Professor Peter Cawley, Chairman
The driving motivation of Peter's work is to solve real industrial inspection problems, achieved by conducting thorough scientific research. His work spans fundamental scientific studies through to the transfer of technology to industry. He collaborates and consults with numerous industrial partners, and technology he has developed is now being exploited by three spin-out companies, and under two other licence agreements.
Peter leads the Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) research group at Imperial College London. The group was awarded an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) platform grant in 2000 in recognition of its international reputation and potential for further development with the grant renewed in 2005 and again in 2010. Peter is the lead academic in the EPSRC-industry funded UK Research Centre in Non-Destructive Evaluation (RCNDE) that was launched in April 2003. The Centre has its headquarters at Imperial College and has sixteen full industrial members including BP, Petrobras, E.ON, EDF, RWE npower, Alstom, Shell, Rolls Royce and Airbus.
Peter studied at the University of Bristol where he received a BSc (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering in 1975 and a PhD in 1979. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) in 2006 and a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2010. He moved to Imperial College London in 1981 after a spell in industry.
Dr Peter Collins, CEO
Peter has held board-level technical and operational roles in public and private companies with $100m+ revenues.
He was formerly Operations Director at Sondex plc, which specialises in the engineering and manufacture of directional drilling and formation evaluation systems and wireline tools for the production of Oil & Gas, and which is now part of GE Energy. He was earlier Technical Director at PII Ltd, the Oil & Gas pipeline inspection provider, which is similarly now part of GE Energy. He was earlier a Manager at management consultancy firm Arthur D. Little Ltd and a technology developer with Sulzer Chemtech in Switzerland.
Peter holds a PhD in Computational Fluid Dynamics from Imperial College London, a BE(Mech) from University College Dublin, and an MBA from INSEAD.
Dr Jon Allin, CTO
Jon drove the development of the Permasense system and then led the creation of Permasense Ltd to deliver and support the system on a commercial scale.
He combines deep knowledge of the various technologies that are used to make breakthrough monitoring systems a reality with the passionate conviction that such systems must be designed for utter reliability in Oil & Gas environments, whilst also being cost effective for large-scale deployment.
Jon holds a PhD from Imperial College London.
Dr Fred Cegla, Non-Executive Director
Fred teaches in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College, London, where he is a member of the dynamics and non-destructive evaluation (NDE) groups. His doctoral research produced the breakthrough technology for the Permasense system and his research interests are in the fields of high temperature ultrasonic monitoring, structural health monitoring, ultrasonic material property measurements and ultrasonic transducers in general.
Jon Edington, Non-Executive Director
Jon is Director of Investments at Imperial Innovations, the technology commercialisation and investment group which he joined in 2010 from Sovereign Capital.
Prior to Sovereign Capital, Jon spent seven years at 3i where he was a director in the venture capital business and sat on the boards of a number of technology investments including Nimbus Partners, OST Business Rules, Kavado, and FMS.
Jon also worked at Deloitte Consulting in the UK, having previously gained six years’ manufacturing and industrial experience with Schlumberger both in the US and Japan. During his time at Schlumberger, Jon worked in the manufacturing division in Tokyo ensuring quality of equipment shipped to the field and as part of this training in the field in Indonesia and on a rig in the Gulf of Thailand.
Jon has a BEng from Imperial College London and an MBA from INSEAD.
Building on the proven measurement visualisation of the Data Manager software, Permasense has now released its updated Data Manager 4.4 which includes new features as recommended by the Permasense user community. This latest version of the software, which is available as a free upgrade for existing customers, offers more analysis features including: rates over various periods of time, remaining wall thickness to retirement and seven day average measurement.
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Permasense Limited is exhibiting at the world’s foremost event for the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production and environmental protection - the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, Texas, Booth 9356.
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In the March issue of Hydrocarbon Engineering the safety and security issues currently affecting the modern oil and gas industry are examined. The article reports on how ensuring the safety of all refinery and petrochemical facilities is a high priority. As the industry constantly looks for ways to improve safety, the article highlights how monitoring of critical equipment has also been implemented featuring a case study of BP’s Cherry Point refinery where Permasense’s wireless continuous corrosion monitoring sensors were installed in 2008.
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Tom Fuggle, Business Development Director, will be speaking at The 4th Annual FPSO Summit, Singapore on the theme of continuous corrosion monitoring in FPSO applications.
The 4th Annual FPSO Summit (8 – 11 April) is Asia’s leading offshore conference covering the latest FPSO market updates, the newest technology, design and safety innovations as well as fundamental operational and asset integrity maintenance strategies.
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Continuous corrosion monitoring solution developed for thick-walled vessels - New product development from Permasense
Using proven ultrasonic principles but with further development in transducer technology, Permasense Limited has introduced an innovative solution to monitor the corrosion in condensing and other thick-walled vessels, with a wall thickness of up to 150mm (6”).
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