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Peter Merrett Attends Tank Storage Association Conference in Coventry

October 22, 2019 Billy Rooney General

On 24th September, Peter Merrett, owner of Merrett Survey Limited attended the annual Tank Storage Association conference in Coventry. In this article, we document Peter’s thoughts on the event and give a wider insight into the work Merrett Survey Limited carries out, with regards to storage tank surveys and the technology utilised within. 

Storage Tank Surveys from Merrett Survey Limited 

Throughout 2018 and parts of 2019, we have enjoyed an influx of enquiries for storage tank survey work, and this year we completed the laser scanning and 3D modelling of a complete tank terminal. Our work in this project enabled the owners to better manage, plan and maintain their tanks, pumps and pipework in a modern, digital manner. This is just a single instance in which we have used the latest laser scanning technology before creating 3D BIM models, to enable our client to operate with greater efficiency and accuracy moving forward.

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Image source: Tank Storage Association

Tank Storage Association Conference 2019

After attending the Tank Storage Association conference 2019, Peter commented: “I have been attending this conference for several years now in order to gain knowledge of the requirements of the storage tank industry in the UK and, of course, to promote Merrett Survey Limited’s adeptness in tank surveys. Such skills include the scanning of tanks for calibration (volume analysis), deformation, subsidence and ‘out of roundness’, which is essential for the reliable installation of an IFR (internal floating roof).”

Highlights & Key Messages 

It seems that most attendees were drawn to one stand and spectacle in particular, as Peter explains: “One of the most popular stands this year was that of Stopford – a safety, environment and process engineering design company – who’s Lego model of a tanker loading facility was a ‘crowd puller’. Yes, we are all still children at heart!”

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Image source: Tank Storage Association

Moving on to the growing appreciation of laser scanning technology among conference attendees and clients of ours. Peter noticed that “there is a growing awareness of the application of laser scanning.” He continued, “I find that I now don’t have to explain what it is so often. In fact, many suppliers tell me their clients are asking for laser scans and ‘point cloud’ data frequently.”

Peter also noted the importance of determining where the industry is, in terms of storage tank surveys and scanning in the UK, while referencing recent work he has carried out overseas:

“The Tank Storage Association conference is solely focused on the UK industry and it was useful to gauge the levels we’ve reached in terms of storage tank surveying in the UK. In the past, I have presented papers of tank scanning at Tank Storage Europe and Tank Storage Asia in Rotterdam and Singapore, respectively.” 

Providing Best Practice in Tank Surveys

Attending industry-focused events such as the Tank Storage Association conference allows the Merrett Survey team to stay on top of developing and existing best practices – not only when it comes to tank surveys, but indeed for all of the services we provide. As a company that has wide-ranging experience of working in and adapting to new environments, whether it is the deserts of North Africa or the heavy snow of Greenland, the application of our established storage tank survey practices is effective in even the most testing of conditions and landscapes. To learn more about our  tank survey services, read the latest addition to our Downloads section – Merrett Survey Storage Tank Surveys.

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Contact us to learn more about storage tanks surveys and to discuss how we make use of the latest laser scanning and BIM technology in greater detail. If you’re looking to improve the safety and effectiveness of your tank storage operations, our team of professional surveyors can help. Discover our videos page whilst you are here and in particular our video on laser scanning for internal floating.