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TWI is one of Europe's largest independent Research and Technology Organisations. Based near Cambridge since 1946, TWI provides industry with technical support in joining, coating and associated technologies through information, advice and technology transfer; consultancy and project support, contract R&D and training, qualification and personal membership. It is the only single source of expertise in every aspect of joining and coating technology for engineering materials. TWI is internationally renowned for bringing together multidisciplinary teams to implement established or advanced technology or to solve problems arising at any stage - from initial design, materials selection, production and quality assurance, through to service and repair. TWI has over 750 staff and a turnover of 60 million Euros. Around 3000 companies and organisations - representing virtually all sectors of manufacturing industry from over 50 countries around the globe - benefit from TWI services.

Business activities: TWI is one of Europe’s largest independent research and technology organisations. Based at Abington near Cambridge since 1946, TWI provides those in industry with technical support in welding, NDT and associated material joining technologies. TWI has a total staff of over 550 with over 430 being technically qualified and skilled staff. TWI has an annual sales turnover of €57 million. TWI has over 3000 world-wide industrial members across a range of industries that includes oil and gas offshore exploration. TWI is currently participating in 40 European projects (taking the lead in 25) with 24 of those being in the NDT field (taking the lead in 20). The projects include CRAFT, STREP and large integrated projects. TWI has two main NDT Research Centres based at Abington, Cambridge and Port Talbot, South Wales. These centres cover the broad spectrum of NDT development for single client contracts, joint industry sponsored projects, UK DTI projects and EC funded projects.

Role in project: TWI will lead the installation procedures WP3 and will provide technical assistance for WP4.

Qualification for the role: The project supports TWIs strategy of gaining higher NDT technological work in the oil & gas sector and furthering relationships with the regulatory bodies and end user oil & gas production companies. Will also produce further spin off work for TWI in areas of structural integrity, defect assessment, life extension programmes etc.

Key staff: Mr. Graham Edwards will be the main contact person from TWI. Mr. Edwards is an MSc graduate in Mechanical Engineering with considerable experience in numerical modelling of mechanical design, sensor performance and wave propagation in complex structures including pressure vessels and pressure components. Mr. Edwards has been involved in collaborative projects since 1995 and has managed over 8 large projects.

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