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Programme (EMRP) which is

designed to encourage collaboration

between European

National Metrology Institutes

(NMIs) and partners in industry

or academia. The programme

funds joint research projects in

specific fields of metrology with

over 50 projects selected for

funding so far and many more

expected over the coming

years.

www.euramet.org

OPTIMUS

Optimus is an €5.6million FP7

EU funded project involving 12

project partners participating

from six countries across the UK

and Europe. The 3-year project

began in August 2013 and will

develop and demonstrate novel

strategies to enable the prognosis of the remaining

lifetime of

key wind turbine components.

The consortium will be reviewing

wind turbine data and this will

be used to carry out vital modelling used in the development of

a new condition monitoring

system.

http://optimusfp7.eu/

GTMA

GTMA is a leading trade association with a growing

membership

of companies involved in manufacturing measurement,

including

within the energy sectors. Among

its members is the NPL and global leaders of metrology

products

and services. GTMA organises an

annual Make Measurement

Matter Roadshow which attracts

major buyers to see up-to-date

measurement systems.

www.gtma.co.uk

www.makemeasurementmatter.

co.uk

UNITED KINGDOM

ACCREDITATION SERVICE

UKAS is the sole national

accreditation body recognisedadmin@gtma.co.uknt to assess,

against internationally agreed

standards, organisations that

provide certification, testing,

inspection and calibration

services. Accreditation by UKAS

demonstrates the competence,

impartiality and performance

capability of these evaluators.

UKAS-accredited companies

within GTMA can be contacted

by emailing admin@gtma.co.uk

TSB - MEASUREMENT FOR

SHALE GAS

A review commissioned by the

Technology Strategy Board in

early 2014 has established clear

opportunities for UK business

innovation in the safe and

responsible exploitation of shale

gas. It concluded that there are

at least two technology areas

with significant multi-billion

pound market opportunities

where the UK could become

world leading through the development of innovative technologies.

These are

related to environmental

impact and reservoir

monitoring and measurement

systems.

The review - 'Business opportunities for innovation in the exploration,

extraction and utilisation

of shale gas' - focused on the

current UK technology status,

existing supply chain and future

opportunities for shale gas

exploitation.

It says there is a new opportunity for the UK in terms

of innovating cheap, simple methods for

measuring the in-situ stress profile of shale plays prior to

drilling

and fracturing operations. This

would address concerns over

existing low cost techniques

such as sonic log data which

does not provide direct stress

measurement, as an alternative

to micro-frac tests.

Among areas highlighted with

potentail were microseismic (MS)

monitoring, earthquake monitoring systems,

and instrument

networks to provide near realtime monitoring

and prediction

of geological hazards.

www.innovateuk.org

ENERGYMETROLOGY ZONE

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