Steve Vick International Design Engineer wint IGEM YPPC 2017

Matthew Maclennan, Mechanical Design Engineer met Steve Vick International (ALL), werd aangekondigd IGEM's 2017 Jonge winnaar Personen Paper Concurrentie op een prestigieus evenement gehouden op de IET Birmingham, Austin Court, op donderdag 15 juni.

The grand final of this year’s competition saw nine heat winners showcase the best engineering and management talent from around the industry and compete to be crowned the winner. The finalists were drawn from across IGEM’s District Sections in the UK as well as from New Zealand and Hong Kong.

Matt’s winning paper was based on the new SVI SMARTester – a highly accurate Bluetooth pressure sensor

Matt won the title for his Paper on the development of the SMARTester, a product developed by SVI as an NIA project for Wales & West Utilities, in which Matt played a key role amongst other members of the design team. He wins an iPad Mini and an all-expenses paid trip to the World Gas Conference 2018 in Washington DC.

In summarising the new gas pressure tester, Matt zei, “Dit is een product dat de ingenieur geeft een zeer nauwkeurige druksensor aangesloten op een Smart Phone App, developed specifically to test gas installations and mains for tightness and strength. It allows evidence traceability and offers a simple, accurate way to report live pressure tests back to an office database.”

De sensor biedt drukmetingen tot vier keer per seconde met behulp van Bluetooth-connectiviteit. Het heeft een on-board kalibratiecertificaat die wordt gedownload en gecontroleerd elke keer dat de sensor is aangesloten op een smartphone of tablet.


De app maakt gebruik van de nieuwste IGEM normen en wanneer een test is voltooid, de gegevens worden verzonden naar de backoffice waar de keuringsrapporten kunnen worden gegenereerd en een live kaart van testactiviteit bekeken.
All finalists had already submitted an abstract on their chosen subject and made a presentation before judges to win their individual Section heats during March and April. To compete in the final, they had to prepare a 1,500 word report, make a 15 minute presentation and answer questions from the panel of industry experts.

YPPC 2017 judges Industry experts

This year’s YPPC judges have together clocked up almost 130 years’ experience in the Industry! They were Andy McPhee, Director and Partner of Rune Associates Limited and Chair of IGEM Professional Development Committee, Pauline Walsh, Director of Gas Transmission at National Grid, Graeme Cleeton, Vice President UK Operations, ULC Robotics, Inc, Sheila Lauchlan, IGEM President and Director of Edinburgh based consultancy Perfect Dimensions Ltd. and Rob Lumb, Mechanical Design Engineer with Synthotech and YPPC 2016 runner up.

Matt takes centre stage with YPPC 2017 runners up and the prestigious judging panel

Having won the South West & Wales Section heats on 21st March in Newport, Matt will now have his name engraved on the prestigious IGEM YPPC trophy and will receive a mini replica trophy to keep. All the competition finalists have their papers published in IGEM’s journal Gi.

Matt Maclennan is 34 and studied mechanical engineering. His career path has taken him via building engines for race cars and aircraft components for GKN Aerospace before joining SVI two years ago. Matt says, “I’m honoured to win the YPPC 2017, especially against such talent from all over the world, not just the UK.”

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