The Tomoflow team
At Tomoflow, a unique team has used its complimentary skills to co-invent and develop this exciting technology.
Dr Andrew Hunt Managing Director, has held a variety of senior posts culminating in Director of Engineering Europe for Schlumberger Dowell before joining Tomoflow. He was visiting Professor at UMIST (now Manchester University) from 1994 to 2003 and is a Fellow of the Institute of Measurement and Control. He holds a large number of patents mainly covering multiphase flow.
Malcolm Byars Technical Director, is an experienced electronic engineer. Malcolm co-founded PTL and successfully developed the imaging technology used by Tomoflow creating an international market for ECT imaging systems. He has authored and presented papers at international conferences.
John Pendleton Engineering Director, is an innovative software engineer who has been involved with ECT technology since being an undergraduate. His experience ranges from working at the device level with embedded systems to developing and tuning complex algorithms. When not working on ECT systems, he has written code to manage nuclear processes and mass spectrometers.
Dr Andrew Hunt
PhD in Aerodynamics, Cranfield Institute of Technology, Cranfield, UK.
BSc (eng) 1st class honours in Aeronautical Engineering, Bristol UK.
Chartered Engineer CEng, FInstMC
|2001 to present||Managing Director, Tomoflow Ltd|
|1997 to 2005||Managing Director, Andrew Hunt Consultants Ltd.|
|1996 to 1999||Scientific Advisor, Schlumberger Cambridge Research (SCR)|
|1993 to 1999||Product Development Director, Schlumberger Dowell, Paris, France.|
|1992 to 1993||Worldwide Marketing Manager, Schlumberger Dowell, Paris, France.|
|1991 to 1992||Drilling Equipment Manufacturing Manager, Anadrill-Schlumberger, USA.|
|1988 to 1991||Head of Fluid Mechanics Department, Schlumberger Cambridge Research.|
|1985 to 1988||Programme Leader, Multiphase Flow Measurement, Schlumberger SCR.|
|1984 to 1985||Research Scientist, Multiphase Flow Measurement, Schlumberger SCR.|
|1981 to 1984||Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK. |
|1978 to 1981||PhD student Cranfield Institute of Technology, Cranfield, UK.|
|1974 to 1978||Undergraduate apprentice, British Aerospace, Civil Aircraft Division, Bristol.|
Andy is one of the co-inventors of the Tomoflow flowmeter and has been Managing Director of Tomoflow Ltd since its creation. After completing his Ph.D. in 1981 Andy Hunt continued his research into the aerodynamics of bluff bodies in deep boundary layers as research fellow and then lecturer at the University of Surrey. He moved to Schlumberger Cambridge Research in 1984 where he was manager of a large research department and responsible for the development of multiphase flowmeters for use downhole and at the surface in oilfield production flows. This work generated several patents, a number of external papers, and is the basis of several of Schlumberger's new flow measurement systems. In 1991 he moved abroad with Schlumberger, as manufacturing manager in Houston, then marketing manager in Paris and finally as Director of Engineering, Europe for Schlumberger Dowell from 1993 to 1996. Andy set up Andrew Hunt Consultants Ltd in 1997 and was Visiting Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics at UMIST from 1994 to 2003. Andy is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Measurement and Control.
External Publications & Patents
More than 20 external publications in journals and conferences including a paper which was awarded the IEE 1993 Ambrose Fleming Premium: Dickin F.J., Hoyle B.S., Hunt A. et al (1992) Tomographic imaging of industrial process equipment: techniques and applications. IEE ProcG 139(1) 72-82.
More than 8 worldwide patents, mainly covering multiphase flow metering, including: US4856344, US4974452, US5017879, US5047632, US5174161, US5284207, US5306911, GB2390683B
University of Nottingham BSc. Electrical Engineering (Hons. IIi)
University College London MSc. Microwave and Quantum Electronics
|2001-Present||Technical Director, Tomoflow Ltd|
|1994-Present||Managing Director, Process Tomography Ltd. (PTL)|
|1989-92||Manager of Electronics Research Division at EA Technology Ltd. (EATL)|
|1992-94||Engineering Consultant (MBA)|
|1975-89||Measurements Engineer with Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB)|
|1970-75||Research Fellow at University College London (UCL)|
|1969-70||Satellite Systems Engineer with Cable and Wireless (C&W)|
|1966-69||Development Engineer with Standard Telephones and Cables (STC).|
Malcolm is an experienced and highly-qualified Chartered Electrical Engineer who is founder and Managing Director of a small innovative instrumentation company, Process Tomography Ltd (PTL). PTL manufactures Electrical Capacitance Tomography systems which have been supplied to and are currently in use in research laboratories throughout the world. He is one of the co-inventors of the Tomoflow flowmeter and has been Technical Director of Tomoflow Ltd since its creation.
Malcolm started his career working on aircraft navigation equipment and microwave antenna systems with STC, studying part-time for an MSc in Microwave and Quantum Electronics at UCL. Following this, he worked on satellite communication systems for C&W and then carried out microwave research on overmoded circular waveguide systems at UCL. He then moved to the CEGB in Manchester to work on the specification, design, development and installation of metering and protection equipment and also specialised electronic test and monitoring equipment for use on electrical power systems. Much of the equipment designed by MB during this period is in current use in power stations and substations throughout the UK, Europe and North America. He was then appointed a Divisional Manger at EATL and was responsible for 25 staff, providing an electronic research, design, computing and data-logging service for the company. Main areas of work included innovative metering, energy management, protection and communications systems including mains signalling systems. In 1992, he left EATL to pursue an independent career in technology consultancy and subsequently founded Process Tomography Ltd. in 1994 with two colleagues.
Malcolm has wide experience of most aspects of electronic circuit design, including analogue, digital and microprocessor techniques and power electronics, together with broad knowledge of most areas of science and engineering. He is computer-literate with extensive skills in modern commercial and scientific computing languages. Many past projects have progressed to commercial manufacture. His management skills include management of a Division with a staff of 25 and an annual budget of £1m, and setting up and managing a small instrument company with a large proportion of its sales in the export market. He is the author of numerous technical reports, papers and instruction manuals and has presented technical papers at national and international conferences.
UMIST BEng Electronic Engineering (Hons. IIi)
|2001 - present||Engineering Director, Tomoflow Ltd|
|2005 - 2007||Software Analyst/Programmer Micromass (Mass spectrometers) Ltd.|
|2000 - 2001||Consultant Software Analyst to PTL/UMIST.|
|2000||Software Analyst/Programmer and Systenm Administrator with PowerGen. |
|1999 - 2000||Software Analyst/ Programmer (Consultant) to UMIST and PTL.|
|1997 - 1999||Software Analyst/Programmer with PowerGen, Coventry.|
|1997||Software Analyst/ Programmer with Anite systems Ltd Slough.|
|1995 - 1997||Design/research Engineer with UMIST.|
|1993 - 1995||Instrumentation/Software Engineer with NNC Ltd., Knutsford and Berkshire.|
John is an experienced and innovative software engineer with wide-ranging knowledge of many modern programming languages and operating systems. After an initial career with NNC developing monitoring and control software in the nuclear industry, John has worked as a software consultant to several major UK companies on projects ranging from scientific research and instrumentation to wholesale billing systems for a major utility. For PTL, he has successfully developed real-time control applications for state-of the-art tomographic instrumentation systems, together with off-line image reconstruction and analysis software.
John is one of the co-inventors of the Tomoflow flowmeter and has been Engineering Director of Tomoflow Ltd since its creation.