2017 was a successful year for the on-going webinar programme that provides a key element of NEL’s knowledge transfer work. Over the year, 15 webinars took place, drawing over 1,000 participants from more than 50 countries.
“We are delighted by the interest that has been shown in this service, which provides a very cost-effective way to spread our expertise around the world,” says Marietta Hughes, Marketing Communications Executive. “We get discussion points and feedback from each webinar and these have all been very positive.”
“We aim to build on this success in 2018,” Marietta adds. “We are therefore putting together an equally strong programme for the year ahead. Starting in January with a webinar on a new topic that hasn’t been covered in this way before – Hydrocarbon Allocation.”
The webinar programme is delivered live by NEL consultants and researchers and provides the opportunity for participants to remotely access information and training on a wide range of key flow metrology issues, all of which have a strong, practical industry focus. Among the topics covered in 2017 were: The importance of calibrating at service conditions, an introduction to control valves and valve flow testing and advancements in Low Reynolds number measurements.
The most popular webinar of the year looked at density measurement. Almost 100 attendees took part in the presentation which highlighted why density is such a vital aspect of flow measurement.
“I think that we got this level of interest because of the wide importance of the topic to industry, across a wide range of sectors,” says Principal Consultant, Dr Norman Glen, who ran the webinar. “We got participation from academia, oil producers and manufacturers of flow meters from around the world.”
A first for 2017 was a webinar run by NEL’s team in Malaysia. This webinar focused on Custody Transfer Metering and was designed to meet the needs of the Southeast Asian regional audience.
The webinars run in 2017 contained a mixture of introductory information, practical advice and details of cutting edge research and technology. They were viewed by people from all over the world, including the Middle East, South America, the USA and Europe. Participants were drawn primarily from the oil and gas industry, research organisations and flow metrology agencies.