Carol joined TWI and the Fatigue Integrity Management section in 2009. She manages a range of projects related to the fatigue strength and structural integrity of welded joints. Her main area of work is on validation fatigue testing of welds using the resonance fatigue testing technique and she is now focussing on how TWI’s experience and expertise can be applied and used in the renewable energy sector.

David Griffiths - David Griffiths - Project Leader, SSN

David Griffiths

David Griffiths - Project Leader, SSN

David is a metallurgist specialising in additively manufactured materials including nickel Alloys 718 and 625, Ti-6Al-4V, 316L stainless steel and AlSi10Mg amongst others. He has led a number of TWI research project on AM material performance and high profile joint industry projects (JIPs) focusing on the qualification of AM materials and achieving acceptance of L-PBF material by NACE and API 6ACRA. David has also been representing TWI on the API 20S working group, which has been developing the first API standard focusing on the qualification of AM components for the oil and gas industry.

Chris Punshon - Industry Group Manager Power, Equipment and Infrastructure

Chris Punshon

Industry Group Manager Power, Equipment and Infrastructure

Dr Chris Punshon joined TWI in 1983 as a project leader, following graduation with an honours degree from Sheffield University in Metallurgy BMet (hons), after a brief period post-graduation in 1982-83 working again as a heavy goods vehicle fitter and arable/livestock farming.

He has conducted a significant number of large and varied research programmes mainly focused on the power sector as well as oil and gas and marine industries, examining the relationships between materials, properties and performance in a wide range of materials and environments. For several years, he was responsible for the development of advanced joining process technologies for pipelines and pressure plant, seeing development from grass roots R&D to commercialisation, code approval and industrial exploitation.

His various roles within TWI since involved defining a renewed business strategy focusing on TWI key strengths and the emerging opportunities in the nuclear fusion, fission and renewable energy sectors, including offshore wind, solar PV, hydro, tidal stream and feeding a childhood passion for geothermal energy.

Lately, in 2017, following a re-structuring of the business development team, Chris was made responsible for the industry group covering power, materials, equipment and infrastructure with a responsibility for an annual R&D budget of over £15m.

Adrian Addison - Programme Manager

Adrian Addison

Programme Manager

Adrian is a mechanical and manufacturing engineer with industrial and research experience. A machinist by training, he has adapted and learned as his work demands.


Chi-Ming Lee - Principal Project Leader - Fracture and Asset Integrity

Chi-Ming Lee

Principal Project Leader - Fracture and Asset Integrity

Dr Chi-Ming Lee is a Senior Corrosion Engineer, working in the Fracture and Asset Integrity Department at TWI Ltd, based in Cambridge, UK. His responsibilities include management of consultancy related projects, from a corrosion and asset integrity prospective, for a range of clients from the oil and gas industry and other sectors.

Prior to joining TWI Ltd, Dr Chi-Ming Lee worked in the field of corrosion and pipeline cathodic protection at several companies, including Clariant, PIM and Cathodic Protection Service Ltd. Notable is his 3 year period at Clariant, where his role was a member of the corrosion awareness campaign team within BP, tasked to reduce the cost of corrosion, across all business units.

Dr Chi-Ming Lee received a degree in Metallurgy and Material Science, and PhD on the topic of pitting corrosion from University of Nottingham, UK. He is also a Chartered Engineer and a Member of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), NACE and Institute of Corrosion.

Kasra Sotoudeh - Manager - Stainless Steels & Non-Ferrous Alloys Section, TWI

Kasra Sotoudeh

Manager - Stainless Steels & Non-Ferrous Alloys Section, TWI

Kasra is a materials and welding engineer who’s been with TWI, since 2011. He manages the ‘Materials Performance and Characterisation’ Section of TWI’s Materials and Structural Integrity Group; being responsible for a team of engineers and technicians working on a broad range of projects related to metallurgy, corrosion performance, weldability, and mainly utilisation of corrosion resistant alloys for the oil & gas, power, aerospace, construction and other industrial sectors, with the main focus on providing consultancy and carrying out independent failure investigations, and materials testing.

After finishing his MSc and PhD at the University of Manchester, he researched and investigated the formability of aluminium and magnesium alloys and IF steels, at The University of Manchester.

Prior to that he worked as a metallurgist for a subsidiary of ThyssenKrupp, specialising in steels, non-ferrous metals, machineries, spare parts and technical components.

Maria-Eleni Mitzithra - Senior Project Leader - Surface, Corrosion and Interface Section

Maria-Eleni Mitzithra

Senior Project Leader - Surface, Corrosion and Interface Section

Maria Eleni Mitzithra joined TWI in 2014, she is currently a Senior Project Leader in the Surface, Corrosion and Interface Section and her working area is on the corrosion characterisation and corrosion testing of materials in various environments. Her work at TWI includes various corrosion related projects such as failure investigations and corrosion testing of materials in different corrosive environments and applications, including those relevant to the O&G sector, such as flexible risers and polymer lined pipe applications. She graduated from Chemical Engineering School of National Technical University of Athens in 2008 and completed a PhD for EDF R&D -University of Toulouse III, on the detection of corrosion on cooling towers of nuclear power plants in 2013.

Marcus Warwick - Research & Development Product Manager

Marcus Warwick

Research & Development Product Manager

Marcus is a materials scientist / engineer with more than 30 years of experience developing materials and related manufacturing processes for demanding applications. His current role as TWI's R&D Product Manager includes responsibility for the technical quality of the Core Research Programme (CRP). He enjoys fell walking, skiing, mountain biking, and windsurfing, but being based in Cambridge means that early morning rowing is a more frequent activity.  

After graduating in Materials Science & Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge, Marcus carried out research sponsored by BP on the thermomechanical properties of metal-matrix composites (MMCs). He then worked for three years at BP's Research Centre in Sunbury developing and characterising coatings for silicon carbide fibres for use in MMCs. This was followed by three years of post-doctoral research at the University of Cambridge developing fracture resistant ceramics for applications in gas turbine combustion chambers. Marcus then joined Hexcel Composites in Duxford in a process technologist role, becoming manager of the Process Technology Section after two years, leading a team of six responsible for new product introduction and manufacturing process improvement across the full product range: composite prepreg, resins, aluminium and Nomex honeycomb, panels,  adhesives and primers. He joined the Polymers Section at TWI in 2002, developing new business in the fields of polymer and composite joining. After six years, Marcus moved to the role of manager of the Numerical Modelling section, leading a team of eight carrying out simulation work (finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics etc) to support TWI's research and consultancy in structural engineering, non-destructive evaluation (NDE) and material joining and processing. Since 2017, in the role of R&D Product Manager, he has introduced significant changes to the CRP, to make the programme more flexible and responsive to the rapidly changing needs of TWI's Industrial Members.

Valerio Carollo PhD - Project Leader - Numerical Modelling and Optimisation

Valerio Carollo PhD

Project Leader - Numerical Modelling and Optimisation

Valerio joined TWI in 2018 as a project leader in the numerical modelling section. He received his PhD Computational Mechanics from IMT School for Advanced Studies, Lucca (Italy). His main expertise lies in the field of manufacturing process simulations, and more specifically on the development of numerical models for additive manufacturing, design-for-additive-manufacturing, welding, FSW. This covers the implementation of multi-scale models for the prediction of manufacturing temperature field, residual stresses and distortions, microstructure, mechanical properties and strength of materials and parts.

Dave Harvey - Technology Fellow - Surface Engineering

Dave Harvey

Technology Fellow - Surface Engineering

David joined TWI in 1986 with a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering. Working initially on projects related to process control in gas shielded arc welding, he has been closely involved subsequently with the development of TWI's thermal spray coating facilities. He was Chairman of the UK Surface Engineering Society from 1994-97 and was an active member of the Thermal Spraying and Surface Engineering Association (TSSEA) management committee for more than 10 years.

His current responsibilities are in project support for TWI’s coating and corrosion testing activities, where he has previously developed five joint industry projects studying the benefits of thermally sprayed aluminium (TSA) coatings on steels, high strength steels and corrosion resistant alloys for use in marine environments for applications ranging from oil and gas platforms and pipelines, ships, bridges and offshore wind structures.

Graham Edwards - Consultant, Non-Destructive Testing Group

Graham Edwards

Consultant, Non-Destructive Testing Group

Graham Edwards has over 45 years of experience in Non-Destructive Testing (NDT). Along with several other graduates, he started his career in NDT with the Unit Inspection Company, where he received training in all aspects of NDT and weld inspection. In 1973, he was one of the first ultrasonic test technicians to gain CSWIP approval. For the next four years, he worked in the North Sea offshore oil, the French nuclear power and Middle Eastern petrochemical industries. In 1977 he joined Baugh and Weedon Ltd as an applications engineer, and was involved in the development of the award winning ‘Seaprobe’ underwater ultrasonic test equipment. In 1981 he became a lecturer in the School of Applied NDT at The Welding Institute (TWI), before moving over to the NDT Research department in 1986. There, his research projects included NDT of plastics and composites, expert systems, and acceptance criteria in BS5500 for ultrasonic testing. He also set up the specialist site services team. While at TWI, he collaborated with the French Welding Institute on the NDT of fillet welds and was seconded to the Edison Welding Institute in the USA for two years to set up the NDT section there. In 1997 he moved to Plant Integrity (PI) Ltd, a subsidiary of TWI, as a plant assessment engineer, and ran many of the early inspections using the Teletest Long Range Ultrasonic Test (LRUT) system.

After 7 years as an independent consultant in NDT, he moved back to TWI in 2005 and has since managed many collaborative projects in topics ranging from guided wave inspection of aircraft wiring to robotic inspection of mooring chains. He is currently in the Monitoring and Inspection Research section (CSM) at TWI, where he is developing continuous monitoring techniques for quality control during manufacture and structural health in service.

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