Sir John Parker Trophy Success For Tom
3 May 2016
Costain’s Tom Evans has scooped an award from the Pipeline Industries Guild Midlands Branch for delivering a presentation about his experience as a young Chemical Engineer.
The competition and ceremony took place at Severn Trent offices in Coventry. Tom won the Sir John Parker Trophy, a £500 cash prize and an invitation to the Guild’s National Final Presentation Competition, which will take place at the Pipeline Industries Guild Annual Conference, Pipelines Today: The Future is Now on 9th June in London.
After submitting a 200 word synopsis, Tom was shortlisted as a finalist and asked to deliver a 15 minute presentation which demonstrated his personal involvement. He also had to answer questions from the audience and judges.
Tom’s presentation was called "Estimating Decay Time from Pipe Walls during a Hot Tapping Process" and was based on his experience during a summer placement in 2011, while working on the National Grid Enhanced Gas Measurement Project (EGMP).
The operation had to be temporarily halted due to the unexpected effect of pipeline operating conditions on the pre-heated pipe wall temperature. Tom used some of the skills he had learnt at university to develop a piece of software to address the problem.
“It was a great learning experience and it’s really helped me to develop as an engineer,” said Tom, who has worked for Costain Integrated Services, formerly Rhead Group, since 2009.
Tom graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Newcastle University and, after completing a year in industry, graduating with a Masters in Chemical Engineering. Since then he has been working full time for Costain and now works on the G17/G35 Compressor Legacy Project for National Grid.
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