Our UK offices support vibration, dynamics and noise needs in Europe and Africa, with teams in Southampton, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Following the acquisition by Wood Group, BETA is expanding its capabilities and geographical reach with the appointment of three senior engineering experts who will lead a team of up to 20 people in the UK. Starting in January 2016, the new team will be located in Southampton, and expanding with other UK offices shortly. Read the full press release here
This new office allows the BETA service line (Vibration, Dynamics & Noise) to support the large number of Wood Group customers located in the UK, Europe, and Middle East. The team of experts also helps to bolster BETA’s capabilities in different areas, such as:
- World-class leadership in subsea vibration including lead researchers on recent Joint Industry Programs involving flow-induced pulsations, vortex-induced vibration and other vibration issues.
- Piping vibration involving main and utility piping, flare systems, flashing, turbulence, and multiphase flow and slugging
- Structural dynamics, blast analysis, damage assessments
- Fatigue analysis, field troubleshooting, noise and monitoring
For more information on our extensive capability download the new services brochure (PDF)
Jonathan Baker, PhD, is a chartered engineer with extensive experience in asset integrity and specialization in vibration and noise, both in the oil and gas and marine industries.
With over 25 years of consultancy experience, he has worked on projects from FEED through detailed design, construction, commissioning and operations, including on-site troubleshooting. He has also been involved in a number of Joint Industry Projects developing greater understanding of industry problems, and generating industry standard guidelines. Jonathan will lead the business development activities within the team.
Mark Hutchinson, PhD, will become operations manager of Wood Group's UK vibration team.
Mark has over 30 years of specialized engineering experience in oil and gas and renewable energy. He specialises in structural integrity, FEA, fitness-for-service assessments, advanced materials, fatigue and fracture mechanics and failure analysis. Over the last few years he has been working on new computational analysis techniques for FFS Level 3 assessments of corroded, eroded and damaged pipelines and risers. He is a fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, and chartered as a mechanical engineer, naval architect, european engineer and professional manager.
Rob Swindell, MSc, will take on the role of R&D and technical authority.
Rob is a mechanical engineer with over 30 years of professional consulting experience in the marine and oil and gas industry in both the upstream and downstream sectors. Areas of particular expertise include vibration and fatigue relating to structures, static plant and rotating machinery; this includes topsides, subsea and onshore production systems. Rob has been involved in the provision of specialist plant integrity and engineering consultancy to a number of operators and engineering contractors. This has included advice at the design stage as well as troubleshooting problems on operational plants around the world.