30 October 2020
In May, Matthew Hammond presented at the Oil & Gas Focus Group Meeting. The meetings are normally run two to three times a year by TUV-SUD, switching between venues in Norwich and Aberdeen.
Matthew says: "I presented at last years’ meeting in Norwich and was selected to present at this year’s event alongside two other presenters. This year, the meeting was held online for the first time using Microsoft Teams. I presented on a slightly different topic to my PhD project; gas quality measurement challenges in a hydrogen economy. It was quite relaxing presenting from my own home but strange not being able to see the audience. Martin Hanton from TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory also gave a presentation on hydrogen which shows that emphasis is shifting towards renewable energy even in the Oil & Gas sector. Martin talked about hydrogen measurement but from a flow metering perspective, so it was interesting to hear a different side to that topic. At its peak, the number of participants reached around 60 which was a good turnout for the first virtual meeting. The downside of virtual conferences is not being able to talk face to face with the other participants. Overall, everything went smoothly, particularly with the presentation handovers which can sometimes be a technical challenge. I look forward to attending or presenting at future Oil & Gas Focus Group meetings, virtually or in person."